Selecting Herbal Supplements

Do your research before adding a dietary supplement to your health routine.
By Stephanie Bloyd
January/February 2007
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There are a number of great online resources for learning more about dietary supplements.

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Before adding a dietary supplement to your health routine, research the ingredients or speak to your doctor to avoid possible drug/herb interactions and complications. For example, St. John's wort, a popular treatment for depression, can negate the effectiveness of oral contraceptives as well as protease inhibitors used to treat HIV. Here are several online resources to get you started. Also read What You Should Know About Drugs vs. Herbs.

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2/18/2009 5:08:20 AM
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supply nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fatty acids or amino acids, that are missing or are not consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs. ---------------------------- sanjeppu A Canadian company, Naturally Nova Scotia, makes supplements from foods instead of synthetics. The have vitamin C from fruit, herbal tinctures, green drinks, vitamin D3, and others.

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4/19/2007 12:00:00 AM
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VIANA Muller_2
1/20/2007 12:00:00 AM
I want to share that the Camu-Camu fruit a rainforest fruit which grows wild in the Amazon River Basin and is available in capsules and as a powder, although primarily known for its extremely high Vitamin C content, is a natural anti-depressant which usually works within one day and has no side effects. Women on birth control pills can take it. HIV-positive people can take it without its interfering with their meds. And people with sun sensitivity can also take it.

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