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y supplements, Mitchell and colleagues say. However herbal supplements are widely used by the elderly, even those with low incomes, the researchers say. ‘As people get older and have a number of ailments, medication doesn't always help and people resort to trying out herbal supplements. There is the notion that anything herbal is natural and cannot be harmful,’ said Nadine Sahyoun, Ph.D., an expert in elder nutrition at the University of Maryland. Sahyoun said that older people with higher incomes tend to use herbal supplements as preventive medicine, while poorer adults may use them as a substitute for traditional medicines.

Mitchell said the education programs like the one studied could help older adults become savvier about herbal supplements. ‘Given the small amount of discretionary funds that low-income older adults have, the savings provided by a reduced use of suspect products may be significant,’ he said.

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