Honokiol, a compound found in magnolia tree bark, appears to hold promise for treating mental health conditions, inflammation and as an antifungal.
Grapefruit seed extract is a popular "natural antimicrobial" often touted for it's ability to fight infections. However, numerous studies appear to indicate that the antimicrobial effects are due to chemical contaminants.
Elderberry has a long history of medicinal use, including for the treatment of colds and flu. Most of the latest clinical research appears to support the benefits of elderberry in reducing the durations and severity of illness.
Low testosterone is a common problem in men. While testosterone replacement can raise levels, it can have concerning side effects. Of interest, a number of natural approaches have been shown to raise testosterone levels.
While drinking green tea is quite safe, green tea extracts have been associated with a surprising number of cases of liver toxicity and liver failure.
Apigenin is a flavonoid found in celery, parsley and chamomile that appears to have some significant health benefits for helping prevent heart disease and bone loss, along with supporting mood.
Modified citrus pectin is a supplement derived from citrus fruit. Initial studies suggest possible benefits for cancer treatment. Other uses show promise in animal studies, yet lack definitive findings in human clinical trials.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a natural compound that has strong antioxidant effects. Research appears to suggest that it may be beneficial for peripheral neuropathy and numerous forms of toxicity, among other uses.
A number of nutrients may help to improve bone fracture healing. Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and others may all provide benefits and improve the formation of bone.
Horny goat weed is a Chinese herb that shows surprising promise for treating everything from erectile dysfunction to heart disease, inflammatory conditions and cognitive decline.
Aloe has a long history of use for treating burns and wounds. However, taken internally, the gel may also provide gastrointestinal and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Vitamin C has long been considered a support for immune function. However, as the research has been somewhat mixed, it's worth reviewing to see what the latest data suggests.
Chicory is often considered an invasive weed, having become naturalized over most of the world. However, the plant appears to have some potential medical uses, from improving constipation to helping control blood sugar and lowering inflammation.
Berberine is a yellow compound isolated from a number of common herbs. The compound shows potential efficacy for helping to treat diabetes, heart disease and diarrhea.
While herbal medicine has been growing in popularity, it is often more complicated than generally realized. Numerous factors can profoundly change the efficacy of an herbal product.