What is a dietary supplement?
According to the FDA, dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, and amino acids. They come in the form of pills, liquids, or powders, and are intended to be taken to supplement the diet.
What is St. John’s wort?
The St. John’s wort plant has yellow flowers and is considered to be a weed throughout most of the United States. It has been used for medical purposes in other parts of the world for thousands of years. Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of St. John’s wort. Some studies have suggested benefit, but other studies have not.
While the true benefits of St. John’s wort are still being explored, if you do choose to use it, be sure to learn all you can and check with your doctor before taking it. St. John’s wort can interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking and may have side effects.