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Herbal Extracts Plus extends our warmest welcome to you, our friends (old and new) and longtime patrons!  Having previously supplied fine botanicals and natural nutrients since 1995, our company now provides our rich storehouse of accumulated valuable information. This includes current and previous scientific research and university studies, history and folk use, clinical trials and common usage of herbs, spices and natural supplements....and how alternative therapy using natural substances and lifestyle habits can enhance your health  right now and maintain it for many years to come - the natural way.


Curcumin May Improve Cholesterol Levels For People With Metabolic Syndrome ~


Daily Curcumin-Turmeric supplementation may help slash LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome (Met-S) is a condition characterized by central obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen), hypertension and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism. It has been linked to increased risks of both Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. According to a new study from Taiwan’s Chung Shan Medical University, a daily dose of Curcumin, the yellow pigment from Turmeric, was associated with a reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol - and also associated with increases in HDL (good) cholesterol. There were, however, no changes observed in weight or blood sugar levels. Interestingly, Curcumin-Turmeric has recently become one of the most popular botanicals for various natural therapies, since new science and research has grown significantly with recent studies supporting its potential use for brain, cardiovascular, joint and muscle benefits. In this new study, 65 participants with (Met-S) were randomly assigned to receive either 650 mgs of Curcumin three times per day or placebo. The results demonstrated that Curcumin was linked with significant increases in HDL (good) cholesterol levels, while LDL (bad) cholesterol levels were significantly decreased. Moreover, triglycerides were also reduced, and so, the scientists made special note of the fact that lowering triglyceride levels is thought to be linked to increasing insulin sensitivity and improved inflammation levels. Additional analyses indicated that men experienced more of a cholesterol lowering effect, while women experienced a greater improved HDL (good) cholesterol effect. These findings hold promise that Curcumin-Turmeric may be included as an alternative to modify cholesterol related parameters, especially in Met-S patients.

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Curcumin May Improve Cholesterol Levels For People With Metabolic Syndrome ~

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People living near the Mediterranean regularly incorporate olive oil, fish, green (and other colorful) vegetables, whole grains and an occasional glass of red wine into their meals. Instead of salt, they rely on delicious, healthy spices and herbs to flavor their foods. The “Mediterranean Diet” is now highly praised as greatly beneficial for cardiac health and may even reduce the risks of mild memory impairment and ward off certain cancers. Good health is as simple as eating healthy and delicious food (sound good to you?). This is a very pleasant prescription for better health.





There is much truth in that old quotation, because music can not only calm us, it can also energize us as well. Try making a playlist of songs that put you in a positive mood, and let the music carry you away to a happy world. Sit back, and enjoy your brighter feelings and upbeat, relaxed attitude.



Proper skin care can delay the natural ageing process and prevent many skin problems. These simple skin-care habits will help you protect your skin and keep it healthy and glowing for years to come: Protect Yourself from Sun: Avoid sun during high-intensity hours; wear protective clothing (sunglasses & hat, etc.); use and reapply sunscreen often. Don’t Smoke: Smoking accelerates skin’s normal ageing process and contributes to wrinkles. (Damage from smoking can be seen in young adults who have been smoking for as few as ten years). Wash Skin Gently: Cleaning is essential when caring for your skin. The key is to treat your skin gently, using warm water, gentle soaps and patting dry. Moisturize Regularly: Moisturizers help maintain skin’s natural moisture levels. (They work by providing a seal over the skin to keep water from escaping or by slowly releasing water into your skin). Include Avocado in your diet: Its nourishing high-fat content helps fight the ravages of age, sun and wind damage as it softens and smoothes the skin.


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Soft drinks are the single largest contributor to the total calorie intake of Americans, and numerous studies have linked increased intake of sweetened beverages to the dangerously rising American obesity rates over the past few decades. While this info may motivate you to reach for a diet soda, you may be disappointed to find that there are no benefits in artificially sweetened beverages either: They may actually increase your appetite and encourage weight gain. Try to kick your soda habit this week. Choose water with a squeeze of citrus, unsweetened teas, or 100% fruit/vegetable juices instead of a soft drink to really save calories and reduce your hunger. Better for your overall health too!


A small handful of walnuts each day may help to lower your cholesterol levels and ease inflammation in your heart’s arteries. Walnuts are packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, mono-unsaturated fats and fiber. The benefits come when walnuts replace bad fats like those that lurk in chips and cookies. Tip: Walnut Oil also contains Omega-3s, so think about trying some in your salad dressings.



...and take note of any of the following: Shortness of Breath during rest, exercise or while lying flat. Weight Gain. Visible Swelling of Legs and Ankles due to a buildup of fluid. Abdominal Pain or Occasional Abdominal Bloating. Fatigue and Weakness. Loss of Appetite. Nausea. Persistent Cough. If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, it’s time to ring the doctor and get a diagnosis. Don’t forget to discuss diet and helpful botanicals, like Grapeseed Extract (with resveratrol), which is used to support cardiac and vascular health.


How you handle stress makes a big difference in how you feel (mentally and physically); it may even help lower blood pressure, blood sugar levels, as well as anxiety. Try these tips: GET OUTSIDE: Going outdoors, even close to home, is linked to better well-being. In a natural setting, you’re usually doing something active, like walking or hiking or gardening. Even a few minutes in the fresh air can make a difference in your attitude. CATCH YOUR BREATH: Focusing on your breath curbs your body’s reaction to pressure or anxiety and pulls your attention away from negative thoughts. Sit comfortably in a quiet place. Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting your chest and lower belly rise and your abdomen expand. Exhale just as slowly, repeating a word or phrase that helps relax you (or count slowly). For best results, repeat for at least ten minutes.


According to a popular saying, curiosity was very hazardous to a cat’s health - but not so for Humans! Researchers have discovered that people who are curious tend to have a greater sense of meaning in life. Other studies have linked curiosity to psychological well-being and the expansion of knowledge and skills. The message? Look, listen, learn and question everything. Life is interesting, and if you pay attention, you will be too!

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Our main links are on the left of every page of the site.  Browse our Symptoms and Remedies  page for all natural herbal remedies that will help you to relieve many different ailments and conditions. Find your own herbal remedy by looking through our Single Herbs, Botanicals & Nutrients.  We offer information covering over 300 well-known and time-tested herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, plants and other natural nutriionals that are well known for their beneficial therapeutic properties. Visit these pages and learn how they can help us all achieve and maintain optimum health. Keep on top of the latest News Research  (linked above).  You'll find the latest university and scientific studies exploring the world of botanicals and how they can improve our health....the natural way!  We have also composed several informative articles chronicling the histories of Ayurvedic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, The History of Herbal Medicine (in general) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our Herbal Learning Center  offers carefully researched and comprehensive information relating to important health topics, herbs and herbal health.  In the event you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms you find throughout our website, we have included a Glossary of Terms and Definitions.  Our Herbal Preparations Page will demonstrate some simple ways for you to prepare your own herbal remedies, including teas, herbal infusions, tinctures, poultices, etc., at home; and we have also included a section describing the benefits of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, another form of healing through herbal extracts in oil form.  Don't forget to visit the Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids & Other Nutrients page. If you wish to read even more facts about herbs, herbal supplements and current health topics, we have provided a page filled with Links & Resources  that will connect you with other helpful websites. They are invaluable resources for information. Visit our FAQs  page for answers to questions about taking our herbal supplements or finding your way around our website. 

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