Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Myth: Herbal supplements are a safe and inexpensive alternative for some prescription medications.

Answer: It depends...

Only after you consult with your doctor.
herbal supplements
While some herbal supplements have been around for thousands of years, that does not mean they should be used in place of prescription drugs. The laws for herbal supplements are very loose compared to the laws for prescription drugs. That is why in this country it is a “buyer beware” market for herbal supplements.

Before taking any herbal supplement, consult with your doctor. When taken together, herbal supplements can interact with prescription drugs and cause harmful side effects. Additionally, before taking any herbal supplement find out more about it from a reliable source.

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Contributor: James E. Meyer, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,

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