Valerian

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Botanical  Information Valerian, native to Europe, has been used since the 2nd century for medicinal purposes. The root of the plant is pressed into fresh juice or freeze-dried to form a powder for supplement use. Valerian is sold in extracts or in capsule or tablet form, also as a tea. Features & Benefits There is…

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Turmeric (Curcumin)

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Botanical  Information A relative of ginger and native to Southern Asia, turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years in culinary and medicinal preparations. The roots, or rhizomes and bulbs, are the parts used for medicinal purposes. It is available in capsules or a tincture. It is used in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic…

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Milk Thistle

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Botanical  Information Native to the Mediterranean region, milk thistle preparations are derived from the seed, pod or fruit of the plant. Milk thistle gets its name from the milky white fluid that comes from the leaves when they are crushed. The active ingredient in milk thistle is Silymarin. Silymarin is a group of flavonoids thought…

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Licorice

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Botanical  Information Licorice is a flavorful herb that has been used in food and medicinal remedies for thousands of years. Also known as “sweet root,” licorice root contains a compound that is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Supplements containing therapeutic amounts of licorice come in two forms: either licorice with glycyrrhizin or licorice without glycyrrhizin,…

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Horse Chestnut

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Botanical  Information Horse chestnut, a tree native to the Balkan Peninsula and grow throughout the Northern Hemisphere, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Horse chestnut seed extract is often standardized to contain 16 to 20 percent aescin (escin), the active ingredient. Topical preparations are also available. Features & Benefits Horse chestnut seed extract…

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Garlic

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Botanical  Information Derived from the bulb or clove of a plant in the lily family, garlic has been used as both food and medicine for thousands of years. There are several types of garlic preparations. Most clinical studies have been performed using aged garlic extract (made by fermenting garlic) or enteric-coated, dried garlic tablets. Features…

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Feverfew

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Botanical  Information Originally native to southeastern Europe, feverfew is now widespread throughout Europe, North America and Australia. Feverfew products usually consist of the dried feverfew leaves, but all parts of the plant that grow above ground may also be used for medicinal purposes. Supplements are available fresh, freeze-dried, or dried and can be found in…

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Cranberry

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Botanical Information Cranberries are the fruit of a native plant of North America. The berries are used to produce beverages and many other food products, as well as dietary supplements in the form of extracts, capsules, or tablets. Features & Benefits Helps prevent urinary tract infections by prohibiting adherence of bacteria to the mucosal cells…

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Cinnamon

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Botanical Information Cinnamon is an herb that has been used for centuries as both a medicine and a spice. Has an overall warming effect on the body.  Cinnamon is available in two varieties: Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the kind most use for baking and cooking and is considered an inferior form…

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Cascara Sagrada

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Botanical Information Derived from the bark of the plant, Cascara sagrada is used mainly to relieve constipation. Features & Benefits The major constituents, including cascarosides and anthroquinones, help stimulate the large intestine and product a laxative effect. Used for the treatment of occasional constipation Can indirectly help with issues such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures…

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