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A 24-year-old male asked:

are creatine suplements really good for increasing muscular mass? do they have side effects?

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Dr. Eugene Batelli
Podiatry 23 years experience
Yes and yes: It's a cell volumizer. Can cause kidney damage.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What does a creatine kinase level of 322 indicate?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Muscle injury: Ck level of 322 is elevated but not too high. Elevated levels of ck indicate muscle injury, however strenous physical activity will raise ck levels, especially if activity is done prior to blood draw. Some medications and alcohol can casue ck elevation.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Singh is correct. If you are athletic, and feel well, there is no reason to be concerned.
Mar 18, 2014
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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

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.

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