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Antioxidants

HERB FUNCTION DOSAGE* WARNING
Billberry
(Vaccinium
myrtillus)
Protects arteries and
capillaries and inhibits
blood clotting.
Particularly beneficial
for maintaining eye health.
Capsules: 160 to 480mg.
a day in divided doses.
Look for standardized extracts
containing 36% anthocyanosides.
None
Garlic
(allium sativum)
Enhances immune function,
destroys cancer cells,
regulates blood pressure
and cholesterol levels and
inhibits blood clotting to
heart disease and stroke.
Fresh cloves: 1 or more
a day.
Capsules: 2 grams
a day of standardized
extract with food.
Garlic is a blood-thinner and at
high doses may interfere with
anticoagulant medications.
Fresh garlic may also irritate
the lining of the gastrointestinal
tract, which can cause nausea, aggravate
ulsers and contribute to heartburn.
Ginko
(Ginko biloba)
Enhances overall circulation,
particularly in the brain's
small blood vessels. Studies
show it slows the development
of Alzheimer's disease.
Capsules of tincture:
120mg. a day. Look for
supplements standardized
for ginkgo flavoglycosides.
Ginko is a vasodilator and blood

thinner and may enhance the action
of other anticoagulant drugs, such as
acetaminophen, warfarin and aspirin.
Asian ginseng
(Panax ginseng)
Regulates blood pressure,
reduces the effects of physical
and emotional stress on the body,
normalizes all body functions and
promotes homeostasis.
Tea: 2 to 3 cups a day.
Capsules: 250 to 500mg. a
day. Look for capsules standard-
ized for ginsenosides.
Ginseng is an *energizing* herb which
may make some people jittery. May
cause headaches, high blood pressure
and vaginal bleeding in menopause
women. Since vitamin C interferes
with ginseng absorption; do not take
them simultaneously.
Grape seed
extract
Derived from the seeds of red
and blue grapes. Protects capillaries,
improves circulation, prevents blood
clotting and lowers cholesterol levels.
Capsules: 30 to 150mg. a day
in divided doses.
None
Green tea
(Camellia
sinensis)
Prevents skin, lung and stomach
cancers, lowers blood pressure and
LDL cholesterol levels to prevent
heart disease and boosts immune
function to protect against
the flu.
Tea: 2 to 3 cups a day.
Capsules: 250mg. a day.
Look for extracts standardized to
contain 97% polyphenols.
Green tea contains caffeine-about
40mg. per cup. Decaffeinated
tea and extracts are available.
Pine bark
(Pinus spp)
Protects capillaries, prevents blood
clotting, lowers cholesterol levels.
Often sold under the trade name
Pycnogenol!TM
Capsules: 30 to 150mg. a day
in divided doses.
May cause alergic reactions.
*DOSAGES GIVEN ARE RECOMMENDATIONS ONLY; CHECK WITH A HEALTH
PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING ANY HERBAL SUPPLEMEMT,
PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE PREGNANT.
A very special thanks to Vegetarian Times for the information above.
Vegetarian Times/February 1999

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