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Are there any natural supplements with anti-inflammatory properties but no bad side effects? If so, how do I go about choosing one that works/is safe?

Are there any natural supplements with anti-inflammatory properties but no bad side effects? If so, how do I go about choosing one that works/is safe?

No free lunch: There's no such thing as a free lunch in medicine. In other words, for any desired benefit from drug or surgery, there's always potential risk but it's not a guarantee of side effect either. OTOH, dietary supplements aren't required to warn you & thus tend to hype & mislead. Studies suggest benefit from turmeric, green tea, ginger, rosemary, cat's claw, devil's claw & willow bark (aspirin). Check ...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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Is there any anti-inflammatory supplement without "blood-thinning" side effects?

Is there any anti-inflammatory supplement without "blood-thinning" side effects?

Yed: Celebrex does not have an effect on platelets. All the other anti-inflammatory medications that are called NSAIDs like Motrin Naprosyn etc. do Tylenol is not anti-inflammatory but is analgesic and does not have blood thinning ...Read more

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What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy necessary to monitor inflammatory bowel disease ?

Is colonoscopy necessary to monitor inflammatory bowel disease ?

Can be: Depends on the type & severity of the colitis, and how long it has been present. Colonoscopy can look for disease resolution or recurrence on medical therapy, or how well the medication is working. Colonoscopy can look for changes to biopsy and watch for dysplasia or pre-cancerous changes too. ...Read more

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Im having a colonoscopy on October 14th. It says to not take iron for 2 weeks. Does that mean supplements or the food i eat?

Im having a colonoscopy on October 14th. It says to not take iron for 2 weeks. Does that mean supplements or the food i eat?

Supplements.: Iron supplements can cause your stool to be black, thick and difficult to clear. This could cause the doc to miss something or even worse to have to abort and reschedule your procedure! You wouldn't want that. ...Read more

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Can I use BCAA supplement pill when on liquid diet for colonoscopy?

BCAA: This latest addition to muscle building should not interfere with the colonoscopy, but it might be best to check with the colonoscopist and see what they advise. ...Read more

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Took 400mg of presc magnesium this am before starting colonoscopy prep. Noticed suprep has magnesium. Is it ok that i took magnesium supplement.

Probably ok: The magnesium supplement you took was probably eliminated during the bowel cleansing process, which uses a magnesium-based laxative such as magnesium citrate. The magnesium in the bowel prep isn't absorbed by the body but passes through the intestines and causes the bowel-cleansing cathartic effect. Check with your pcp or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have low iron levels 5.7, I have had a colonoscopy and gastronoscopy and there was no bleeding found. I take iron supplements but still no change. ?

Gluten: You may have gluten sensitivity, which can damage your gut cells. Damaged cells may not do a good job of absorbing the nutrients you eat. Consider taking vitamin c as this enhances iron absorption. Consider switching to a different form of iron, such as polysacaride. ...Read more

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Extremely foul b.O. From stomach? & mild heartburn. Bloodwork/colonoscopy normal. Not hygiene issue. Vitamins/supplmts, colon cleanse didn't work.

Extremely foul b.O. From stomach? & mild heartburn. Bloodwork/colonoscopy normal.  Not hygiene issue.  Vitamins/supplmts, colon cleanse didn't work.

Reflux: You may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux. This is a condition where the stomach acid level is high, causing gas and sometimes even halitosis ( bad breath). Try a trial of over the counter prilosec, 1 tablet every morning before breakfast, and see if you notices difference in 2weeks. Otherwise, seek the advice of a dietician for diet modification and your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Antiinflammatory (Definition)

Inflammation is a condition of swelling that may or may not be associated with pain. Anti-inflammatory are medications that block the cause of this condition. Medications include ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib. Steroids (cortisone) are ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more