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Dietary Supplements by Amy A. Sunderman, B. Brian Haycock

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Chapter 4

Survey of the 20 Most Common Dietary Supplements—Herbs and Botanicals

Overview

This chapter reviews five of the most popular herbal dietary supplements. These five consist of green tea, garlic, cranberry, echinacea, and ginseng. The background, traditional use, and clinical evidence exploring the properties and potential health benefits of each are discussed. The safety of each supplement are also discussed.

Introduction

A botanical, by definition, is a plant or part of a plant valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties. Products made from botanicals are called herbal products, botanical products, phytomedicines, or nutraceuticals. These may include teas in addition to other product forms. Most herbal products differ from ...

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