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Doctor insights on: Food Supplements Vs Medicine

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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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Are american vitamin food supplements safe to take?

Are american vitamin food supplements safe to take?

Mostly: There is no regulation or oversight in this area since the supplement lobby got congress to pass a bill forbidding the fda to even look at these products. Most however are very safe as the manufacturers are sensitive to toxicity and hazards. However few have ever been tested for potency or effectiveness and most fail such testing. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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What food , drinks, medicines, vitamins, supplements etc to avoid with hepatitis C ?

What food , drinks, medicines, vitamins, supplements etc to avoid with hepatitis C ?

You're fine: There's no dietary magic to hepatitis c. If you are still feeling well, eat what you want. Avoid unregulated supplements, especially "magic chinese herbal remedies" -- these are sometimes mislabeled liver poisons. If you have advanced disease, your physician may restrict protein to control hepatic encephalopathy. Hopefully it won't come to this with today's treatment. ...Read more

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Which is better: comprehensive nutritional supplements pills or liquids?

Which is better: comprehensive nutritional supplements pills or liquids?

Better than what?: Whole food trumps supplements virtually every time. Don't buy into the hoax that vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains, and wild fish like salmon isn't superior in almost every situation to taking a supplement. Food is the best. ...Read more

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Is the nutritional supplement Ultra Potent-C®, made by Metagenics, bioequivalent to vitamin C from food sources?

Is the nutritional supplement Ultra Potent-C®, made by Metagenics, bioequivalent to vitamin C from food sources?

Supplement bioequiv?: Is the nutritional supplement Ultra Potent-C®, made by Metagenics, bioequivalent to vitamin C from food sources? ANS: There is no bioequivalent to Vit C from food. So get it from what you eat. Save money and your health by avoiding nutritional supplements. ...Read more

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Food as medicine. What foods promote wakefulness, sleep? Thank you!

Dr. Lisa Hogan Dr. Hogan
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Food as medicine. What foods promote wakefulness, sleep? Thank you!

It's a long list!: A few for wakefulness/energy: coffee, green or black tea, siberian (red panax) ginseng, dark chocolate. A few for relaxation/sleep: chamomile, ashwaganda, rhodiola, valerian root, maca, holy basil, magnolia bark. A few supplements for relaxation/sleep: melatonin, magnesium, l-theanine, tryptophan, 5-htp. ...Read more

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Are there any real benefits to herbs/supplements vs some over-the-counter drugs? Ie: melanin vs diphenhydramine, peppermint/catnip vs tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Are there any real benefits to herbs/supplements vs some over-the-counter drugs? Ie: melanin vs diphenhydramine, peppermint/catnip vs tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Absolutely: Let's clarify - over-the-counter drugs (otcs) are virtually the same medications as prescription ones except that they've been granted the freedom to be sold without prescription due to their "benign" profile. Supplements are not medications in and of themselves. They are more or less "naturally" derived preparations that are used for the same purpose as meds. Some of them can be as effective too. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which is healthier vegan food or fish diet?

Any suggestions on which is healthier vegan food or fish diet?

Educate yourself: A vegan diet is extremely dangerous if you do not know exactly what you are doing and supplement accordingly. Adding fish makes its safer. Despite all the grandstanding, there's little (some would say no) strong evidence that either offers health (as opposed to the very real moral) benefits when we control for other healthy lifestyle considerations. ...Read more

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Essential food supplements for pcos?

Essential food supplements for pcos?

None: Diet does not cause pcos - however beiong overweight may. So dietary caloric intake is important - but not any specific food items. ...Read more

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Which medicine is best for food intolerance ?

Which medicine is best for food intolerance ?

Smart eating : The best treatment for a specific food intolerance is avoidance of the specific food.This can require reading labels on processed items to be sure. For some items, like the milk sugar lactose intolerance, the deficient enzyme can be supplied as a supplement, "lactaid" can reduce symptoms or eliminate them. ...Read more

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Which antioxidants vitamins or herbs supplement is safe to eat ???

Which antioxidants vitamins or herbs supplement is safe to eat ???

Multivitamins: are like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 per cent above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. Ask about a specific condition or supplement ...Read more

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Will Cozim Q a dietary supplement benefit in any way. Thanks. Are dietary supplements safe to eat with prescription meds of diabetes,BP.cholesterol.

Will Cozim Q a dietary supplement benefit in any way. Thanks. Are dietary supplements safe to eat with prescription meds of diabetes,BP.cholesterol.

Safe enough but...: I'd urge you to get with an evidence-based holist in your community to help you choose supplements in a scientific way. Especially, I'd urge you to get back into heavy-duty physical fitness for the health problems you face -- medicines are often necessary, but you deserve higher-level health. Your physician needs to guide you in managing your acne as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are naturopathic weight management tablets healthy to take?

Are naturopathic weight management tablets healthy to take?

No proven value: Naturopaths peddle potions that are made under unregulated conditions with no guarantee of potency, composition or purity. Many contain adulterants that can be dangerous or toxic and most are useless fillers. There are no clinical trials of these products. Save your money and work with your regular physician and a good exercise therapist. ...Read more

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Pros&cons Heath benefits to drinking a tablet of the premium herbal"natures way"activated charcoal 100capsules/certified280mg dietary supplements?????

Pros&cons Heath benefits to drinking a tablet of the premium herbal"natures way"activated charcoal 100capsules/certified280mg dietary supplements?????

Unknown: It is not natural to eat activated charcoal. Also, such products are not real medicines but are sold as supplements, meaning their exact contents, effects (good or bad), purity, etc., are uncertain. When thinking about activated charcoal, one should as questions like, "Does the charcoal really know what to bind and what not to bind?" Probably safest to save some money by avoiding such supplements. ...Read more

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What's the best food supplement containing vitamin d3?

What's the best food supplement containing vitamin d3?

Many companies: Many companies make good vitamin d3 products -- there is no one "best." the seal "usp verified ingredients" on the label may help. Or if the company uses "gmp" standards. Depending on your preferences, you may want a source free of gluten, dairy, etc. Labels will tell you that information also. Consumerlab shares some reliable info on specific products: http://www.Consumerlab.Com. ...Read more

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Is there anti-inflammatory diet food ?

Is there  anti-inflammatory diet food ?

Check the link below: Don't worry, be happy! god bless you! http://theconsciouslife.Com/top-10-anti-inflammatory-foods.Htm. ...Read more

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Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

NO!: I strongly advise everyone take a quality multivitamin as the vast majority of americans don't get adequate vitamins & minerals from their diet, but vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Fruits & veggies have a complex mix of hundreds of phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonols & anthocyanins that aren't found in vitamin supplements. Eat fruits/veggies of all colors for good health! ...Read more

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Homeremedies or medicines used for food posioning?

Food poisoning ?: U need to see u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more