5 herbs you should consider using

There are hundreds of thousands of herbs, a vast majority of which have medicinal properties and can be used in our daily life. However, if you are newly interested in herbs, the amount of information and variety can be overwhelming. Hence, here is a small list of 5 of the fundamentally medicinal herbs that I incorporate in my life for optimal health

 

1) Ginger

Several studies have shown the anti-emetic/anti-vertigo effects of ginger, often comparing it to the frequently used drug domperidone. A study performed with sailors in the open sea showed 78% protection against open sea nausea compared to placebo.

Antimicrobial properties of ginger are also potent, as studies show, especially when combined with linseed. The ginger/linseed mixture is a potent anti-microbial against species such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus Vulgaris and Escherichia coli.

Last but not least, ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, often used to reduce muscle soreness in athletic individuals, compared even to ibuprofen in a study carried out in 2009.

2) Turmeric

Potent anti-inflammatory herb with powerful antioxidant properties. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has shown to reduce inflammation even in rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its antioxidant properties, it is considered to be a potential prevention treatment for cancer, as well as autoimmune diseases.

3) Rhodiola Rosea

A potent adaptogen, used for many years for its stress-relieving properties. Consistent use of Rhodiola Rosea extract has been shown to reduce stress-induced fatigue and increase overall stress-resistance. Taken first thing in the morning, Rhodiola can help prevent spikes in cortisol levels throughout the day, therefore increasing stable energy levels for the entire day, reducing "crash" periods.

4) Bacopa Monnieri

Often referred to as Brahmi, Bacopa Monnieri is a memory-enhancing herb, with effects similar to the infamous Ginkgo Biloba. A study conducted in 2002, demonstrated that consistent use of Bacopa extract (for periods over 12 weeks), improved memory skills and acquiring new information, by improving micro-circulation in the brain.

5) Nettle

Known widely as a basic ingredient in detox formulations, nettle has numerous effects on health. It can reduce fluid retention and therefore aid the management of chronic hypertension and reduce uric acid levels in patients with mildly elevated uric acid levels. A study conducted in 2003 showed that nettle extract can significantly prevent hyperglycemia when administered 30 minutes prior to glucose loading (i.e. A starchy or carbohydrate-packed meal)

 

Main references:

1) Ginger Root Against Seasickness: A Controlled Trial on the Open Sea, Aksel Grøntved , Torben Brask , Jørgen Kambskard , Erwin Hentzer, Acta Oto-Laryngologica, Vol. 105, Iss. 1-2, 1988

2) Antimicrobial activities and some fatty acids of turmeric, ginger root and linseed used in treatment of infectious diseases, World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 2, 2006

3) Oxygen radical scavenging activity of curcumin, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Volume 58, Issue 3

4) Roodenrys, S. "Chronic Effects Of Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) On Human Memory". Neuropsychopharmacology 27.2 (2002): 279-281. Web. 19 June 2016.

5) "Antihyperglycemic Activity Of The Aqueous Extract Of Urtica Dioica". Sciencedirect.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 19 June 2016.