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Doctor insights on: Branched Chain Amino Acids Supplements

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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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Is it safe to supplement with L-Arginine daily? What about Branch-Chained Amino Acids?

Is it safe to supplement with L-Arginine daily? What about Branch-Chained Amino Acids?

Yes, but : probably not necessary unless you've been diagnosed with a specific condition that requires you to take these supplements. If you eat a well balanced diet you don't need amino acid supplements. Save your money and have a nice dinner. ...Read more

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Amino acids supplements are bad for human body?

Amino acids supplements are bad for human body?

Confusing question: Amino acid supplements are simply a different form of nutrition. You can probably get a similar nutrient content by ingesting egg whites, but for those who want to be sure they ingest the building blocks of muscles there is no harm in the products. ...Read more

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What vitamine supplements and amino acids should a 24 year old women take?

What vitamine supplements and amino acids should a 24 year old women take?

Depends: Are you on a special diet? Or have any restrictions? Assuming there are no issues and you are not vegetarian - you may not need any supplements (other than a multivitamin). ...Read more

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Is giving over-the-counter amino acids supplements to a 6 year old child harmful?

Is giving over-the-counter amino acids supplements to a 6 year old child harmful?

Great Potential Harm: There is no need , in any normal child for this kind of supplementation.Risk can be heart, brain or kidey probelms among other things. Avoid! ...Read more

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What is a excellent recovery supplement after a difficult workout? Besides essential amino acids and protein.

What is a excellent recovery supplement after a difficult workout? Besides essential amino acids and protein.

Real food is best: After intense or difficult workouts your best bet for recovery is lean proteins and low glycemic carbs like sweet potato or berries. Try to eat w/in 15 minutes of finishing if you can. Protein supplements can be more convenient, but try to throw in some real food every now and them. Omega-3 supplements can also speed recovery and decrease soreness before the next workout. ...Read more

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I have one good kidney, will have other removed, does not function. Would amino acids supplement be safe to take? I don´t want to harm my good kidney.

I have one good kidney, will have other removed, does not function. Would amino acids supplement be safe to take? I don´t want to harm my good kidney.

Why supplements?: Basic amino acids are in your diet, and shouldn't pose a challenge to you kidney, but why take anything that could potentially harm your kidney? Too much of a good thing is too much. You need to be careful to avoid things that are nephrotoxic, that includes medicine too ...Read more

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What is your take on sport supplements such creatin, protein and amino acids. ?

What is your take on sport supplements such creatin, protein and amino acids.
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My take is stay away: There is simply no substitute for hard working exercise. Sport supplements such as creatin, protein and Amino Acids should only be used under the close supervision of your health care professional, most of whom will discourage their use. ...Read more

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Is soy protein with amino acids a bad choice for gym supplement ?

Is soy protein with amino acids a bad choice for gym supplement ?

You're fine: Twenty grams after a workout will be great. I'm pleased you're exercising and building muscle; some people prefer soy because it's vegetarian / vegan. Both are good choices, and despite what you may hear from others there's no real reason to prefer one over the other for the ordinary fitness buff. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of using injectable concentrated amino acids with electrolytes and b vitamin supplement?

What are the pros and cons of using injectable concentrated amino acids with electrolytes and b vitamin supplement?

Con=infection: Why risk it? All the things you listed are very absorbable via oral route with no risks of infection.I doubt a reputable dr is offering this injectable cocktail. ...Read more

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I have weak kidneys but fine now but still little weak ? Will bcaa supplement affect my kidneys , will these amino acids stress or affect my kidney?

I have weak kidneys but fine now but still little weak ? Will bcaa supplement affect my kidneys , will these amino acids stress or affect my kidney?

Branched chain AA: You shouldn't have any adverse effects of taking BCAA in the setting of renal insufficiency or failure. However, you need to take this supplement into account when considering the total amount of protein you are taking per day. Some patients with renal failure need to restrict protein intake to avoid taxing the kidney function. You need to consult your Nephrologist regarding protein intake. ...Read more

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Can i take supplements: hair, skin, nails (3, 000 mcg) and amino acids safely together to aid my hair and nails? I have a diet low in meat.

Can i take supplements: hair, skin, nails (3, 000 mcg) and amino acids safely together to aid my hair and nails? I have a diet low in meat.

Yes: There are many good non-meat sources of Amino Acids including dairy, eggs, beans, nuts ; seeds but if you are concerned you are deficient in Amino Acids it is certainly safe to take them in supplement form. There is no reason you can't take Amino Acids and vitamins/minerals together. ...Read more

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I'm planning to start a fitness journey with healthy eating and supplements like protein, amino acids and so on. Would any of these interfer with bc?

I'm planning to start a fitness journey with healthy eating and supplements like protein, amino acids and so on. Would any of these interfer with bc?

Obese?: First check ur body mass index. If obese check for diabetes. Next don't buy or eat any food or supplement or protein that comes in a box or packet or bottle. Just eat fruits and veg and drink lots of water.try this for few weeks. Protein powders are full of crap additives. Check out foodbabe.com and also read the book End of Dieting ...Read more

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Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement safe for gout users?

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

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Hey im 16 years old and 5'5 tall and i really want to gain height because i play basketball any products that will help? Is there any way my height will gain from using supplements of human growth ( l- arginine or amino acids) or making my growth plates g

Hey im 16 years old and 5'5 tall and i really want to gain height because i play basketball any products that will help? Is there any way my height will gain from using supplements of human growth ( l- arginine or amino acids) or making my growth plates g

If : If your growth plates in your long bones have fused, then you are finished growing and no medications or treatments will make you taller. The average age for this in females is 15 to 16 and for males is 18 to 19. If your growth plates are still open it is possible you may still grow a little on your own. Sometimes human growth hormone (hgh) can be used to increase height in young children prior to and around puberty, but makes little difference in height after puberty. Actual hgh is tightly regulated and can only be distributed by physicians - usually endocrinologists, so be wary of any products that claim to contain it. Amino acids are found in protein, so as long as you eat a balanced diet, supplementation will not help. Once you reach adulthood, your height is what it is and short of a gruesome leg-lengthening surgery with immense pain, expense, and complications, there's nothing you can do to actually gain a few inches. There are a few things you can do to make yourself appear taller: - practice good posture - find shoes with thick soles or "lifts" - dress in monochromatic colors, wear vertical stripes and keep your look stream-lined - make sure your clothes fit well - baggy clothes will make you appear smaller. ...Read more

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I have horrible diet. Sometimes i don't even eat at all bc of work. What are the most important vitamins too supplemt with? Amino acids?

I have horrible diet. Sometimes i don't even eat at all bc of work. What are the most important vitamins too supplemt with? Amino acids?

Don't do it!: Vitamins are no substitute for food. A little planning will fix you up. Take a prepared meal to work with you. Buy some healthy supplemental foods like fruit, nuts, and yogurt. There are many good frozen foods that you can microwave in a flash. ...Read more