6 Reasons to Try an Herbal Supplement
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Herbal supplements are sometimes also referred to as botanicals. They are a type of dietary supplement containing one or more herbs. Some popular herbs that are available in supplement form are turmeric, ashwagandha, ginseng, and more!
For the folks that enjoy taking an herbal over a regular supplement, we’re exploring six wellness-related reasons to begin taking an herbal.
1. May support cognition, memory, and stress levels
An herbal, such as Lemon Balm Leaf (Melissa officinalis), is an herb native to southern Europe. It is a member of the mint family with a pleasant, lemony smell. As a nervine and nootropic herbal, this tincture may support a healthy mood, calm and relaxation, and cognitive support.
2. May support balanced hormones
Pumpkin (specifically its seed oil) has many great health benefits. Specifically, it may help to support normal hormone balance which supports prostate health and the normal hair growth cycle. Pumpkin seeds in particular have been used in many different cultures including its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
3. May support the immune system
Turmeric Root (Curcuma longa) is a spice that has been recognized for centuries for its many traditional uses, and, in recent years it has also been shown to support the immune system. And, although curcumin, the main compound present in turmeric, can be a notoriously difficult ingredient to absorb, piperine, the active ingredient in Black Pepper Seed (Piper nigrum), may support the bioavailability of, and thus the absorption of the curcumin.
4. May support digestion
Holy Basil Leaf is known as the “Queen of Herbs”. It’s used in Ayurvedic medicine and by natural healers for thousands of years as an adaptogenic herb that supports digestion. Holy Basil Leaf extract has been found to support normal stomach function including maintaining healthy acidity and mucus levels. It also is helpful in promoting the body’s natural detoxification processes and detox enzyme activity.
5. May support cardiovascular health
People have used black seed oil for its therapeutic benefits for centuries! Black Seed Oil has been used traditionally to support cardiovascular health and overall health. It also contains thymoquinone, which has shown to support antioxidant mechanisms within the body.
6. May support metabolism
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is another traditional herb that has been used for centuries. Though this plant is considered a weed due to its rapid growth and soil coverage, it’s a must-have staple for many. Traditionally, stinging nettle was used as a diuretic which was used to support the body’s natural detoxification processes and healthy glucose metabolism.