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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


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Bodybuilding supplements should it affect kidneys or does it have any side effects?

Possibly: There are many different types of bodybuilding supplements (i.e. Creatine, amino acids, protein supplements, glutamine, etc) so it's hard to answer this question. In general terms, anything that's taken into the body can have potential side effects or, if taken long term, eventually affect the kidneys and/or liver. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using protein supplements for bodybuilding?

What are the side effects of using protein supplements for bodybuilding?

Depends on Ur-: -age. I assume U R young. There's a place 4 protein sups, but U must B sure not 2 over do it. U need 50gms daily, with a weight training program, U should only sup on day of workout, some during & the rest after. None on day of rest. Always calculate Ur total daily intake from diet. Sup about 20-40 max depending on Ur weight & length & amount of exertion. Whey is the best. I use Muscle Tech. ...Read more

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Hi doctors. Recently I started bodybuilding. Just want to know will supplements like whey protein and BCAAs have any serious side effects?

Hi doctors. Recently I started bodybuilding. Just want to know will supplements like whey protein and BCAAs have any serious side effects?

Yes: Most of the so called muscle building proteins will have chemicals used in process, very detrimental to healt like kidney damage etc, these chemicals are not approved by FDA, read the label find out the chemicals in it. You want proteins get it from healthy food and enjoy ...Read more

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What is the side effects of l- arginine and l-lysine? Can I take it as supplement for bodybuilding? I had wilms tumor when I was kid

What is the side effects of l- arginine and l-lysine? Can I take it as supplement for bodybuilding? I had wilms tumor when I was kid

Go ahead: Don't expect any obvious benefit, in spite of all the salesmanship. I'm very glad you survived the Wilms tumor and are taking good care of yourself now. ...Read more

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Is taking protien supplements after weight training unhealthy? What are the side effects if any?

Is taking protien supplements after weight training unhealthy? What are the side effects if any?

Supplements un-neede: For a normal healthy 22 yo, taking supplements to build bulk is just not needed. A better investment is a healthy diet and a single multivitamin. The weight lifting alone will serve its function. Of course adding injections of anything is unwise. Enjoy the workouts. ...Read more

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Which form of iron supplement is best ABSORBED in the body with MINIMAL side effects?

Which form of iron supplement is best ABSORBED in the body with MINIMAL side effects?

Not an easy question: Though some salts of iron are better absorbed than others, they may not provide the same amount of elemental iron. You may have to sacrifice one for the other. In addition, some salts are better tolerated (less GI side effects). Check with your pharmacist regarding which forms they carry and how will they affect you. ...Read more

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Advise a best supplement for body building n muscles gaining without side effects?

Advise a best supplement for body building n muscles gaining without side effects?

Protein: When, in the course of an aggressive muscle building program you must provide your body with sufficient protein building blocks or amino acids. As expensive as a good steak may be, on a gram per gram basis most steaks are cheaper than commercial protein supplements. The supplements however are easier to ingest (don't have to chew:)). When you purchase, check the grams of protein you are getting. ...Read more

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Will supplementing iron help the blood hold more oxygen? What are the best supplements and what are the side effects. Thanks nat. Freediver.

Will supplementing iron help the blood hold more oxygen? What are the best supplements and what are the side effects. Thanks nat. Freediver.

If you are deficient: If you are not iron-deficient or have an extra need (blood donor, if you are a man), all it will do is upset your stomach. If you are iron-deficient, you being a man need to find out why -- it's a bad ulcer or gut cancer until proved otherwise, and taking an iron supplement will mask this. If you load yourself with iron you don't need, you are asking for liver trouble, impotence, and more. ...Read more

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What's the best supplement to add protein in my diet for body building? I don't want steroids or any product that has side effects associated. Iam a veg

What's the best supplement to add protein in my diet for body building? I don't want steroids or any product that has side effects associated. Iam a veg

Depends: If you eat dairy products you can try greek yogurt or cottage cheese (otherwise soy/almond/coconut yogurt). Non dairy sources include chia seeds, beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, artichokes, broccoli, avocado, asparagus, tofu, peas, spinach, beet greens, peanuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans. ...Read more

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Best supplements/herbs for GAD? I don't like normal anxiety medicine because of side effects. Tried glutamine, but suffered constipation (IBS-C)

Best supplements/herbs for GAD? I don't like normal anxiety medicine because of side effects. Tried glutamine, but suffered constipation (IBS-C)

L-Theanine helps: Us stay focused and relaxed. It is in tea and can be found as a supplement. Consider seeing a mental health professional to learn strategies to manage your anxiety. Self-help at www. Relaxationresponse. Micronutrient lab testing at spectracell. Com can provide info for nutritional support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hola doctor! Can you suggest me a brand of body building supplement with best results and no side effects? Want to buy whey protein.

Hola doctor! Can you suggest me a brand of body building supplement with best results and no side effects? Want to buy whey protein.

Good supplement: B sure 2 read the label ; make sure that it is free of banned substances. Also do not over do ur protein intake. ...Read more

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Does cla (gym supplement) has side effects?

Does cla (gym supplement) has side effects?

Probably not: Known as "the fat that helps your body burn fat, " conjugated linoleic acid (cla) presumptively helps reduce body fat and supports lean mass to improve overall body composition. Whether this presumption is true remains to be determined. This is not an fda regulated substance. The only thing it will be guaranteed to do is change the shape of your wallet. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lutein supplements?

What are the side effects of lutein supplements?

None known: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lomb. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of alfalfa supplements?

What are the side effects of alfalfa supplements?

Alfalfa: Increased skin sensitivity to the sun, increase symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, estrogen-like effects, & decrease blood sugar. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of melatonin supplements?

What are the side effects of melatonin supplements?

Drowsiness: Recommended dose is up to 10 mg per night. Larger doses may produce excessive drowsiness. Other central nervous system depressants may enhance the effects of melatonin. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tylophora supplements?

What are the side effects of tylophora supplements?

Nausea vomit: Its has been reported as an infrequent cause of nausea, vomiting, change in taste and mouth soreness. Rare instances of drowsiness and respiratory distress have also been reported. It is not recommended in pregnant or breast feeding woman. Thlophora asthmatica has been reported to have abortion inducing properties. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of glucosamine supplements?

What are the side effects of glucosamine supplements?

Allergic to shell: Fish, that medecine made from shell fish. There is some evidence suggesting that glucosamine, in doses used to treat osteoarthritis, may worsen blood sugar, insulin, and/or hemoglobin A1c (a test that measures how well blood sugar has been controlled during the previous three months) levels in people with diabetes or Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Does taking protien supplement have any side effects?

Does taking protien supplement have any side effects?

Not unless...: You have kidney disease. If young and healthy and on a weight training program, take no more than 2 grams of protein per 2.2 lbs (kg) of body weight per day. Any more than that provides no added benefit! ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking zinc supplements?

Are there any side effects to taking zinc supplements?

Take in moderation: Too much zinc can prevent absorption of other elements such as iron and magnesium. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of phenylalanine supplements?

What are the side effects of phenylalanine supplements?

An Amino Acid: Phenylalanine is possibly safe for most people. Having too much phenylalanine during pregnancy can increase the chances of birth defects especially facial, nervous system and heart defects. Patients suffering from phenylketonuria must avoid phenylalanine as it can cause mental retardation, high blood pressure and strokes. In schizophrenics it can make tardive dyskinesia (movement disorder) worse. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of oral creatine supplements?

Are there any side effects of oral creatine supplements?

There are some: Side effects of creatine supplementation are: abdominal pain, heart rhythm problem, dehydration, diarrhea, high blood pressure, muscle cramps, nausea, renal dysfunction, rhabdomyolysis, weigh gain, seizures, . (source: medscape). ...Read more

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What are the supplements that will offset the side effects of statin drugs?

Lessen you dosage: Consult with your doctor. The rx instructions indicate a reduction of dosage is in order under the guidance of your doctor. A pill splitter can cut the pills in half to give you half dose. You can eliminate certain days a week to cut your overall dose. I know a person that reduce their dose to taking only 5 mg once per week - approved by their doctor, and is doing well.. ...Read more

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Is there any supplements that has no side effects which makes slim. I'm so fat?

Is there any supplements that has no side effects which makes slim. I'm so fat?

No: None of them work. I think every physician on healthtap will agree that health doesn't come from taking pills. The key is going to be a change in lifestyle -- eating less, exercising more. This in turn will require you to develop new friends and new pursuits -- i.e., it will take courage. You have it. If you are very overweight, consider bariatric surgery early if offered by your physician. ...Read more

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Hi is taking whey supplement detrimental to health? Or are there any serious side effects?

Hi is taking whey supplement detrimental to health? Or are there any serious side effects?

Whey protein is: Fine if it is made from organic or free-range cow milk. If not, it can contain hormones, antibiotics, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of too much B-12, should I be taking a supplement if I'm not deficient?

What are the side effects of too much B-12, should I be taking a supplement if I'm not deficient?

No: In rare cases, excess B12 supplementation may cause some numbness or tingling in the arm, hands and face. You shouldn't take the vitamin if you don't have a specific dietary deficiency. ...Read more

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I take 10gm homeopathic weightgain supplement powder in each month since 4years. Any side effects?

I take 10gm homeopathic weightgain supplement powder in each month since 4years. Any side effects?

"Homeopathic"???: Not knowing what supplement you're taking, it's impossible to comment. Also, the term "homeopathic" can be misused. True homeopathic remedies are individually prescribed, & regulated by the fda via the homeopathic pharmacopoeia of the us: http://www. Hpus. Com/whatishpus. Php the powder you're using is most likely not a true homeopathic remedy, and is also not likely to be homeopathic to you either. ...Read more

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Based capsule & creatine is a natural health supplement. Should there be any health problems or side effects?

Based capsule & creatine is a natural health supplement. Should there be any health problems or side effects?

See details: Creatine is safe in small doses. It has no real value unless it is taken as part of an exercise program. People with compromised kidney function should probably avoid it. ...Read more

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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more