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Balance Of Nature Suppliments
What would be the best way to balance my diet provided that I don't get enough suppliments of nutrious food?
Few are; many aren't: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). Ask the doctor about each supplement one wants to use. ...Read more
Memory: Huperzine a is used for memory support. There is some evidence it might help with alzheimer's patients, but only mixed evidence that it is otherwise helpful. Nevertheless, it has been used as a memory aid and for various inflammatory conditions. It is made from chinese club moss, and research is ongoing. ...Read more
None: It's marketed as a "short cut to getting your greens." I doubt it. Try fruits and vegetables; preferably fresh, in season, and from a local farm or market. There are very few valid "short cuts" in good health. ...Read more
What's the reality of these sex boosting suppliments that their ads and commercials are on every second channel tell me?
Sex supplements: Please avoid any of these products. There is little research to support their benefits and they can cause harm. Please see your doc if your sex drive is low or you have erection problems. He/she can check your hormones and vascular health. If medical conditions are ruled out you can see a licensed sex therapist and/or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Ginger: Probably the simplest way to reduce nausea is with ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger & steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. Aromatherapy: sweet orange (citrus sinensis), peitigrain (citrus reticulata), mandarin (citrus reticulata) are different citrus scents that can decrease nausea. ...Read more
None proven: The only proven benefit to disk/spine health is to avoid smoking. Smoking causes accelerated disk degeneration and increases doctor visits for back pain (among the myriad of other problems it causes). There, unfortunately, is no proven benefit to the numerous suplements sold. However, there is likely no harm either. If it doesn't busy the bank, I have no objections. ...Read more
The suppliments I am planning to take are called animal stak just wanted to make sure they are ok?
Be careful: I had one patient who was a bodybuilder. He was taking something similar called animal pak. He came to me for gynecomastia, which is a female-like breast tissue development in men. I checked his hormones and testosterone levels were off the chart high. I don't think testosterone booster type of bodybuilding supplements are safe. ...Read more
Can children (age 9) take betalain suppliments? From what I understand, this is a nutient from beets.
Probably yes: As these are plant derived anti-oxidants, there is very likely no harm in taking them. One needs to look to the quality of manufacturing to ensure they are no contaminated by pesticides or other chemicals. Also, taking a few phytonutrients isn't as beneficial as taking a whole rainbow. Organic, whole foods are a wonderful source of this variety. ...Read more
I m skinny guy. I want to be healthy in 3-4months. What diet should I follow? Should I take any suppliments?
See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, . .. Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, . ... ...Read more
Maybe: It has been suggested that lycopene found in tomatoes and in OTC supplements may be beneficial. First thing you should do is have your family physician do a digital rectal prostate exam to make sure your prostate feels normal. Stay away from advertised "medications" that sound too good to be true. ...Read more
B Vits, A, C, D & E:
Many vitamins are needed for healthy hair, including b3, b5, b6, b12, biotin & a, c, d, e & zinc. The most effective are e, d & biotin.
Adequate essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids are also important. Flax & hemp oil & fish like wild salmon & sardine are good sources. Avoid sugars & fried foods & emphasize fruits & veggies of all colors.
See http://suite101.Com/article/vitamins-for-hair-growth-a60366. ...Read more
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's 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. You may not feel any different but your immunity and overall health can improve. Soil in depleted and toxins abound. Good local organic is best. ...Read more
Maybe: To grow muscle mass you need adequate total balanced calories to maintain and promote growth. Protein is critical for muscle cell growth so you need on average 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. Creatine may help a little with energy but mostly in people with medic al problems like parkinson's disease. Healthy people do not need creatine. ...Read more
Possible: Research has been done looking at magnesium supplements as well as same (supplements containing Amino Acid derivatives) in fibromyalgia pain however results were inconclusive. Further research needs to be done. Discuss with your primary doctor about supplements as there may be interactions with other medication you might be taking. ...Read more
Many can help:
As dr. Shahbandar says, many with back pain have low vit d & magnesium relieves muscle spasm. B complex may help. Many herbs help, depending on cause, including anti-inflammatory herbs (turmuric & boswellia) & anti-spasmodics (valerian & skullcap).For detailed article see http://www. Herbcraft. Org/backpain. Html
medical marijuana can help (where legal)- when used topically doesn't alter consiousness! ...Read more
Prenatal vitamins: Consult your doctor. Prenatal vitamins would be good to take. ...Read more
Are herbal suppliments hawthorne and arjuna safe to take if I'm taking ramipril? What are the benefits of these suppliments?
Probably; help heart:
We don't have as much information about the interactions of herbs and drugs as is desirable, but as far as known it is safe to combine these with ramipril. Both are tonics for the heart. Hawthorne helps hypertension, angina &heart failure. See http://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/hawthorn
arjuna may help angina and hypertension. See http://www. Raysahelian. Com/arjuna. Html. ...Read more
Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic
Wet vagina=arousal: In women prior to the menopause, vaginal "wetness" occurs with sexual arousal, and dryness suggest that more time is needed to become aroused. If you feel you are sufficiently aroused, there are vaginal lubricants available over-the-counter that increase wetness. Most post-menopausal couples rely on lubricants with sex, as the vagina doesn't respond by producing moisture in the same way. ...Read more
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