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I've seen prickly pear cactus promoted as a superfood. What's behind the hype?

I've seen prickly pear cactus promoted as a superfood. What's behind the hype?

Prickly pear cactus, also called nopal, is promoted for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers: It is also touted for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Some preliminary evidence shows that prickly pear cactus can decrease blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Research also suggests that prickly pear cactus extract may lessen the unpleasant effects of a hangover. However, more research is needed to confirm these benefits. It's too early to call prickly pear cactus a superfood, but it can be part of a healthy diet. Indeed, prickly pear cactus is popular in many areas of the world, particularly Latin America, because it's high in fiber, antioxidants and carotenoids. The edible parts are the leaves, flowers, stems and fruit. Prickly pear cactus is eaten whole (boiled or grilled). It is also made into juice and jams. If you'd like to try prickly pear cactus, consider easing into it. Side effects for some people include mild diarrhea, nausea, increased stool volume, increased stool frequency and abdominal fullness. ...Read more

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Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Probably not.: Although it sounds as though it probably would not affect it, nutritional supplements are not tested or overseen by any regulatory agency, so it is impossible to know for sure what you're getting. You should discuss any potential interactions with your OB/GYN. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?

I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?

It's complicated but: I dislike warfarin because virtually every medicine and herb interacts with it. Turmeuric, chia seeds, garlic and ginger also thin blood and thus you might need to lower the dose. Rather than avoiding these one can consume consistent amounts & adjust coumadin accordingly or one can consider alternative meds or even supplements (under doc's guidance) to thin blood. Also see http://bit.ly/1hHlMAv ...Read more

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What's your opinion on zucchini, chili, chervil, pineapple, cinnamon, bell pepper?

What's your opinion on zucchini, chili, chervil, pineapple, cinnamon, bell pepper?

Healthful: Virtually all vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices are healthful. However, many do not tolerate some of them. Enjoy the ones that your body likes and don't eat the ones that cause upset even if you hear that they are good. ...Read more

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How does thunder god vine extract treat arthritis?

How does thunder god vine extract treat arthritis?

Chinese medication: thunder god vine is Tripterygium wilfordii. The NIH website says - Thunder god vine is a perennial vine native to China, Japan, and Korea. It has been used in China for health purposes for more than 400 years. In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used for conditions involving inflammation or overactivity of the immune system. NIH studies show promise in RA use must be careful - toxic ...Read more

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How much vit c is in lge glass of fresh beetroot, lemon, apple, parsley, carrot juice?

How much vit c is in lge glass of fresh beetroot, lemon, apple, parsley, carrot juice?

Hard to know: This is hard to determine without the concentration of each component and the exact amount of the components in the mixture. ...Read more

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Does Unripe mango juice help in healing ulcers?

Does Unripe mango juice help in healing  ulcers?

NO: NO- in fact avoid all citrus when stomach is irritated ...Read more

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2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

Board certified MD?: Make sure the doc telling you this is doing skin testing and not blood testing, consider a trip to a board certified allergy immunologist specialist, unlikely all of these positive tests are clinically significant. ...Read more

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Honestly, is 4strawberries, 1handful blueberys, 8almonds, 1 egg cooked with veggies (peppers, tomato, mushrom, onion) plain ok for weight loss? I'm 18 m

Honestly, is 4strawberries, 1handful blueberys, 8almonds, 1 egg cooked with veggies (peppers, tomato, mushrom, onion) plain ok for weight loss? I'm 18 m

Honestly - this: Sounds very healthy. I am just concerned about whether you are getting in enough calories for breakfast for an active, 18 year old male. ...Read more

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Allergy to organic trail mix. Throat closed. Which ingred likely? Raisin, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew, apples, almonds, cranberries, cane syrup

Allergy to organic trail mix. Throat closed. Which ingred likely? Raisin, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew, apples, almonds, cranberries, cane syrup

Food allergy: An allergist can help diagnose and treating this particular problem. Allergy testing either by blood or skin test can give us information of which food is likely the one that cause such symptom. Throat closing is dangerous. I would advise you seek specialist medical advice soon. ...Read more