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Herbs and heart - Aconite

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This eByte, is about herbs and safety as it relates to the heart. 
It’s a widespread belief that if something is natural, meaning it exists in nature… It’s safe. It can’t harm you. Some product manufacturers associate their natural products with this safety. 
Many widely prescribed medications are derived from plants. This includes metformin for type two diabetes and lovastatin for high cholesterol. 
In the United States, dietary supplements are not regulated the way pharmaceutical drugs are. And  many contain herbs. 
So, a study looked at the reports over a 50 year period regarding individual herbs and the heart…
Aconite comes from the root vegetable Aconitum. It’s illegal in the United States but apparently remains available in Asian countries, including India.
Soaking and boiling this root vegetable can make it safer, but only when taken in lower doses.  
It’s negative affect? Irregular heartbeat, respiratory failure, heart failure, and death. 
It’s also potent. As little as 8 drops can affect the heart.