While modern medicine has many advantages, including increasingly sophisticated technology for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases, there are still some area in which it can fall short. One of these areas is the treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease or of the overuse of traditional antibiotics which is causing the rise of superbugs that have so many people justifiably concerned.
This is where herbal supplements can help. Most of these plants have a history of medicinal use which stretches back hundred or even thousands of years and have been used in healing modalities all across the globe. Below is a list of some of the best herbal supplements that can be used to enhance human health.
Garlic is one of those herbs whose medicinal use goes back at least to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Modern science is starting to understand why. It has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an excellent choice for heart health because of its ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. One of its active ingredients, allicin, is a powerful natural antibiotic which has even proven effective against resistant bacteria like MRSA. (1)
Though not as well-known as garlic, rhodiola is also a wonderful supplement. It is an adaptogenic herb, which means that it can help the body better combat stress, which means that it can help to avoid stress-induced illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome, depression or psoriasis. People who take it have reported higher energy levels and elevated moods. (2)
Milk thistle, like garlic, also has a long and illustrious medicinal history and has been used from time immemorial for its ability to improve a variety of liver complaints. Modern science is now beginning to understand the reasons for its effective treatment. The active ingredient in milk thistle is called silymarin. This compound has been shown to heal and cleanse the liver cells and protect them from toxic damage. This makes the liver overall more effective at cleansing and purifying the rest of the body. (3)
It is no wonder that turmeric is the subject of medical studies all over the world! Aside from lending its wonderful color and aroma to all sorts of curries and other Indian dishes, its active ingredient, curcumin, is powerfully medicinal. Its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great way to prevent heart disease, reduce arthritis pain and stiffness, and even ward off serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. (4)
There are many wonderful herbal supplements out there. These are just a few that really stand out from the crowd because of their various abilities to improve overall human health. Keep in mind, however, that it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor or other medical practitioner before beginning any supplement to make sure they will not react with medications or supplements that are already being taken!
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