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Supplements and Herbal Remedies

Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies for the Elderly

Herbal Medicine Risks

First things first, what are dietary supplements and herbal remedies? These substances are used to add nutrients to a person’s diet or improve their overall health. Many herbal remedies and supplements contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, herbs, enzymes, or fish oils.

While dietary supplements and herbal remedies are generally deemed safe and are readily available at over-the-counter retailers, they aren’t recommended for everyone. When it comes to the elderly, it is always recommended to participate in an active lifestyle and to eat a healthy diet to get the vitamins and minerals the body naturally needs.   

If you are contemplating a dietary supplement, it’s always important to meet with your physician and talk through any potential benefits or harmful side effects.

Herbal and Dietary Supplements for the Elderly

When considering adding supplements to a daily regimen, it’s most important to meet with a doctor. Discuss concerns, explain the changes you’d like to make and talk about your options. Most importantly, before ever starting any kind of dietary or herbal supplement, check to make sure the drugs you are currently taking will not have any negative interactions.

If a doctor suggests a vitamin or mineral supplement, it will most likely be one of the following:

When it comes to using dietary supplements or herbal remedies as part of a healthy lifestyle for the elderly, it’s important to note that most supplements are not FDA regulated. It does not regularly test what is in dietary supplements and companies are not required to share that information prior to putting them on the market. Also, many of these herbal remedies can be expensive, with no guarantee of any health benefits.

Enjoying a Healthy Lifestyle With McGregor PACE

At McGregor PACE, we make it our mission to help seniors ages 55 and older to find the support and services they need to live a healthy lifestyle. We assist Cuyahoga County seniors with medical, rehabilitative, social and personal care needs.

Ensure you are getting the most out of your senior years, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.