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Powerful Supplements! Sugarplum Fairies and Vampires Beware!

There are supplements for everything. Some work well and others…not so much. Many people feel the benefits from certain supplements but then some people feel no effects at all.

Talk to your doctor, look at the research, listen to your body, give it time to work, are the most important factors in supplements.

With all that said, here are 4 natural supplements that has the ability to work for everyone. Researched. Proven. Easy to use. How can you go wrong with talking to your doctor about these?


Garlic is not just for keeping Vampires or bad dates at bay anymore. Garlic has had medicinal uses for centuries as it still does today.

Allicin is one of garlic’s active compounds which is highly beneficial for a healthy heart. Garlic has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol by 15% on average.

Aged garlic extract can significantly lower blood pressure. In people with elevated levels of blood pressure, garlic can lower the systolic blood pressure by 8.4 mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure can lower by 7.3 mm Hg, on average for both. Do you take Atenolol? aged garlic extract was found to be even more effective than this blood pressure lowering drug. Talk to your doctor about trialing this out. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes,kidney disease, and early death. Lets consider all that a vampire. Garlic necklace is good but ingesting it is much better for your health!

The time a common cold takes to run its course can be very exhausting. Next time you have a common cold, try garlic. Many studies have shown that garlic can reduce the time of a cold by up to 70% and from 5 days to 1.5 days, on average.

Red Yeast Rice

Let us keep on the topic of cholesterol and heart disease for a moment.

Statin drugs inhibit the production of cholesterol in your liver. An extract of fermented red yeast rice could have similar effects. This extract contains small amounts of monacolin K, which is the active ingredient in the statin drug Lovastatin.

Due to the potency of monacolin K, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has ruled that red yeast rice products containing monacolin K should be considered a drug rather than a natural supplement because of the side effects it can cause. You will still find this supplement on the market because they have only a trace of monacolin K. You need to consult your doctor prior to taking this supplement, and any supplement.


Curcuman is found in the wonderful and popular spice of Tumeric. Curcumin fights inflammation and has been compared in studies with the most common drugs used for inflammation. The great thing about curcuman is there are no major side effects that have been reported in research.

Not only is curcuman a great anti-inflammatory supplement, but it has so many other benefits as well. It is used to improve heart health, some use it to prevent cancer, and many like it as an antioxidant. Feeling down about life lately? There is one study that has shown curcuman to help with depression, this study showed that it was as effective as prozac. These are on a person by person basis however.

One drawback to this supplement is that it is difficult for the body to absorb. So take it with piperine or bioperine, which can be found in black pepper. Just check the label on the curcuman, many supplements will include these.


The little known supplement may just be what the Type 2 diabetic needs! Sugarplum fairies might like this as well. Berberine has been shown to be effective at lowering blood sugar levels, much like the popular diabetic drug, metformin. Fasting blood sugar can be reduced by 20% on average and A1c levels by 10-12% on average.

How does this work? Berberine is believed to reduce glucose production in your liver and help with your natural insulin levels.

Berberine has other good medicinal qualities. This supplement is also good for lowering blood pressure levels, LDL levels, and Triglyceride levels. Lowering these will overall reduce your risk of heart disease. Berberine also has been shown to have antibacterial effects that can help fight heart failure and cancer.

Discuss these findings with your doctor and see if this a supplement that you want to use.

As with any supplement, you need to discuss this with your doctor before adding it to your daily routine. Do not replace your prescribed medicine without your doctors knowledge and guidance.

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