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Herbal Supplements Benefits
Herbal supplementation has gone from a billion dollar industry to a Trillion dollar industry. Just last year Americans in the USA alone spent over 5 Trillion dollars on herbal supplements. It should be noted herbal supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.
The top sales in herbal supplements for quite a few years have been Cranberry, soy, and garlic according to figures published by the American Botanical Council. Several herbal supplements claim to offer ways to improve your cardiovascular health.
Garlic can lessen your chances of developing atherosclerosis by inhibiting your blood platelets from sticking and forming clots, according to a 2009 study published in the journal, Pharmacology. The study further compared its activity to that of a conventional heart drug called clopidogrel.
Grape seed extract shows similar properties, according to WholeHealthMD.com. The other most widely advertised benefits of taking herbal supplements are in the longevity or anti-aging market. This has become a very large part of the market now as the baby boomer generation ages.
It certainly looks like supplements that can help to relieve symptoms of menopause or other effects of aging stand to gain in popularity. Supplements such as evening primrose oil and black cohosh are believed to relieve some of the specific effects felt by women during the aging process. Black cohosh can help to reduce hot flashes, according to a 2005 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Long-term studies are not available for supplements such as evening primrose. While black cohosh may be efficacious for symptoms of menopause, it can have adverse interactions with some high blood pressure medications.
Echinacea is one of the most popular herbal supplements on the market. According to the University Of Maryland Medical Center, Native Americans used Echinacea for treating infections and other ailments. Today's popularity stems from the claim that this herbal supplement can shorten the duration of colds and flus.
As with any herbal supplement, the possibility of allergic reactions exists, especially with those who have allergies. While Echinacea may be effective in some cases, it is not a substitute for doctor care, particularly with those individuals suffering from an autoimmune disease, due to its immune system activity.
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