How Herbal Supplements Can Support Your Health

How Herbal Supplements Can Support Your Health

11 March 2021 ۰ Zen Maitri

164A7399.jpg

Chemist and supermarket shelves are packed with supplements produced by big pharma, and while some of them — like B12 and Folic Acid — have been proven to be effective, the benefits of others are not so certain. Some common supplements have even been flagged as potentially harmful

So if you’re looking for supplements to support your overall health and boost your wellbeing in certain areas (such as immunity or focus), how do you know the ones you choose will be beneficial?

The answer, for us, lies in herbs and plants. Plants that support health naturally, without synthetic chemicals, have been used in cultures around the world for centuries. They draw on the wisdom of nature and knowledge passed down through generations to complement healthy lifestyles. 

What’s the difference between conventional supplements and herbal supplements?

Conventional dietary supplements — the ones you’ll usually find on supermarket shelves — contain vitamins and minerals, some of which are naturally sourced, and some of which are synthesised in a laboratory. 

Herbal supplements, on the other hand, are sometimes called botanicals; they’re derived from plants. High-quality herbal supplements don’t contain non-naturally occurring ingredients at all. Unlike conventional supplements, their plant compounds generally consist of several active ingredients. They use the complete properties of the plant rather than isolating one vitamin, mineral or compound. 

Studies suggest that naturally occurring nutrients like this are easier for the body to absorb, as the compounds in a plant work together in the body and increase the bioavailability of essential vitamins and minerals. 

What do supplements actually do? And how do I choose the right ones? 

The first thing to remember about any kind of supplement is that they are exactly that: supplements. They’re not meant to replace any of the nutrients you need to get from your diet, but to give you an easy-to-digest boost of nutrients that are hard to absorb enough of from your diet alone. 

Different herbal supplements have different uses. You can select the ones that will work for you by thinking about the things you struggle with day-to-day. Even better, book a detailed Natural Health Consultation with one of our medical herbalists to benefit from warm, professional advice and a tailored-to-you herbal prescription. 

If you find that you get ill often, picking up coughs and colds when you spend time in close proximity with other people; or that you feel generally run down, then our Immunity Capsules may provide the additional micro-nutrients you need. Made with a blend of herbs including (but not limited to) Andrographis, Echinacea Root, and Tulsi, they’re formulated to support the immune system with natural antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. 

If you struggle to focus or stay on-task, or feel a bit fuzzy when you’re trying to concentrate, you might benefit from herbal compounds that increase blood flow to the brain and protect your nervous system when you’re working late and under stress. Our caffeine-free Focus Capsules are blended with Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Gotu Kola and Brahmi to do just that.

Ashwagandha Capsules
from £20.00
 

Or if you ever feel overwhelmed and anxious, or if you find it difficult to get to sleep or to stay asleep, Ashwagandha Supplements could be combined with some simple lifestyle changes and calming practices (we recommend Yoga Nidra) to help you turn things around. 

Ashwagandha is an incredible herb, known to reduce general stress and stop panic attacks in their tracks. It can also boost your energy during the day while supporting deep, good quality sleep.

No supplement will change your life if it’s the only thing you do to take care of yourself. But included as part of a nourishing diet that adapts with the seasons and with your changing body, herbal supplements can contribute to holistic wellbeing. 

Do I have to take them as capsules or tablets?

We know that not everyone feels comfortable swallowing tablets or capsules. You can open any of our capsule supplements and drop the powder into a smoothie or a bowl of porridge; the capsules are for convenience, but the contents will be just as effective without the casing. 

Alternatively, we also offer a range of supplements in the form of blended powders, to be added to food or mixed into drinks. You can also try tinctures (liquid herbal extracts), which can also be added to water or taken with a teaspoon.

Digestion Smoothie Powder

£16.99

Try our Breathe Tincture for respiratory health or our Immunity Plus Tincture for an intensive immune system recharge. Or choose our Digestion Smoothie Powder to start the day with support from powerhouse herbs and plants including Cardamom, Meadowsweet and Dandelion root. 

Want to find out more about herbal supplements?

It’s important to note that not all herbs work for everyone, and if you have any health concerns we always recommend discussing them with a medical herbalist before you add supplements to your diet. Herbs are powerful — it’s why we love them, but it’s also why they need to be taken with care, and backed by expert knowledge. 

We’re always happy to chat with customers about our products. If you have any questions, drop us an email at info@zenmaitri.com

And if herbs and herbal supplements have worked for you, we’d love to hear about it! Join the conversation over on Instagram


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published