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Health benefits of yogurt?

Health benefits of yogurt?

Many:): First, it contributes healthy bacteria to your digestive tract; it is the original probiotic! This can improve digestion as well as immune function. Yogurt is a dairy product and as such contains good amounts of protein and calcium. It also contains other nutrients found in dairy foods like vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium. Choosing non- or low-fat versions eliminates it's downside: fat. ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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Are there health benefits to the organic spirulina capsules?

Are there health benefits to the organic spirulina capsules?

Spirulina: Spirulina, or blue-green algae, has not been shiwn to be effective for a wide range of ailments, and if contaminated, could be harmful. See http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/ medlineplus/druginfo/natural/923.Html for details. ...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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Benefits of celery supplements?

Benefits of celery supplements?

Many benefits: Celery seed is a natural diuretic, helps pms and menstrual cramps, is used for gout, protects the liver, may help high blood pressure and lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. More research is needed but it is safe to try. See http://voices.Yahoo.Com/celery-seeds-health-benefits-medicinal-uses-2649797.Html?Cat=68 & http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/celery-seed. ...Read more

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Any empirical evidence to support the health benefits of fish oil?

Any empirical evidence to support the health benefits of fish oil?

Fish Oil healthy?: Yes there is enough evidence in medical literature strongly supports health benefits of fish oil it has been shown fish oil and omegs 3 benefits patients with cancer of prostate, breast and colon.It also is recommended by american heart association to prevent coronary artery dosease.Nih recommends it for elevated triglycerides, secondary cv dosease, and hypertension.Also in psychatric disease etc. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of acai berries?

What are the health benefits of acai berries?

Wt loss- antioxidant: The acai berry contains antioxidants (phytochemicals) which reduce free radical formation & are reported to help protect from some cancers. It is also reported to assist with weight loss however there is not yet scientific research to back this claim nor is a mechanism for weight loss known at this time. It is also used as an oil in cosmetics. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits from multivitamins and minerals?

What are the health benefits from multivitamins and minerals?

Depends: I believe in taking vitamins and minerals that you need. When taking pharmaceutical grade vitamins (most common are fish oil, b's and d's) people feel better. If you are not getting a step up with vitamins within 3 weeks, they are not doing anything for you. Good vitamins will dissolve in vinegar within 15minutes so test yours out to see if they are any good. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of flaxseed oil compared to flaxseed meal?

What are the health benefits of flaxseed oil compared to flaxseed meal?

See: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-difference-between-flaxseed-meal-flaxseed-oil-10629.html

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What are health benefits of pickled garlic?

What are health benefits of pickled garlic?

I do not claim to be: Any type of expert on food supplement; however, from what i was informed, any benefits of garlic are obtained by eating fresh garlic from the clove. It is possible that any "good" chemicals in the garlic may be lost with the pickling process. ...Read more

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What're the health benefits of flaxseed oil?

Lipoproteins: Flax seed can help to lower cholesterol & low-density lipoprotein levels & help reduce the risk of heart disease. Because your body can digest ground flaxseed better than whole flaxseed, the ground flaxseed is preferable. This will provide more of the benefits from the lignans and the omega – 3 –fatty acids in the flaxseed. With flaxseed oil, it is quite important that it be cold pressed. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits of pumpkin seed oil?

Pumpkin seeds: Though not as well studied as i would like there are benefits to these seeds based on their composition. Go to http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=82 for a good overview. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of eating walnut daily?

What are the health benefits of eating walnut daily?

Food Myths: There are no extra known health benefits from eating walnuts. The calories in a walnut are divided between proteins and fats. ...Read more

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Are there health benefits of a vegetarian diet ?

Are there health benefits of a vegetarian diet ?

Yes, but...: There are advantages to eating a diet that minimizes unhealthy saturated fats, but a vegetarian diet does not limit processed goods that contain white sugar and flour and the diet also allows frying of food and trans-fats. So the plant based aspect of the diet is healthy, but not every aspect including excluding wild fish such as salmon rich in omega-3 fatty acids. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of eating cranberries?

What are the health benefits of eating cranberries?

Agree w Dr. Bonue: It may be best known for helping to stave off urinary tract infections. See: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=145 ...Read more

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A homemade yogurt has same health benefits as what available in thr market? Will homemade yogurt has lesser probiotic?

A homemade yogurt has same health benefits as what available in thr market? Will homemade yogurt has lesser probiotic?

Depends: To be considered "probiotic" the yogurt has to have active cultures (of beneficial bacteria). In the store, a product can say it, but it does not mean it has to have any, or what type. That is why probiotics can be problematic. Nobody has to guarantee that the bacteria are in it and alive and of a type that can help. How to keep your own healthy bacteria in homemade yogurt? Beats me. ...Read more

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Good morning! My friend just give me a bottle of FloraMax probiotic, 17 strains, can I just consume it as health supplement just for this bottle - 50?

Good morning! My friend just give me a bottle of FloraMax probiotic, 17 strains, can I just consume it as health supplement just for this bottle  - 50?

Sure: cannot hurt...may help
but I do not believe it is a superior preparation to any other "probiotic" containing foods (eg Yogurt preparations etc etc
May be useful in patients with "simple" diarrhea or diarrhea due to oral antibiotic treatment

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How to cure bad breath from acidity ?Been prescribed rabeprazole 20mg, taking probiotic supplements, belching, nothing helps. Oral health is perfect

How to cure bad breath from acidity ?Been prescribed rabeprazole 20mg, taking probiotic supplements, belching, nothing helps. Oral health is perfect

Need eval: Need to see physician to evaluate tonsils, adenoids, gerd, sinuses. Need to see dentist to evaluate tongue, gums, teeth. Do you brush your tongue, floss, smoke? Please have dentist and physician consult with each other. ...Read more

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Hi does eating turmeric reduce the benefits of probiotic supplement..? If you are suffering from male candida overgrowth and weak gut..?

Hi does eating turmeric reduce the benefits of probiotic supplement..? If you are suffering from male candida overgrowth and weak gut..?

No: Are you on candida diet? Avoid high sugar food,small amount of fruits, non glutinous grains,no caffeine,lot of fermented food,

Non starchy vegetables,lots of healthy fats & oils,garlic & onions

Turmeric is excellent. ...Read more

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Which probiotic supplement would you recommend?

None: Probiotics have been shown to have little usefulness. A recent study even showed that they had no real val in preventing antibiotic related diarrhea. Why? There are between 500 to 1, 000 types of bacteria in your gut with more sub-species among them. Your gut is estimated to have around 100 trillion bacteria. The pills you can buy will not make a difference. Ignore the hype; now you know the facts. ...Read more

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What probiotic supplements are good for immune support?

What probiotic supplements are good for immune support?

Probably many!: Better to take capsules with high count bacteria (10 billion of more), and ones with more strains of good bacteria (B10- or more). More convenient and better than drinks. Save your money! ...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 it okay to take probiotics supplement while PTB is being treated for six months?

Is it okay to take probiotics supplement while PTB is being treated for six months?

Yes: It is alright to take a usual dose of probiotic with routine TB medications, but please review with your pharmacist as well for any possible contraindications. ...Read more

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Could my otc probiotic be interfering with my sleep even though I take it in the a.m.? I am sensitive to supplements.

Could my otc probiotic be interfering with my sleep even though I take it in the a.m.? I am sensitive to supplements.

Unlikely Interfering: The probiotics are unlikely to be aggravating insomnia. If anything, they are more likely to be helping to regulate your sleep cycle in a beneficial way. Could there be other factors disturbing your sleep now? Insomnia is a common and sometimes complex issue. I suggest you consult a clinician to discuss your case further and come up with some strategies to help you sleep well. All the best. ...Read more

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I am finding an effective probiotic supplement currently. Which one is high in bifidus factor? Lacto-5 or lactogg? Glad that anyone helping me out.

I am finding an effective probiotic supplement currently. Which one is high in bifidus factor? Lacto-5 or lactogg? Glad that anyone helping me out.

Lacto-5: Lacto-5 contains bifidus but is not particularly high in it. Lactogg has no bifidus at all. I am not sure why you are so focused on bifidus. There are many strains of probiotics with a variety of benefits. If you really want one high in bifdus i gave suggestions yesterday. ...Read more

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Actually i'm from malaysia. I want to look for probiotic supplements high in bifidus factor that are available in malaysia. Can anyone help me? Thanks

Actually i'm from malaysia. I want to look for probiotic supplements high in bifidus factor that are available in malaysia. Can anyone help me? Thanks

Check locally: As far as i know, none of the doctors here are from malaysia and we have no way of knowing what supplements are available in malaysia. If you have a local health food store ask them, or search online. Again, i question whether bifidus will necessarily help you more than other strains of probiotics and the first one you asked about does contain bifidus, so that is probably a reasonable choice. ...Read more

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Best probiotic supplement ? Is align good ?

Best probiotic supplement ? Is align good ?

Align is good: There are multiple probiotics in market but align is one of the few probiotic that has been tried in medical trial on ibs patients with positive response especially patients with diarrhea, gas and bloating. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a probiotic supplement?

Anyone know what is a probiotic supplement?

Probiotic supplement: Probiotics are live microorganisms, similar to those found in the human gut. Also called "friendly bacteria" or "good bacteria, " they help maintain the natural balance of microorganisms in the intestines. Some illnesses and medications can upset this balance, and harmful microorganisms can take over. Probiotic supplements are a way to reintroduce "good" bacteria so that balance is restored. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on probiotic supplements?

Is it possible to overdose on probiotic supplements?

Not really!: The qualities of a good probiotic are the number of good bacteria per capsule and the number of species of good bacteria! 10 billion with ten strains is what to try for! Would be hard to overdose. Some have 50 billion good bacteria, but you pay for it! ...Read more

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How long can I take probiotic supplements every day?

How long can I take probiotic supplements every day?

Yes. : Yes. It's quite safe to take it every day. You don't have to take it in supplement forms. Many foods which are fermented contain natural probiotics. ...Read more

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Can you get dependent on probiotics supplements or probiotic yogurt ?

Can you get dependent on probiotics supplements or probiotic yogurt ?

No: Only dependence would be having a favorable digestion and better health because of ot. ...Read more

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Can anyone take probiotic supplements? If yes, should I? If no, who should?

Can anyone take probiotic supplements? If yes, should I? If no, who should?

Pretty safe: In my practice, I use probiotics extensively. Our Western lifestyle with exposure to antibiotics in a variety of ways has cut down on the diversity of bacteria within our gut. Increasingly , data suggests this contributes to disease. Stress, alcohol, ibuprofen compound this. Choose a probiotic that has a variety of strains, not just lactobicillus. And eat fermented foods! ...Read more

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Are taking probiotic supplements as effective as gaining probiotics naturally from food?

Yes: Of course taking foods high in probiotics may be desirable for other reasons, supplements contain a "fixed" amount of probiotics (colonies). Many of the "natural products" like yogurt may have "supplements" added to the product anyway. Your body does not know the difference ...Read more

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What is a good probiotic supplement? Can you tell me which are in voluntary certified list?

The best have:: Better to take capsules with high count bacteria (10 billion of more), and ones with more strains of good bacteria (B10- or more). More convenient and better than drinks. Save your money! There are many brands that meet these criteria! ...Read more

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If I take probiotics should they be refrigerated? Or are room temperature supplements okay to take?

Check the label: Many forms of probiotics are stable at room temperature, but some do need to be refrigerated - especially after opening. Probiotics can be a great choice for health. Thanks for asking! ...Read more

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