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Some herbal supplements, including products labeled as natural, can have serious side effects. So it's important to do your homework and investigate potential benefits and side effects of supplements before you buy. And be sure to talk with your doctor, especially if you take any medicines, have chronic health problems, or are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you take herbal supplements, include a dose of safety in your routine: 1. Don't exceed the recommended dosages. 2. Tell your doctor what you're taking. Some herbs may interfere with other drugs or have other harmful effects. 3. Avoid herbal supplements if you're pregnant or breast-feeding, unless your doctor approves.
Some herbal remedies and dietary supplements are advertised as having amazing healing properties. Take these claims with a grain of salt. Scammers have perfected ways to convince you that their products are the best. They often target people with serious or chronic medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and cancer. Remember if a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Talk to your doctor about any supplements you're considering.
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