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Natural remedies for common health issues

Mother Nature has provided us with a beautiful medicine cabinet. In it, we find foods, herbal extracts and vitamins or minerals that reduce pain and promote health. Consider any of the following items in my list for what ails you. Of course, make sure your doctor approves of you eating or taking something new.

So, what ails you?

High blood pressure: Celery is delicious to dip in hummus -- and it's also a great way to reduce your crave for salt, thus lowering blood pressure. Also, the celery seeds contain compounds like apigenin and isoquerticin, which cause your blood vessels to expand, which also helps to lower blood pressure. Celery is a mild, natural diuretic. It decreases the uric acid your body makes, so it could also help gout sufferers.

Memory loss: More classically used for depression and fatigue, Panax ginseng is great for memory and focus concerns. Approved abroad, ginseng is used as a tonic for declining concentration. It protects a part of the brain known as the hippocampus from the effects of stress hormones like cortisol. For that reason, ginseng helps with physical stamina and endurance.

Menstrual pain and bloating: Fennel, which smells like licorice, is the herb to consider here. It helps relax your gastrointestinal tract and reduce bloating and gas, even in kids. Fennel was shown in studies to help reduce menstrual problems such as cramps. You can buy commercially prepared extracts, or just take the seeds and boil about a half-teaspoon of crushed seeds and steep in hot water for 20 minutes; strain, sweeten and sip a cup. Of particular importance, avoiding sugar and foods that feed intestinal fungal growth will help with this too, since yeast can cause major digestive bloating.

Hot flashes: Red clover is a plant that contains high amounts of phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens also called isoflavones). Supplements and extracts of red clover may reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. Natural vitamin E is helpful, too.

Hemorrhoids or colon problems: Ask your practitioner about "oat straw" because one of the most-studied benefits of this is its ability to fight colon cancer. If you are constipated, oat straw can help regulate digestion and loosen hard stool. You'll need probiotics for this, too. Oat straw contains all kinds of vitamins and compounds including silica, which is needed to create healthy veins, arteries as well as nails, skin and hair.

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Migraines: Staying hydrated will reduce your frequency of migraines, including ocular migraines. Studies have repeatedly shown that high-quality magnesium supplements (like "chelated" forms) can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Riboflavin can be beneficial too. Reducing high histamine foods will be enormously helpful. There's more about this in my #1 Amazon best-selling book, "Headache Free." Migraine sufferers seem to just live with their pain, but I must caution you that if your pain changes suddenly or intensifies in a way that is severe or abnormal, always seek medical attention.

Columnist Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and author.

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