When you think of health products, you might have images of expensive pills and vitamins stacked up in a medicine cabinet, surrounded by colorful bottles and labelled with glamorous packaging. The idea that these expensive products are true of benefit to our health is probably very hard to grasp. However, there is a lot of research on health products and NHP in particular. Read on to learn more about how NHP works, the benefits of some popular brands, and the importance of investigating and reading labels when buying health products.
A natural health product is generally defined as an over the counter or naturally-brewed remedy that promotes health by supplying essential nutrients to the body. The term natural health product is generally used in Canada to define herbal medications, vitamins and minerals, over-the-counter medicines, supplements, energy drinks, homoeopathic preparations and other alternative and traditional medicines. A 2021 study found that 73% of Canadians regularly use NHP. This figure is likely high since many health products are sold without a prescription, but the benefits of NHP are well-documented.
NHP can provide a variety of health benefits to the body. Some of the most common health product ingredients include vitamin C, beta carotene, magnesium, flavonoids, hesperidin, quercetin (an antioxidant), lutein, lycopene, rutin, ISA, alpha-lipoic acid, grape seed extract, slippery elm powder, green tea extract, turmeric, horsetail extract, ginger, manuka honey, yellow ginger (antioxidant), and green tea leaf. These ingredients work together to provide health benefits through several means. They work together to prevent infections from recurring, improve immunity and decrease inflammation and pain.
NHP can be considered an alternative to conventional medicines. Conventional medicines come in the form of prescription drugs and they usually come with severe side effects. For some people, the side effects of conventional medicines can be so severe that they can even cause death. NHP does not have these side effects. When you use natural health products instead of conventional medicines, you can avoid side effects such as nausea, dizziness and vomiting, which are common with conventional medicines.
Some natural health products are also formulated to provide additional medical benefits beyond what conventional medicines can do. Some of these additional medical benefits include vitamins, minerals and amino acids. For example, one of the health benefits of probiotics is that they provide additional nutrients to your digestive system. Another health product, L-glutamine, helps alleviate muscle fatigue and improve energy levels as well.
In addition to providing nutrients and additional vitamins and nutrients, natural health products may also contain omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3 fatty acids are effective in reducing the inflammation of cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. They also reduce the buildup of fat in the arteries, which can prevent clots from forming and worsen conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Studies suggest that L-glutamine and other natural health products help decrease the inflammation of cardiovascular diseases. The inflammation of cardiovascular diseases can cause the buildup of plaques that cause heart attacks and strokes.
Studies also indicate that people who consume a lot of natural health products such as fish oil, walnuts, garlic, green tea and other dark green leafy vegetables are less likely to suffer from common heart diseases. However, it is still best to consult your doctor before consuming any natural products. Your doctor can advise you on the appropriate amount of supplements that you should take in order for these products to have the best possible effect. It is always best to try out a small amount of a natural health product first before taking a large dose. Small sample size may be all that you need to determine if a certain type of natural health product works for you.
Another group of natural health products include vitamins. These include both animal and plant products, although animal products are more commonly consumed. Most plant-based vitamins are fat-soluble, which means they are readily absorbed by the body’s cells. This type of vitamin helps to build cell walls and also aids in the transportation of nutrients from cell to cell. Plant-based vitamins may help prevent cancer, increase brain function, improve the appearance of your skin and aid in weight loss.