Herbal supplements are dietary supplements that are derived from herbs, with the purpose being to “supplement” your diet by providing it with nutrients you may not be getting from your diet. Herbal supplements are not meant to be used as treatments for or cures of diseases or medical conditions, but are instead intended to act a preventative agents, helping to strengthen the body and the immune system so it can naturally ward off infections and illnesses.
Due to this increasing trend, scientists are finally conducting studies to determine the therapeutic benefits and applications of herb supplements, and a majority of the results strongly indicate that taking these natural supplements can be highly beneficial to general health.
Advantages of Herbal Supplements
- They are natural. Americans are finally beginning to wake up after about 65 years of thinking they know best. Natural remedies are now being considered more and more frequently, and for good reason. The synthetic versions we have created have wreaked more havoc on our lives than we could have ever imagined. Nature has patiently waited for us to recognize what is right in front of us. There is often no comparison to natural remedies.
- You can make your own. There are thousands of herbal recipes available on the Internet. You can easily purchase the ingredients you need or grow many of them yourself to create your own herbal products.
- They prevent the root cause. The best way to combat an illness is to prevent it altogether and herb supplements are one of the best ways to do that.
Since herbal supplements do not cause some of the more serious side effects that conventional medicine does, they can be taken for a variety of preventative reasons. For example, some help enhance memory performance, improve the quality of mental concentration, lower cholesterol, strengthen the cardiovascular system, increase energy and stamina, strengthen bones and joints and much, much more.
There was a time when food was manufactured without preservatives and fertilizers, and quite honestly, people were a lot healthier back then. Our need to maintain massive levels of production has resulted in us turning to massive amounts of chemicals to keep up. Because of this, most of the food we consume today is lacking in important vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, not to mention that it is contaminated with toxins.
Our society has added to this problem by replacing fresh foods with processed foods simply because we don’t have the time to prepare fresh food anymore. But no matter how healthy the label claims the food is, preservatives mean loss of food quality. A diet comprised of processed, high sodium, low nutrient foods will leave you deficient and in need of supplementation.
So, we turn to natural supplements to provide us with the nutrients we are deprived of in our food. While these supplements can certainly help us gain more of the nutrients we need, they should never be used in place of a healthy diet.
Warning: Since herbal supplements are not subject to government regulations, you need to be careful who you order your supplements from. Companies can put out substandard products to cash in on the herbal market. For example, a product can claim to contain an herb, but a manufacturer can easily put in a chemical equivalent. Make sure you go with a reputable company and do your research.