The popularity and use of herbal remedies and dietary supplements in the UK has increased steadily. We are all increasingly using them to prevent disease, complement conventional therapies, and to make sure that we get enough essential nutrients and to maintain or improve our health.
Supplements are available without a prescription and usually come in tablet, capsule or powder form. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals.
The range of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements now available is bewilderingly wide. Legislation states that information regarding their health benefits cannot be given on the packaging as it would amount to a health claim.
At Zoom Health, we aim to bridge the information gap by by offering informative and jargon free articles that explain how natural supplements can help us all!
A-Z List of Dietary Supplement Articles
Agnus Castus helps many women maintain their health and been traditionally used to treat menstrual and gynaecological illnesses. For relief of PMS, many women choose the higher dosage Agnus Castus tablets as they are seen as more effective than the lower dosage capsules sold in Boots or Holland & Barrett.
We have a number of articles on this remarkable herb:
Our Beetroot supplements contain nitrate, which can help improve your cardiovascular health and boosts athletic performance. Read more on How Superfood Beetroot Can Lower Blood Pressure
Biotin is often used to strengthen hair and nails, and is also called vitamin B7 or vitamin H (for hair). Read 7 Health Benefits of Biotin – the Beauty Nutrient
Black Cohosh is a popular remedy for the symptoms of menopause. However it can also be used to treat colds, joint pain and bad cholesterol. Read more in our article: 6 Great Health Benefits of Black Cohosh
It’s used for medicine and found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem. It’s an enzyme called Bromelain and we think it’s fab! Find out why: 4 Health Benefits of Bromelain
Even though women have long known the value of folic acid during pregnancy, new research is showing that it might be just as important for men. Read our article: 3 Surprising Benefits of Folic Acid
Glucomannan offers benefits for those seeking to lose weight by creating a feeling of satiety or fullness through its water-binding effects. Rea our aticle on the subject – Glucomannan & Weight Loss
Iron is a vital mineral that has many important roles in the body. Read our blog post – 10 Great Sources of Iron
Lutein is a carotenoid that is naturally concentrated in the macular of healthy eyes. Taken as a supplement, it may help to promote healthy vision. Read our article – 4 Health Benefits from Lutein.
Maca is a plant native to Peru. For hundreds of years it has been used as a natural remedy. It is thought to benefit libido and energy levels. For this reason it is often called the “Incan Superfood”. Read our article: Can Maca Help You to Get Pregnant, Quicker?
This mineral is often one of the most overlooked. Yet up to 80% of us may be deficient in Magnesium! Magnesium is a vital mineral for optimal health, helping the body to perform a wide array of biological functions. Read more about The Health Benefits of Magnesium
Many trace vitamins and minerals can be found in Red Clover, as well as a strong concentration of isoflavones.
Red clover contains an impressive array of vitamins and trace minerals in synergy with many active medical compounds, including a strong concentration of isoflavones.
Red Clover can help to relieve the symptoms of menopause, whilst also providing protection against osteoporosis by helping to maintain bone density. Isoflavones have also shown potential in studies for their protective effects against breast cancer. Read more about the health benefits of Red Clover.
This plant is an ‘adaptogen’, a substance that helps the body cope with stress. By increasing the oxygen-carrying levels of our red blood cells, it is particularly effective at increasing energy, vitality and stamina during periods of stress. This plant is also used as a used as an extremely effective alternative to antidepressants. Read more on the Health Benefits of Rhodiola.
Rhodiola is also mentioned in our article on Reducing Stress and Anxiety.
The intensely nutritious nectar produced by worker bees as food for the queen bee is known as Royal Jelly . It contains B vitamins, minerals and trace elements such as copper, iron, phosphates, potassium, silicon and sulphur. Royal Jelly is also believed to have fertility-enhancing properties.
Vitamin D3 supports bone health, the immune system, nervous system and heart health. Our article explains why vitamin D deficiency can be a major health problem. Low vitamin D levels have also been linked to Parkinson’s Disease.