Why Do Dietary Supplements

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Dietary supplements, including herbs, vitamins, minerals and other such substances are not governed by the FDA. This is both good and bad. The good part is that we are free to choose them if we wish. The bad part is that many people don't make these choices properly. Here are some facts and tips on how you can make an informed choice in the supplement aisle. Undeclared Ingredients: One of the reasons I prefer to mix my own herbs is that I will know what's in them. As a master herbalist, I have years of training to rely on. If you've kept up with the news, you may know that some popular supplements have chemicals similar to prescription drugs. Others may actually contain the drugs without declaring them. All Natural does not Translate to…show more content…
Yet, many people purposely ingest cyanide thinking it will prevent cancer. Sorry, folks. Apricot kernels are not the way to prevent cancer. It is a good way to die of cyanide poisoning. That's just one example; there are many more. Yes, Supplements *do* interact: If you mix cinnamon bark in supplemental amounts with diabetes medication, there may be a dangerous interaction. Cinnamon bark is believed to lower blood sugar levels. If you have high blood pressure and take/eat licorice root, there will be an interaction. Licorice root raises blood pressure. Now that you know why caution is urged, let me give you a few tips on using them safely: On the Internet: There's a lot of good information on-line. There is also a lot of bad information on-line. I have two rules that I apply to any research or links I use. One is that I know it's a reputable resource. Mayo Clinic, most universities and the National Library of Medicine are a few. The second is a bit harder, but worth it. I want to find three sources that don't quote each other that say the same thing. If it's something new to me, I want to know what it's for, what it does, any side effects and any interactions. I also want to know what sources are used for the person giving the
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