First it is important to understand that herbs are food. Important food- full of nutrition and vitamins. When you realize that vitamins originally came from a form of plant food you will realize that eating the potent part of the plant that has the most nutritional value is not only giving you its vitamin content but other important nutrition as well - such as micro-nutrients, minerals etc. It is also important to realize that you never hear the Heart Association or Cancer Institutes recommending you take more daily radiation or medicines to prevent these diseases, but insist you eat more vegetables and fiber as a way to disease prevention.

Secondly, it is important to note that Herbs don't actually cure anything. What they do is give the body the nutrition it needs to cure itself. Sometimes this concept is difficult for some people to grasp, but it is really quite simple. You probably knew of, or heard of people talking of sick friends that don't heal well, or heal very slowly. When the body is healthy, it usually heals faster. If you think of a broken bone, whether it's a leg or an arm etc., you must realize that the cast that is applied to this limb is only there to keep the limb straight while the body is healing itself. The cast has no actual healing benefits other than that, as it's the body doing all the work. The same thing applies to any type of cut. The bandage or antibiotic that is applied to this area has the sole purpose of keeping germs out while the body is healing itself. A bandage has never been credited for helping skin grow back together. The body is constantly reproducing new blood cells, and the liver - named by Hippocrates who discovered that you could remove two thirds of the liver and it could regenerate or regrow back to normal. The body is a wonderful and fascinating creation that if we do our utmost to feed it the nutrition it needs, it will do its best to keep us healthy for a long, long time.

Thirdly, it is important to realize that Herbs that are grown specifically for their medical value by reputable companies are planted and grown in nutritional soils. The only way a plant can obtain its nutrients and minerals is from the soil and then harvested at precisely the right time and handled with care. When you compare this to your grocery items, you must realize that farmers are on a much different time and competitive schedule. Farmers could afford to set acreage aside and let time rejuvenate the nutrients in the soil and they consistently practiced crop rotation years ago. Unfortunately, this was not something they chose to give up, but in many cases were forced to, to remain competitive and continue making a living. Most soils have very little nutrients left and the fertilizers that they apply just aren't sufficient enough.

Herbs do not replace a good diet, but add to it. They help you get the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our lacking in our daily diets. Very few of us are lucky enough to get fresh foods daily because of growing seasons for particular foods. By the time most fruits and vegetables make it to our store shelves, they have usually been harvested before they are ripe, crated, put in cold storage, shipped and then stacked on our shelves, where most stores have installed automatic sprinkler systems to rain down on the food to keep it looking as fresh as possible. Taking care of our health and the well-being of our families is a big responsibility, sometimes we need a little help.

The information on these pages were derived from medical, nutritional and media publications. It is not intended for medical or nutritional claims, but for informational and educational purposes. Please consult your doctor before consideration of the use of supplementation. These supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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