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A 33-year-old member asked:

what is meant by dietary supplement?

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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
In addition to diet: It means adding vitamins and minerals to your daily food intake that you may not be getting in your regular diet. I prefer getting my vitamins and minerals through whole foods like raw fruits and veggies rather than taking man made synthetic vitamins that come in a jar. We need 7-13 servings of raw fruits and veggies daily.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
2 meanings: First as colleagues say--vits & mins (and a few others, like omega 3 fatty acids) which should be added to one's diet in pill form--if diet is poor. Second a very long list of chemicals, natural, extracted or synthesized that are supposed to improve health and slow aging. The evidence for the value of these imo run the gamut from absent (many) through sparse (most) to convincing (a few).

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I choose the calcium supplement that is right for me?

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Family Medicine 28 years experience
Read labels: Use calcium citrate, it's better absorbed than calcium carbonate. Shoot for around 1000-1200mg a day combined in food and supplements. If you take a supplement don't take any more than about 600mg at a time because you won't absorb more than that all at once. And don't forget about vitamin d3. You can find a supplement with both calcium and D3 in a combined pill. And generics are fine.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any nutritional and/or herbal supplements that help those with eds?

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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry 32 years experience
EDS: If you are referring eds as erectile dysfunction syndrome the most logical and effective action is to first be evaluated. There are many reversible causes such as low testosterone, medication side effects, reduce vascular flow to penile gland, performance anxiety, fear of premature ejaculation, anxiety and mood disorders. Even if there was such herb you much check your prostate to make sure its ok.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are onion supplements used for if onions are cheap?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Flavor/ smell: Because some people don't like the way that onions smell or they might not like the favour.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are wild indigo supplements for?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Many Suggested Uses: Wild indigo is an herb advocated by some for various infections (diphtheria, influenza, upper respiratory tract infections, scarlet fever, malaria, typhoid) and crohn's disease. Some people apply wild indigo directly to the skin for ulcers, sore and painful nipples and for cleaning wounds. However, data is insufficient at present to support these uses.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why can taking hormone supplements be dangerous at 80?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
It's not: Many women can safely use menopausal hormonal therapy as they age, even beyond 80. A thorough and thoughtful evaluation by a women's health specialist is recommended.

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