Did you know there are herbs for circulation that are both natural and do not interfere with any meds that you may be taking or any known medical conditions? (You should always inform your doctor what natural supplements you are using.)
Are you confused about using natural herbs? There are quite a few and they can help with many different health challenges. We are going to break that down for you with a new series of articles about herbs.
First, let’s think about nutrition in general. Your food, along with any nutritional supplements that you use, feed your cells. So – as new cells are built the quality of the cell is a direct result of the nutrition that was given to your body. In contrast, herbs are not nutritional supplements although they are classified as dietary supplements by FDA.
Herbs, such as herbs used for circulation that we are discussing today, are used for special considerations or health challenges, and should be used in addition to a good nutrition supplement program. Your body still needs vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you don’t get enough of in your food.
Would you rather add life to your years, or simply years to your life? Herbs have been used for many years to help give people a better quality of life.
Some herbs are great for daily use and others are used for special occasions or for special people. Some you should not take at all if there can be an interaction with a health condition you may have or a medication you are taking.
The first herbs we will feature are for circulation. (Remember to come back often over the next few weeks or so while we post new herbal articles daily.) Is there any bodily process more important to life than circulation? Think about it: proper function of respiration, circulation, metabolism, and elimination all depend on proper blood flow throughout the body.
Studies show that there is a 70% decrease in blood flow in the body between the ages of 50 and 70 years. Herbs that can help circulation, and in turn, all of these body processes can make a difference in your quality of life.
One thing you will find as we go forward is that we usually talk about a group of herbs together when we look at the Shaklee brand. That’s because Shaklee (almost) always has more than one herb together in a single product formulation.
What I like about Shaklee is how they use their scientists and research teams to find groups of herbs that compliment each other so that when used together in your body, the combination can help you get better results.
Shaklee Mental Acuity Plus is an herbal formula that helps improve circulation to the brain. The brain represents just 2% of our body’s weight and yet it requires up to 20% of the nutrients you consume. There are five different herbs plus some supporting b vitamins in Mental Acuity Plus.
Ginko (biloba) is the main ingredient. According to the the German Commission E (an internationally recognized authority on natural products and herbal remedies), Ginko is approved for 3 primary clinical conditions: 1) memory deficit (disturbances in concentration, depressive emotional condition, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and headache), 2) improvement of distance and pain-free walking in peripheral artery disease, and 3) vertigo (dizziness).
Ginko can help with hearing loss due to the increased circulation to the nerves that are critical to hearing. There are no known side effects or any known interactions with medications – that’s good since pretty much anyone should be able to take it and important to know because as people age they start taking various medications and look for herbs that won’t interact with their meds.
To support Ginko, Shaklee chose 4 complimentary herbs:
- Hawthorn since it acts as a cardio tonic, cardio protective agent for prevention of heart disease, can help lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis (buildup of fat in the arteries that compromises blood flow to the brain)
- Bilberry for its history in helping primarily with the eyes (can help improve night vision, catarcats, glaucoma, retinopathy and circulatory disorders in the eye)
- Gotu Kola that is effective for improved memory, overcoming stress and fatigue, overcoming a feeling of heaviness in the lower limbs, night cramps and spider veins. Gotu Kola is a favorite snack of elephants and we all know that elephants live forever!
- Rosemary for its antioxidant properties – it has more than a dozen antioxidants. Rosemary has value in preventing alzheimers, and has such a reputation for improving memory that it is known as the ‘herb of remembrance’.
There is one last component of Mental Acuity Plus: B vitamins to help promote the formation of healthy red blood cells that will more efficiently carry nutrients throughout your improved circulatory system!
To learn more about, or order, Mental Acuity Plus visit: Herbs for Circulation.