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For the conscious use of food supplements.

 

1. Always know before buying a dietary supplement.

There are many resources in bookshops and online. It checks information from producers as it may be partial or untrue. It retrieves material from trusted third party sources such as scientific publications or government agencies.

2. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking a dietary supplement.

Even if your doctor is not aware of all the products available on the market, you can avoid making a serious mistake.

3. Vegetable preparations.

Always ensure that the common name, botanical name and part of the plant used are specified on the product label.

4. Company contact.

Does the label provide a way to contact the company if you have any questions about their products? Reliable manufacturers always provide the way to connect with them. If you need more information about the supplement you are taking or intend to take, contact the manufacturer. Ask questions about the company's production procedures and the quality controls that products undergo.

5. Misleading advertising.

It avoids products that boast "miraculous cures","sensational discoveries" or "new discoveries" such as those that claim to bring benefits without ever reporting any warnings or side-effects, or are based on a "method" or "secret ingredient". These claims are often misleading and the product may contain harmful substances, drugs or contaminants.

6. Reporting side effects.

Take note of any side-effects that may occur during the period of product intake. If you experience skin bleeding, drowsiness, restlessness, anxiety, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, constipation or severe migraine headaches, stop taking the supplement. Report every reaction to your doctor and fill out the "Suspected adverse reaction report form based on medicinal plants and food supplements from the Ministry of Health".

7. Surgical operations.

If you have planned any surgery or medical treatment, including dental operations, ask your doctor if and when you should stop taking the supplement. Some dietary supplements need two or three weeks to stop being present in your body, and some of them may cause serious problems during or after an operation.

8. Pregnancy and lactation.

In these cases, take only supplements recommended by your doctor or pharmacist because, for many of them, the long-term safety profile has not yet been clarified.

9. Taking medications.

Do not replace any medication prescribed by your doctor with self-registered remedies without first consulting you.

10. Serious pathological conditions.

Do not take products that are not prescribed to treat cancer or other serious diseases. No matter what is being said, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not.

11. Warnings.

Food supplements should not be seen as a substitute for a varied diet and should be used in a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Do not exceed recommended daily doses. Keep out of reach of children under three years. It is recommended to follow any warnings on the label. Medical supervision is recommended in children over 65 years of age and with any pathological condition. In general, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take dietary supplements unless they are actually needed. Traditional or clinical use of the substances on this site should not be understood as a medical prescription. Do not take in case of hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients present in the formulations. Any variations in colour, taste and/or odour in some products are due to the presence of natural ingredients.

12. Illegal products.

Avoids products that boast of treating a wide variety of unrelated diseases. If a supplement states that it can diagnose, treat, treat, cure, or prevent disease with claims such as "curing cancer","stopping tumour growth" or "curing multiple sclerosis", the product is sold illegally as a drug.

13. "Natural ".

It is aware that the use of the term "natural" in a herbal product and food supplement is not a guarantee of safety. Poisonous plants, such as hemlock, for example, are natural but unsafe.

14. Multiannual experience.

Consider the name and reputation of the manufacturer or distributor. Famous nutraceutical companies with many years of experience subject their products to strict quality controls because they have a strong reputation to defend.