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Safety of Muliple Supplements - mindbodysoul - 09-17-2013 08:18 PM

Hello James,

I noticed that several of the Mountain Mist Botanicals' product line (capsules) have some of the same ingredients...Licorice root for example.

Would it be safe to take simultaneously the following supplements in the amounts suggested:

Super Ginkgo Green
Adrenal Tonic
Bone Joint Support
Blood Sugar Balance
Live-R-Ight Detox
Thyroid Tonic Complex

Respectfully,


RE: Safety of Muliple Supplements - James - 09-30-2013 06:02 PM

(09-17-2013 08:18 PM)mindbodysoul Wrote:  Hello James,

I noticed that several of the Mountain Mist Botanicals' product line (capsules) have some of the same ingredients...Licorice root for example.

Would it be safe to take simultaneously the following supplements in the amounts suggested:

Super Ginkgo Green
Adrenal Tonic
Bone Joint Support
Blood Sugar Balance
Live-R-Ight Detox
Thyroid Tonic Complex

Respectfully,

There is some cross over because some herbs such as licorice root and nettle leaf have a variety of health benefits. Licorice root also helps to balance out certain formulas, which is also a reason it is so commonly used in Chinese medicine.

There is not enough licorice root to be a problem though even if you took all the formulas together. The claim about licorice root raising blood pressure is way over hyped. A single ibuprofen or aspirin will raise your blood pressure more than a dose of licorice root. It actually takes about 50 grams of licorice root daily for over 6 months to raise blood pressure. That is the equivalent of taking a full bottle of licorice root capsules daily for over 6 months.

And even at that this effect can be easily countered by increasing potassium intake since potassium is depleted by extreme doses of licorice root for extended periods of time. This is what leads to the sodium retention and high blood pressure associated with extreme licorice root use or normal use of steroidal drugs like Prednisone.

High blood pressure from licorice root is so uncommon that I have only seen one case ever reported in the medical journals. And that was in a man who was consuming a lot of licorice candy made with real licorice root. Most licorice candy is made with star anise, not licorice root. But this also brings up the question could his high blood pressure been from diabetes instead of the licorice root in all the candy he was eating? In fact, high blood pressure has a number of causes including various medications. Just because he had been eating a lot of licorice candy made with licorice root does not mean it was the cause. That is guilt by association rather than guilt by proof.

The one thing that you must be careful with if using licorice root though is that you have to make sure not to take very much if on drugs like Prednisone. Licorice root can potentiate and prolong the effects of these pharmaceutical steroids. This is why licorice root is sometimes used by people to wean off of their steroids.

I do take in to account potential side effects of herbs when using them in formulas adjusting doses for safety or adding counterbalancing herbs such as high potassium herbs to balance out the licorice root.