December 21, 2015

Supplements 101

By cancerconnect

Tips for making supplements part of your wellness plan

You may have heard that nutritional supplements could be a beneficial addition to your wellness plan. There are, however, a few important things to keep in mind before you start using these herbs and nutrients. Here are some general guidelines to follow when using dietary supplements during cancer treatment:

  • Always tell your healthcare team which herbs and nutrients you are taking. Even if they aren’t familiar with your supplements, your doctors need to know that you are taking additional substances.
  • The quality of supplements can vary greatly. Look for independent, third-party validation of quality. Also consult a knowledgeable integrative healthcare practitioner, such as a naturopathic doctor or pharmacist, about where to obtain high-quality supplements.
  • Be wary of cancer-cure claims associated with dietary supplements.
  • Because some herbs and nutrients can interact with drugs, consult a qualified integrative healthcare provider, such as a naturopathic doctor, about potential interactions and contraindications. You may want to try an online search for “medicine interactions.”
  • The science of herbs and nutrients is rapidly evolving. Consult a nutritionist or someone you trust to develop the safest and most up-to-date supplement program. Communicate regularly with all your healthcare providers, especially whenever your conventional cancer treatment plan changes. By keeping everyone informed, you can benefit from the latest information and research and the best support.

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