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are dietary supplements effective?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
For what use?: This one can't really be answered well without knowing what's going on with you, or what you hope to gain. Some dietary supplements are very safe and effective for certain conditions, and some are not. I'm sorry that i can't be more helpful, but your question is too broad for me.

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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 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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you know are dietary supplements safe and effective?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Some are;others?: Some dietary supplements like omega3, odourless garlic, coq10, vitamins and few others are safe and may be effective in certain circumstances.But there are others which are marketed as fat burners, weight loss products and for cosmetic enhancers and others have no proven and scientific reason to be taken.One should consult their healthcare provider before taking any supplement.

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