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How effective are herbal supplements and what is the quality assurance?

Posted on: 02-04-2018        Article Readers : 165

Herbal supplements which are also called botanicals, are a form of dietary supplement available for purchase. Herbal supplements are based on use of plants have been used for medicinal purposes for many years in the past.  But herbal supplements usually are not subjected to the same scientific inspection and strict regulations as medications. Herbal supplements suppliers must follow good manufacturing practices to make sure that supplements are processed consistently and meet quality standards they don’t have to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before putting their products on the market.

Nonetheless herbal supplements usually haven't been exposed to the same scientific scrutiny and aren't as sternly regulated as other medications. Although makers of herbal supplements must follow good manufacturing practices - to ensure that supplements are processed consistently and meet quality standards - they don't have to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before putting their products on the market.

Although herbal supplement products are termed to be natural still they can have some common side effects. Anything that can create a positive effect, such as lowering cholesterol or improving mood can also carry some risk that needs to be cautioned. It is significant to examine possible benefits and side effects of herbal supplements afore you buy. Also discuss with your doctor more importantly, if you are already taking other medications or have chronic health problems or are pregnant or lactating. Though herbal supplements are regulated by the FDA they are not regulated as drugs or foods. They fall under a category called dietary supplements. The rules for herbal supplements are as follows:

 

These regulations provide assurance that herbal supplements meet certain quality standards. The FDA can intervene to remove dangerous products from the market. These products can pose unanticipated risks because many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong effects in the body. It's vital to chat with your doctor before consuming herbal supplements.

The FDA states that the labels of all herbal supplements include some standard information like the name of the herbal supplement, the complete details of the manufacturer or distributor, a whole compilation of ingredients either in the Supplement Facts panel or listed under it, serving size, amount and active ingredient, if you do not understand anything on a supplement's label, consult your doctor or pharmacist for an explanation.

You can check information of the ingredients of the products by using the Dietary Supplement Label Database, which is available on the National Institute of Health's website. The database has info on the ingredients for thousands of dietary supplement products. 

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