Antioxidants are natural ingredients which can bring great health benefits to our body by effectively protecting our cells from damages from free radicals. There are a variety of antioxidants and many can be found in herbs. Some good examples of such herbs include St John’s wort, Silybum marianum and olive leaves.
St John’s wort is a long yellow-colored plant which has yellow blossoms. It is famous for its highly antioxidant properties and it is often used for the treatment of depression and other mood disorders. Some scientific researches also found that St John’s wort may have a certain side effects including leading to sexual dysfunction and headaches. If used with other medicines, this herb may also interact with them as well.
Bilberry is a common herb originated from the North America and Europe. The fruit of this plant can be consumed as fruits and its another important usage is to be used as a herbal medicine to treat a variety of diseases such as diabetes and atherosclerosis. The herb is also a rich source of vitamin c and a variety of antioxidants. However, this herb is not recommended by doctors to be taken in a very high dose. This is because the tannins contained in this herb can easily result in muscle spasms and loss of weight.
Silybum marianum is another antioxidant herb which has been used for hundreds of years. Native in the Mediterranean regions, it is considered to be helpful for the protection and rehabilitation of the liver functionality. So, it is usually the first choice for the treatment of liver damages caused by alcohol poisoning. Silybum marianum is usually safe even taken in a high dose. Although this herb is considered to be safe in normal doses, it should not be used by pregnant women for safety concerns.
The history of using olive leaves as a herbal medicine can date back to ancient Egypt times. Ancient people already had knowledge that it can treat a variety of disorders such as fevers and malaria. Today, the olive leaf is still be used for treatment of joint pain, flu and hemorrhoids in many location in the world. In addition to the antioxidant properties, olive leaf is also famous for its antimicrobial effects. However, patients with diabetes mellitus should avoid using this herb as a herbal medicine.
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