Natural Health Products: The data presented in this article are from the latest factual knowledge. Supplements you have already been presented in our previous guide to natural health products. To complete this first guide, here are six other natural health products that deserve to be better known.
Derived from alfalfa, is nicknamed “plant blood”, chlorophyll is to plants what hemoglobin is to human blood.
Serum of youth and health, chlorophyll:
- promotes better oxygenation of tissues;
- stimulates red blood cells and helps fight against anemia;
- purifies and deodorizes the body (the breath, sweat, feces and urine);
- cleans the blood and skin;
- alkaline body, reduces acidity;
- remineralizes thanks to its richness in minerals and trace elements.
Fell a need for “green blood”? Eat vegetables every day and add a liquid extract of chlorophyll in the water you drink.
Today’s women, even when tired, do not stop. She no longer has reserves of iron, do not eat even half of the recommended calcium and do not consume enough foods rich in magnesium.
Fatigue, concentration problems, headaches, menstrual bleeding, frequent infections and difficulty in sleeping, depression, nervousness, etc. are symptoms that accompany iron deficiency.
Iron supplementation with iron concentrations ranging between 15 and 50mg, are formulated to be easily assimilated and have the advantage of not causing constipation.
Warning: The tannins in tea, red wine, coffee, chocolate, antacid drugs, and especially PPIs (Nexium, Pantoloc, etc.) reduce iron absorption. In contrast, vitamin C favors iron absorption. Please note that iron and calcium are in competition and they should not be taken at the same meal.
Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus castus)
The famous PMS! 40% of women between 15 and 50 years say they have been affected by it. Headache, fatigue, irritability, depression, crying spells, water retention, food cravings for sugary or salty items, tender breasts, buttons, etc. are among the symptoms that occur during the luteal phase (phase progesterone) and disappear with the arrival of menstruation.
Chaste tree extract is known to relieve PMS symptoms and treat menstrual irregularities. Its action on the pituitary results in stimulation of the corpus luteum, which increases the secretion of progesterone and its effect is to normalize the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the second part of the menstrual cycle. Result, after several months of use: smile during PMS!
Soil depletion has resulted in inadequate intake of magnesium in over 60% of North Americans, causing a variety of health problems.
A magnesium deficiency can be linked to various ailments: muscle cramps, restlessness of the legs, eyes that pop, hypertension, migraine headaches, attention deficit disorder, osteoporosis, PMS, menstrual cramps, weak immune system, kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression.
It is thanks to magnesium that our muscles, arteries and nerve cells can relax. Taken at bedtime, magnesium promotes relaxation and predisposes to sleep.
Hormone secreted by the pineal gland, melatonin regulates and controls our biological clock. During the day, melatonin secretion is inhibited by light. The evening and night, on the contrary, it is stimulated by darkness, which promotes sleep.
Melatonin is a safe drug and does not create addiction. It is particularly interesting:
- for people who have difficulty falling asleep, because it reduces the time to fall asleep;
- because it improves the quality and duration of sleep;
- for travelers, who are suffering from jet lag;
- for night workers.
Dosage: 3 to 6 mg at bedtime. The sublingual tablets when let to melt under the tongue, are more effective.
It is an essential trace element for:
- connective tissue formation, which explains its influence on the elasticity of the skin;
- calcification and bone mineralization;
- strengthening nails and hair;
- strengthening the tendons and ligaments;
- facilitating skin regeneration (skin diseases, wounds, surgery);
- maintaining the integrity and elasticity of blood vessels, which improves atherosclerosis.
In addition, the silica provides an anti-inflammatory property for those suffering from recalcitrant and painful disorders of the skeleton and muscles (tendonitis, sciatica, etc.).
As a supplement, there is organic silica available in liquid form and in the form of extracts of horsetail, nettle and bamboo.
Warning: The natural health products should be eaten as indications and precise dosages, taking into account possible interactions with medications. To be well informed, do not hesitate to consult a licensed naturopath, alternative health professional, someone who is a specialist in natural health products.