November 6, 2017
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The concern for pregnant women is Goldenseal.  The amount of Goldenseal in U.T. Vibrance is small. At a recommended usage of three servings per day, 150 mg will be consumed within a period of 24hrs, while taking Cran Naturelle®.  Generally, this herb is not considered to be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks (or lack thereof) are not known.

Goldenseal contains berberine, a compound that crosses the placenta and could possibly harm a fetus. Additionally, taking it late in pregnancy could increase the risk of kernicterus (brain damage due to severe jaundice) in the newborn.

If you are pregnant and considering goldenseal, talk to your healthcare provider. It is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement. This is very important, even if you think your healthcare provider will not understand your choice or will discourage the use of alternative medicines.

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