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Unformatted text preview: t, flavor or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine products are dietary supplements that people take to improve their health. Many herbs have been used for a long time for claimed health benefits. They are sold as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts and fresh or dried plants. However, some can cause health problems, some are not effective and some may interact with other drugs you are taking. It's important to know that just It's important to know that just because an herbal supplement is labeled "natural" does not mean it is safe or without any harmful effects. For example, the herbs kava and comfrey have been linked to serious liver damage. [Kava root and plant] [Kava root and plant] [Comfrey] In the United States, herbal and other In the United States, herbal and other dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods. This means that they do not have to meet the same standards as drugs and overthecounter medications for proof of safety, effectiveness, and what the FDA calls Good Manufacturing Practices. In t...
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This document was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course AGRO 1001 at LSU.
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