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OVER the next few weeks, I will be an­swer­ing some of the read­ers’ ques­tions. Please keep them com­ing in by email­ing vis­serhg@ufs.ac.za

Dear Sammy, Hope your baby is feel­ing bet­ter and that you would get some rest to­day and to­mor­row. I did some in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Bios­trath. Ac­cord­ing to their web­site it is a Swedish-based, “nat­u­ral” for­mu­la­tion more than 50 years old which pro­vides the con­sumer with many dif­fer­ent min­er­als, vi­ta­mins and other nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents (herbs). I find sev­eral prob­lems with their web­site and in­for­ma­tion.

1. If this prod­uct is so good, and if it is older than 50 years, why is there no re­search in sci­en­tific jour­nals in­di­cat­ing this “great­ness”?

2. I couldn’t find a list of in­gre­di­ents on any of their web pages - maybe you can help? It is con­cern­ing that a man­u­fac­turer does not have that on a web­site. More con­cern­ing is that a con­sumer will want to drink some­thing that they don’t know - or that is ad­ver­tised as be­ing safe. Just re­mem­ber that heroin was con­sid­ered safe in the 1800s and used in sev­eral medicines. We should not be­lieve all we read.

3. If there are herbs in the prod­uct, con­sider this. Herbs, in some cases, are pow­er­ful nat­u­ral medicines - that means that they have bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tions in the body, which in some cases can have counter-ef­fects (con­tra-in­di­ca­tions) with nor­mal medicines. Now think of the ADHD child that uses Ri­talin, a sched­ule 6 medicine, and these herbs to­gether, with­out any guar­an­tees of safety.

4. All in all, I think Bios­trath is harm­less - sim­ply be­cause I can­not see how it could be very po­tent. And more so, how it will im­prove con­cen­tra­tion - ex­cept if there is caf­feine in the prod­uct. En­joy the week­end. Deon Visser

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