Are herbal supplements safe?

Most remedies that can be called herbal supplements are regulated in most countries around the world, but not like any type of foods or drugs. In most countries, herbal supplements fall under the category of dietary supplements. This means that most herbal supplements on the market have to follow good manufacturing practices and they have to meet certain quality standards. But they can’t be sold with specific medical claims – which makes it easier for sellers and marketers to be more flexible with actual purposes of any given herbal supplement.

This also means, that in most countries – there are no specific rules that regulate any risks or to ensure safety for most herbal and/or dietary supplements. That’s why it is very important to do your personal research and buy your dietary/herbal supplements only from trusted sources.

Most herbal supplements contain certain types of complex chemical structures found in nature, which could have a range of effects on different users. Furthermore, they can be considered a real health risk when consumed in combination with other supplements, drugs, prescribed medications, or other recreational substances.

That’s why you always have to consult with your doctor and a licenced professional before experimenting with any herbal or dietary supplement. Furthermore, if you decide to use any dietary or herbal supplements – always make sure you start slow and learn how your body reacts at minimal doses, to minimize the potential health risks of any kind.

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