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Botanical Safety

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Botanical Safety

Sept. 27, 2021

Interviewee: Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Cynthia Rider, Ph.D., a toxicologist at the Division of the National Toxicology Program at NIEHS. Rider talks about what we know – and don’t know – when it comes to botanical safety, what she’s learned in the lab about how certain botanicals may affect health, and how consumers can make informed decisions about these products.

Botanical Safety

Nearly one in five U.S. adults take botanical dietary supplements, which are made from plants and often used for their medicinal properties. As sales of these products continue to grow, scientists and consumers have concerns about the lack of safety data and variable quality of products in the marketplace.

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Cynthia Rider, Ph.D., a toxicologist at the Division of the National Toxicology Program at NIEHS. Rider talks about what we know – and don’t know – when it comes to botanical safety, what she’s learned in the lab about how certain botanicals may affect health, and how consumers can make informed decisions about these products.

Interviewee

Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.

Cynthia Rider, Ph.D., is a toxicologist in the NIEHS Division of the National Toxicology Program (NTP). She leads several NTP studies that evaluate the safety of botanicals, such as ginkgo biloga extract and garcina cambogia. She is particularly interested in developing and refining methods for evaluating the toxicity of mixtures – including botanicals – to inform risk assessment. Rider is a steering committee member of the Botanical Safety Consortium, a collaborative forum for botanical safety research.

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