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Any herbal supplement or remedy could potentially cause organ damage or have dangerous interactions with other medications you may be taking. That’s why US-based Ehsan Ali, MD, also known as The Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, recommends you ask your doctor before popping any herbal pill or natural cure.

“All patients of all ages check with their doctor first about what home remedy they want to try. Better safe than sorry!”

He warns all his patients that many herbal supplements are not tested by the US FDA and may have many potential risks and side effects.

11. Vitamins

11. Vitamins
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A healthy diet should provide all the vitamins and minerals that we need.

However, sometimes our busy lives interfere with our ability to get the right nutrition for our bodies.

In these cases, a vitamin pill can fill the gap and ensure optimum health.

The danger comes when people ignore the recommended doses and take too much of a particular vitamin.

Too much Vitamin D can cause liver and heart problems, while an overabundance of B6 can lead to nerve toxicity, and a vitamin A overdose can even cause death in extreme cases.

Natural or homemade remedies can be an excellent complement to traditional medicine.

However, it’s always wise to check with your doctor before taking any medical treatment whether or not it’s natural.

Looking to add a dish into your repetoire packed with vitamins? Give these Asian vegetables a go.

This article first appeared on RD.com

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