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The Increasing Craze toward Vitamins and Herbal Supplements

Posted Jan 07 2009 3:17pm
by Amber Duncan

Many people are turning to natural remedies and using herbal supplements and vitamins to maintain and improve health. One can find products for help in losing weight, preventing signs of aging, or just to improve general health. No matter what your health issues are, there is sure to be a product with the perfect sales pitch so that you want to buy it right away.

There have been countless studies performed on the therapeutic benefits and applications of various herbs and herbal extracts. As a result of this research, strong evidence has shown that adding herbal supplements to a healthy diet and lifestyle can be beneficial. There are many natural health supplements that also treat various conditions as well as promote general well-being.

There is an overwhelming amount of information available today, in magazines, on TV and the on the internet, about hundreds of different herbs and what they can do for you. Some do very little, while others are much stronger and can have the potential to interact adversely with medications you may be currently taking. Don’t be fooled into thinking that all herbal supplements are safe, just because they’re natural.

Like natural, herbal supplements, many medications and even illegal street drugs are derived from nature. Tobacco comes from a plant, but that does not mean that cigarettes are a natural, healthy product. Illegal street drugs are made from the beautiful poppy flower.

The problem with many herbal nutritional supplements is that they are not strictly regulated in the United States. Manufacturers of natural health supplements are not obligated to guarantee their safety, effectiveness or even the true content of their products! As a result, some dietary supplements do not contain the herbs they claim to.

Herbal supplements can be quite expensive, especially if you find yourself constantly adding more to your daily regimen. Some people just start out with two or three supplements, and then they read about others. Soon you many find yourself taking 15-20, or more, per day, while spending a small fortune. You could be doing yourself more harm than good as some of these herbal products can work against each other, cancelling out their benefits or causing new problems. On the other hand, some of them might be totally ineffective, which is just a waste of money.

The solution is to find a good multi-purpose supplement that covers the areas you want to concentrate on the most. A multi-purpose formula should be well balanced, with ingredients that work well together, to provide the results you’re looking for. With a multi-purpose supplemental formula, you can get all the benefits of taking dozens of different pills with a single dose, and save a ton of money too.

Before beginning a supplemental health program, do plenty of research; look into the different companies, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been reported. Talk to your doctor. In the past, doctors have been against the use of herbal supplements, but many are beginning to open up to the idea. Some doctors are recommending herbal supplements today; you doctor might be able to recommend a good source for obtaining the supplements you want.

No matter what supplements you decide to add to your daily health regimen, remember, they are just a supplement, and you must continue to live a healthy lifestyle, get plenty of exercise and eat right. An herbal supplement that claims to prevent cancer is not going to protect you if you are still smoking 3 packs of cigarettes per day. A weight loss formula will not help if you are eating fast food every day or if you are constantly snacking in front of the TV all evening. A muscle building drink does nothing for you if you do not work out with weights.

Herbal supplements and natural remedies are a great step toward good health and well-being. If you are considering adding herbal supplements to your healthy lifestyle, consult with your physician to be sure you are not doing yourself more harm than good.

About the Author:
This Article was written by Amber Duncan, a vitamin and supplement specialist, who represents ViSalus Sciences. ViSalus Sciences has created a cutting edge approach to supplementation that gives the body optimum levels of vitamins, nutrients and essential oils required to maintain peak performance and energy levels with the best absorption rate on the market.
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