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Natural healthcare products : Getting the right dose

Natural healthcare products : Getting the right dose

When taking a natural health product, it's important to pay attention to the recommended dosing information.

Clinical insight
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More of a good thing isn’t always better

We often think that the more we do something, or the more of something we have, the bigger the effect. Like when you up your gym sessions to get ready for a summer holiday, or pile on moisturizer three times a day for super-soft skin. But with some things, there’s an amount that’s just right. And that’s exactly what Flordis intends to bring to you in every product we produce.
 

Every natural healthcare products has an optimal dose

The optimal dose of a natural  healthcare product is the amount you need to get the desired benefit from it.[1A] Working this out starts with being sure about exactly what is in the product. Then, by conducting clinical trials and investigating the efficacy and tolerability of different doses, the optimal dose can be found.[2A]
 

It all starts with a consistent product

Natural products can contain many different components. So it’s important to be sure about what active components are in your product, and also how much of each component is in your product. By carefully measuring the components in a natural healthcare product, steps can be taken to make sure that every batch is consistent with the last.
 

Clinical trials help us get the dose right

When you have a natural healthcare product that you know is a consistent product, you can test the effects of different doses in a clinical trial. The results will tell you the ideal amount to take so that you get the benefits you want from it. This is important because a dose that’s too low could have no effect, and a dose that’s too high might simply be more than you need.
 

Example of why more isn’t always better

In a clinical trial of Ginsana®, panax ginseng which is used to support energy levels and physical endurance, capsules containing either 4% or 7% ginsenosides (the active ingredient) were tested on top-class athletes.[3] Blood levels of lactate were measured while the athletes recovered from exercise, as a way to study their physical work capacity. The results showed that use of both preparations resulted in very similar drops in lactate, meaning that the 4% ginsenoside capsules were just as effective as 7% ginsenoside capsules. So the optimal dose is 4% ginsenosides, because the higher dose doesn’t have a greater effect.
 

 
Very similar drops in lactate levels were seen for the two doses of panax ginseng
 

Why it’s important to stick to the recommended dosing schedule

When taking a natural healthcare product, always be sure to take it as recommended. You should pay attention to the amount to take, the time of day to take it, whether or not it should be taken with food, and whether you should avoid any foods, drinks or medicines while taking it. All of these factors can influence how effective or well tolerated a product.
 
You should also check how long you should take the product for, and when it’s likely that you will start to feel a benefit. If you try a product for 2 days and don’t see results, this may be because clinical trials have shown that it begins to work over a longer period. So don’t give up before the product has a chance to show its effect.
 
References
  1. The Free Dictionary. Optimal dose. Available at: https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/optimal+dose Accessed July 2018.
  2. The Free Dictionary. Clinical trial. Available at: The Free Dictionary. Optimal dose. Available at: https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/optimal+dose Accessed July 2018.
  3. Forgo I, Kirchdorfer AM. The effect of different ginsenoside concentrations on physical work capacity. Notabene Medicine 1982; 12(9):721-727.
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