Herbs For Health

Being a personal trainer, I get constant questions about herbs and what they can do for our well being. Here is my opinion on some of the more popular ones. Did you know growing herbs at home is a fun and money saving activity that happens to comes with an array of health benefits? Other than just using them to flavor our dishes, some herbs also come fully packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants that are good for the body. To get you started, here are some of the most common and possibly the healthiest herbs.

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Herbs for Health

Rosemary

Possibly one of the most widely used herbs; this herb goes well with just about anything. It is currently one of the most powerful and pungent herbs. So what is so great about Rosemary besides smell and flavor? According to a study, high compounds of this herb were linked to high accuracy and speed of study participants. The higher the level of this compound in the blood of the participants the better was the outcome.

Lavender

Well, this is not just a pretty plant; it also comes fully packed with an array of health benefits. Lavender contains powerful antioxidants commonly referred to as polyphenols that can effectively fight belly bloating. Moreover, its fragrance is unlike anything you have come across; it helps you fall asleep.

Thyme

Works great when used together with Rosemary, and if you have time, you need to use both. That aside; for years, thyme has been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory problems like bronchitis. As if that is not even enough; apart for its antiseptic properties, this herb is calorie free and provides an amazing flavor to salads, soups among other great things.

Basil

For those who have used this herb before, obviously, you do not need to be told the kind of flavor it comes with; it is distinct and that alone makes its usage exceedingly limited. However, when it comes to health benefits, this herb probably has them all; Other than just used to calm the nerves, its detoxifying properties on the liver have made it one of the most sought after. It does not even stop there; if for years you have had to deal with skin blemishes, this is exactly what you should be going for next. It has some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Parsley

If you often leave this garnish sitting on the side of the plate, you better start eating it soon for it is full of essential nutrients. It contains both vitamin A and C and just a tablespoon of this herb provides more than the recommended daily intake of vitamin K; a nutrient that is highly needed for healthy blood.

 

Kenneth’s guide to Mitragyna Speciosa

Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Its botanical name is Mitragyna Speciosa. The Mitragyna genus is of the family of Rubiaceae which is the same family as coffee. The Kratom leaves have long been used for scientific & medicinal research purposes. The tree of Kratom reaches upto 50 feet in height which is 15 metres and with a 15 feet leaf spread which is 4.5 metres.Its flowers being yellow and the leaves turning out to be evergreen and dark glossy in colour shade, it is very attractive to look at. The stem of the tree is upright and tight. Rather than being a deciduous tree, Mitragyna Speciosa is evergreen and its leaves shed constantly and get replaced as much fastly. During seasons where temperature is high, the leaves fall more profusely and in the season of rain, they grow back copiously. The trees have an average height of 14-19 feet. The trees have a pleasent ambience around them and they create a delightful environment. The Mitragyna Speciosa is autochthonous to Thailand and in spite of growing naturally in the country, has been declared illegitimate for 70 years and was originally banned due to Thai government’s tax issues. The traditional utilization of this plant dates back to many centuries. They are a part of the culture of Thai community and their euphoric contribution to the nature is undeniable. One should have a deep knowledge before having a judgement about it.

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In recent times, Kratom has become popular for medicinal and recreational purposes, because of the pleasant impact of its leaves. Mitragyna Speciosa has already exhibited its vast medical potential in studies that have shown it to be a very powerful analgesic. The current peer reviewed studies on Kratom and its constituents have shown that it displays powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, contains several oxindole alkaloids which have demonstrated immunomodulation properties, and it even contains constituents that have exhibited anti-cancer properties. There have been done many medical trials and peer reviewed studies that can attest to the medical capabilities of this herb. It is astonishing to know that after being so much useful and without any known ill effects, it is banned in many countries. The researchers till now have concluded it as a powerful tool in fighting obesity all over the world and also the perfect orally-active pain killer. Such scientific and medical researches prove that Kratom has potentially positive impact.

There are a variety of Kratom on the market: leaves, powder and resin. Resin and powder are usually stronger than leaves, but the strength of each product also depends on the age and quality of the plants it was made from. Kratom is legal to possess, use and grow throughout many European countries, as well as United States. Available at your local botanical store, you can even buy kratom online or even Amazon – that’s how popular it has become. Even after so many researches had been carried out, Kratom is still illegal in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Romania and the US states Indiana, Mississippi and Louisiana. Kratom is regulated or controlled in countries like Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand & Poland. A recent report from the Transnational Institute comes to the conclusion, that Kratom is a part of southern Thai culture and that the criminalization of Kratom is not only unnecessary, but counter-productive given centuries of non-problematic history. It is totally out of misconception due to certain other elements which bear similar names but produce negative results. A strict checking should be done on such fake products which discredit the gratifying impact of Mitragyna Speciosa and ban must be imposed on them and not on Kratom.

The world needs to understand that the medicinal and scientific properties of this spectacular plant far outweigh it’s any known negative impact, so that the benefits can be reaped as early as possible. Already Thailand has banned it on its own land. This only gives rise to potential black marketeters and other tertiary resources to earn money by selling Kratom at extremely high prices. The ever growing prices in black markets potentially attack the economical growth of the respective country. And that too for a product which has no proved ill effects. Government itself should officially conduct clinical trials so as to understand the positive attributes of this amazing gift from the nature. Otherwise over a certain period of time, the consequences may not be under control.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)

Pregnancy

The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a glycoprotein that often occurs during pregnancy. HCG plays a vital role in maintaining a pregnancy. It can be detected in the blood as soon as the egg implants in the fallopian tube. The placenta then releases the hormone into the bloodstream, with trace amounts making its way into the urine. It can be detected as early as 6 days after implantation. The levels of HCG vary depending on the stage of the pregnancy and that type of hromone is different than HCG drops. It grows steadily for the first 14-16 weeks, often peaking around week 14. It then has a gradual decline and remains in the body until birth. After birth, the levels of HCG drop entirely. Higher than normal levels can also be indicative of twins, triplets, and more, or of a pregnancy developing in the fallopian tubes. They have found that HIV is typically not transmitted to the fetus. Doctors theorize that the reason is because of the levels of HCG present, and a subunit of the hormone actively fights against the virus.

Uses

Human chorionic gonadotropin is often used in artificial insemination, to force ovulation. Within 34-36 hours after an HCG injection, they retrieve the oocyte. HCG is also used to enhance progesterone production in rare cases. In men, HCG injections also occur, primarily to simulate the production of testosterone. This is done primarily for men struggling with fertility or hypogonadism.

Medicine Derivatives

HCG is sold as Novarel and Pregnyl in powder form. When mixed with another liquid, it is often injected under the skin or into a muscle. The needle is disposable and should be discarded into a container that is unable to be punctured. Any doctor or pharmacist should be able to help individuals acquire these necessary products. The powder should be stored away from heat at room temperature. Once mixed with the liquid, it is stored in the refrigerator up to 60 days if using Pregnyl and 30 days if using Novarel. Do not use if there are particles in the liquid or if the substance changed colors. A third derivative is Ovidrel, which comes in prefilled syringes, which are good for 30 days.

Dangers of HCG Medicinal Derivatives

Women who had an in vitro fertilization or other assisted reproduction methods, who use HCG Pregnyl have shown an increased tendency for pregnancies located in the fallopian tube (ectopic). It also increases the risk of multiple pregnancies, or having more than one child per pregnancy. Use after pregnancy can harm the child as well. Women should not use HCG during pregnancy or lactating. Men who take HCG for a long time, eventually leads to an increased production of androgen. Doctors caution the use of HCG in prepubescent teenagers, which can result in precocious sexual development and premature epiphyseal closure, and possible affect skeletal maturation as well. You should make sure you check out this article on Wikipedia to gain farther more information.

Dangers Revealed by HCG

Some cancers emits this hormone. So high levels uncovered in the bloodstream or urine can be interpreted as a tumor. High levels can be indicative of a molar pregnancy or choriocarcinoma, or the cancer of the uterus. Signs of HCG in men is often used to confirm a diagnosis for testicle cancer.

Dietary Purposes

Some doctor’s claim that HCG should be used for weight loss. Albert Simeons is one such man. He noticed that pregnant women and boys with pituitary problems, both lost fat weight when injected with HCG. Although the FDA rejected his conclusions. Later studies have found Simeons’s claim to be fallacious. HCG is a prescription drug according to the FDA. If any form appears in weight loss supplements, or in any over the counter medicine, it is illegal. Overall, human chorionic gonadotropin is an essential hormone for men and women, though especially for the latter. It helps retain the fertilized egg in pregnancy, and is believed to protect the infant from HIV. It rises gradually and diminishes the same way before disappearing altogether. It serves as an effective drug in helping sterile couples reproduce, despite the propensity for multiple pregnancies, and in some cases ectopic ones. It has been effective in verifying certain types of cancers in men and women: uterine and testicular ones especially. Lastly, there is no evidence to support the fallacious claim that HCG helps aid in weight loss, but rather, negative effects from too much HCG are apparent. When using HCG, always follow the recommended procedure and dosage. If any concerns exist, contact a doctor or pharmacist.