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When consumed in high enough amounts, for a long enough time, or in combination with certain other substances, all chemicals can be toxic, including nutrients, plant components, and other biologically active ingredients. (Official US Government FDA website, accessed Oct. 2011
The worst offenders of supplement contamination cases are found among weight loss and sexual enhancement products, and sports enhancement and body building supplements (News & Events -Press Announcements, Dec. 15, 2010, from Official US Government FDA website, accessed Feb. 2011; Cohen, et al., 2014).
Although herbs and botanicals oftentimes do contain essential nutrients for human life -such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids- they do consists of many other non-essential constituents, frequently in dominant ways.
Because of the presence of numerous plant components which are “foreign” to the human physiology, herbs, in general, tend to be less safe than vitamins and minerals for instance. The official data corroborates that herbs and botanicals tend to generate the most adverse effects of dietary supplements (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1983-2008; GAO, 2009).
The herbs kava and lobelia have a high risk of causing dietary supplement side effects, including -at large doses- coma and death, which prompted a number of countries (but not the USA) to ban their sale (GAO, 2009). Yohimbe has caused some deaths, ginseng too has been implicated with deaths (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1983-2008), and ma huang (ephedra) has been banned by the FDA in 2004 after a few people had died.
In many or even most of these case, however, the herbs had not been used as indicated, or as traditionally recommended. Ma huang, for example, has been used safely for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, primarily for respiratory afflictions such as asthma, or congestive issues due to the common cold. In the cases of death involving the herb it was inappropriately used for weight loss and as a stimulant to improve athletic performance, frequently as a highly concentrated extract rather than in the form and at the safety platform of a whole herb, as traditional application suggests. (Weight loss pills frequently contain concentrated botanical extracts that may pose a serious danger
This means that the relatively few cases where people experience negative effects of dietary supplements are almost always tied to products compromised in quality, or improper product use.
drug-nutrient interactions tend to get underreported and minimized. According to information and data retrieved from research, nutritional supplement-drug interactions are most commonly encountered with herbs and botanicals
Other examples. Calcium can lower the absorption of the antibiotic tetracycline, reducing the drug's therapeutic potential. Excessive vitamin A can cause liver damage, Excessive vitamin D can cause kidney stones and calcifications.
kava and valerian act as sedatives and can increase the effects of anesthetics and other medications used during surgery.” (Official US Government FDA website, accessed Oct. 2011)
Typical herbal or botanical offenders that have been identified are Ginkgo biloba, St. John's Wort, valerian, kava, garlic, saw palmetto, ginseng, ginger, willow, and fenugreek
St. John's Wort can increase serotonin levels excessively when combined with certain anti-depressants, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (Peng, et al., 2004). It can also adversely interact with blood-thinning medications and other cardiovascular drugs. Because Ginkgo biloba has an anticoagulant or blood-thinning effect (decreases platelet aggregation), it could lead to adverse events of increased bleeding when combined with blood-thinning drugs. Ginseng, garlic, vitamin E also have slight anticoagulant effects.
The majority of health supplement-drug interactions are of low relevance. To increase your likelihood of safety utilizing herbals there are certain common sense rules.
1. Listen to your advisor carefully and provide full disclosure of any drugs you take (over the counter as well)
2. Share with your physician or dentist all vitamins and herbal information.
3. More is not better follow the rules.
4. Watch out for discounted vitamins. Buy a high quality name brand since the FDA does not regulate the supplement industry and only steps in with serious side effects or deaths.
If you compare this to the facts about drug-drug interactions you can clearly see the obvious truth about dietary supplements and drug interactions are uncommon. (rather than the misleading anti-supplement propaganda).
Stevan Cordas DO MPH
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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
Do you need them?: Safety all depends on the supplement (if it even IS what it says it is!) and dose. If you are pretty slim, dietary supplements are probably not necessary and there are almost always side effects to anything. So try getting a bit more exercise, try MyFitnessPartner app, and making healthier food choices instead of pills. Good luck! ...Read more
Are there negative side effects of deca-drol max? It is a non-methylated anabolic complex dietary supplement? Should a guy take these daily?
Slow niacin is a medication and NOT a dietary supplement.
It does improve lipid profile by diminishing triglycerides and improving HDL (good) cholesterol mildly.
HOWEVER: niacin does NOT improve chances of patients getting stokes, heart attacks or dying.
Niacin is sometimes difficult to take due to side efects as flushing that can be severe ...Read more
Green Tea is likely: Safe for most adults. For more info, see: http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-960-green%20tea. Aspx? Activeingredientid=960&activeingredientname=green%20tea ...Read more
I have been taking nature measure relax & sleep dietary supplement every other day before my period came now my period want stop is it side effect.
Period: If it never happened before you took the supplement, then it may very well be the side effect of the supplement. Stop them and see what the next period will be like. ...Read more
Supplements: You don't specify why you are supplementing. Almost everyone needs to supplement omega 3s, vitamin D3, and often could also benefit from certain vitamins and minerals. It is best to work with a doctor who has training in nutrition and supplements and not just take supplements without guidance. ...Read more
For what use?: This one can't really be answered well without knowing what's going on with you, or what you hope to gain. Some dietary supplements are very safe and effective for certain conditions, and some are not. I'm sorry that I can't be more helpful, but your question is too broad for me. ...Read more
Most aren't needed: An over-the-counter adult multivitamin (+/- minerals) is fine for a teenager to take once a day. If a teen doesn't eat or drink much in the way of dairy products, then an adult vitamin D and calcium tablet is also needed. Some people just take a TUMs Smoothies once a day for their calcium supplement. Vitamin D and multivitamins are even available in "gummy" chewables for adults now but have sugar. ...Read more
Dietary supplements: Are a good backup for vitamins and minerals we may be low on due to diet or taking medication. Some supplements are so weak as to be a waste of money. Other brands are excellent but you need guidance to find the best quality. Getting lab tested is the best way to determine if you need supplementation. Spectracell lab in Texas has a good micronutrient panel. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Yes: Vitamin d is recommended for infants who are exclusively breastfed. Iron is recommended if your tot's hemoglobin level is too low at the 12 month check up. For a healthy, normally developing kid who's being offered a variety of healthy food, little else is needed. However, things like lactose intolerance, certain medical conditions & food allergies might make supplementation necessary. Ask your md. ...Read more
Yes: Magnesium is important. It is involved in over 300 chemical reactions including muscle, nerve, immune system, heart and bone functions. Adult men need up to 420 mg/day, with younger men, women and children needing less. There is plenty in foods like cereal, nuts, beans, and spinach, so a supplement may not be needed. More info: http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/magnesium-healthprofessional/. ...Read more
Slimquick: I personally have not used slimquick. It relies on green tea and caffeine as "fat burners." some people appear to benefit. However, if you're sensitive to caffeine or other stimulants, this one could make you jittery or disturb your sleep. Additionally, taking the supplement will not be a sufficient plan if you want to lose weight. Your diet and exercise will need to change too. ...Read more
Adjuncts only: The key to managing porphyria is educating yourself, learning how to avoid attacks, and becoming more familiar with your illness than a specialist physician. You can do this. The worst place to learn about porphyria is from people who are trying to sell you supplements, or blogs with testimonials that are likely to be misguided or even fake. Start with sites intended for physicians. Be discerning. ...Read more
Specify which: I doubt there is significant interaction but we need to put specific substances to check for them. ...Read more
Under FDA Regulation:
Fda has significant authority to regulate the dietary supplement industry. They have authority to stop a company from selling a supplement that may be unsanitary or unsafe.
Stop the sale of any supplement that makes false and unsubstantiated claims on its labeling and if it poses a significant or unreasonable risk of causing injury or illness.
Ftc has authority to regulate advertising of supplement. ...Read more
You would have to: Ask about a specific one.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anti-aging: Anti-aging supplements is perhaps a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps we will call them, "healthy aging" supplements. The effects are varied. The goals are to decrease insulin levels, decrease chronic inflammation, decrease free radicals in the body, and decrease abnormal cross-linking, or glycation, of proteins in the body. These benefits can be achieved, and will help to slow aging of tissues. ...Read more
Absolutely!!!: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Be physically active with both cardio & weight training. ...Read more
Some are good..: ...Some are bad, and many are simply unnecessary. Since there are thousands of supplements, your question can't be answered without knowing the one you are taking. But the answer is probably no. The things that will help you most in the gym are good nutrition, good hydration, and good sleep. If you don't have those, no supplement will help. ...Read more
No Not Really: In my humble opinion there is no dietary supplement which by itself will make someone loose weight, without proper dietary restrictions and exercise program.In my clinical practice for last 40 years in usa, I have seen several supplements being promoted and sold, and often endorsed by celebrities. But none can make you loose weight without modifying your diet and regular exercise program. ...Read more
Supplements: There is no clear answer to this questions. It depends which supplements you are taking and at what dose. Another important consideration is a potential drug interaction with any other drugs you are taking. I would suggest you consult your pharmacist who has a list of all your current medications and ask him/her to screen them against any supplements that you are considering. ...Read more
Anything that you take other than the usual meals are dietary supplements. Many people are taking supplementary vitamins and minerals because our diets today are so artificial. God-made food contains these essential non-caloric nutrients and that is what ...Read more