Okay, I don’t want to lose you, this will be quick. The internet is full of blog posts and articles selling you everything to make you perfectly happy and healthy (here is a quick comment to that, whatever they are selling won’t do it.) Since supplements are not regulated by the FDA, anything can be in there. And unless an issue arises, or someone complains, or gets sick, or sues, you will be downing alfalfa capsules thinking it is St. John’s Wort. This is not a joke, a recent study showed that over half of 10 tested St. John’s Wort supplements had little to none in it. In fact, what they DID have could be even worse. One was filled with a known herbal diuretic. Yikes. (Another reason not to drop your prescription medication for herbal supplements without doctor and herbalist cooperation.)
So, quickly, what can you do?
Get your needs from food. You know, “let food be thy medicine” and all of that. “Every food is a super-food”. I can probably come up with five or more slogans that say the same thing. Food was made to nourish us, eat it. Grow it. Share it. Enjoy it.
Find an educated herbal professional to walk you through what herbs you should grow, purchase, and use. There is a reason these professionals take anatomy and physiology just like healthcare professionals. Many also study biochemistry or nutrition. Use their knowledge and let them help you! If the goal is to balance yourself out to live a normal life, seek out a professional herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner, nutritionist, whatever you think would help you at this stage of your life. You may seek out all of them. Bring these professionals your current supplement stash and you can wade through them together. I’ve never met an herbalist who practices for the money. It is all about sharing knowledge.
Make your own nutritional supplements. No, you are not “Doctor Mom”, you are a whole person aware of your bodily needs. Giving yourself supplements to live life is not practicing medicine on yourself, and should not be used instead of seeing an educated professional. If you have no issue making yourself a balanced dinner, you should have no issue making a mug of lemon balm tisane or sprinkling mustard powder on your cooked broccoli. But when you start trying to fix a specific issue, that is when it would be best to search out the help of a practitioner, one who studies herbal energetics and nutritional synergy. With their help you can even make your own personalized supplement capsules. I assure you, a professional will also let you know when your issues are beyond their practice and recommend you into the hands of those who may help better.
If you are into quick educational videos I recommend this one here about supplement safety. Black Raspberry Supplements Put To The Test