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Q & A: Side Effects, Herbal Dosages and More

In a world where the list of side effects and can be a mile long, it’s hard to know what is safe.  There are herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, and hard-to-pronounce ingredients in medications; it can be beyond confusing. How do you know what’s safe? And how does Maty’s compare? We sat down with our founder to answer a few of the most commonly asked questions around this topic. Let’s get into it!

Q:  How can you claim there are no side effects when taking Maty’s Cough Syrups, especially since you include herbs and spices such as turmeric or clove?

At Maty’s, safety is our highest priority.  We are a family owned and operated business, and consider our customers as if they were our own family. That is why we develop products that are made with whole-food ingredients, things you probably have right in your kitchen.  The secret is that our formulas are carefully developed food recipes that can not only quiet a cough, but help support your immune system too.

Think of it this way.  Let’s say you bought a salad dressing or a topping for your ice cream.  Would you see warning labels on their packages about side effects?  Since our cough syrups are similar to food-based products, we don’t need warning labels about side effects. It’s that simple!


Q:  If you use herbs, isn’t Maty’s considered an herbal remedy? What’s the difference?

I’m so happy to answer this since we get this question all the time. There is a huge difference between using herbs and being an herbal remedy.  Typically, people use herbs as a flavoring in their recipe.  The amounts tend to be minimal compared to the main ingredients.  For instance, the amount of garlic or turmeric you add to a soup recipe is so small compared to the amount of broth in the soup.  We use herbs in this same manner except we don’t use it for flavoring, we add a small amount because that’s all you need to get the healing effects from them.

Herbal remedies are different.  They can be powerful remedies because of the concentration of the herb in the remedy.  For instance, a turmeric herbal remedy would typically just have turmeric in it.  So the concentration of turmeric is much greater.  Sometimes the herbal remedy can have more than one herb, but it’s still very concentrated.  

This is why you don’t see warning labels on a soup can or a salad dressing bottle, but with herbal remedies, you often find warnings on their labels.


Q:  Can you really use Maty’s as often as you want?

Sure, within reason.  Let’s be practical here.  There is always an amount that could be dangerous if consumed in excess.  If someone drinks a few gallons of water in one hour, it could be considered dangerous too.  They call this water intoxication or hyponatremia.  Our cough syrups are whole-food based products.  This means they are made in the same way as syrup toppings you would put on your dessert or pancakes.  It would be very hard to consume an amount that would make it dangerous. 

The only caveat to this is with one of the ingredients: zinc.  According to WebMD, the recommended daily dose of zinc for a child is between 3-8 mg/day.  For an adult, the daily dose of zinc is 8-12 mg/day.  But this is only to prevent a disease state.  It’s not necessarily the optimal level to treat many conditions.  For instance, to treat the common cold, WebMD recommends taking 9-24 mg of zinc every few hours while awake until the symptoms subside.  For treating pneumonia in a child, they recommend 10-40 mg/day.  So you see, a higher dose can be taken if there is a need for it.

Our cough syrups have 5mg/serving.  Taking multiple servings in a day should not be a problem for the average person, unless of course they are not practical and use extreme measures as we discussed above. I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion there is about herbal remedies and our whole food remedies.  If you still have a question, contact us.  We would be happy to answer you!