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Nearly half of adults who use herbs don't use them correctly

Posted by Nancy B.

About half of the people who use herbal supplements do not use them in recommended levels, according to findings which appear in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings for May. More than 30,000 adults were surveyed about using six herbs: echinacea for upper respiratory tract infection, garlic for high cholesterol, ginseng for mental performance/diabetes, St. John's wort for depression, soy for high cholesterol/hot flashes, and kava-kava for anxiety. Women and college-educated people were more likely to use herbs at the evidence-based usage rates, Reuters reported.
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