There are a multitude of herbal and non herbal supplements for you to consider. Some supplements are essential, such as vitamins. Other supplements may be beneficial for supporting body chemistry, improving cardiovascular health and brain functioning. Other supplements are used to treat specific ailments.

Here are nine herbal and non herbal supplements for you to consider. The supplements are divided into three groups: one for the brain, one for the heart (or cardiovascular health) and one for what ails you.

Three Herbal - Non-Herbal Supplements For The Head

SAMe or S-adenosylmethionine is a substance that your body produced naturally. A SAMe supplement is beneficial if your body does not produce enough of this substance. SAMe is has been studied as a mood stabilizer and for treating joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Fish Oil
Fish oil can help replenish your brain. Fish oil contains long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. Fifty percent of the brain by weight is fat. The brain contains 5 times more long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids than any other organ in the body. Fish oil also has been shown to lower blood pressure and affect cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is also needed to make DNA.

Three Non-Herbal Herbal Supplements For The Heart

Garlic has been studied on its affects to lower cholesterol. Regular consumption of garlic may also reduce the risk of developing gastric and colorectal cancer.

Lycopene (such as found in tomatoes) has been shown to reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.

Soy protein has been shown to lower total cholesterol and including "bad" cholesterol.

Three Non-Herbal Herbal Supplements For Ails

Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is most commonly used for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders.

Saw palmetto
Saw palmetto is used for treating and the prevention of enlargement of the prostate

Aloe Vera
The gel from aloe vera is topically for wounds, skin infections, burns, and other dermatologic conditions.

Herbal supplements have various uses. The efficacy of the supplements varies due to the quality of the supplement. When searching online and following article links for herbal supplements, it is best to find products that have standardized ingredients.

Self-treating with herbal supplements is not an excuse for seeing a doctor. If you have a health condition that you are concerned about, SEE A DOCTOR.