Navigation Links
How safe and effective are herbal dietary supplements?
Date:7/21/2010

Millions of people are taking herbs and other plant-based dietary supplements to improve their health, but they have precious little information on the actual effectiveness or potential ill effects of these products. That's the topic of an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine.

C&EN Senior Editor Celia Henry Arnaud suggests that consumers are taking a gamble when it comes to the safety and effectiveness of hundreds of pills and potions cluttering store shelves. Such products include black cohosh and red clover, used by menopausal women to reduce hot flashes, and kava, which is used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Scientists are concerned that some supplements may contain high levels of toxic metals, such as lead and mercury, or pesticides. There's also the possibility that the plant itself might be toxic or that a supplement can cause harm by reacting with conventional drugs.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, which regulates supplements as foods rather than drugs, recently took a step toward improving the situation by requiring all supplement manufacturers to test their products for contaminants. But scientists still know little about the ingredients in many supplements and what effect they might have on the body. Ongoing research is providing new information that will help address these concerns in the future, including the long-term safety of these products for consumers, the article indicates.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Low forms of cyclin E reduce breast cancer drugs effectiveness
2. Gastric Banding Most Effective for Obese Teens
3. Neuroimaging study may pave way for effective Alzheimers treatments
4. China Cord Blood Corporation Warrant Registration Statement Declared Effective by SEC
5. Charging less for more effective treatments could reduce health care costs while improving health
6. Split-course palliative radiotherapy confirmed as effective treatment for advanced NSCLC
7. New drug for kidney transplant recipients effective in humans
8. Two Sepsis Treatments Look Equally Effective
9. Mammogram Plus MRI Seems Cost-Effective in High-Risk Women
10. Mammogram Plus MRI Cost-Effective in High-Risk Women
11. Study Shows Sani-Bag+ to be an Effective Microbial Barrier
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... ... It is vital for any lab to secure funding, and the best ... Beckman Coulter has designed Kaluza, templates with advanced analytical tools to streamline analysis and ... a GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) fashion. , With features designed to simplify life in ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... San Fernando Valley, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... Sculptra can be used in several ways to restore a more youthful appearance to ... doctors , now offer Sculptra, along with a variety of other treatments, to rejuvenate ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... A quote from Dr. Edward ... comments on social media that offer a rare glimpse into the mind of those ... and New York Times bestselling author, has described people with ADHD as having “Ferrari ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Levels of a protein in the blood associated ... appearing online in the journal Radiology. , Heart disease and brain disease exact a ... the rapidly aging population. Damage to both organs often occurs at a subclinical stage, ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... ... They are musicians and librarians, fashion designers and fitness instructors, actors, athletes and ... around the nation. What do they have in common? All have been affected by ... new photographic exhibit debuting Friday, December 9 at Logan International Airport in Boston. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... ALTO, Calif. , Dec. 7, 2016  Varian ... an update to its previously announced plans to separate ... be executed via a tax-free distribution to Varian stockholders ... stand-alone public company that will hold the Imaging Components ... expected to be executed by the end of January ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 2016  Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... on delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs using its ... Chief Executive Officer Keith Murphy is ... 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). ... familiar with the Company, an informational video and ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 7, 2016  Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI ) ... Markets 2016 Prescription for Success Healthcare Conference on December 14, 2016 ... New York City . In addition, the ... Guggenheim Securities 4 th Annual Boston Healthcare Conference taking place ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: