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Colombia’s Health Ministry has announced pending restrictions on a number of widely used natural health products, which are not restricted in any other country in the world.

Natural products on the proposed ban list

Valerian

A herb or dietary supplement prepared from roots of the white or pink flowering plant. Crude extract of the root is often sold in the form of capsules. Valerian root has a sedative and anxiolytic effects effects. It is often used for insomnia and anxiety due to its calming effects, but also for stomach cramps and colic. It FDA certified and sold as a nutritional supplement in the U.S.

Glucosamine

An amino sugar produced commercially by the hydrolysis of crustacean shells or, less commonly, by fermentation of a grain such as corn or wheat. Glucosamine is sold as a dietary supplement. It is generally used by people with joint problems orarthritic pain and stiffness. In the U.S it is one of the most common dietary supplements used by adults.

Echinacea

A group of flowering plants in the daisy family, also known as Coneflowers. They grow naturally in north America and are often grown not just for their supposed medical purposes but also for their beautiful flowers. Although there is no scientific proof to verify this, they are often used to treat the common cold and to fight cancer.

source: colombia reports

 

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