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who needs dietary supplements?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Everyone!: Due to the pollutants, preservatives, microwave cooking and the age of our food when we eat it, virtually everyone should take dietary supplements to make sure we are getting enough to maintain and heal our bodies properly. Even children and babies need supplementation.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not everybody: People need dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, micronutrients) if their diet is poor or limited. Or if they are unable to absorb them from their diet. Excessive supplement use can be dangerous. E.G., vitamin a overuse can lead to significant brain and liver toxicity. It's best to discuss your nutrition with your doctor.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
It depends: It depends on what supplements you mean, and what person. Probably everyone needs a good basic multivitamin to support ongoing good nutrition. Many of us are also exposed to environmental toxins, so that extra antioxidants (if the right kind!) can be protective. Some people need replenishment for specific nutritional deficiencies -- there are many different types. There's no 1 size fits all.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Important: Actually if you look at USDA studies the soil is quite deplete in nutrients and has been for some time. As such I do think supplementation makes sense. Vitamin D3 during fall and winter if you live north of 40 lat. Also magnesium low for many. The type of supplement makes a difference and actually there is testing to see what you may individually need. Spectracell is one lab that does this.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are barley supplements? Why not just eat barley?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Good Question: These supplements are concentrated barley extract. The fiber in barley might lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Barley may also reduce blood sugar and Insulin levels. Barley seems to slow stomach emptying. This could help keep blood sugar stable and create a sensation of being full, which might help to control appetite. The gluten in barley can make celiac disease or gluten sensitivity worse.
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What are guar gum supplements used for?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Guar gum: Must be used with caution.. Used for a laxative, treating diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cholesterol reduction and hardening of the arteries(atherosclerosis) must drink lots of water with them.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the vanadium supplements?

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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Trace: Vanadium is a trace element. Some people use it in very small amounts for osteoporosis in addition to other main supplements.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are thyme supplements vs dried thyme?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Thyme: Dried thyme can be used as a spice, to flavor foods. Used in larger quantities for medicinal purposes, it can be a supplement -- you would not be able to tolerate this amount in your spaghetti sauce! it can also be given as thyme oil, tea, or extract. The supplements may have some use for cough & uri, and used as a mouthwash. Don't use if you're sensitive to mint family -- thyme is a member.
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What can I do to treat the nausea caused by supplements?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Slow down: Most people take way too many supplements. Consider whether or not you really need to take them. Try splitting the dose and make sure to take plenty of water.

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