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Herbal Extracts Plus extends our warmest welcome to you, our friends (old and new) and longtime patrons!  Having previously supplied fine botanicals and natural nutrients since 1995, our company now provides our rich storehouse of accumulated valuable information. This includes current and previous scientific research and university studies, history and folk use, clinical trials and common usage of herbs, spices and natural supplements....and how alternative therapy using natural substances and lifestyle habits can enhance your health  right now and maintain it for many years to come - the natural way.


Resveratrol May Boost Mitochondrial Function

For Diabetics ~


Supplements of Resveratrol, from Red Wine, may protect blood vessels from the detrimental effects of high blood sugar.

According to a study conducted by scientists from Australia’s Monash University, the IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, and the U.S.A.’s Kentucky College of Medicine, consumption of Resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant polyphenol and antifungal compound extracted from the Red Wine Grape and found in Red Wine, can shield against damaging changes in coronary microvascular function (relating to the smallest blood vessels) and linked to dysfunction of the mitochondria (the batteries of our cells). Using human cells and animal models, the researchers found that Resveratrol was able to protect mitochondrial function and potentially be a cardiovascular health support for diabetics, as well as prevent long-term diabetic cardiovascular complications. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) leads to mitochondrial dysfunction in microvascular endothelial cells, which line blood vessels and regulate their dilation and contraction; thus, endothelial dysfunction leads to cardiovascular disease. For the new study, the researchers used human endothelial cells to investigate the effects of elevated blood glucose levels on cell function and mitochondrial dysfunction, and Resveratrol was able to reverse the effects of hyperglycemia on mitochondrial function in endothelial cells. Since Resveratrol appears to favorably influence mitochondrial function, it may counter the detrimental effects of a high fat diet, as well as affect ageing in a positive way. In line with Resveratrol’s beneficial effects for mitochondria, this activity may help with age-related and neurodegenerative disorders, since it already known that mitochondrial function declines with age - a recognized risk factor for many common age-related neurodegenerative disorders. Various studies have also reported Resveratrol’s benefits for supporting heart health, blood sugar management and energy endurance enhancement. Even animal model studies demonstrated that Resveratrol increased production of regulatory T-cells, which play a key role in modulating the immune system. “Resveratrol is a known SIRT1 activator which prevents or delays the onset of many diseases such as cancer, ischemic heart disease and other disease models,” wrote the researchers. In keeping with the study results, the scientists concluded that “Further studies into the potential of Resveratrol as a possible therapeutic agent to delay and/or prevent these cardiovascular impairments and to normalize mitochondrial function are warranted.”

Source: NutraIngredients

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Resveratrol May Boost

Mitochondrial Function For Diabetics

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Happy Memorial Day!


Enjoy this holiday weekend - with cookouts and casual dining -


To avoid food poisoning, follow a few basic rules for preparing food hygienically: Wash your hands when you switch from preparing one type of food to another, i.e., vegetables to meat (this helps prevent the exchange of bacteria between different ingredients). Always wash your hands with soap and hot water before preparing food and after using the bathroom (handling pets or trash, changing diapers, etc.). Dry them on a dry towel (preferably paper). Cooking utensils must be properly washed with soap and water before use with another type of food (again, this stops bacteria from being exchanged). Use different cutting boards and knives for preparing different foods. Change the dishcloth often (or better, use paper towels), and wash dishcloths in hot, soapy water. Store foods in the refrigerator (meats, poultry and fish must not be left out of the fridge for long periods, and don’t leave salads with mayonnaise out in the open for long periods either). Cooked food left at room temperature for more than two hours may grow bacteria, and in most cases, bacteria do not color food or create an odor for warning us. Enjoy a HAPPY and SAFE holiday..



This gardening season, don’t just plant flowers; plant dinner, and feed your family as well. Plant healthy (and pretty) veggies and fruits with lively colors:Blueberries are beautiful, so are greens of lettuce, broccoli, scallions and perennial asparagus, plus the reds of tomatoes, strawberries and red cabbage. Don’t forget purple berries and eggplant and add a dash of orange with pumpkins and squash. Feed your senses and your body with beautiful, nutritious edibles. Start this weekend! Make it a family adventure. It's great fun for the children, and they'll learn early about wholesome natural foods and may be more likely to try the different varieties they have worked to nurture.

Remember to WALK...

& Walk to REMEMBER !

Walking is good for your brain, according to a University of Pittsburgh study. The more you walk, the more blood your brain receives, which helps to prevent the natural shrinkage and much of the memory loss that can come with age. Overall circulation throughout the body and extremities (feet, hands, etc.) is improved too - an extra bonus.


It’s Prom Season -

Keep Your Teen Safe

It’s the night your teenager dreams about - Prom Night.  Make sure it’s safe by reminding your teen about smart driving. “Driving is one of those times when you don’t want to multitask,” advise emergency medicine physicians at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Remind your teen: Don’t drink and drive. Don’t get in a car with a friend who has been drinking. Don’t attend parties with underage drinking. Don’t get distracted by your friends in the car. Don’t use your cell phone or text while driving. Do call home if you have any problems on prom night. Make prom night A Night to Remember - for all the right reasons!...And one more thing: For the rest of us, making phone calls, drinking hot coffee, applying makeup, reading maps or disciplining children while driving is a recipe for disaster.



We already know that exercise and a healthy diet help you live longer, but did you know that friendships do too? Studies show they boost your immune system, ease stress and help prevent depression. According to doctors at Lehigh Valley Health Network, humans need connections, and friends make us feel good about who we are.  While old friends may be especially dear, it’s vital to add new ones; friendships naturally come and go in life. If your circle is too small, seek out people with common interests: Join that book or swim club, gym or dance class, political club or support group. Making friends takes time, but it’s worth the investment.


The University of Utah School of Medicine tells us that even a two-minute walk can save your life. All those negative health risks of sitting (increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, premature death, cancers and more) might be offset by a simple two-minute walk each hour. If you’re in an office, take walks on your breaks, get up from your desk each half hour and do a few simple exercises, use stairs when possible and use your lunch hour for a brisk walk outdoors (whatever movement you can work into your surroundings). At home, take short walks every hour, do housework or gardening or even dance. Data show us that keeping active can lower risk of premature death by 33 percent. Just fit more activity into your day TODAY!

A Healthy Weight

Hangs in the Balance ~

To maintain your weight, it’s important to balance calories eaten with calories used; we can’t lose weight if we take in more calories than we expend. This week keep track of the calories you consume by keeping a food journal; it’s a great help (and you’ll be surprised when you tally up all those little snacks and nibbles). Try to stay within the general calorie budget guidelines:1800 for men and 1500 for women during dieting; 2000 (general) for maintenance. Special diets require different calorie counts. Whatever it is, write it down. Need help? Speak with your doctor about natural botanical therapy with Magnolia Bark or Garcinia.

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Our main links are on the left of every page of the site.  Browse our Symptoms and Remedies  page for all natural herbal remedies that will help you to relieve many different ailments and conditions. Find your own herbal remedy by looking through our Single Herbs, Botanicals & Nutrients.  We offer information covering over 300 well-known and time-tested herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, plants and other natural nutriionals that are well known for their beneficial therapeutic properties. Visit these pages and learn how they can help us all achieve and maintain optimum health. Keep on top of the latest News Research  (linked above).  You'll find the latest university and scientific studies exploring the world of botanicals and how they can improve our health....the natural way!  We have also composed several informative articles chronicling the histories of Ayurvedic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, The History of Herbal Medicine (in general) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our Herbal Learning Center  offers carefully researched and comprehensive information relating to important health topics, herbs and herbal health.  In the event you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms you find throughout our website, we have included a Glossary of Terms and Definitions.  Our Herbal Preparations Page will demonstrate some simple ways for you to prepare your own herbal remedies, including teas, herbal infusions, tinctures, poultices, etc., at home; and we have also included a section describing the benefits of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, another form of healing through herbal extracts in oil form.  Don't forget to visit the Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids & Other Nutrients page. If you wish to read even more facts about herbs, herbal supplements and current health topics, we have provided a page filled with Links & Resources  that will connect you with other helpful websites. They are invaluable resources for information. Visit our FAQs  page for answers to questions about taking our herbal supplements or finding your way around our website. 

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