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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you please describe common natural vitamin/mineral supplements i can take that will help me lose weight?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
None: Supplements will not replace discipline and an appropriate low carbohydrate diet.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
A "natural" vitamin is precisely the same as a vitamin not so labeled. This type of description is pure baloney used as marketing talk by the vitamin cons. It is a multi-billion dollar scam. Notice that ALL the vit C now in our poor country comes from China because it is cheaper (higher profits).
Nov 28, 2014
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Dr. Peter Nefcy commented
Radiology 40 years experience
In addition, all the so-called vitamin C from China is ascorbic acid, only one component of the vitamin C complex. Ascorbic acid sold and promoted by big pharma as "vitamin C" is fraudulent and possibly dangerous. It is also not effective for any deficiency of vitamin C. Only a complete C complex may have benefits for selected patients, and it costs a lot more.
Apr 26, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
They're scams: I think that every physician here will agree that health doesn't start with a pill bottle. Nothing you can take will replace the discipline of remaining somewhat hungry, eating only to satisfy real hunger, and getting into serious exercise and making it a focus of your friendships.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
None: There are no natural or unnatural chemicals that will help in reducing weight. There is no substitute for caloric restriction and increase in physical activity. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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