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Herbs for Health

In the last 30 years, more and more people have begun to use dietary supplements as part of their daily routines. These products are often taken to promote a healthier lifestyle and help to bridge gaps in a person's diet. They include vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty acids and other nutrients. Herbal supplements are also very common. An herb is a plant that has been used by some culture as a medicine. Today's herbal supplements are produced by extracting essences from roots, leaves, stems, flowers, seeds and other parts of plants. The extracts may be processed into a powder and then placed inside of a capsule or hardened to make a pill. It may also be mixed with gelatin or similar ingredients to produce a gel capsule. You will also find liquid preparations and dried plant parts packaged in teabags for brewing. Some herbs are even made into oils, creams and salves for applying to the skin. If you wish to begin to use herbs for your health, Walgreens is sure to have the perfect type for your needs.

Choosing Herbs for Health

Some people take herbs in order to maintain good health and complement their natural lifestyle. Others use herbs to address a specific medical problem. You may choose an herb to help minimize the symptoms of a sudden illness or a condition that you have had for years. The key is to find the type of herb that is right for your specific health profile. Not all traditional herbal remedies have been verified by medical science. This means there may not be enough evidence to know if a particular herb that you have heard or read about will actually bring results for you. You should also keep in mind that herbs can cause side effects, change the way other supplements and medications work or produce serious health problems in people with certain conditions. As you begin to explore herbs for health concerns, be sure to discuss any product that you find with your doctor prior to use.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.

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