Facts on Herbs and supplements


Medical Science (Research studies) in search of cures of cancer and other diseases have finally begun to realize that natural foods in its natural forms are most powerful herbs and medicines which via promoting strong health ensures keeping the powerful, wonder disease fighting mechanism immune system of our body honed. This is so because human body system evolved to procure medicine and nutrition from eating natural food.

Natural plant based    foods are actually very
powerful herbs      and medicines.  

Patients and health care practitioners should focus on getting calcium from the diet, rather than supplements, October 17, 2013 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine,  

 

     Hippocrates …the father of Medicine

Growing body of evidences from the honest, rigorous research studies carried out since last century till date, are clearly suggesting to correcting the nutrition deficiency by eating natural food as part of individually suitable a Balanced Diet.

Facts on Supplements:

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Concentrated forms of nutrition, phytochemicals, fibers and other substances processed and made into capsule, tablet liquid or in other forms and are sold as Dietary Supplements may be used for curing,  and at times may become essential more specially when there is a medical condition or for the people who are at terminal stage. However following advice of medical doctor and not the industry (TV ads, marketing) seem to be prudent.
Adding nutrition into natural food for cure of deficiencies of nutrition in individual or in the population seems to be an ideal.

Long term use of Supplements gives no health benefit, and on the contrary taking supplements can be hazardous to health. Read more at (click) Intelligent Eating.

(Most of the research studies around the world are done on health, nutrition and cures may mostly be for the purpose of selling diseases and selling cures. Therefore if the findings of research studies which are heavily advertised by marketing or promoted by media or when even published in respected journal should not be a criteria of the correct credential of the information but our *Buddhi can be. See more at What is Correct Information?

Since Supplements are in concentrated forms of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fibers and/or other substances, can be the source of excess intake (above Tolerable upper intake levels) f the nutrients and can cause Kidney failure, liver damage, toxicity and other health complicacies.

  • Taking supplement is an intervention to body exactly as Medicine is. But supplements purported and sold as food therefore – as opposed to medicines – do not need official approval. So dietary supplements do not have to go through all of the strict tests and quality assurance processes before they are sold in the market. This means that it is not always possible to be sure that supplements have the same quality. For example, what is inside the bottle may not be exactly what it says on the label.

Public awareness can help government to bring supplements under regulation.

“People do not realize is that any medication - herbal or pharmaceutical - undergoes important chemical changes when processed by the liver. While the original product might not be considered harmful, the resulting by-products may be toxic to the liver. Or the interaction of one medication with other medications - or when combined with alcohol - may cause life-threatening complications for otherwise healthy people. Canadian liver Foundation.http://www.liver.ca/liver-health/liver-disease-prevention/tips-for-healthy-liver/drug-safety.aspx

  • Daily dietary supplements of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (also found in fish) or lutein and zeaxanthin (nutrients found in green leafy vegetables) were not associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease in elderly patients with the eye disease age-related macular degeneration. This finding was Published in  JAMA  March 18 2014 (JAMA- Journal of American Medical Association)
  • Multivitamins are, a waste of money and health hazards, Johns Hopkins doctors say  http://hub.jhu.edu/2013/12/17/vitamins-might-be-harmful#
  • Levels of Genotoxic and Carcinogenic Compounds in Plant Food Supplements and Associated Risk Assessment . Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 9, 2011, pp. 989-1010

More information is available on the website of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, BfR):  BfR website

Facts on Herbs

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Many of the present medicines are derivatives of plant/herbs (Botanical) which are included into evidence based scientific curing system ‘Medicine’ after sufficient rigorous clinical trials. For example Acetylsalicylic or say aspirin has its origin in the bark of the willow tree, and so has the quinine antimalarial in the bark of the Cinchona tree.

To avoid health fraud scam it is important to clearly understand that it is wrong to think that herbs are not chemical and they are natural so it is not harmful. The fact and science is that everything in the space or on the earth, including air, water, soil, and plant, animal and human is chemical. So herbs/plants and medicines are also chemicals.
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Plants ranging from grass to tree, algae, fungi, or every chemical has properties to affect the body.

The effect can be good or bad. Therefore those plants which have been well studied and side effects are thoroughly known may be used in its natural form. Herbs are natural when they are in natural forms. When the natural herbs are processed and prepared into capsules, tablets, liquid and other forms, then they are no more natural and their chemical properties may become changed and their efficacy will not be as similar to as when it is in its natural form. Therefore selling of processed herbs or nutrition, or phytochemicals with a claim as natural is misleading.

  1. For example:

    Tea which is a very good herb contains phenol and other phytochemicals, specially known for catechin (epigallocatechin gallate). Freshly brewed with healthy method will have higher amount of medicinal properties, and body will be able to absorb (bioavailability) more efficiently.

 

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Whereas, besides health hazardous materials in Instant or bottled tea, the amount of catechin and other phytonutrients are small to very small.

‘Bottled tea beverages may contain fewer polyphenols than brewed tea’ American Chemical Society August 22, 2010. And also see The 2007 report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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