Are they really healthy?

Herbal Supplements, herbal remedies and dietary supplements are often seen as healthy because they're natural. The labels of these pop-in-the-mouth pills often come with the word "natural" or "herbal" but there are no assurance that they are safe. According to the Bureau of Food and Drug, these herbal supplements are tested for safety, not efficacy, and they have no effects that have been documented by clinical tests. But there are some issues on many effects when food supplements and pharmaceuticals are taken at the same time. Herbal medicines may interfere with one's medication regimen. Like for example, you are taking drugs to treat cardiovascular disease, the effect might increase when they are taken with some food supplements. In some cases, food supplements may decrease the effects of certain drugs.

The BFAD director also added that "Most cures from food supplements are based on their belief or mental power." The best way to avoid complications and future problems is to consult your doctor before you decide to take these herbal pill-poppers. Even multivitamins should be taken under the supervision of a doctor. Aside from the fact that they have no proven cures, most herbal supplements are expensive. These supplements might work out fine with healthy persons but if you are ill and under medication, don't take the risk.

3 comments:

Kathy said...

Very good article. I used to take St. John's Wort, which for many years was considered safe. But if you take it with other conditions it is dangerous.

The Webloglearner said...

Filipinos are easily fooled by ads actually, nakakaloka. So if its herbal or natural, especially if inaadvertise ni Judy Ann na pumayat, lahat bibili na if may pera lang....haaaay
The Webloglearner ..where favors are reciprocated....

MKSOL said...

herbals are alternative medicines .. this will lead to no side effects.. ;) in fact, herbals could be best supplements..

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