Medicine or food? Cures or causes?
Supplements or Natural Remedies?
Dec 26, 2018
Are herbal remedies always good? What's the truth about alternative therapies, vitamins, and dietary supplements?
Modern 'business' sometimes suffers from over-hype. We've all seen it in adverts or the tabloid media. The 'new miracle cure' or a 'dramatic weight loss pill', an article written in an exaggerated, flamboyant and persuasive style.
We believe in a balanced diet, the potential validity of well-established natural remedies and the beneficial uses gained from plants. Concentrated supplements that are developed by chemical companies can be another matter altogether. Taking a rounded view is essential.
Many of the therapies and remedies we discuss here at Plantfont are based on infusions and to the best of our knowledge these are mild forms of treatment that can ease health problems.
That isn't always the case with highly-concentrated supplements, so please do your research if you are considering taking them. There's no substitute for a discussion with a trained medical professional who will always be happy to have a debate when you have any concerns.
Recent documentaries by the BBC, who produce very well researched programmes, in my opinion, urge caution when taking vitamins and minerals, for example. The medical research discussed appears to indicate that most of us receive the required amounts from our usual diet.
In another article on the BBC website, the use of green tea and other antioxidants as supplements are examined. The report reveals that according to the European Food Safety Authority green tea drinks are "generally safe", but when taken as supplements in high doses "may pose health concerns".
More than 80 cases of liver injury linked to green tea supplements have been reported worldwide according to this story. However, drinking green tea is very safe according to Prof Herbert Bonkovsky, director of liver services at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina.
Remember to take everything in moderation and when contemplating natural remedies take the views of those around you, the medical community, understand your objectives and keep a clear mind when faced with extreme advertising techniques.
What are your thoughts about the supplements that many people take as a matter of course?
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