Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem

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A study was conducted recently by Canadian researchers wherein the DNA make up of 44 herbal supplements from 12 different manufactures in the United States and Canada were tested. The results? These supposed herbal supplements were mainly composed of soy, rice and weeds.  In fact, most of the supplements tested contained none of the actual herb for which they were named.  You can read the article in its entirety here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/herbal-supplements-are-often-not-what-they-seem.html?_r=2&

So why are we continuing to spend nearly 5 billion a year on unproven and largely, unregulated herbal supplements? Because we want the quick fix. But as the study clearly shows, many of these quick fix herbal supplements are largely nothing but a useless powder with no health benefits at all. So if we aren’t taking St. John’s Wort, Echinacea or Ginkgo Biloba, how do we battle our depression, prevent the common cold or enhance our memory? With simple lifestyle changes. Save your money on these questionable herbal supplements and try the following to remedy what ails you:

Health Concern: Depression

Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Exercise. When you exercise, your body release endorphins. Endorphins boost your mood and reduce stress.

Health Concern: Common Cold

Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Wash your hands. Avoid touching your ears, eyes & nose. Get plenty of sleep. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Health Concern: Memory

Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Play Scrabble or Words With Friends, work on a crossword. Play brain games on Luminosity.com

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