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Are all Herbal Supplements Considered Organic?

Feb 25, 2008
Herbal supplements are available almost everywhere these days. As herbs grow in popularity, many people are choosing to use herbal supplements in an effort to combat the effects of our diets, pollution and other lifestyle choices. There are a few things to remember if you are considering herbal supplements, however.

First of all... herbal does not mean organic. If you want an herbal supplement that is organic, please be sure to read the label carefully. Herbs can be grown using fertilizers and pesticides, just like any other crop. Herbal supplements will be made of herbs grown on farms rather than being wildcrafted due to the sheer amount needed by companies that make supplements.

Check out the companies that make the herbal supplements you are interested in. Herbal supplements do not have to be tested before they are marketed. If you stick to supplements that are based on gentle herbs like garlic, you should be fine. If you are responding to hype about how strong a supplement is, you may be putting yourself at risk unless you can consult someone knowledgeable not only about that herb, but that supplement in particular. Make sure it has the potential to do what you hope it will do.

For an example, let's look at garlic supplements. Garlic is well known for its health benefits. It can help lower blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease and can help fight off illness. To get these benefits, many people choose to take supplements instead of eating several cloves of fresh garlic every day. Garlic breath is what makes many of them choose the supplements. In response to this, many garlic supplements say they are odor free. However, the same compound that makes the familiar garlicky fragrance is responsible for the majority of its health benefits. Remove the fragrance, and you remove the benefits.

As you can see, in some ways you need to be even more cautious with herbal supplements than you do with fresh herbs. Once you find a company you feel you can rely on, go ahead and try the product you were interested in. If you see problems starting, stop taking it immediately. Don't wait until the symptoms are severe. If, on the other hand, you see benefits after a few weeks, you've found something that obviously works for you.

Supplements can make it easier to get needed nutrients, vitamins and minerals. If you are unsure which would be the best for you, be sure and ask your doctor. They should be able to give you suggestions on what to look for and what to avoid. Do your research. Herbal supplements are like any other medication... do your research and choose wisely. There are good products out there... you just want to be sure that those are the products you end up with.
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