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One of my friends read an article about the many health benefits of andrographis.


Q. Dear Terry, “One of my friends read an article about the many health benefits of andrographis. Is it something you take daily?” — Rachel Y., Olathe, KS

A. Dear Rachel, 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. Like boswellia, or curcumin from turmeric, andrographis is one of nature’s great multitaskers.

Andrographis has been used to safely and effectively fight 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.

While andrographis provides a full spectrum of compounds that prevent or stop disease, andrographolide is considered the most beneficial. You’ll find that research on the herb – no matter what disease it is studying – focuses primarily on that compound.

I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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