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Licorice Root Side Effects
Beetroots: 1/2 cup of beetroots contains 37 calories and 1.7 grams of fiber. May loose the fiber when it is juiced. It contains folate, (folic acid) Iron, vitamin C & antioxidants. Studies show it can be beneficial in lowering blood pressure (through nitric oxide) & ^'ing stamina. Potential side effects - it may turn stool & /or urine red. Beets have high oxalate concentration - this can impact kidney stones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more
I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? is there a downside to doing so? are there any side effects?
Valerian: Hi, the side effects include headache, irritability and sluggishness in the morning for some people, have you tried sleep hygiene, like: No TV in bedroom, no book in the bed, use bedroom just for sex and sleep, leave the bed if you don't fall asleep after 15-30 min, try to watch a calming movie, reading a relaxing book, have a cup of warm milk, do not exercise late at night, etc. ...Read more
Could supllement nettle root cause side effects on brain ( if it is used for a long time)?and is it possible to associate it with minoxidil 5%?
Probably not: Probably not the cause of your mental condition. OK to use at same time as topical minoxidil. Known as a TNF inhibitor and used for prostate enlargement, though the real world effects are mostly placebo. Save your money and discard the nettle root. See a physician for your mental changes. Do you sleep well? Are you depressed? Are you worried? ...Read more
I have a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD and want to take a herbal supplement called maca root to boost energy and help with some side effects of iud. Is this a safe mix?
Should Be OK: Maca root contains more than 50µg of iodine, which worsens the side effects of thyroid disease. People with thyroid diseases are warned not to eat maca root. Otherwise, like any supplement, use it as directed & let your doc know that you are using this to ensure no interaction with any other meds. It will not affect your Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud reliability. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well...weight gain.: Usual weight gain supplements are just a concentrated form of calories - carbohydrates, protein and fat. Some have upwards of 1000 calories per shake - some even more. So the issue becomes weight gain, not the good kind, if you're not using those extra calories. If your activity level does not counterbalance the increase in calories, you'll gain weight, but not healthy weight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: No drug is completely devoid of side effects. Often they are very mild to a point of not being noticed. People react differently to the same drugs. This may be caused by our genetic makeup, other diseases or a variety of reasons. If you have questions about your medications, discuss them with your physician or pharmacist. ...Read more
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