Are there dietary supplements that promote healthy living?

Originally Published: October 16, 1998 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: January 23, 2004
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Dear Alice,

Do you recommend any natural remedies (Melatonin, etc.) as dietary supplements for healthy living?

Dear Reader,

For healthy living, it's important to take care of your physical, emotional, and sexual self, which includes healthy eating, regular exercise or physical movement, getting enough rest, and managing stress. Taking supplements regularly as a component of this regimen is something to talk about with your health care provider. It's also important to investigate any herbal products or hormonal supplements thoroughly with your health care provider before you begin taking them. Herbal and hormonal supplements can have side effects, are not be used by women who are pregnant or by those who have certain conditions, and can interact with prescription drugs an individual might be taking at the same time.

Many herbal remedies are as old as time itself; however, herbal "medicines" are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is no guarantee of the ingredients' quality, quantity, or safety. So, choose wisely and carefully.

For more information on the specific hormonal supplement you mentioned, melatonin, read the Related Q&As listed below.

Alice