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What are the benefits of taking the vitamin kelp?

What are the benefits of taking the vitamin kelp?

Iodine: You are paying to eat dried green-brown seaweed. Kelp is not a vitamin, but it's got plenty of iodine in it, which is good especially if you life in a country where they don't iodize salt or you don't get iodine for whatever reason. Don't spend too much money on this or any other supplement; you're better off especially at your age building physical fitness. ...Read more

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I have been reading up on the benefits of Alfalfa supplements. I have high cholesterol and stage 3 Glomerulosclerosis and High BP. Should I use it?

I have been reading up on the benefits of Alfalfa supplements. I have high cholesterol and stage 3 Glomerulosclerosis and High BP. Should I use it?

It's placebo: Hi. Alfalfa is placebo, but probably harmless. Don't neglect to use real medicine for your hypertension and dyslipidemia. Placebos are fine for the "worried well" (of which there are many). However, you have REAL medical problems, and I suggest you stick with drugs shown to be effective and safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does alfalfa have estrogen?

Does alfalfa have estrogen?

No, but...: ...Alfalfa contains isoflavones which have a low and variable degree of estrogen like activity in animal models. One would have to consume a lot of alfalfa to have much of an effect, and there are side effects associated with this supplement which would need to be seriously considered first. ...Read more

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Does soy in alfalfa powder affect males?

Does soy in alfalfa powder affect males?

TheJoyOfSoyForTheBoy: Yes, the male cows fed them: they grow bigger. As for you, if you're worried about the estrogen effects of soy isoflavones, I wouldn't.You'd have to eat a cow's worth every day and even then, it's doubrful you'd soon be buying lipstick. Humans metabolize them efficiently and there aren't many legit studies that demonstrate much of a problem. Eat in moderation- and let me know if your bra size changes. ...Read more

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How can alfalfa help with prostate problems?

How can alfalfa help with prostate problems?

Unproved, but...: Alfalfa has been touted to contain numerous important nutrients benefitting overall health with prostate issues included, but its long-term values yet remains to be seen. So, you may try it for 3-6 months and see if money allows. Remember anything happens to use is always not just a process of lifelong making but a results from multiple factors, among them aging is the chief culprit. ...Read more

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How much iodine is in 1.25 mg of kelp powder?

How much iodine is in 1.25 mg of kelp powder?

Label: Check the label on the package it should give you an estimate. Since supplements such as this are not FDA regulated you never really know what is in them. Kelp is another name for seaweed. A good source of iodine. ...Read more

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What are kelp capsules good for? Losing weight?

What are kelp capsules good for? Losing weight?

Source of iodine: Kelp is an excellent source of trace minerals, esp. Iodine. If one is deficient in iodine it can cause hypothyroidism which can cause weight gain, so if one is overweight and hypothyroid due to iodine deficiency then iodine can stimulate your thyroid and help weight loss. For more on kelp see http://www. Drlwilson. Com/articles/kelp. Htm. ...Read more

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Is alfalfa powder bad for males since it obtains estrogen?

Not bad,: Just worthless. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. It's a very expensive way to get a common and inexpensive grain into your diet. ...Read more

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What is kelp used for in medicine and what are the side effects?

What is kelp used for in medicine and what are the side effects?

It really: Has no use....today...it contains Iodine so was used years ago to treat certain THYROID problems

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I take Rivaroxaban with a 150 mg tablet of Kelp twice a day Thanks?

Can I take Rivaroxaban with a 150 mg tablet of Kelp twice a day Thanks?

Yes: How much kelp do you take? There have been cases of iodine toxicity associated with too much seaweed. There is no known contraindication to taking kelp with your anticoagulant. ...Read more

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Is it bad for men to eat alfalfa food or powders because of estrogen in it?

Is it bad for men to eat alfalfa food or powders because of estrogen in it?

Forgive my frankness: You will be told at various times by "environmentally conscious persons" that estrogens in the diet and the environment are ruining humankind and other living things, and that "phytoestrogens" are also extremely good for you. After 30 years, I'm totally unimpressed, and most of the claims have fizzled scientifically. Others here may disagree, but I say eat what you wish. ...Read more

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Why were alfalfa sprouts yanked from a lot of markets and restaurants? I loved them.

Why were alfalfa sprouts yanked from a lot of markets and restaurants? I loved them.

Contamination: There have been problems with salmonella and listeria food poisoning, unfortunately. The same moist, warm conditions you need to grow sprouts can be similarly luscious for bacteria to grow too. You can grow your own at home, but be very careful to keep things clean. . ...Read more

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I took to kelp tablets in one day now I have severe diarehha and I do not feel well. Is there anything I should be doing?

I took to kelp tablets in one day now I have severe diarehha and I do not feel well. Is there anything I should be doing?

Stop: Don't take any more kelp tablets. If diarrhea continues for more than 2 days, call your primary doctor. Until diarrhea resolves, stick to clear liquids and bland foods like rice, apple sauce, etc. Avoid high fiber and high fat. ...Read more

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What are alfalfa supplements?

What are alfalfa supplements?

An herb supplement: Alfalfa is used to treat kindney and prostate conditions and increase urine flow. It is also used for high cholesterol, asthma, osteoarthritis, diabetes and upset stomach. It seems to prevent cholesterol absorption in the gut. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for alfalfa supplements for?

What are the warnings for alfalfa supplements for?

Seed unsafe longterm: The seeds are unsafe longterm and may cause reactions similar to the autoimmune disease lupus. It may also cause the skin to become sensitive to the sun. It is unsafee to use during pregnancy and breast feeding because of its estrogen like effect. Autoimmune diseases might flare up from taking alfalfa.Hormone sensitive conditons as breast, uterine, ovarian, cancer and endometriosis might worsen. ...Read more

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Should I take sea kelp tablets?

Should I take sea kelp tablets?

Endocrinologist: Do you have a specific thyroid problem? If so, I would address this with your endocrinologist. When it comes to endocrinologic health problems I think it is definately better to take medications which have been standardized and researched adequately. ...Read more

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Are alfalfa products bad for males?

Are alfalfa products bad for males?

This: Has potential side effects. Fatigue, itch, possible vit k side effects. To name a few. No direct issues with males. That I saw. Call your doctor before you start any supplements ...Read more

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What must one know before using alfalfa?

What must one know before using alfalfa?

Good stuff...: One cup of alfalfa sprouts is only 8 calories. It has 0.6 grams of dietary fiber.
Alfalfa sprouts contain l-cavanine which could potentially cause a person with lupus to flare. There have been reports of incidents of contamination of alfalfa sprouts w e.Coli, listeria & salmonella. It may reduce effectiveness of blood thinning agents & estrogenic activity might impact hormone therapies. ...Read more

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What is the problem with eating alfalfa sprouts?

What is the problem with eating alfalfa sprouts?

Alfalfa sprouts: Alfalfa sprouts are high in protein and easily digestible, making them a good food. I am not aware of any problems with eating them, as long as they are fresh and have not spoiled. ...Read more

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How much sea kelp can a person take without overdosing?

How much sea kelp can a person take without overdosing?

Dubious supplement: Sea kelp is a widely-promoted "natural" source of iodine; unless you live in a part of the world where iodized salt is unavailable, there's no reason to supplement. The kelp concentrates environmental arsenic heavily but there's no reports of anybody becoming acutely ill. Taking lots of iodine can unmask hyperthyroidism. Talk with your physician. ...Read more

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Is there anything bad about eating kelp that I should be aware of?

Is there anything bad about eating kelp that I should be aware of?

No: The japanese eat it all the time because of its iodine content. However be sure that your source is a good one. ...Read more

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Sea kelp and t4, is this okay?

Sea kelp and t4, is this okay?

Kelp: Regrettably Yes and No! As far as I can gather no immediate harm would happen to your thyroid in the short term - provided of course that your thyroid is working properly. If you a taking any form of a thyroid med - for either under-active or over-active thyroid activity I would recommend you stay away from synthroid (thyroxine). It is worth spending some time at the library or on the web to get more info. ...Read more

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Do alfalfa leaves contain retinol?

Do alfalfa leaves contain retinol?

It shouldn't: Retinol is an animal based Vitamin A. Alfalfa contains plant based precursors in the vitamin A family called carotenoids. ...Read more

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Could zinc and kelp eliminate body odor?

Could zinc and kelp eliminate body odor?

No: There is a 'pop' claim that mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants cause cancer, alzheimer's, and everything else, and that you need to use some 'natural holistic' stuff instead. It's bunk, made up for people who want to 'be close to nature' or whatever. Right or wrong, you can lose your job if your armpits stink, and they won't tell you why. You'll be sorry. ...Read more

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I use alfalfa supplements to stimulate appetite. Is this safe?

I use alfalfa supplements to stimulate appetite. Is this safe?

Yes it is safe: It is not clear if effective, but not harmful. ...Read more

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Are alfalfa supplements (capsules) safe to take? Around 4 grams a day?

Are alfalfa supplements (capsules) safe to take? Around 4 grams a day?

Probably safe but...: Alfalfa is a field plant that can be cultivated to feed livestock or grow wild as a weed. If you believed all (or it seems to me any) of the therapeutic claims made by folks selling it, you'd be reading uncritically. The big concern is an unusual Amino Acid in alfalfa which in non-human animals is used in a model of lupus. Whether alfalfa really causes lupus in humans is unclear. ...Read more

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Could zinc and kelp eliminate body odor when taking at the same time?

Could zinc and kelp eliminate body odor when taking at the same time?

At your own risk man: There is a 'pop' claim that mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants cause cancer, alzheimer's, and everything else, and that you need to use some 'natural holistic' stuff instead. It's bunk, made up for people who want to 'be close to nature' or whatever. Right or wrong, you can lose your job if your armpits stink, and they won't tell you why. You'll be sorry. ...Read more

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I have been taking alfalfa supplements to stimulate appetite to help gain weight. Is this safe? Could I get sick?

I have been taking alfalfa supplements to stimulate appetite to help gain weight. Is this safe? Could I get sick?

Careful: Alfalfa sprouts, even organic, are commonly contaminated with salmonella. Np good evidence that alfalfa stimulates appetite, but if you think it works, it does. Would try something else. ...Read more

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How long should I stop consuming alfalfa leaf before sun exposure? I only take around 300 mg pill per day and my honey moon is next month

How long should I stop consuming alfalfa leaf before sun exposure? I only take around 300 mg pill per day and my honey moon is next month

Stop now: Alfalfa sprouts and extracts are used to treat a number of conditions (high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes etc). Prolonged use can lead to sun sensitivity and an auto immune condition similar to lupus, you should stop now. This will ensure that it is completely cleared from your system. In addition remember to use a sun screen, applying every 2 hours to provide maximum protection. ...Read more

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I took way too much kelp powder for about 2 wks. Got tired, weak, achey, out of sorts. Have stopped it - how long till I feel better again?

I took way too much kelp powder for about 2 wks. Got tired, weak, achey, out of sorts. Have stopped it - how long till I feel better again?

Since Kelp: Contains significant levels of IODINE it may have had an effect on your THYROID hormone production...that effect can last for a while and I would consult your PCP (POrimary Care Provider) and perhaps have some thyroid function tests to see if that's what is effecting your energy levels!

Just a thought. Hope it helps!
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I am taking levofloxacin 750 mg and I took one dosage of alfalfa (3 capsules) not realizing that they might not be able to be mixed. Will this be okay?

I am taking levofloxacin 750 mg and I took one dosage of alfalfa (3 capsules) not realizing that they might not be able to be mixed. Will this be okay?

A SINGLE dose: Of any antibiotic can be reduced or omitted without any effect on the infection or its resolution. Just continue taking as directed!

Good Luck
Hope this helps!

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Islandic kelp. Good for thyroid?

Kelp and thyroid: There is a lot of misinformation about the benefits of using iodine containing supplements and the thyroid. Though iodine is important in the creation of thyroid hormone iodine deficiency in the US is rare. I have seen more thyroid problems in patients taking kelp because of the high iodine content. In some people too much iodine can cause either over active or under active thyroid problems ...Read more