Join us on July 23rd as Clinical Consultant Pharmacist Kerri Kupka discusses common natural health products, whether they have real benefits and for whom.
Wellness Session: Natural Health Products
Tuesday, July 23rd – 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Join Kerri as she discusses natural health products. She will review common products, review if research has shown they are beneficial and for whom they might be helpful.
What are Natural Health Products?
Natural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.
Natural health products, often called “complementary” or “alternative” medicines, include:
- vitamins and minerals
- herbal remedies
- homeopathic medicines
- traditional medicines like traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) medicines
- other products like amino acids and essential fatty acidsFast fact: 71% of Canadians have used natural health products like vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and homeopathic medicines. While natural health products are generally safe and have fewer side effects than medications, they are not risk free.
*Always talk to a health care professional like a doctor, pharmacist or naturopath before choosing a product. This is especially important for seniors and people with serious medical conditions. Source: https://www.canada.ca