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What You Should Know About SupplementsNatural health supplements can do wonders for your well-being. In the busy lives most of us live today, it can be very hard to get all the required nutrition and minerals from the meals we regularly eat. Supplements are intended to supply nutrients such as amino acids, minerals, fatty acids or vitamins that are missing or not consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet. They can help you meet daily requirements for certain nutrients, but when you combine drugs and foods, too much of some nutrients can also cause problems. Scientific evidence supporting the benefits of some dietary supplements (e.g., vitamins and minerals) is well established for certain health conditions, but others need further study.

North Americans are rapidly assuming greater responsibility for their own health, as well as exploring alternatives to the traditional medicine. Dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar business in North America and the market is growing. Because of the great demand for these products, many major pharmaceutical companies are now entering the dietary supplement field. Supplements are now easily accessible to anyone. They can be purchased in grocery stores, discount stores, drugstores, through mail order catalogues and over the Internet. With the strong marketing and abundance of conflicting information available about dietary supplements, it is more important than ever to talk with your doctor and other health care providers (dietitian, nurse, pharmacist, etc.) before you start using dietary supplements, to help you sort the reliable information from the questionable. If you have any unexpected reactions to an herbal or a botanical preparation, inform your doctor or other health care provider.

REMEMBER: It is very important that you consider your combined total intake from all supplements (including multivitamins, single supplements, and combination products) plus fortified foods, like some cereals and drinks because excess intakes of some supplements may cause health problems.

Supplements Should Be Treated With Respect

The fact is, many of the drugs you may already take originated from plants and herbs, which means supplements can easy interact with them. Like other drugs, herbal or botanical preparations have chemical and biological activity and may have side effects. They may interact with certain medications you are using and these interactions can cause serious problems and can even be very dangerous.

IMPORTANT: Before taking an herb or a botanical, consult a doctor or other health care provider-especially if you have a disease or medical condition, take any medications, are pregnant or nursing, or are planning to have an operation.



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