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Best herbal supplement for stress/anxiety?

Best herbal supplement for stress/anxiety?

Many can help: Kava can help with anxiety, but valerian is more sedating and could help more with sleep. Don't forget lemon balm, hops, passion flower, and the adaptogens rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha. Make sure you buy from reliable companies who check for heavy metals and correct raw material. Tell your doctor about any herbs you're using. Homeopathy can provide much deeper ; more individualized healing. ...Read more

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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 natural supplements effective?

Are natural supplements effective?

Not necessarily: Supplements do not offer benefits if you don't have a deficiency or a symptom. Taking them in general is discouraged without first consulting with doctor. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports for dangers of taking supplements including those called "natural.". ...Read more

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What herbal supplements increases semen?

What herbal supplements increases semen?

No aware of any: Why would your want to increase semen? If you are healthy, live a healthy lifestyle and practice safe sex, you should have all the semen produced that is necessary for normal funtion. Semen is a collective volume of testicular contribution, prostatic contribution and seminal vessicle contribution and perhaps a miniscule amount from other sources. It is what is is unless you have a specific illn. ...Read more

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Safe to take herbal supplement with lexapro (escitalopram)?

Safe to take herbal supplement with lexapro (escitalopram)?

You didn't tell us: Which herbal supplement you were referring to. Some can interact with medications. Please either re-ask question with specific supplement information or discuss with your pharmacist or your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

Yes,really can if...: A good multivit. can help you feel better if, like well over 90% of Americans, you're deficient in one or more vitamins or minerals. Even if you don't feel better a good multivit. can boost your immune system & help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. However, it is important to choose a good one. See http://bit.ly/18XyuLe & http://bit.ly/1b36cQ0 & my comment: ...Read more

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Does warfarin interact with any herbal supplements?

Does warfarin interact with any herbal supplements?

Yes: Warfarin is the most common drug to show a change in effectiveness with the use of herbal supplements. Among them, st. John's wort and ginko biloba are the most commonly reported to interact with warfarin, the first increases the risk of clotting while the second increases the risk of bleeding. ...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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Are dietary supplements effective?

Are dietary supplements effective?

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

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Any good herbal plant teas for uti?

Any good herbal plant teas for uti?

Not that I know: If you want to try something over the counter, use cranberry tablets or cranberry juice. You can also alternate one day of cranberry juice intake with another day of ice tea for a weak. This changes urine ph and can cure uti, although not high likelihood. May end up needing antibiotics. The claim of fame for cranberry is in the prevention of uti, not treating it. ...Read more

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Are green tea supplements safe to take?

Are green tea supplements safe to take?

In moderation..: There are many types of green teas andt in general ok to use in moderation. Unfortunately, there are not many research studies to identify the adverse effects, especially in combintation with other meds. So, if you are using any otc supplements, please inform your doc so that he/she can assess and provide best treatment/meds for you if needed..Good luck. ...Read more

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Is spirulina supplement good?

Not especially: Spirulina is blue-green algae found in salt water and some fresh water lakes. It is a source of protein, B-vitamins and iron. Some have promoted it as a weight loss or fatigue treatment but there isn't much scientific evidence to support great effectiveness for blue-green algae supplements. It is no better than meat, fish or milk as a source of protein, but is much more expensive per gram. ...Read more

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Does herbal supplementation of milk thistle increase estrogen?

Many unproven claims: There are many unproven claims about the benefits of milk thistle, but very little valid scientific information. Not recommended at this time and doesn't seem to increase estrogen. Don't get your health information from the internet. ...Read more

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Which herbal supplements interact with prozac (fluoxetine)?

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Which herbal supplements interact with prozac (fluoxetine)?

St john's wort: St john's wort is known for changing liver metabolism and interacting with all kinds of medications, including prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Is taking fish oil supplements safe?

Is taking fish oil supplements safe?

Before surgery: Stop your fish oil 1 week before surgery because of blood thinning risks. ...Read more

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Do herbal supplements really work?

Do herbal supplements really work?

Purity is a problem: Up to 40% of supplements are not what they appear to be. They may contain impurities, contaminants or unlisted ingredients. In addition, the dosage may not be standardized. A few companies have their supplements and global sources independently tested ensuring a quality product. The german commission e provides reliable information about a variety of herbal treatments. ...Read more

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Is "herbal viagra" safe?

Is "herbal viagra" safe?

Be wary of any product that claims to be a natural form of Viagra (sildenafil): Herbal supplements aren't held to the same standards as prescription and over-the-counter medications — so it can be difficult to know which ones are safe or effective. Sildenafil (Viagra (sildenafil), Revatio) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis when you become sexually aroused. Some "herbal viagra" supplements are advertised as a cheaper alternative, available without a prescription. Some of these products do contain substances that improve blood flow by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. However, none of them focuses specifically on blood vessels in the penis, as do Viagra (sildenafil) and similar prescription drugs. As a result, these so-called "herbal viagra" supplements can cause dangerously low blood pressure in some men — particularly men who take nitrate medications for heart problems. In addition, some products marketed as "herbal viagras" have been pulled off the market because they contain undeclared prescription medications. It can be dangerous to take supplements that contain unknown amounts of prescription medications or other unidentified ingredients. If you have erectile dysfunction, see your doctor to make sure it isn't caused by an underlying health problem or isn't a side effect of medications you take. Your safest bet in treating erectile problems is to rely on your doctor's evaluation and recommendations. Before using any herbal remedy or supplement, check with your doctor to make sure it's safe for you. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements treat depression?

Can herbal supplements treat depression?

Yes: The most widely used & researched herb for depression is st. John's wort. The cochrane review of 29 research studies found it to work as well as pharmaceuticals with less side effects. It may be less effective in severe depression, but so are pharmaceuticals. See www.Sciencedaily.Com/releases/2008/10/081007192435.Htm. Another herb that often helps is rhodiola rosea. Please see comment for more:. ...Read more

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Are protein powder supplements safe to take?

Are protein powder supplements safe to take?

Protein sullpements: You can spend your money more wisely by buying and eating natural foods sources rich in protein than protein supplements. It's been know that some protein powders are embellished with with steroids without your knowledge which can damage your muscles. Only eating a healthy diet and exercise can increase your weight and muscle mass. ...Read more

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Herbal Supplements (Definition)

Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions ...Read more