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How Long Do Herbal Supplements Stay In Your System
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
How long before gastroscopy (and h pylori evaluation) would you recommend to stop taking herbal supplements such as DGL licorice?
Supplements.: You definitely need to stop them the night before. However, you might want to consider stopping them now. If you are trying to make a diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms, the fewer complicating factors, such as the effect of any supplements or interactions that they may be having with your medications, the better. If your G.I. agrees, you could restart them after the EGD. Good luck. ...Read more
I need a recommenation for a reliable purely herbal supplement for improved and sustained sexual performance. Increases libido, longer staying power?
Sorry: Alas, there is nothing that fits this criteria; don't we all wish for something like this! my advice is to stop looking for this ideal nonexistent thing, (and don't get conned by something claiming such), and work on alternative/less than ideal solutions. ...Read more
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
By being careful: If you are taking any medicines, you need to check with your doctor before beginning supplements. Don't over do. More is not necessarily better, and is sometimes distinctly worse. On the other hand, taking too little is often worthless and ineffective. Use a reputable, good quality supplement, and follow the dosing directions exactly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very bit topic: Many herbal supplements can be beneficial to health. However, the herbal supplement industry is not well- regulated in this country. Just as with medications - herbal supplements may have contraindications, drug interactions and potential side effects. So - approach with knowledge. ...Read more
No: The federal drug administration (fda) does not test drugs or supplements. The fda evaluates research studies on medications to make sure they are effective and safe. Supplements are regulated under a separate law and don't have to be shown to be effective, but the manufacturers can't make claims about how they affect health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer