Hi Eppi & Pink Grandma,
I feel like an expert (dupe) on herbals. There are some good quality vitamins & supplements out there and I still take them (I somehow feel better when my pee is flourescent yellow - meaning I've got enough vitamins & supplements in me daily that my body can't absorb anymore), but I am very carefull what I buy and take. Just like everything else in life - you get what you pay for. If you buy Vit. C. from Walmart for $4.99 it is most likely very low quality and from China. about 90% of the ascorbic acid (a form of Vit. C) is still coming from China. If anyone is interested in "complimenting", not supplementing (not replacing) medical treatment with herbals - go to a health food store that has qualified knowledgeable staff and avoid Chinese cures or herbs. I think a good quality daily vitamin can be a good thing for all of us & I also take high quality calcium as I'm approaching perimenopause. Also, us folks with liver disease should avoid iron - never buy a vitamin (or anything - there are a lot of cereals) with added iron. The liver stores iron & we want to avoid iron intake as we get plenty of it in diet - we hardly need any as most of us would test on the high end for heavy metals just due to liver disease. I limit red meat & was a Vegan when on Pegasys. & never eat liver.
It took me a few years of research and trial & error to work this out. There is a sensible way to eat, & take vitamins & supplements, just ensure you know exactly what you're taking & your Dr. is informed.
Thanks for your thoughts & prayers. Right back atcha!