If you are an avid follower of herbal supplements or alternative medicine, you may have heard of Heal N Soothe, a product offered by Living Well Nutraceuticals. Heal N Soothe is intended for use by adults with joint pain and is formulated with anti-inflammatory herbal extracts. Just what are these extracts? Let’s take a look at only a few of the active ingredients: bromelain, turmeric extract and Mojave yucca root.
Have you ever wondered why pineapples are sometimes used to tenderize meat? The answer lies in this component of the pineapple. Bromelain is a compound that contains enzymes that break down proteins, often thought of as “eating” the protein-rich matter, hence their usage in cooking. These little enzymes are capable of working outside of the kitchen, however. They also have a high potential for medical usage, and research has been conducted to attempt to establish a link between bromelain extract and the relief of pain from inflammation. It is thought that this compound’s enzyme action signals the body to produce pain-relieving compounds of its own.
Another familiar ingredient found in kitchens, turmeric also has a history of usage in folk medicine and traditional medicine. This bright, sunny-hued ingredient is ubiquitous throughout Indian culture, used to flavor everything from curry to tea. In extract form, it is also known for its ability to fight inflammation. Historically, turmeric extract has been used topically, but in modern times it has found new life as a component in orally administered supplements such as Heal N Soothe.
Mojave Yucca Root
Mojave yucca root, also known as yucca, is a versatile plant that finds its way into many supplements, medicines and basic foods and beverages. If you have ever drunk soda or sparkling water, you might be surprised to learn that you may have already ingested yucca root, as it is used to produce foam in carbonated drinks. This root also shows promise in fighting inflammation and decreasing cholesterol. While the effectiveness of Mojave yucca root, as with many other herbal extracts, has yet to be conclusively determined, people who suffer from arthritis, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels have self-reported some improvement in symptoms following a regimen of yucca root extract.
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