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Natural health products are a part of many Canadians’ diets. Whether it be a vitamin or mineral supplement to maintain a well-rounded diet or a herbal supplement for the flu, these products are usually taken in attempt to improve or maintain one’s health. While the idea behind natural health products might seem sound, many of these products are not thoroughly tested. This article outlines what natural health products are, what they are made of, and what to be aware of when considering incorporating them into your diet.

NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS…WHAT ARE THEY?

As defined by Health Canada, natural health products (NHP’s) include many items such as:

  1. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

  2. Herbal Remedies

  3. Homeopathic and Traditional Medicines

  4. Probiotics, Amino Acids, and Essential Fatty Acid Supplements (1).

WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF?

NHP’s are concentrated, over-the-counter packs nutrients either created in a lab or extracted from food or other natural sources. For instance, vitamin D...

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