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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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I'm 21 years old I feel low testosterone can I take zinc and fish oil supplement to boost testosterone? Are there any side effects of these supplement

I'm 21 years old I feel low testosterone can I take zinc and fish oil supplement to boost testosterone? Are there any side effects of these supplement

They are safe if...: As I mentioned in my other answer, it's very unlikely you have low testosterone-other conditions with similar symptoms are much more likely. Ask you doc to test free & total testosterone levels.
Zinc is safe to try. It can cause nausea; avoid taking more than 50 mg a day or it may impair immune function & cause low copper. Fish oil is safe but look for a purified brand to avoid heavy metals/pcb's. ...Read more

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Possible passionflower supplements side effects?

Possible passionflower supplements side effects?

Generally safe: Unless used in excessive amounts, passion flower extracts are generally safe. Some patients may experience dizziness, confusion, sedation, and ataxia -- much more likely if also using CNS depressants like ambien, (zolpidem) benzodiazepines, etc. There was 1 reported case with nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and heart arrhythmia requiring hospitalization. Some passiflora species contain cyanogenic glycosides. ...Read more

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Which type of side effects do growth supplements have?

Which type of side effects do growth supplements have?

Depends: It depends on what " growth supplement" means. If it' s synthetic human growth hormone it can cause rare adverse effects like increased pressure in the head, higher blood sugar, carpal tunnel syndrome, worsening scoliosis. ...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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What are the side effects of taking a probiotic supplement?

What are the side effects of taking a probiotic supplement?

Gas, bloating: Probiotics' side effects, if they occur, tend to be mild and digestive (such as gas or bloating) ...Read more

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Is protein supplements and preworkouts really effctive? Any side effects?

Is protein supplements and preworkouts really effctive? Any side effects?

Muscle building: Muscle are composed of protein, so when stimulating muscle growth through weight lifting, it is essential to have protein in your diet. This can be real food, or supplements. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of testosterone supplements?

What are the side effects of testosterone supplements?

Don't waste your $: There are no such things as testosterone supplements, at least none that are fda approved w/peer-reviewed data. Worst, the manufacturers are not required to demonstrate safety (think contamination) or efficacy of their product while being allowed to make miraculous claims as long as they display the fda disclaimer. So what side effects are possible? Anything & everything. The sky's the limit! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of overdosing on niacin supplements?

What are the side effects of overdosing on niacin supplements?

Niacin Overdose.: Too much Niacin does have the potential to affect your liver, so be careful. If this is something that has happened, you would need blood testing for liver enzymes right away. Stick to no more than 1500mg twice daily. ...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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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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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?

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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Is Russian bear 10000 supplement for weight gainer cause impotency if I use it and what the side effects of this product.

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Is Russian bear 10000 supplement for weight gainer cause impotency if I use it and what the side effects of this product.

Dietary supplements: Dietary supplements are notorious for making miraculous claims w/o evidence of either safety or effectiveness b/c responsibility of providing proof is left to manufacturer, not FDA or any other 3rd party for oversight. So there's no way to comment on possible impotency & side effects. Of course, manufacturers will always claim side effect-free b/c it's natural, organic, vegan & gluten-free, right? ...Read more