Q. Dear Terry, “I recently watched a video on your YouTube channel that talks about andrographis. I know it has many medicinal properties and is called the “king of bitters.” I would like to start supplementing with andrographis but I don’t know if I can handle the bitter taste. Are there ways to avoid the bitter taste?” — Violet C., Houston, TX
A. Dear Violet, Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) is an herb that has been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine in India since ancient times, where it is known as the “King of Bitters” because of its bitter taste in traditional preparations. When it comes to supplemental form, andrographis can go through certain extraction processes that leave the bitter taste behind, but still yield a very potent medicine.
Andrographis has been used to safely and effectively protect against colds and flus. However, andrographis may also help open new paths toward fighting cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Lyme’s disease, and more. Research has also shown that andrographis helps preserve cognitive health, protects the heart and arteries, protects the liver, stops pain and preserves joints, boosts immune defenses, and soothes digestive symptoms.
I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content and does not have a bitter taste.
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