A rough guide to health food supplements

Article originally written for the Hippocratic Post by Nigel Denby

There are dozens of supplements available from health food stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, the Internet and via mail order. All can be bought without any medical advice. This seems amazing when you consider that certain supplements can be harmful when taken in excess, others interact badly with prescribed drugs, or can be affected when taken with drinks like coffee.  There are times when it is highly recommended to supplement even the best diet. For instance a daily dose of 400mg of folic acid for women who are planning a pregnancy.

So how do you know what to take and when? Could you be wasting your money or even worse risking your health? Here is a guide for clarity.

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This article was originally written for the Hippocratic Post

Herbalism is an ancient form of medicine. Herbs and plants can be used to treat a wide range of conditions ranging from burns, to ulcers, flatulence, laryngitis, insomnia and psoriasis. Here are some common herbs and their uses. Never take herbal supplements if you are on medication without checking with your doctor first.

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