Common Questions When Selecting and Taking
Nature's Sunshine Products
Nature's Sunshine herbs have been especially formulated for the
self-treatment of minor ailments and are not intended to treat
serious disorders which should be under the supervision and care
of a professional medical practitioner. It is recommended that
herbs are not taken during pregnancy unless otherwise stated
under the individual product information, or under the strict
supervision of a professional health care practitioner.
Now that you have decided to start using herbs, here are some
1. Start slowly. Some herbs have been known to increase
the body's natural process of elimination, so expect to visit
the bathroom a little more than usual. If you are taking
laxative herbs, you should lower the dosage to establish
comfortable, regular bowel movements. Vomiting should never
occur through the use of laxative herbs. If this occurs, cease
taking the preparation immediately and consult your professional
health or medical practitioner. Remember laxatives should only
be taken occasionally as they can lead to dependence and cause
serious bowel disease if taken too frequently.
2. A runny nose is naturopathically interpreted as throwing off
excess mucous. Sometimes this is desirable and should cease in a
short time. You may also notice a sense of well-being in the
head or lung area.
3. Allow time for the herbs to do their work. Take them every
day until the bottle is empty before passing judgment on them.
4. Unless otherwise stated by your professional health care
practitioner, always take the dosage recommended on the label.
5. Drink a full glass of purified water with the herbs,
particularly when ingesting Capsicum or formulas containing
Capsicum, as some people can experience burping and repeating.
Juices are acceptable alternatives, however avoid taking milk.
6. Avoid mucous-forming foods such as milk, milk products, sugar
and white flour whilst taking herbs, as these can slow down
their absorption and effectiveness. Alternatively, yoghurt or
low fat milk and cheese would be a good choice.
Quality, Service, Integrity - the motto on the label of
every bottle on Nature’s Sunshine Products (NSP).
supplements contain pure, potent herbal plants, which have been
picked, cleaned, ground to a powder and put in gelatin capsules.
There are no artificial binders or fillers.
Why should I take my herb capsules or supplements with meals?
The presence of food in the stomach stimulates the production of
acids and enzymes that are needed for digestion and proper
absorption of nutrients. It doesn’t really matter which meal you
take them with, some people prefer breakfast and dinner for
convenience. Whether you take herbs or supplements before or
after a meal doesn’t really matter either, the only exception
being digestive enzymes, such as our Protein Digestive Aid and
liver stimulant herbs which should be taken before meals.
Why do some tablets have a speckled look?
Speckles may be visible in some tablets and are due to the
natural plant materials or ingredients. Providing the product is
still within the expiration period and has been stored according
to label directions, you shouldn’t be concerned.
Why is there sometimes a colour variation in capsules from
bottle to bottle?
Herbs are a natural plant material and therefore colour
variations may occur from batch to batch. Don’t be alarmed as
Nature’s Sunshine’s strict
Quality Assurance methods
ensure each herb undergoes a microscopic evaluation to determine
and validate exactly which plant species and plant part is being
used before it goes into the capsule or tablet.
I’m a vegetarian and don’t like to take gelatin capsules. How
can I still get the benefits of what’s in the capsule?
Nature’s Sunshine gelatin capsules can be twisted open and the
contents made into a tea, or sprinkled on food for those wishing
not to swallow the capsule.
I found a bottle of herb capsules in the cupboard and the use by
date has expired. Can I still take them?
Encapsulated herbs generally carry a 5-year expiration date
while concentrated herbs, standardised extracts and vitamins and
minerals have a 2-year expiration date. Complementary medicines,
while natural, are considered ‘medicinal’ and should be treated
the same as you would any medicine i.e. the bottle should be
used up and not stored for any great length of time. Stability
testing at Nature’s Sunshine determines the expiration dates on
our products ensuring that the active ingredients are still
present at the end of the product’s shelf life. It is
recommended that if a product is past its expiration date, then
the product should be disposed of.
How should I store my product?
As the label suggests, all therapeutic goods should be stored
under 30C, in a cool, dry place. NSP products are all
packaged in HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) containers to
protect against moisture and light, ensuring product integrity.
What does SynerSup mean?
Nature’s Sunshine uses an exclusive excipient cruciferous
vegetable base of Broccoli, Cabbage Leaf, Chinese Cabbage Leaf,
Carrot Root, Red Beetroot, Rosemary, Tomato and Turmeric to
further enhance the product’s therapeutic value. So when
you see the world SynerSup on a product label, you can be
assured the vegetable base is included in the formula.
I have heard some products contain Excipients. What are these?
Excipients are mostly used in the tabletting process as
manufacturing aids. For example a tablet coating is an
excipient – without it, a tablet may prove difficult to swallow.
Another example might be a lubricant which is needed sometimes
to prevent a tablet from sticking to machinery. Some people
think excipients are harmful but this is not the case. A quality
tablet requires excipients to be used and NSP only use the
finest excipients that are known to be safe and that meet
our strict quality control requirements.
Do any of your products contain Gluten?
Yes they do. A small number of herbs such as Oat Seed, Oat
Bran, Wheatgrass and Wheat Germ naturally contain Gluten.
For people with Gluten sensitivity (Coeliac disease) products
containing these herbs should be avoided. However, those with
grain sensitivities may be able to take these products without
any problem. In the event a product contains one of these
ingredients the label will always indicate “Contains Gluten” or
“May contain Gluten”.
Can I give herbs and supplements to my children?
In Herbal Medicine an 'adult' is considered 12 years of age and
can therefore take the adult dosage recommended on the label.
The general rule of thumb is that the dosage should be halved
for children aged 6-12 years unless the label specifically
states ‘Not recommended for Children’. For children aged under 6
years it is always wise to consult a professional health care
practitioner before administering herbal medicines, particularly
when dealing with sedative or laxative herbs.
I am lactose intolerant. Can I take your herbs and supplements?
Yes you can. Herbs do not contain lactose. Some products
such as probiotics or digestive enzymes, where a starting
material may involve lactose, should be avoided. It is a
labelling requirement that products containing Lactose should be
stated on the product label.
Can supplements be used while I’m on medication?
This will depend on the medication. Some herbs will interact
with medicines. It is always best to check with your Doctor or
Pharmacist if on medication before taking a herbal medicine or
supplement. You can also
contact us if you would
like Natural Body Healing to check by accessing our own team of
herbal specialists and pharmacists.
rest assured, when it comes to making quality products that work, there is
no substitute for experience. No company in the health
supplement industry has more experience than Nature’s Sunshine
Products does. Nature’s Sunshine prides itself in its team of
scientists, each chosen for their specific knowledge of product
research, development and quality control. With Nature’s
Sunshine you can be sure you’re getting the highest-quality,
best-formulated most potent (active) products available.
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