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Belize Herbs

Before you start taking an NSAID or other potentially dangerous drug, why not consider some safe natural alternatives?

Medicinal plants are used in various typesof healing practices; Hypertension, Infection, Diabetes, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, arthritis, exzemza, Asthma, depression…

Traditional healers view some plants as important spiritual entities.  Some medicinal plants may have a mystical significance in traditional healing practices.
Drying herbs in the traditional way

Drying herbs in the traditional way

Various parts of this website briefly examine the relationship of diet to health and defines the concept of functional foods.

A dietary supplement is considered as an addition to the diet to enhance health. Foods as medicine underpins the paradigm of functional foods. In particular, the recognition of medicinal mushrooms as functional foods or as dietary supplements is fully discussed especially in the concept of Chinese holistic medicine and modern immunology.

Consumers are becoming increasingly more health conscious and discerning in the types of foodstuffs that are purchased. It is now not possible to overlook the critical role that diet, including functional foods, can play in general health and well-being.

Many types of cancer can now be linked to inappropriate diets. In contrast, regular consumption of fruits and vegetables (now viewed as classical examples of functional foods) are now considered as essential ingredients in cancer prevention programmes.

When used for a therapeutic intention the medicinal mushrooms are normally consumed as powdered concentrates or extracts in hot water, and the extract concentrated and used as a drink or freeze-dried or spray-dried to form granular powders which allow easier handling, transportation and consumption.

As such, these liquid concentrates or dried, powdered mushrooms contained in capsules can be considered as dietary supplements or mushroom nutriceuticals with potential health benefits. These mushroom dietary supplements are used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine in various combinations, often with other herbal products, to treat many medical conditions.

A limited number of highly purified polysaccharide compounds derived from certain medicinal mushrooms are now being used, particularly in Japan, as pharmaceutical grade products. Due to their high content of fibre and proteins and low fat content, extracts of edible mushrooms have been considered to be ideal foods for dietetic prevention of hyperglycemia.

Extracts of several medicinal mushrooms, including Tremella aurantia, ‘Cordyceps sinensis’, Ganoderma lucidum and Auricularia auricula-judae have been shown to lower blood glucose. The blood glucose and triglyceride (TG) lowering effects of water soluble extracts from Lentinus edodes, Pleurotus ostreatus and Phellinus linteus in the streptozotocin-induced diabetic model have been clearly demonstrated.

Such results strongly suggest that these mushrooms have potential preventive and therapeutic action in diabetes mellitus (type I and II).

 

Warning: Do not self-medicate with any herb. Consult your health provider first.  Avoid in pregnancy




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