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Can I still take B12 supplement injections if they are expired?

Can I still take B12 supplement injections if they are expired?

Check w/ pharmacist: How expired are the injections? What is the solution they are in? Sometimes products are ok to use after the expiration date for a short time but less potent. ...Read more

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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My calcium gummie supplements expired on jan 2013. Is it dangerous to take them now?

My calcium gummie supplements expired on jan 2013. Is it dangerous to take them now?

No: Contrary to popular opinion, most supplements to not go bad at the stroke of midnight on the day they expire.
With medications you may get decreased efficacy, and reduced potency in supplements is possible, but they do not turn into poison. ...Read more

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Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Expired medications: Dietary supplements that have an expiration date on them should be discarded. The chemical nature of any medication or supplement can change over time including the additives to that product. ...Read more

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I have a walmart brand natural supplement for metabolism support that just expired 06/2013. Is it safe to take?

I have a walmart brand natural supplement for metabolism support that just expired 06/2013. Is it safe to take?

Probably: Expiration dates on both drugs and supplements tend to be rather arbitrary and most of these are probably still safe to take a year or longer past the expiration date. Over time they may lose some of their potency but it is unlikely taking them would do any harm. A supplement just a few months past expiration is likely perfectly fine. ...Read more

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I have a bottle of calcium supplements & on the bottle I read that they expired 07/13. Should I throw them away or are they still good?

I have a bottle of calcium  supplements & on the bottle I read that they expired 07/13. Should I throw them away or are they still good?

Get a new one: They would probably not hurt you if you took them, but they may not be as effective as a new bottle. It is best to throw them out and get a new bottle. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to take expired protein supplements (powder)?

Is it a bad idea to take expired protein supplements (powder)?

Yes: Substances, whether grown in a field or created in a laboratory or factory, change over time. They can lose potency, and/or they can lose nutrient value. The expiration date is the outer edge of when the manufacturer will guarantee potency and/or nutrient value. Beyond that time, you may be taking something that will either not have the desired effect or possibly have a negative one. ...Read more

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Supplements to gain weight?

Supplements to gain weight?

See below: If you want to gain weight start by changing your diet and exercise plan. You'll gain weight if you're consuming more calories than you're burning. Do not choose junk food. Make sure you're getting all your necessary nutrients in calorie rich food. Also, by weight lifting you can increase your muscle mass. If these changes aren't working after several weeks, see your doctor for a specialized plan. ...Read more

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What are suma supplements for?

What are suma supplements for?

Ginseng: Suma is ginseng- it is used to help the body adapt to stress by iimproving the immune system. It also has been used in cancer and tumors, diabetes, wound healing, and other skin problems, more evidnce is needed to rate the effectiveness of suma for these uses. ...Read more

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Are P90X supplements effective?

Which ones?: There are multiple p90x supplements -- from multivitamin to other products. From a scan of the multivitamin label, it looks like a decent product but does not provide enough vit d, and does not specify on the vit a how much is pre-formed and how much is in the form of beta-carotene. Whether the rest of their offerings are "effective" depends on what you're seeking & which products you mean. ...Read more

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What are neem supplements role?

What are neem supplements role?

Neem supplements: Neem is a tree, and the bark, leaves, and seeds are used to make medicines. Some research indicates it can help with gingivitis (gum inflammation), and stomach & intestinal ulcers. There are other uses that need more research -- such as for malaria, worms, head lice, birth control, etc. ...Read more

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What supplements should I take?

What supplements should I take?

It depends: It depends on your needs and goals -- which you have not supplied here. For a personalized consultation, you could see a physician familiar with nutrition and integrative medicine. http://www.abihm.org/. ...Read more

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What's a good supplement to take?

What's a good supplement to take?

For what use?: One needs to know what the need and intended use is, before thinking about a "good supplement." then you also need to think about safety, along with other medications you might be on or conditions you may have. That said, the most widely used type of supplement is usually a good multivitamin. Even this needs individualization, though, as not everyone can -- or should -- take the same one. ...Read more

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Can any supplements boost immunity?

Can any supplements boost immunity?

MANY proven to help!: Research shows that vitamins a, b complex (esp. B6, B12 & folic acid) c, d, e & k all enhance immune function. Bioflavonoids & minerals like zinc are also important for immune function. Many herbs like astragalus, ashwagandha, andrographis & medicinal mushrooms like coriolus help. Proboost thymus hormone works well. I recommend the book the road to immunity by kenneth bock md for detailed info. ...Read more

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What supplement helps nerve growth?

What supplement helps nerve growth?

Likely the B's: We have a medical food, metanx, which does seem to help diabetics with small fiber neuropathies, and increases fibre density after many months. Contains biologically active folate, (folic acid) b-6, and b-12. May not be needed in normal well nourished patients. ...Read more

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What other supplements are helpful?

What other supplements are helpful?

Probiotics: Probiotic supplements are great for healthy digestion and to maintain a healthy immune system. They help with diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, belly aches, eczema, and possibly allergies, asthma, and other conditions. If your kids has any of the conditions listed above, or just to help maintain optimal health, than a probiotic supplement is a good idea. ...Read more

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Are jamieson supplements any good ?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What are mangosteen supplements for?

What are mangosteen supplements for?

It taste good: Mangosteen is a fruit grown in thailand.
At this point almost all studies have been done in a laboratory and there is little human research to indicate how mangosteen supplements or juice, by itself, would influence the prevention or how it would be useful in the treatment of various cancers, including breast, lung, and liver. ...Read more

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