EP  664 – All Natural Does Not Necessarily Mean Safe


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Don’t worry. It’s all natural.

Herbal medicine is expanding in popularity.

According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, 70% of adults 60 years and older take at least one supplement daily, and 29% take four or more each day. Billions of dollars are spent annually on herbal products and billions more on vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements.

Herbal supplements have been credited with aiding everything from digestion to depression, but it’s important to understand that “all natural” doesn’t always translate to safe.

Herbal supplements are not regulated like other drugs or foods, so being aware and staying safe and healthy is vital.

So Here are today’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency and Celebrating Herbal Prescription Awareness Month:

Follow these Safety Tips:

  • Always talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist first before taking an herbal medication or supplement to avoid negative impacts with certain foods or other medication.
    • One common herbal medication is St. John’s Wort. St. John’s Wort can be effective on mild to moderate depression, however it can interact with a large number of medications, including antidepressants, allergy drugs, birth control, and warfarin.
    • Ginkgo, most commonly taken to improve memory, has been shown to interact with aspirin, diuretics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and blood thinners.
  • Finally, follow supplement instructions, in the same way that you would follow a prescription from your healthcare provider

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