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Is Biotin An Antioxidant
Yes: Niacin is used as an antioxidant and in the treatment of nutritional deficiencies. While Niacin is well known for preventing pellagra, it is only in the past 15 to 20 years that other medicinal uses for this common vitamin have emerged.? it is also used to treat low hdl- good cholesterol. ...Read more
Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more
Possibly: Research is limited but many women report that high doses of vitamin c (500 mg an hour) for several days taken in early pregnancy induces miscarriage. Thus, if one wants to avoid miscarriage then avoid high doses of c in early pregnancy. If one wishes to induce miscarriage it is safe to try but probably works less than 50% of the time. See http://www.Sisterzeus.Com/vit_c_ab.Html for more info. ...Read more
Doubt it: There are many people out there, selling a variety of "antioxidants". Such products are not fda approved medicines, so their effects and side effects are not well known when real-life people take them. It is safer to just eat a healthy diet containing natural fruits and natural vegetables, plus good proteins & healthier fats. ...Read more
Is beta carotene an effective anti aging skin care ingredient since it also converts to vitamin a? Is it safe for nursing moms?
Not in pill form: Beta-carotene can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. It is wise to include such vegetables in your diet. However, don't take beta-carotene in pill form as a major study showed it could be harmful. As a cream, it is helpful for the skin in certain forms. Discuss with a dermatologist the best product for you. The best anti-aging for skin is protection from sun damage. ...Read more
Univ of California,: Berkeley's school of public health note: flavonoids become dangerous at the high doses available in some supplements. Dietary intake is best source. Develop meal plan rich in whole foods containing nutrients including flavonoids and you will enjoy better health. Sources: apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, pinto beans, tomatoes. ...Read more
Placebo response: Every medication and/or supplement invokes a placebo or nocebo response -- meaning the patient has expectations about positive or negative effects. This does not mean the medication or supplement has no physiological effect. A cochrane review on ganoderma (reishi) mushrooms did not support their use as first-line cancer treatment, or in long-term cancer treatment. http://tinyurl.com/n4cxxfm. ...Read more
Improve mental funct: Caffeine has been shown to improve mental function. It is not necessary without its side affects. It can increase your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, make you jittery and nervous. So it should be taken in moderation. Caffeine also has a slight addiction rate and you can experience migraines/headaches as withdrawl symptoms. ...Read more
My multivitamin has 15 mcg of biotin. Would it be okay to take an additional biotin supplement with 1000 mcg? Or is that too much?
Totally safe but...: It is totally safe to take; no toxic doses are known and research on doses of 16, 000 mcg/day safely lowers blood sugar in diabetics: http://lpi.Oregonstate.Edu/infocenter/vitamins/biotin/ biotin is found in many foods ; deficiency is rare. Deficiency causes problems with hair ; nails but it's not yet proven that large amounts help more than small amounts, though many try it for this. ...Read more
Depends: Although cla has been shown to lead to weight loss, most of the supplements sold in the us are synthetic and have a mixture of the natural form and the synthetic form of cla. The synthetic form may have adverse side effects; the research is note uniform. The best source for natural cla is from grass fed cows: whole milk or yogurt and the meat. Cla has also been shown to have anticancer effects. ...Read more
Is it true the h1n1 vaccine is banned in some countries? Is it also true that it contains thermerisol , beta propiolactone, neomycin sulfate, & more?
Depends: Most of the h1n1 vaccines do not contain thimerosal: http://www.Fda.Gov/biologicsbloodvaccines/vaccines/questionsaboutvaccines/ucm186102.Htm even those that due contain it in such low amounts the risk of the influenza is much greater than any risk of side effects from the thimerosal. ...Read more