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Should dieters head to herbal supplements?

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There’s no denying that the diet industry is worth billions. Every day there is seemingly a new statement, magic ingredient or power exercise claiming to offer dieters the results they are after. However most of these are nothing more than words and actually have no value to them whatsoever. Yet some claims do hold value and can help people to shed the pounds in order to get the results they desire.

Herbal ingredients have long been held as a saviour for those wanting to take a natural approach to weight loss. Reports of harsh chemicals, side effects and potentially dangerous ingredients contained in many supplements and medicines has driven people to the herbal side. But despite the rise in popularity of herbal supplements, many still look at them as inferior to prescription medications when it comes to effectiveness – mainly due to the media and the medical industry. But this is a misconception. 

Some of the strongest substances available are 'herbal'. But as no herb, natural treatment or natural remedy can be labelled or advertised as a cure or treatment, many have labelled herbal medicines as nothing more than placebos that offer no real benefits. Yet there’s a plethora of herbs out there which have helped people to manage medical symptoms and improve the quality of their life. Herbs such as turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, ginger, basil, garlic and green tea extract have all been shown to offer incredible benefits for those taking them, with some even being endorsed by medical professionals around the country. Green tea extract in particular has been hailed by many as a way to help control weight, while ginger is said to be good for easing nausea, and as a result, has even been recommended by doctors for those suffering from sickness. Basil is said to help settle those who may be feeling stressed, turmeric can help relieve arthritis pain, rosemary can help to reduce the amount of carcinogens and cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar, naturally.

All of the above, although not proven due to the law above, have all produced incredible results when trialled. And as they are natural, they offer fewer side effects and come with less risks than over the counter and prescribed medications. The terms ‘herbal medications’ and herbal supplements’ should instead simply just be an indication that it's not a controlled medicine; it should not provide the misconception that it will not work.

Have you had any experiences with herbal supplements – would you recommend them?

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