If you feel not quite clear the difference between herbs and nutritional supplements, think for a minute about the difference between medicinal herbs and drugs. Almost a third of all our potent drugs - digitalis, antispasmodic, analgesic drugs and certain chemotherapeutic agents, not to mention the many other - come from plants.
However, in contrast to synthetic analogs of plant substances, which creates many pharmaceuticals, herbal extracts in the dietary supplements act simultaneously at different levels. Curative potential of naturally-balanced whole herbs and extracts is much wider. The same herb can be used in one case, for example, as a remedy for colds, and in another case, helps the patient recover from cancer.
Parapharmaceuticals - biologically active additives on the basis of extracts of medicinal plants - used for disease prevention, adjuvant therapy and maintenance of the functional activity of organs and systems. Their properties are determined belonging to the plant organic acids, bioflavonoids, polyphenols, biogenic amines, oligosaccharides and other substances. Their role is to enhance the adaptive capacities of the organism in extreme circumstances.
What are the basic steps of parapharmaceuticals?
1. Body cleaning
Excretory systems of our body are not designed for that level of toxins and slags, with whom we are dealing with today. Moreover, the majority of people they do not operate at full capacity. It is connected with the composition of food, which is usually too little coarse plant productss, with insufficient amount of food enzymes, inhibition of intestinal microflora, also with various pathologies of the kidneys, liver, intestines, lungs, skin.
Herbal cleansers able to solve the problem of purification of the body most gentle and effective manner. They not only stimulates the excretory systems (intestine, kidney, liver and other organs), but also allows you to normalize digestion and restore the homeostasis of the organism.
2. Antioxidant protection
Antioxidant protection of the organism directed against free radicals, excess of which threatens our health. The cause for breeding of free radicals is a toxic effect of the environment and poor nutrition. Free radicals are cellular poisons, and their surplus, which is not compensated by the organism, leads to aging, cancer, diseases such as atherosclerosis and many other so-called "free radical diseases".
Some vitamins and minerals also have antioxidant properties, but the richest source of antioxidants are a natural substances (bolavonoidy, polyphenols, xanthones, etc.) that are contained in many plants.
3. Normalization of enzymatic processes
Neither kind of metabolic processes in the body is impossible without the participation of enzymes. Enzymes as catalysts for biochemical reactions, provide metabolic processes in the body. Our body produces many digestive enzymes, but we must also obtain a number of enzymes from food. However, industrial processing of foods and cooking destroy most of the enzymes contained in them. This is a great additional strain on the endocrine glands, mainly in the pancreas.
Too intensive work of the pancreas leads to its weakening, causing a number of diseases. Herbal preparations contain a number of enzymes necessary for an organism that can relieve the pancreas and to create conditions for its recovery.
4. Providing the body with amino acids
The primary function of any living cell are the generation of proteins. For the generation of proteins requires energy and building materials - amino acids. Ten amino acids are assimilated only with food. They are called essential amino acids.
If we eat enough plant foods, our body gets enough of these amino acids, so the cells can not produce full proteins. Many plants contain a full set of essential amino acids, so the herbal preparations in many cases are able to better cope with the diseases than drugs, because they allow the body to restore its main biological functions.
Therefore, modern complex herbal supplements are not inferior in its effect over-the-counter drugs, but in some cases exceed them, and thus do not produce side effects. For example, in Germany doctors prescribe millions of prescriptions annually for pharmaceutically pure Ginkgo biloba extract.