Natural food supplements include a wide variety of products. Almost all
health food stores carry them, and a number of drug stores and supermarkets
stock them on their shelves as well. In general, natural food supplements
are composed of, derived from, or byproducts of foods that provide health
benefits. In some cases, health benefit claims made by manufacturers are
based upon a supplement's use in traditional healing; in other cases, they are
based on modern scientific
Food supplements can be high in certain nutrients, contain active ingredients
that aid digestive or metabolic processes, or provide a combination of nutrients
and active ingredients. It is important to point out that some
unscrupulous manufacturers make false promises. It is therefore vital to
be an informed consumer. It is also necessary to be aware that many
conservative "watchdog" organizations point to these few
unsubstantiated products and label the whole industry as unreliable. This
occurs in spite of the fact that many natural food supplements have been known
to work for years; these products are medically endorsed only when they are
"discovered" by researchers deemed acceptable by these groups.
Such recent discoveries include garlic, aloe vera, fiber, and fish oils -
substances that have been used for centuries in many parts of the world.
This information is educational in context and is not
to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult your licensed
health care practitioner before using this or any medical information.
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