Goldenseal, a small plant, contains essential oils, iron, manganese, potassium, and vitamins A, C, B-complex, and E. It also contains berberine, a compound with antibacterial (antibiotic) properties.
Goldenseal may cleanse the body, counter infection, and strengthen the immune system. It may help to relieve cold/flu symptoms (sore throat, earaches), reduce blood pressure and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), and improve digestion. It has been used to treat disorders affecting the bladder, prostate, and vagina.
Sources of Goldenseal
Goldenseal is available in the following forms: tablets, encapsulated root powder, tinctures, and extracts. Purchase standardized products.
Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.
- Do not consume goldenseal daily for more than one week at a time.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take goldenseal.
- If glaucoma, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease is present, only use goldenseal under the direction of a medical professional.
- Use with caution if allergic to ragweed.
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