Nature, as well as your own body, produces many chemicals that contribute to human health. The supplement market is rife with healthy, natural, beneficial substances that don't get much attention. Here is a look at five supplements which are not well known, but they are well worth trying on account of their potential benefits.
Five Lesser-known, Worthwhile Supplements
Feverfew is a flowering plant native to Europe, and it's been used as a remedy for centuries. Once used to treat fever, feverfew is now respected for its ability to prevent and treat migraines. Multiple studies since the 1970s have corroborated feverfew's potential to prevent and treat migraines in those who chronically suffer from them. Feverfew supplements are made from the leaves of the plant, which contain natural substances such as parthenolide, which is thought to be the active ingredient.
L-carnitine is a chemical naturally produced by the brain, kidneys, and other organs. As a supplement, L-carnitine supports the heart. An oral L-carnitine supplement can be used to reduce the chest pain associated with angina. It also benefits those who've previously experienced heart failure or myocarditis, and it could potentially reduce high cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. L-carnitine is distinct from acetyl l-carnitine, although many of their recommended uses overlap.
Mexican Wild Yam Root: The rhizome (dried root) of the wild yam vine has been used as a remedy by native Americans for centuries. The active ingredient in this root, diosgenin, has been shown to provide a few different benefits. Wild yam root can regulate cholesterol by raising good HDL cholesterol, and lowering negative LDL levels. It can also hinder photoaging, wherein hyperpigmentation occurs on the skin due to UV exposure. Wild yam root also contains other substances that could reduce high blood sugar levels.
Nattokinase is an active enzyme which exists in, and is extracted from, natto, a Japanese food made from soy. High natto consumption in Japan is linked to longer lifespans and lower rates of chronic disease. Nattokinase can regulate the gut by promoting the growth of good bacteria, which reduces the risks of many diseases. It can also improve blood vessel health (reducing heart disease risk), and reduce the effects of chronic sinusitis and asthma.
Tribulus Terrestris is an herb that could be helpful for diabetic individuals, as well as helpful for those looking to improve their libidinal health. Research has shown that tribulus terrestris could reduce blood sugar and cholesterol in those with diabetes. Alternatively, studies show that taking a tribulus terrestris supplement daily increased libido in both men and women who were experiencing low libido.
Don't count these lesser-known supplements out. With this information in hand, you can make a better decision as to what supplement(s) are best for your own health needs. It's recommended that you talk to your healthcare provider before taking one of these supplements for the first time.