For instance, over a decade ago we teamed up with the Italian firm Indena to bring you a line of herbs that go beyond mere standardization. The Indena Phytosomes in our Swanson Ultra line are among the most clinically proven herbal supplements in the world. In fact, in European countries where natural products are prescribed by physicians, Indena’s ingredients are found in the most widely used preparations. In other countries, including the U.S., Indena herbs are found only in the highest-quality supplements from the most reputable names in the industry.
Last summer we introduced the latest Phytosome from Indena, a unique turmeric extract called Meriva. This week, the American Botanical Council issued a press release highlighting the results of a new study in which Meriva proved to offer benefits over and above standard therapy in 50 subjects with diagnosed osteoarthritis of the knee.
ABC founder Mark Blumenthal said, “This is great news . . . and this trial, on this special turmeric extract, is another important step towards validating the curcumin in turmeric as an increasingly popular herbal dietary supplement.” Read the whole report here.
As the press release notes, turmeric’s popularity has risen tremendously and the herb now ranks 5th in sales among all herbal supplements. In addition to joint health benefits, research shows turmeric to be beneficial for a variety of common concerns. In fact, just a day before ABC’s press release, “Medicine Hunter” Chris Killam discussed its benefits for brain health in an interview with Dr. Manny Alvarez on Fox News. Watch the video here.
If you rely on herbal supplements for specific, specialized use, I encourage you to not scrimp when it comes to selecting the right product. Chose supplements with standardized, clinically supported ingredients like Meriva and Indena’s other Phytosome herbals. The additional cost is small when you consider that you're getting guaranteed consistency and better results than typical whole herbs can provide.