What You Should Know
Sanhelios health supplements are manufactured by Bioforce AG, a Swiss company founded in 1963 by Dr. A. Vogel. According to company literature, Dr. Vogel’s corporation not only supplies health supplements and homeopathic remedies, but it also markets organic foods, dietary supplements, and body care products. Paul Ross heads the Bioforce USA branch of the corporation, which markets the European-made supplements. Including the United States, Bioforce products are sold in 33 countries.
Among the Sanhelios supplement line are such herbal concoctions as Circu Caps to benefit the circulatory system, Curbita Bladder Caps to benefit healthy bladder function, and CimiWoman Menopause Caps to help alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Circu Caps contain butcher’s broom extract, rosemary leaf oil, gelatin, glycerol and water.
Curbita Bladder Caps contain Curbita pumpkin seed oil, gelatin, glycerol and water
CimiWoman Menopause Caps contain black cohosh herb
Butcher’s broom, also called ruscus aculeatus, is an evergreen shrub native to Europe and Asia. Herbalists value it for enhancing blood flow to the brain, relieving constipation, improving circulation, and as a diuretic. Herbal remedies containing butcher’s broom may alleviate varicose vein symptoms.
Curbita pumpkin seed oil, according to the Sanhelios marketing information, helps to relax the bladder muscles and aids in strengthening the function of the urinary system.
Black cohosh, also called actaea racemosa or black snakeroot, is native to North America. Historically used by Native American peoples for medicinal purposes, black cohosh may be beneficial as an analgesic, sedative, and anti-inflammatory. Potential side effects that some people experience from black cohosh include dizziness, headache, diarrhea, nausea, seizures, and liver damage.
- Simple formulations contain active herbs in capsule form with no fillers or artificial coloring
- Based on a foundation of medical knowledge
- Products have international appeal
- Limited number of products sold in the US
- Medical doctor who founded the company is no longer involved
- Products are not FDA approved or scientifically verified to produce advertised results
Sanhelios by Bioforce USA is a limited line of products containing simple herbal formulations for aiding in circulatory, urinary, and menopausal health. None of the products is FDA approved, and incorrect dosages of some of the active ingredients, such as black cohosh, have potentially serious side effects. While the company’s history as a supplement manufacturer in Europe is based on the work of a medical doctor, the current incarnation of Bioforce is not headed by medically trained personnel. Sanhelios products are basic and contain no additives or artificial ingredients, and their formulations are composed of one or two active herbal ingredients. These supplements may be hard to find and are priced higher than some comparable products. No independent studies with human subjects can verify the manufacturer’s claims of efficacy.