As part of our daily lifestyle, my husband and I are so much involved in knowing and ingesting supplements that are formulated naturally that boosts our own health. So when I received an email from 100Naturals marketing officer and asking if I was interested to do a product review for some of their products including 100 Naturals Thyroid Rite (Advanced Thyroid Support), which is now available in Amazon with a sale price of $35.00 plus free shipping of course I immediately agreed with my husband knowledge.
When we received the complimentary product, the first question I asked was, “If Thyroid Rite, is also advisable to take by a person who doesn’t have any thyroid abnormalities?”
Which was verified immediately by 100Naturals personnel. Her responds to my inquiry was,
“Yes. The supplement can be taken by a person without any thyroid abnormality because it is an all-natural product it should not have any side effects. The supplement may improve the general health wellness.”
Same answered as what my husband told me.
In the research I made, Thyroid Rite was formulated with numerous herb powder like Schizandra, Ashwagandha Root, Bladderwrack, Cayenne Pepper, and kelp. Sounds unfamiliar?
What are the health benefits of these herbs?
Of course, aside of what the product labels says we also made personal research about the ingredients added to the supplement. The first herb powder that we looked to was the Schizandra.
Schizandra according to WebMed, is a plant. The fruit is used as food and also to make medicine. It is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.
What is Adaptogen herbs?
Adaptogen herbs is one of the most important groups of herbs to take into the 21st century. Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the adverse effects of long-term stress yet the majority are also a tonic, immune-stimulating and increase general sense of well-being. A multitude of other actions also exist for individual adaptogenic herbs. (Cited: http://www.womenlivingnaturally.com)
Why are they called Adaptogens?
The reason for naming these herbs “Adaptogens” resulted from the scientific discovery, which proved their effectiveness in helping the human body to “adapt” or to “adjust” to strains and changes of daily living. By adapting to changes in the environment, mankind has survived. Scientific studies have shown that both humans and other organisms that are able to adapt best survive longer. In fact, these herbs have managed to survive harsh environments for centuries due to their unique composition of biologically active substances. (Source: http://www.adaptogens.org)
I know these are all healthy and overwhelming, we are just talking about Schizandra but do you know that this plant/herb classified as adaptogens are considered entirely safe, plus it increase the body’s non-specific resistance by providing valuable support to the human body in coping with the pressures placed on a wide range of its functions by both the internal and external environments; and, also this plant normalizes the functions of the bodily system and these are all according to Dr. Israel Brekhman. A highly decorated and internationally renowned scientist from the former Soviet Union.
The next on our list is the Ashwagandha root which is also known for having an adaptogenic benefits.
According to the Tillotson Institute, the root is used to strengthen the immune system, support the adrenal glands and nourish the thyroid glands. It also increases energy while also strengthening the nervous system. (Source: http://www.livestrong.com)
The medical researchers have been studying Ashwagandha for years with great interest and have completed more than 200 studies on the healing benefits of this botanical. Some key examples of the healing effects of Ashwagandha are: Protects the immune system, helps combat the effects of stress, improves learning, memory, and reaction time, reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness, helps reduce brain-cell degeneration, stabilizes blood sugar, helps lower cholesterol, offers anti-inflammatory benefits, contains anti-malarial properties and enhances sexual potency for both men and women. (See more at http://www.chopra.com)
The other herb powder in which this supplement was formulated is Bladderwrack. According to http://www.herbwisdom.com this herb is a form of kelp (seaweed or algae belonging to the order Laminariales) that has been used medicinally for centuries. The main use of the herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite. The high iodine content of the herb stimulates thyroid function which boosts metabolism. Only, careful considerations are needed to practice before taking any supplements formulated with Bladderwrack for it has side effects.
Bladderwrack Side Effects
Iodine can help only for the type of hypothyroidism caused by iodine deficiency. If your iodine levels are not low, taking extra amounts of iodine may lead to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Please, also understand that levels of iodine can vary widely among bladderwrack products. Bladderwrack extract preparations may worsen acne and decrease iron absorption. Finally, Bladderwrack like other sea plants, can concentrate toxic heavy metals such as arsenic from the surrounding sea water. One case of kidney failure was reported, because the bladderwrack product used contained a high heavy metal content. Some people use seaweeds as food. In general, the side effects of bladderwrack are mild or even unnoticeable at recommended dosages. (Read more: http://www.zhion.com)
My husband took Thyroid Rite for 10 days, two capsules a day as suggested. He said that while he was on it, his energy level was noticeably raised. But he immediately stopped, when we noticed a bruise in his biceps of unknown cause. Since he doesn’t have any thyroid problems, we just decided to keep this in our supplement cabinet. On my part, I am still breast feeding and my gutt told me that I don’t need it so its okay.
What about the Cayenne Pepper?
I grew up in a country ( Philippines) that is easy to grow and abundance of Cayenne Pepper. This kind of pepper is hot and very much spicy. But history showed that it has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria. (Source: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com)
Aside of these powerful adaptigenics herbs, Thyroid Rite also contains Five Essential Minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese and Molybdenum.
Besides of knowing our periodical table, we also need to know what are these minerals do to our bodies.
Magnesium: is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in your body. It provides energy, helps keep your cells healthy and strong and enables your cells to communicate with one another and enhance optimal functioning. Magnesium also helps regulate blood pressure, keeps your bones strong and prevents insulin resistance and migraine headaches.
While Zinc is critical for keeping your immune system strong. It fights infection, making you less likely to catch a cold or flu…(read more at http://www.self.com)
The other trace elements like copper, molybdenum, selenium and manganese are equally important in keeping our bodies healthy and functioning well. Copper prevents damage to cells due to its antioxidant action, and as a component of many enzymes it helps in production of energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat. While selenium is necessary for normal functioning of insulin, a hormone that maintains blood sugar levels. Manganese not only helps in the formation of enzymes, but is also necessary for their activation. It works as an antioxidant, helps develop bones and heals wounds by increasing collagen production. While molybdenum helps activate some enzymes and enables normal cell function.
As we always told to our clients, enjoy the goodness of nature with the tastes of life! Only everything in moderation.