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Are there vitamin supplements that can help prevent and improve varicose veins?

Are there vitamin supplements that can help prevent and improve varicose veins?

Yes: There are some studies that show horse chestnut can have a positive effect on venous insufficiency. It apparently works on the lining of the vein called the endothelium. Because of this, it can decrease the amount of fluid that leaks from the veins as well as it is felt that this decreases the inflammation associated with venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more


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Are there good fiber supplements that can help prevent my hemorrhoids?

Are there good fiber supplements that can help prevent my hemorrhoids?

Yes: Any fiber supplement (metamucil, citrocel, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to name a few) can help control your hemorrhoids by preventing constipation. If you don't have to strain to have a bowel movement, you are less likely to have a hemorrhoid issue. ...Read more

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Are there supplements I can take to reduce severity of aging?

Are there supplements I can take to reduce severity of aging?

Anti-aging: Some studies have been done on coq10, ta-65 (telomerase activation), but results vary. ...Read more

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Are there any medications/ creams that are proven to help reduce cellulite on legs?

Are there any medications/ creams that are proven to help reduce cellulite on legs?

No: The answer is no. Nothing topical is of any help. There are various surgical and less invasive light based treatments that may provide some help. Overall however, the condition is very common and very challenging to treat successfully....Thus the myriad of "miracle" creams and other "cures" touted. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies to help reduce spider veins?

Spider veins: The circulatory system is composed of two parts: thick walled arteries which carry red blood under great pressure from the pump, the heart, to the organs, bringing oxygen and nutrients. And thin walled veins, that return blue blood, without a pump, to the heart. Small superficial spider veins may develop but have no real function.They are only of cosmetic importance. Remedies dont help. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins that can help with sun protection?

Are there any vitamins that can help with sun protection?

Vitamin C and E: Topical antioxidant vitamins c and e have been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with sunburns. However, alone, they are not as effective as sunscreens that contain zinc oxide. Combinations of these antioxidant vitamins with zinc oxide provide synergistic protection. ...Read more

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Are there any food, drinks or vitamins that are proven to help reduce swelling and numbness (from surgery (facial))?

Are there any food, drinks or vitamins that are proven to help reduce swelling and numbness (from surgery (facial))?

Sorry: None that I know of, I am sorry. Hope you heal well, take time, and listen closely to your doctors instructions. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins that can help lower cholesterol?

Are there any vitamins that can help lower cholesterol?

Niacin: This is the standard over the counter vitamin to help control cholesterol. Be sure to get a controlled release form to avoid the flushing and itching that goes with ordinary niacin. If you have a problem with cholesterol, monitor this with your family physician to prevent other problems. ...Read more

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Are there vitamins that will prevent or cure blood clots in the legs?

Are there vitamins that will prevent or cure blood clots in the legs?

No: There are no vitamins or natural therapeutics that will prevent or cure blood clots. Dvt's or blood clots in the leg are a serious condition and could lead to death if improperly treated. The only medications that help are the blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and Lovenox (enoxaparin) (low molecular weight heparin). ...Read more

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Are there any supplements, vitamins, or medicines that help the brain to heal after damage?

Are there any supplements, vitamins, or medicines that help the brain to heal after damage?

It depends: As in it depends on the type of damage. For stroke related damage, there are medications(cholesterol, blood pressure, blood thinning) meds that can help prevent future strokes. The supplement data isn't great but there some for vit E. For TBI/concussion related damage, the data for supplements is even worse but there are some reports for benefits from Omega-3's, DHA and vit D. ...Read more

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Are there any medicine that help fix acne scars? Or are there certain vitamins that help with acne and if there are how often should I take it for ?

Scientific Rx: Nothing you can do or take will repair acne scars. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been. A dermatologist can make the scars less visible by dermabrasion or other methods. Vitamins won't touch acne, but if your benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you, your physician can write for prescription-strength rx -- an antibiotic, retinoic-acid derivative, "the pill", others. ...Read more

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Are there supplements that can improve the health of my prostate?

Are there supplements that can improve the health of my prostate?

Possibly: There are over-the-counter products that one can take to possibly improve prostate health. These are herbal products, most notably saw palmetto. This is usually in combination with other herbs such as pygeum africanum and others. The studies for the most part do not show much improvement in objective parameters when studied in clinical trials although patients do feel better taking these herbs. ...Read more

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What are some good foods and herbs or supplements to help with preventing or reversing kidney damage?

What are some good foods and herbs or supplements to help with preventing or reversing kidney damage?

Hard question: It'd be nice to know what stays at the basis of the kidney damage. Knowing it will help direct treatment. I am not aware of any supplements or herbs that will help reverse kidney damage. ...Read more

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Are there herbal supplements that can improve dysphagia?

Are there herbal supplements that can improve dysphagia?

No: See your gastroenterologist if you are having painful swallowing or any trouble swallowing. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins that can help prevent Alzheimer's disease?

Are there any vitamins that can help prevent Alzheimer's disease?

Vit C, E, B's: It depends upon how far along in the Alzheimer's process how much prevention can occur. Need to clean up the diet, B-complex, vit C 500mg bid, Vit E 200IU/d as well as antioxidents in general are good ideas-need to see a good integrative Dr. to further evaluate and correct and imbalances-which would be specific to you, check vit D, homocysteine,Vit B12,fasting glucose and insulin to start ...Read more

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Can vitamin K supplements be taken to improve varicose veins?

Can vitamin K supplements be taken to improve varicose veins?

Not at all: Despite the claims that you will read that state otherwise, vitamin k supplements have no effect on varicose veins whatsoever, as drs. Hansen and zimmett said. If you have varicose veins that you want to do something about, you should see a vein specialist/phlebologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

Vitamins and supplements are compounds that are produced and ...Read more