Over the last year or so, we have stopped along the way and picked out a letter of the alphabet to feature in one of our blogs specific to herbs and supplements. Today we come to “T.” Following is a list and summary of terrific supplements that begin with “T.” Take a look, and you just might find the ideal supplement specific to your needs, or the needs of a loved one.
Six Terrific and Healthy “T” Supplements
Some of these supplements you might have already heard of before, but most of them are not all too prominent. Well, now is as good as any to bring some of these to your attention.
Always speak to a medical professional before trying any new supplements. Some supplements might have potential side effects, or interactions with prescribed medications.
Taurine is an amino acid that is considered “conditionally essential.” This means that taurine is produced naturally in the body, but might not be present during times of illness or stress. Those most at risk of taurine deficiency include those with chronic heart, kidney, or liver failure. Supplementing with taurine might help reduce the chances of metabolic syndrome (a variety of conditions linked to heart disease, stroke, & diabetes). It might help prevent heart disease due to its capacity to help regulate blood pressure and inflammation.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil containing substances known as terpenoids, which have antibacterial and antimicrobial effects. It is only to be used in external products such as shampoo, and not to be ingested orally. Shampoo containing tea tree oil can help reduce dandruff and even promote hair growth. It is also commonly used in certain treatments for acne, athlete’s foot, and even in products for minor cuts and scrapes.
Theanine is an amino acid found in some plants, and is most commonly available in an oral supplement as L-theanine. Some people have found theanine effect in bolstering cognition, memory, and focus. Others have found it useful in helping to reduce anxiety and stress. More scientific research is needed to firmly establish these uses.
Thiamine is also known as vitamin B1, and it is an essential vitamin used in every tissue in the human body. It plays a part in enzyme reactions in the muscles, heart, brain, and other organs. Therefore, it is critical to get enough of it. One primary benefit of supplementing with thiamine is bolstering your cells’ ATP production, which is responsible for giving cells energy to function. It does so by helping break down carbohydrates. Supplementing with thiamine might also bolster the immune system.
Thymus extract is a substance usually produced from the thymus of cows. It is useful for bolstering the thymus gland in humans, which is an important gland that helps produce immune cells, including critical T-cells. It can be particularly helpful for patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, as a component of therapy in strengthening a weakened and/or enlarged heart. It might also be useful in preventing airway infections in children and adults who are prone to such infections.
Turmeric is a yellowish spice, used in curry, and commonly on the spice shelf or in oral supplement form. Turmeric has a range of potential benefits, primarily due to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Regularly supplementing with turmeric can help reduce inflammation in the brain, which can improve cognition. It can also reduce bodily inflammation, which has a wide variety of potential benefits: lowering the risk of heart disease, lessening osteoarthritis pain, and encouraging remission in those with ulcerative colitis.
If any of the above supplements seem to ring as potentially useful, then consider them. Additionally, consider researching the testimonials for them. Talk to your doctor about using them, because they just might be of great benefit to you.