What You Need to Know About Herbal Supplements
Last Edited: April 2nd, 2012

Read the words "natural" or "herbal" or "organic" and we automatically think healthy. While that may be true for certain plant-based foods, when it comes to supplements, those words should ring off like a siren, especially for individuals who take medications or have pre-existing health conditions.

The popularity of herbal and botanical supplements have increased steadily over the past few decades. A number of herbal supplements can be very safe to take. Moreover, a number of individuals and some studies attest to the effectiveness of such remedies in ameliorating symptoms. But because herbal supplements are not regulated like prescription medications and since they do not have to go through the battery of trials that drugs do, their safety and efficacy is not as well known. Even though the number of studies that investigates how these products interact with prescription medications and health conditions is on the rise, anyone who is considering taking a natural supplement should always speak with their doctor first before taking anything.

In addition, if you are about to have surgery, currently take prescription and/or OTC medications, are pregnant or breastfeeding or older than 65 years of age, it is absolutely imperative that you speak with your medical doctor before consuming any natural remedy. Taking this simple proactive step keeps you safe and healthy and it lets you stay in control of your health.

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