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Nuts cautioned,: It is believed that one is likely allergic to most nuts when a definite allergy to one nut has been documented. However this is not always true since some people may be allergic to just one nut and not the others. You need to consult an allergist to sort this out since a serious reaction to airborne nuts (including peanut which is actually a bean) has rarely been noted outside of workplace. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Maybe: Garlic does have some general and very non-specific immune boosting effects, but the exact effect and to what extent is not clear. If you feel your immune system is weak or needs boosting you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
Airborne Immune: This mixture of vitamins and herbs can be taken safely. The question would be why. There is absolutely no evidence that this is likely to decrease anything but the contents of your wallet. List en to your oncologist and good luck with your ongoing treatment. ...Read more
Protein sullpements: You can spend your money more wisely by buying and eating natural foods sources rich in protein than protein supplements. It's been know that some protein powders are embellished with with steroids without your knowledge which can damage your muscles. Only eating a healthy diet and exercise can increase your weight and muscle mass. ...Read more
Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout?
Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement safe for gout users?
None will effect gou: Gout is related to URIC ACID and PURINES, not amino acids or protein supplements. BUT, since everything you mention is a complete waste of money, why bother to ask? There are meds used to control gout in different ways. Low dose aspirin and thiazide diuretics tend to raise uric acid levels. Alcohol, especially in large amounts, often causes attacks. Low purine diets are slightly effective. ...Read more
Multivitamins: are like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 per cent above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. Ask about a specific condition or supplement ...Read more
I would not: Acai berries are fresh only if you live in brazil, otherwise they are heavily preserved. Small doses unlikely to be troublesome but people are taking acai as a weight loss supplement which requires heftier dosage. Our time nursing our children is limited. They don't care if we still carry extra weight; be patient if you can ; avoid unknown substances like this. Opinion only on my part. ...Read more
Is zinc gluconate an effective supplement for zinc deficiency? If not, what zinc supplement is best absorbed? Zinc Oratate? Acetate, picolinate?
No steroids: Supplements bought legally within the US do not contain steroids. Whey protein and other nutritional supplements are generally not harmful, but are also not necessary for adequate muscle development- appropriate diet can supply all you need, and supplements are costly. There are also some supplements, like creatine, that while generally safe can pose harm in selected people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it ok to take contraceptive pill with dietary supplement vitamins such as epa/dna, coral cat's claw, l-lysine, pau d'arco, echinacea & phyto5000?
Does Zoloft (sertraline) interact with supplements like omega369, b vits, calcium/magnesium, oregano (juice) & airborn? Also, does it interact with tylenol& gas x?
Not especially: Spirulina is blue-green algae found in salt water and some fresh water lakes. It is a source of protein, B-vitamins and iron. Some have promoted it as a weight loss or fatigue treatment but there isn't much scientific evidence to support great effectiveness for blue-green algae supplements. It is no better than meat, fish or milk as a source of protein, but is much more expensive per gram. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes,really can if...: A good multivit. can help you feel better if, like well over 90% of Americans, you're deficient in one or more vitamins or minerals. Even if you don't feel better a good multivit. can boost your immune system & help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. However, it is important to choose a good one. See http://bit.ly/18XyuLe & http://bit.ly/1b36cQ0 & my comment: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the nutritional supplement Ultra Potent-C®, made by Metagenics, bioequivalent to vitamin C from food sources?
Could you take prenatal vitamins that contain biotin, choline, inositol, and fumaric acid name of vitamin brand nordic berries?
I do not: Like the formula. They contain 9 grams of carbohydrate and the amount of thiamin (as are the doses of all the vitamins) is too low to metabolize that amount of carb. You can look it up on line. This expresses an incredible ignorance of industry in vitamins and foods. In pregnancy, first you need a pristine diet and the vitamin supplementation should be ordered by your ob/gyn. ...Read more
Chemistry: Any thing, vitamin, drug, rock, is a chemical substance with a distinct structure That structure can occur naturally or be made in a lab or factory. Vitamin C is still Vitamin C. However, taking vitamins does not seem to make up for a bad diet lacking in fruits and veggies. It is better to get vitamins in the proper foods because more than the just adequate vitamin intake is involved in fitness. ...Read more
NO!: I strongly advise everyone take a quality multivitamin as the vast majority of americans don't get adequate vitamins & minerals from their diet, but vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Fruits & veggies have a complex mix of hundreds of phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonols & anthocyanins that aren't found in vitamin supplements. Eat fruits/veggies of all colors for good health! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is safe to take in combination: Zinc, Calcium complex, Vitamin C, Flax seed oil and Whey protein?
Those supplements: in combination are not a problem. Perhaps a more important question would be why do you take them all? If you have health concerns please see your doc or a nutritional consultant. Split vitamin C up into a.m. and p.m. doses because it only lasts about 12 hours in body. Peace and good health. ...Read more
B12: You can get blood levels of B12 ; vit d to be precise. Stomach meds may reduce absorption of b12. You may also benefit from vit d 1000 or 2000 units a day, more if blood level below 30. Fish oil is probably a waste of money. You should be on a statin. Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy products. There are thousands of beneficial molecules in food which are not in any pill. Forget "antioxid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Few: Vitamins have benefits only in specific situations - folic acid in pregnancy, vit D for infants, vit B12 in pernicious anemia as examples. So, absent a specific condition, there isn't much use in taking vits (you literally pee most of them out). Even less data supports most supplements. Spend your $$ on a balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies and calcium (for young women) and get regular exercise. ...Read more
Whole Food Vitamins: In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. High quality Omega-3 fatty acids may also be of benefit. ...Read more
It depends...: This depends on many factors including what her diet is like, any health conditions she has etc. Supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet. In general, i advise a quality multivitamin such as ultranutrient by pure encapsualtions or new chapter every woman ii. I also advise a product like paradise herb's orac energy greens for a variety of superfoods/herbs. See comments for more:. ...Read more
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Get guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 % above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. Young adult or when having symptoms. ...Read more
Dietary supplement: The food ; drug administration (fda) does not approve of any dietary supplements, nor is there any need to prove safety ; efficacy prior to marketing w/any number of miraculous claims. In fact, there is no mandatory 3rd party oversight. The us pharmacopeia provides a voluntary program: dietary supplement verified (http://www.Usp.Org/usp-verification-services/usp-verified-dietary-supplements). ...Read more
With a meal: Try this: chew your food well, and pop in a pill or two and swallow with the well chewed food. Vegetables work great for this. ...Read more
Vitamins: 50+ multi-vitamins.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many good ones: Hard to say which are "best" but some great ones include The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, both by Michael Murray, Staying Health with Nutrition by Elson Haas, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch, Total Wellness by Joseph Pizzorno, The Four Pillars of Healing by Leo Galland and Optimal Wellness by Ralph Golan. Enjoy! ...Read more
When is the best time to take vitamins and supplements? And the combinations that works best when taken together?
It depends: The best time to take a mulitvitamin or b complex is after food to prevent nausea. Take b's & coq10 & stimulating herbs early in day as they can be stimulating. Best to take a, d, e, k, coq10 & fish oil/efa's after a meal as well be better-absorbed. But minerals are best absorbed on an empty stomach. Vit c enhances iron absorption. Magnesium & relaxing herbs better taken in the evening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have you heard about the recent research about vitamins and supplements are actually bad for us and do you think we should stop taking them?
No: Vitamins, in the right amount, are generally considered a good thing to do. I certainly wouldn't stop them based in a single report. Additionally, it is too broad a statement to infer that all vitamins should be stopped. More likely is the research may have addressed taking too much of one particular vitamin. Moderation is key; speak w/ your doctor for specifics as they pertain to your health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are vitamins and supplements a sham? So many people say studies supposedly indicate that the body does not actually absorb these substances.
Pre-natal vits: There are a number of vitamins that are important to take when you're pregnant and a healthy lifestyle and diet is very important the most important may be included in a good pre-natal vitamin that your obstetrician will prescribe for you. Regular check-ups with your doctor are extremely important. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers