AdvaCare is a GMP manufacturer of St Johns Wort extract capsules.
St Johns Wort extract is a weed native to Europe found on dry ground. It has oval leaves and yellow flowers. It has traditionally been used as an herbal remedy because of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It contains many biologically active substances, particularly hypericin and hyperforin.
The extract helps to fight depression by making more serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain. Together with phototherapy, the extract can help beat depression that occurs during winter, also known as the winter blues. The extract has also been shown to have positive effects on PMS symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, and hormone imbalance. It is a natural remedy to alleviate these changes. Likewise, studies have been done that showed improvement in women undergoing menopause; the extract is natural menopause relief. It can also treat pregnancy pains.
The antibacterial properties of St Johns Wort help to fight inflammation and symptoms associated with irritations. These include eczema, burns, and hemorrhoids. It has also been associated with positive improvements in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The side effects, however, include diarrhea and restlessness. Hyperforin in the extract helps to prevent the formation of cells also known as angiogenesis. Early research has also shown potential benefits of the extract with helping to deal with addiction and withdrawal. They ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive substances.
Other conditions that have been associated with positive benefit from St Johns Wort include hyperthyroidism, pre-menstrual symptoms, AIDS, hepatitis, and other viral conditions. However, a high dose of St Johns Wort extract is required for the high antiviral effect, which may be associated with undesirable side effects. Additional research is being done on the benefits of St Johns Wort.
Take St Johns Wort extract in moderation and as directed. Side effects and symptoms of high dosages include dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, and confusion. Rare side effects include effects on reproductive capabilities.