The Safety of Herbal Supplements

 

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Nature’s Sunshine
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For nearly 50 years, Kenneth Brailsford has contributed greatly to the natural supplement industry, earning the moniker “Father of Herbal Encapsulation” for his work introducing herbal supplement capsules to the field. Serving as chairman, president, and CEO of nutritional organization Nature’s Sunshine, Kenneth Brailsford led the company to produce the first-ever commercial herbal supplements.

Herbal supplements, referred to as dietary supplements by the FDA, are not required to initially receive approval by the FDA before reaching consumers, according to Mayo Clinic. However, herbal supplements, once on the market, must receive monitoring by the FDA to ensure the product’s safety.

To list benefits of the supplements on the product’s packaging, the manufacturers must provide supporting research and note that the FDA has not substantiated the claims. The FDA sets quality standards that the products must meet. In addition, companies are required to follow manufacturing standards consistently. Such stipulations work to ensure the proper ingredients and the amounts are found in each batch.

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