Your Guide to Herbs

by Melissa Chichester

A lot of the plants used in popular herbal supplements are ingredients you might have in your kitchen pantry or refrigerator.

Think of spices like cinnamon or vegetables like garlic and ginger. Many of these natural ingredients are used in cooking. Others have been part of traditional health practices around the globe for thousands of years. For example, Valerian has a long history of use for relaxation and occasional sleeplessness dating back to traditional Greek medicine.* And Native Americans have turned to Echinacea for centuries to support immune system health.*

There may also be some herbal supplements that are new to you. No matter what, it’s always a good idea to do your research and talk to a health care professional to make sure that the herbal supplements you’re considering are the best additions to your regimen. We can get you started by telling you a little bit more about Puritan’s Pride herbal supplements and some of our most popular products.

What’s in Puritan’s Pride Herbal Supplements?

Our herbal supplements feature ingredients derived from roots, seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves, and barks of botanical specimens. With Puritan’s Pride, you can trust that we will capture all the goodness of these vibrant natural plants into our supplements.

The production and bottling process maintains the integrity and purity of every product. Our products are tested or inspected as many as 15 times throughout the manufacturing process. The result is simple: What you see on the label is precisely what you are getting.

What Are the Different Forms?

Broadly speaking, herbal products come in two forms: whole herbs and standardized herbal extracts. Here’s what you should know about each.

  • Whole Herbs are made from ground plants and may include the roots, leaves and/or stems of the plants and other naturally sourced ingredients. Some examples of whole herbs include Saw Palmetto traditionally used to support prostate health and Cinnamon to support sugar metabolism.*
  • Standardized Herbal Extracts contain all the benefits of the whole herb without plant fiber at a standardized amount for maximum benefit. Some of these include Turmeric for its antioxidant power as well as St. John’s Wort, which can help maintain a positive mood.*
  • Herbal Extracts are herbs without plant fiber in a concentrated form. Some popular extracts include Milk Thistle to help maintain healthy liver function, and Elderberry for antioxidant health.*

What’s Popular?

Herbal supplements are a popular choice for customers. Here are some of our best sellers.


If you’ve enjoyed curry then you’ve had a taste of Turmeric. It’s the earthy, slightly aromatic spice that gives the dish its signature bright yellow hue. Part of the ginger family, Turmeric has been used for centuries in Asian cultures for its natural healthy benefits.* Among the active ingredients in this ancient root are curcuminoids-most notably curcumin plant-based antioxidants that help cells defend against damaging free radicals.* It also supports joint comfort and mobility.*

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is a tried-and-true herb that’s been used in Greek health practices for more than 2,000 years. The purple, spiky-looking flower comes from the same family as daisies and sunflowers and has traditionally been used for liver health.* Milk Thistle also has antioxidant properties that promote overall health and wellness.*


You may associate the warm flavors of cinnamon with baked treats, but this ancient herb has a long history. It has been referenced in Chinese texts dating back thousands of years and was so highly valued after the Europeans discovered it in the first century C.E., that it cost 15 times more than silver. As an herbal supplement, Cinnamon helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within a normal range.* It also has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.*