Natural Health Products

What are natural health products?

Natural health products are supplements that people take to solve a health problem. However, many natural health products can have bad side effects or interact with your medications. They can be taken as pills, liquids, energy bars, teas, creams, etc.

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Type of natural health products

  • Vitamins (multivitamins; vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, and folate)
  • Minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium etc.)
  • Herbs (turmeric, ashwaghanda, yerba mate, etc.)
  • Probiotics
  • Pre- and post-workout supplements (e.g. creatine, BCAAs)
  • “Energy” supplements (e.g. taurine, guarana)
  • Enzymes
  • Others (glucosamine, probiotics, fish oils etc.)

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How do I know if a natural health product is safe?

  • First, the best way to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet and exercise every day.
  • Don’t use a natural health product to replace prescribed medications.
  • If you are interested in taking a natural health product, ask the doctor or dietitian from the Dalglish Clinic how it might affect you. Whenever you have an appointment at the Dalglish Clinic, please bring all your medications, including natural health products and all types of supplements. Thank you.
    • Remember, some products that seem safe for the general public may be unsafe for people with 22q.

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Can natural health products make you sick?

Unfortunately, Yes. Just because a product is “natural” does not mean it is safe for you to use. For example, CBC’s Marketplace found over 60 cases where liver failures happened in people who took green tea supplements.

Other possible side effects include:

  • Too much vitamin A can cause headaches and liver damage, reduce bone strength, and cause birth defects.
  • Too much iron cause nausea and vomiting and may damage the liver and other organs.
  • Herbs like combrey and kava can harm the liver.
  • Some supplements can affect how people react to anesthesia for surgery.

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Where can I get more information?

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