A quick review of herbal supplements from television personality, Dr. Mehmet Oz:

Get smart about herbal supplements

October 6th, 2012 – Washington Examiner

Dr. Mehmet Oz

A seemingly endless array of herbal supplements fills the shelves of drugstores, supermarkets, health-food stores and even gas-station quick marts. The appetite for these “alternative cures” has created a $5.2 billion market for everything from aloe vera to Zingiber officinale (that’s ginger).

If any of that money’s coming out of your wallet, you owe it to yourself to tap into another herbal trend: Reliable research into botanicals (that’s another name for herbal supplements) that provides scientific evidence about which are safe, smart and effective — and which are dumb or even dangerous duds. Both types show up on the latest list of top sellers. You want to be sure you’ve got a winner.

Best picks? According to our favorite herbal info resource — the Cleveland Clinic Wellness website’s Supplement Review — the following popular herbs are generally safe and have some scientific backing as effective remedies:

» Turmeric (the yellow in yellow mustard) for easing inflammation of ulcerative colitis in conjunction with standard medications.

» Aloe vera cream for healing mild skin burns (it may work better than some prescription preparations).

» Saw palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia; this herb seems to block hormones that makes a guys’ glands swell.

» Garlic to help control blood pressure and cholesterol, and slow down hardening of the arteries. Results are modest, but it could help you stay healthy.

Thinking about popping an herbal product or wondering whether one you already take is worth continuing?

Check the science. These days, you can get the latest, impartial 411 on an herb before you buy it or try it by logging on to some terrific websites that review and boil down the latest research findings. We already mentioned our favorite, The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Supplement Review. Two others are Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine website and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine…

Read more by going to:  Dr. Oz discusses supplements

And here is the link to his recommended, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Supplement Review site.

I can’t disagree with any of this.  A bit conservative, but sound advice.  The Cleveland Clinic is an excellent site.  Check-it-out!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat


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