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Herbal supplement research

I don’t care about what you have heard or read lately, these are the facts about these herbal supplements:

Echinacea has “Good scientific evidence for this use”:

  • Prevention of upper respiratory tract infections (adults and children)
  • Treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (adults)

St. John’s wort has “Strong scientific evidence” for treating “mild-to-moderate depressive disorder.” 

Chamomile extract was better than placebo in reducing anxiety.

Milk thistle is effective in interfering with the life cycle of the hepatitis C virus.

Ginkgo biloba helps treat dementia, relieves claudication (painful legs from clogged arteries), and  improves blood flow to the brain to reduce cerebral insufficiency (defined as poor concentration, confusion, absent-mindedness, anxiety, etc.). 

Pcynogenol helps for treating asthma, and for relieving chronic venous insufficiency (leg swelling and varicose veins).

Ginseng boosts immune function, lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, and is a heart healthy antioxidant, which include the reduction of LDL oxidation.

Red yeast rice gets an A for lowering LDL and triglycerides.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is often a problem with circulation. Because it is an early indicator of problems with blood flow, the presence of erectile dysfunction may forewarn future cardiac problems.
Various herbs and nutrients have been studied. The Asian Journal of Andrology (2007; 9(2): 241-4) studied the effect of
Korean red ginseng in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 60 subjects with erectile dysfunction. At the
end of the 12 week study, the group receiving 1000 mg of Korean Red Ginseng 3x per day had improvement of symptoms according to the five item version of the International Index of
Erectile Function (IIEF-5).

If ED is a concern for you, please feel free to discuss nutritional recommendations with me.

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