Natural Supplement

There are all manner of dietary and health supplements available, from health food stores, pharmacies and a host of specialist websites. Many of these supplements are aimed at athletes, or at those who are looking to achieve certain goals in their fitness regimes. Others provide additional minerals or vitamins to users’ diets.

What often tends to draw people towards these supplements is the use of the term ‘natural’, but there are many ways to use this term, and it can often be a little misleading, even if not deliberately so. So the question remains as to what does it mean to be a natural health supplement. This is perhaps best answered by saying that it is a broad term which can be applied, within reason, to almost anything that can be harvested from living things such as plants and animals, and not overtly processed. A very wide category then.

Many people make an automatic assumption that natural always means safe. However, this is far from the case, and assuming so can be positively dangerous, especially for certain vulnerable groups.These groups include people with chronic conditions which require medication, such as asthma, diabetes or heart and circulation conditions.

Many supplements which claim to be natural come from herbs, other plant extracts or animals. Often, they can be by products from other food manufacturing processes. Whey protein is a by product of cheese making, for example. This does not mean that these products have no effect on any conventional medication which is being used. This is very definitely not the case.

Herbal extracts and other kinds of ‘natural’ medications can therefore often have unintended and unforeseen health consequences on those who use them. When considering what does it mean to be a natural health supplement then, it is best to consult a health professional, preferably a doctor.

There is also no guarantee as the effectiveness or otherwise of many so-called ‘natural’ supplements. When in doubt it is always the best idea to speak to a pharmacist or other kind of professional. No one wants to make the kind of mistake which can lead to more serious health issues.

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