5 Superfood and Herbal Remedies that Give Regular Medicine a Run for its Money

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Western medicine appears to have solved all of your day-to-day health woes, but that doesn’t mean you should be popping pharmaceutical pills every time you have a headache or can’t seem to get shut eye. For your everyday ailments, take refuge in superfood and herbal remedies that nature has so graciously offered.

Some of these herbs and superfoods are off the radar, so we’ve rounded up the best places to get them from so you don’t have to fuss. Enjoy the impressive benefits of organic herbs and superfoods without the hassle!

1. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm helps to treat an overactive thyroid and provides  quick relief from anxiety and stress, promotes sleep and soothes agitation. Herb-Pharm offers a Lemon Balm Blend that contains extracts from the lemon balm leaf and its flowering top. Price: $13.00 for 1 ounce.

2 Saw Palmetto

This one is for the male readers. Saw palmetto is popular for its ability to treating prostate infections and decreasing prostate-related symptoms. HERBTHEORY’s Prostate Health Blend contains wild-crafted herbs, including 300 milligrams of saw palmetto per serving. It’s vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. Price: $22.95 for 30 servings.

3. Alfalfa

The alfalfa plant is among the most beneficial herbal remedies you can use, and not just when you feel sick or “off” – it also makes for a great daily commitment. Its leaves and tiny blossoms have long been used as herbal remedies. The herb helps to balance hormones, lower blood cholesterol levels and promote good digestion. It is also high in vitamins A and C, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid and calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Incorporate alfalfa into your daily diet with The Organic Whey’s mustHave Greens, whose ingredients include organic alfalfa grass in addition to organic oat grass, organic kale, organic spirulina and organic chlorella. Price: $49.99 for 1 pound.

4. Cacao

We all know chocolate can heal a broken heart, but also quite literally speaking – cacao bears some amazing cardiovascular benefits. The proanthocyanidin compounds in cocoa powder help to decrease oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Cacao is also so full of antioxidants that it helps to prevent aging, decrease inflammation and stave off cancer. TruVibe offers a 100% organic cacao powder blend sourced from Peru. Instead of adding it to a sugar-packed dessert, add it to a morning green smoothie for a dessert-like start to the day. Price: $9.99 for 8 ounces.

5. Dong Quai Root

Best known as “women’s ginseng”, dong quai is among the many herbal remedies that support the female body. It promotes reproductive health and strengthens bones, hair, nails and skin. It is also an effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, such as cramping, hot flashes and backaches. HERBTHEORY provides female-specific herbal blends. Its Hair, Skin and Nails blend contains dong quai and is vegan and gluten-free, made with wild-crafted herbs. Price: $21.95 for 30 servings.

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Aylin Erman
Aylin Erman

Aylin is founder of GlowKitchen, a food blog with an emphasis on vegan and gluten-free fare. Aylin has been living in Istanbul, where she is founder and CEO of a cold-pressed juice and healthy foods company JÜS (www.jusistanbul.com).