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Herbal Supplements - What to know before you buy

Posted Feb 19 2009 6:30pm

Posted By Karen Bastille on February 19, 2009

Rules governing manufacturing of dietary supplements don’t take full effect until 2010. Until then, here’s what you should know before you buy.

Herbal supplements are rapidly growing in popularity, but are they right for you? That depends on the herb, your current health and your medical history.

Herbal supplements have active ingredients that can affect how your body functions, just as over-the-counter and prescription drugs do. Herbal supplements may be particularly risky for certain individuals, and herbal supplement labels are often vague, confusing and of little help when it comes to making a selection. If you’re considering herbal supplements or other dietary supplements, educate yourself about any products you intend to use before purchasing them and talk to your doctor about any supplements you’re considering taking.

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