Frequently asked questions

General interest
About St. John's Wort 
About Glucosamine Sulfate


General interest

Q. How long is a supplement good for?

R. Herbs do gradually lose their properties the longer they are kept. Usually, manufacturers claim that ampoules are good for five years, while tablets and capsules for three years, provided ampoules are not broken and bottles are sealed. Supplements should always be kept in a cool dry place, away from light.

Q. While taking a product, how long should we wait until we notice a result?

R. It depends on many factors : the regularity with which one takes the product, our capacity to absorb it, our individual sensitivity, interaction with drugs… Let’s take the case of a person with muscular aches, who starts using a plant like Devil’s Claw. After a while, the pain is still there. What happened? While taking Devil’s Claw, this person was also on a presciption drug, one of the side effects of which was precisely muscular pain. Another example is the use of St. John’s Wort. This plant may act quite rapidly on some individuals, while according to studies its effects were generally noticed after two months use.

Q. Is there a difference between taking a supplement under the form of ampoules, tablets or capsules?

R. The same effects should be expected, only they happen more rapidly with the ampoules, as the product is more readily absorbed in a liquid form.

Q. I feel tired all the time, lack energy… Could I find a product, in The Root of Life line, that could help?

R. Yes, there are several products one can choose from according to individual needs, like EnerForce, Royal Jelly, Ginseng and Royal Jelly, Spirulina, Spirulina and Ginseng…

Q. I had my gall-bladder removed. Can I still use the products Black Radish Plus and Black Radish Artichoke for cleansing?

R. As a rule, it is generally not recommended for people who had their gall-bladder removed to use black radish in high doses for cleansing. Nevertheless, we did receive testimonials from such persons who used the products mentioned above without experiencing any problems, which is probably due to the presence of the other plants in the formula. On the other hand, if in doubt, one can always start by trying the milder of the three formulas with black radish found in The Root of Life, Black Radish with Dandelion and Ashen Walnut.

A propos du Millepertuis

Q. I am presently on antidepressant drugs. Can I still take St. John’s Wort?

R. It is not advisable to take both at the same time without medical supervision. Psychiatrists in Germany and some in the United States are aware of St. John’s Wort’s medicinal properties, and do prescribe it to their patients, weaning them gradually off drugs.

Q. Can one grow dependent on St. John’s Wort?

R. One of the many advantages of this plant compared with antidpressant drugs or sleeping pills is that it does not create a dependency. One can reduce the dosage or discontinue its use once the desired effect is reached (generally around eight weeks of continued use).

N.B. Check with your doctor before using St. John’s Wort with drugs.

About Glucosamine Sulfate

Q. I am allergic to seafoods, and the glucosamine sulfate used in supplements usually comes from shrimps…

R. True, but it is extracted from the outer shells of shell-fish, not from the flesh, which could make a difference. But in doubt, persons allergic to seafoods should abstein from taking this supplement.

Q. I am allergic to sulfates. Can I safely take glucosamine sulfate?

R. No allergic reactions to glucosamine sulfate has been reported. However, to be cautious, people allergic to sulfa drugs had better take glucosamine hydrochloryde.

Q. I have diabetes. Can glucosamine sulfate increase my blood sugar levels?

R. Glucosamine consists of a sugar (glucose) and an amino acid. It is therefore advised, for peple with diabetes, to check their blood sugar regularly while using this product, and to start with the minimum effective dosage. Nevertheless, Dr. Jason Theodosakis (Maximizing the Arthritis Cure) notes that the two substances follow a different metabolic paths in our organisms. More studies are needed.

Q. I have hypertension. Would glucosamine raise my blood pressure?

R. It might, if sodium is added to the product, which is not the case with The Root of Life’s glucosamine.

Q. Can I take glucosamine while on NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory drugs) or acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol)?

R. Not only we can, says Dr. Theodosakis, but doing that may slow down cartilage destruction, usually a side-effect of those drugs. « Most patients, he tells us, are able to stop using their NSAIDs after taking glucosamine and chondroitin for two to eight weeks.