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Natural Products: Nutraceuticals, Probiotics, Herbs, and Botanicals

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe what “natural products” are and how they support health and well-being; and explain the role of nutraceuticals, probiotics, herbs, and botanicals in a healthy diet.
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Our diet has a profound impact our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of where our food originates from and even less of us are aware of exactly what is in these foods. Many individuals eat foods sprayed by numerous pesticides, grown in depleted soil, "enhanced" with hormones and antibiotics, or obtained from countries thousands of miles away from our home. How can we change our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, and how it is prepared? How can we use that information and select healthy "natural products" designed to support our diet and support our health?

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the types and functions of nutraceuticals.
  • Define natural products and whole foods.
  • Compare and contrast antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Explain the role of probiotics in health.
  • Discuss what probiotics are and where they can be found.
  • Discuss the role of herbs and herbalism in health care.
  • Explain the herbal production process.
  • Explain the actions of herbs.
  • Explain the key concerns of herbalism today.

Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of sound nutrition and its relationship to health, yet many believe that eating nutritiously means making sacrifices in costs or quality. The media contributes to this belief by overloading people with information about fast foods and specific foods, emphasizing preparation time rather than nutritional value. In addition, malnutrition, the social pressures to achieve a distorted body image, and obesity remain significant problems for youth, adolescents, and adults across all socioeconomic groups in the world today (Leddy, 2006).

While our hunter-gatherer and even our agricultural ancestors enjoyed natural “whole” foods, the diets of 20th-century human beings have been very different from those diets of long ago. Even 100 years ago, much of our food was unprocessed and unrefined. It was grown on clean, living (often virgin) soil with fresh air and pure water. No preservatives, pesticides, chemicals, or additives were used and the soil was rich with nutrients (Trivieri & Anderson, 2002). Today, that is not the case for the food eaten by most Americans. As a result, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of “natural products” to support diets that are lacking in the nutrients essential to optimal health and healing.

Natural Products

Natural products, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), are a large and diverse group of substances from many different sources. Bacteria, fungi, marine organisms, and plants produce them. The term also includes extracts from these producers and isolated compounds derived from those extracts. Many natural products are marketed and available to consumers as dietary supplements (often called nutraceuticals), probiotics, herbs, and botanicals (NCCIH, 2016a).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
AOTA CEUs:

0.2

Practice Level:

Beginner/Introductory

Content Focus:

Domain of OT

Course Expires:

December 15, 2020

Instructor(s):
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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