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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Overview)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others as drugs.


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Supplements to gain weight?

Supplements to gain weight?

See below: If you want to gain weight start by changing your diet and exercise plan. You'll gain weight if you're consuming more calories than you're burning. Do not choose junk food. Make sure you're getting all your necessary nutrients in calorie rich food. Also, by weight lifting you can increase your muscle mass. If these changes aren't working after several weeks, see your doctor for a specialized plan. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
2,061 Doctors shared insights

Supplements (Overview)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others as drugs.


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What are suma supplements for?

What are suma supplements for?

Ginseng: Suma is ginseng- it is used to help the body adapt to stress by iimproving the immune system. It also has been used in cancer and tumors, diabetes, wound healing, and other skin problems, more evidnce is needed to rate the effectiveness of suma for these uses. ...Read more

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Supplements (Tip)

What supplements should I take? ...See more

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Are P90X supplements effective?

Are P90X supplements effective?

Which ones?: There are multiple p90x supplements -- from multivitamin to other products. From a scan of the multivitamin label, it looks like a decent product but does not provide enough vit d, and does not specify on the vit a how much is pre-formed and how much is in the form of beta-carotene. Whether the rest of their offerings are "effective" depends on what you're seeking & which products you mean. ...Read more

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What are neem supplements role?

What are neem supplements role?

Neem supplements: Neem is a tree, and the bark, leaves, and seeds are used to make medicines. Some research indicates it can help with gingivitis (gum inflammation), and stomach & intestinal ulcers. There are other uses that need more research -- such as for malaria, worms, head lice, birth control, etc. ...Read more

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Supplements (Tip)

Be sure to let your doc know what herbals and supplements you are using. ...See more

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What supplements should I take?

What supplements should I take?

It depends: It depends on your needs and goals -- which you have not supplied here. For a personalized consultation, you could see a physician familiar with nutrition and integrative medicine. Http://www. Abihm. Org/. ...Read more

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What's a good supplement to take?

What's a good supplement to take?

For what use?: One needs to know what the need and intended use is, before thinking about a "good supplement." then you also need to think about safety, along with other medications you might be on or conditions you may have. That said, the most widely used type of supplement is usually a good multivitamin. Even this needs individualization, though, as not everyone can -- or should -- take the same one. ...Read more

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Supplements (Tip)

Good nutrition and supplements help joint pain. Eat a low carbohydrate diet and try glucosamine/msm. ...See more

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Can any supplements boost immunity?

Can any supplements boost immunity?

MANY proven to help!: Research shows that vitamins a, b complex (esp. B6, B12 & folic acid) c, d, e & k all enhance immune function. Bioflavonoids & minerals like zinc are also important for immune function. Many herbs like astragalus, ashwagandha, andrographis & medicinal mushrooms like coriolus help. Proboost thymus hormone works well. I recommend the book the road to immunity by kenneth bock md for detailed info. ...Read more

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What supplement helps nerve growth?

What supplement helps nerve growth?

Likely the B's: We have a medical food, metanx, which does seem to help diabetics with small fiber neuropathies, and increases fibre density after many months. Contains biologically active folate, (folic acid) b-6, and b-12. May not be needed in normal well nourished patients. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Supplements (Tip)

Diets rich in fatty fish may protect against rheumatoid arthritis. Supplements were inconsistent. ...See more

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What other supplements are helpful?

What other supplements are helpful?

Probiotics: Probiotic supplements are great for healthy digestion and to maintain a healthy immune system. They help with diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, belly aches, eczema, and possibly allergies, asthma, and other conditions. If your kids has any of the conditions listed above, or just to help maintain optimal health, than a probiotic supplement is a good idea. ...Read more

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Are jamieson supplements any good?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Omega 3 fatty acid supplements may help decrease inflammation for diffuse joint pain. ...See more

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What are mangosteen supplements for?

What are mangosteen supplements for?

It taste good: Mangosteen is a fruit grown in thailand.
At this point almost all studies have been done in a laboratory and there is little human research to indicate how mangosteen supplements or juice, by itself, would influence the prevention or how it would be useful in the treatment of various cancers, including breast, lung, and liver. ...Read more

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Herbs or supplement for good memory?

Herbs or supplement for good memory?

Exercise: The single most powerful, clinically proven means to improve memory is to be physically fit, reduce stress, eat healthy, and be intellectually stimulated. The pills do almost nothing. Stay natural and help your entire health, not just your memory. A study done at cooper health institute showed the physically fit had the lowest rates of alzheimer's. Get and stay fit at any age. ...Read more

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What are grapefruit supplements for?

What are grapefruit supplements for?

Good for nothing: According to the nih, it is a myth that grapefruit increases metabolism. Grapefruit supplements may be useful if you have a vitamin c deficiency which is very rare and grapefruits supplements must be avoided if you take a statin drug. ...Read more

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What are yarrow supplements used for?

What are yarrow supplements used for?

Wounds, sedative: Traditionally, used for wounds and bleeding; to reduce digestive inflammation; and as a sedative to relive anxiety and insomnia. Not for pregnant women, might cause miscarriage. May have negative effect on sperm. May interact with blood thinners, blood pressure meds, and sedatives. ...Read more

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Can supplements be taken at bed time?

Can supplements be taken at bed time?

Unfortunately: Unfortunately you did not include what supplements you are asking about. Can you re-ask this question with more specifics? ...Read more

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What are thundergod vine supplements?

What are thundergod vine supplements?

Anti-inflammatory: Thunder god vine is an herb. Its leaves and root are used to make supplements.
Some data suggest thunder god vine might help rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by relieving swelling (inflammation) and by changing the way the immune system responds to the arthritis. Also, thunder god vine contains chemicals that might decrease male fertility by changing sperm. ...Read more

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What are wild indigo supplements for?

What are wild indigo supplements for?

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. ...Read more

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Good supplement to gain your apetite?

Good supplement to gain your apetite?

Protein: Protein improves apatite, spices also. Can use periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)....Prescription med. The med Colchicine and Motrin are killing your apatite. ...Read more

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What are the best supplements to take?

What are the best supplements to take?

Be smart here...: FDA doesn't regulate supplements & can't remove potentially dangerous ones from the market. In 2012, the Inspector General reported of 127 products, 20% made claims about treating diseases (which is allowed only for prescription drugs) & 7% didn't include the required FDA disclaimer. Avoid those with suspicious claims, be wary of products labeled in other languages. Look for the "USP" purity seal. ...Read more

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Do bluevera supplements actually work?

Do bluevera supplements actually work?

Overall, Yes: Bluevera is an omega-3 supplement containing 400 mg of dha+epa per capsule. Use of omega-3 supplements can be helpful as part of a strategy to maintain good vascular health, with 1 gram of dha+epa advised daily. 1 gram of dha+epa dialy has been shown to decrease sudden death due to arrhythmia. Also, for every 1 gram of dha+epa taken, triglycerides decline 5-10%. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take supplements at nights?

Is it ok to take supplements at nights?

Yes for most but...: This depends on which supplements. Many people find b vitamins to be stimulating. Certain herbs and Amino Acids (ginseng, tyrosine) are stimulating as well. Some supplements are relaxing (magnesium, taurine, theanine, tryptophan, holy basil). Many are neutral (vitamin c, vitamin e, zinc). Most supps are ok to take at nite but avoid the ones that might stimulate you. ...Read more

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Is zevit a complete prenatal supplement?

Yes: Yes this product has adequate ingredients for pregnancy. It's always best to try to get your nutrients from food, if possible, as the body much better absorbs vitamins and minerals from food as opposed to a supplement. Food for thought! ...Read more

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What are warnings for suma supplements?

What are warnings for suma supplements?

Pregnancy: Pregnancy and breast feeding should not take suma since not enough is known about its use duing these conditions. Suma can cause asthma symptoms if the root powder is inhaled. ...Read more

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Can I take supplements for bodybuildong?

Can I take supplements for bodybuildong?

Yes: Since many people in the developed nations are demonstrably deficient in one or more vitamins / minerals, a cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement's a good idea. Creatine is a safe and effective way to gain more mass from your workouts, and cheap whey protein is great. Avoid Anabolic steroids -- most women prefer a natural bodybuilder -- and pricey "supplements". Congratulations on bodybuilding! ...Read more

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What are warnings for catnip supplements?

What are warnings for catnip supplements?

Unsafe when smoked: It is unsafe when smoked or when taken by mouth in hgh doses- such as cups of catnip tea. It can cause headaches, vomiting and a feeling of being ill. It is unsafe to take catnip during pregnancy and breastfeeding because it can stimulate the uterus and potentially cause a miscarriage/ women with heavy menstrual periods can be worsened by catnip. ...Read more