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Why F.D.A. Is Taking A Closer Look At These Minerals

Aug 18, 2007
In this modern age, there are many herbal based multi vitamin supplements aimed to provide the human body with all the essential and non-essential nutrients it needs.

What is the advantage?

You only have to take one or a few pills and to ensure all the nutrients necessary for your body to function properly. This is all it takes.

However, it also can help you prevent both mineral and vitamin deficiencies. Vitamins are used by a large number of people to increase the true of essential nutrients in their body and get all the benefits provided by these supplements.

Please do not substitute it.

If you are substituting a vitamin supplement and herbs for a balanced diet, then you have to be extra careful. Some supplements can be toxic when taken in excess. Although some herbs are wonderful to cook with you do not want to rely on them when you have a condition that merits a visit to the doctor.

What about garlic?

Take garlic for example. Garlic is a member of the onion relatives and no cook should be without it. Some people refer to garlic as the "natural antibiotic". These are the same people however, that take a handful of processed garlic pills when they feel a cold or some perceived or real infection coming on instead of seeing their doctor.

What can garlic treat for your body?

Now I do not see my doctor for every cold. But if I think I demand an antibiotic I'm going for the real McCoy. Besides, garlic has blood thinning capabilities and we get enough of the good stuff by cooking with it. Yet I know people who pop those garlic pills to ward off anything they think they are coming down with without any regard to the possible interaction of these garlic pills with another herbal based vitamin supplement and/or their prescription medicine.

What is that another thing to consider about garlic?

Even if you are not taking blood thinning medication, you don't want to have consumed a lot of garlic before you have surgery because you lack your blood to clot. That doesn't mean you can't have your favorite spaghetti sauce before having surgery, but it could be harmful to take a lot of garlic supplements before surgery.

What do you need to understand herbal based supplement?

If you believe you need a herbal vitamin supplement daily you should check with your physician before consuming large amounts of any supplement as some of these can have toxic effects. Manufactures of such supplements, unlike manufacturers of drugs, do not have to prove that their products are safe before they are put on the market.

Who is watching those pills?

The FDA regulates these dietary supplements as food and not as drugs and so after a product like this causes a problem or is unsafe then the FDA can take action. The FDA is watching though. In December 2005, they sent out warning letters to nine companies that were promoting their dietary supplements could prevent, treat or cure bird flu.

When the label reads like that, then the FDA has to look at it like a drug and not food. That is why on all or nearly all supplements labels you'll see the disclaimer that says something like, "These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and we're not saying they will cure you." That's a rough paraphrase but you get the idea.

In the end, we are responsible for what we put into our bodies. Check with your doctor before you believe any outrageous supplement and herbs claims.

There are many people that tend to forget the quality of swallowing those pills, without realizing the harmful effects of over-consumption of these herbal based supplements, level while various kinds of supplements can handle chronic diseases.

By simply applying these effective tips, together with an thorough understanding of supplements is important so that you enjoy your life once again.
About the Author
Eddy Kong WW is the owner of the 17 Minutes Vitamin Supplements Resource. Drop by at Herbal Based Vitamins for more details.
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