Herbs are an integral part of medical training for millenniums. They have many positive effects on human health. Thanks to modern technology, there are plant extracts which contain only the beneficial substances in concentrated form.
Ginkgos are deciduous, dioecious trees which is the only living species within the division Ginkgophyta. Ginkgos are used as traditional medicine. Its leaves contain flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol) and terpenoids. It is used for curing brain ischemia, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. It has beneficial effects on varicose veins, hemorrhoid, and foot ulcer. According to clinical research, it is effective against mild and moderate depression and impotence. Thanks to its flavonoid content, it widens the veins, ensures the blood supply of the skin and muscles, and boosts metabolism. It has antioxidant properties, and improves the blood supply of the brain, too. In homeopathy, it is used as a remedy for tonsillitis and headache.
Ginseng belongs to the genus Panax of the order Apiales and of the family Araliaceae. Its root has been used for centuries in the Far East. Ginsenosides are the active compounds which are responsible for ginseng’s efficacy. They put an end to symptoms caused by stress, and they boost both mental and physical performance. Ginseng can be used for enhancing job performance and concentration level. It can help overcome tiredness and regain power after illnesses. Other substances included are panaxan which reduces blood glucose level, and polysaccharides which strengthen the immune system. Ginseng contains substances that boost the production of immune cells whose main role is to destroy viruses and bacteria.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is used both as a spice and as a herb. Curcumin, which is a polyphenol compound, constitutes 5% of turmeric. Curcumin is the active substance of turmeric; it is often used as an additive in foods, but nowadays it is in demand because of its beneficial effect on joint problems. Regarding its efficacy and therapeutic use it is similar to flavonoids, since it also has antioxidant effect, boosts enzymes, and strengthens the immune system. It is an effective anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, and virus-killing compound.
Saw palmetto is a herb which is primarily used by men over 40 in order to improve prostate health, and to treat BPH, especially in its early stages. Furthermore, its berries are used for treating urinary tract problems and reproductive system diseases. Although primarily it is recommended for elderly men, women may also benefit from its use. It can help produce certain female hormones which might increase breast size and boost breast milk production of mothers who are breastfeeding. In addition, it is used for reducing menstrual cramps, regulating menstrual cycle, and treating pelvic inflammatory disease.
The two major components of lecithin are choline and inositol. These are lipotropic compounds, so they block the deposition of fat in the liver. Lecithin reduces cholesterol level, since it converts cholesterol and other fats into a water dispersible form, so they are excreted from the body. It cleanses the walls of blood vessels and strengthens cardiac muscle.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed is one of the most effective antioxidant which can be found in nature. It is rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants; it helps prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Its extract is between 15 and 25 times more effective in the neutralization of iron and oxidative stress than vitamin E. Grape seed extract has curative power and it is primarily used because of its high proanthocyanidin content. Proanthocyanidin is a bioflavonoid which shows antioxidant effects and which is used for curing arthritis, bruises, periodontal diseases, ulcers, varicose veins, and other circulatory problems. Moreover, it is used for treating allergies.