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Kelp And Alfalfa Benefits
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
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
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
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
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
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
No: You will have a nasty kelp stool ball but otherwise ok. ...Read more
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
Little estrogen?: Not sure that's true. It can reduce immune e responses. Minimize its use ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
Kelp: What work are you looking for. K will go up in a few minutes. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes it is safe: It is not clear if effective, but not harmful. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Unless you have an allergy no interactions with alfalfa and thyroid. ...Read more
I have been taking alfalfa supplements to stimulate appetite to help gain weight. Is this safe? Could I get sick?
I've been taking a 225mcg of kelp daily for 30 days. The past two weeks I'm having trouble quenching my thirst. Could this be related?
Kelp and thirst: Possibly related. Try stopping kelp and see if it makes any difference. ...Read more
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
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?
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!
Dr Z ...Read more
I am borderline iodine deficient. My level is 47 mcg. To efficiently restore levels do you recommend lugos, ladoral, or kelp? What is a good dosage?
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?
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