What to know before you buy!

Echinacea    Ginko-BilobaFlaxseed

Echinacea to prevent colds, Ginkgo to improve memory & Flaxseed to lower cholesterol are just some of the herbal remedies available.

Herbal supplements aren't right for everyone.
Get the facts before you buy.


Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.


Are herbal supplements safe?
Herbal supplements are regulated by the FDA, but not as drugs or as foods.
They fall under a category called dietary supplements.
The rules for dietary supplements are as follows:


How do you know what's in herbal supplements?

The FDA requires that the following information
be included on the labels of all herbal supplements:


If you don't understand something on an herbal supplement's label,
ask your doctor or pharmacist for an explanation.


How do you know if herbal supplements' claims are true?

Manufacturers of herbal supplements
are responsible for ensuring that the claims they make about their products
aren't false or misleading & that they're backed up by adequate evidence.

However, they aren't required to submit this evidence to the FDA.
So be a smart consumer & do a little homework.
Don't just rely on a product's marketing.

Look for objective, research-based information to evaluate a product's claims.
To get reliable information about a particular supplement:


Who shouldn't use herbal supplements?

If you have health issues,
it's essential that you talk with your doctor before trying herbal suplements.

In fact, in some high-risk situations,
your doctor will likely recomment that you avoid herbal supplements altogether.

It's especially important that you talk to your doctor
before using herbal supplements if:


Safety tips for using herbal supplements
If you've done your homework & plan to try an herbal supplement,
play it safe with these tips:


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