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Doctor insights on: Pre Workout Supplements Health Risks

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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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I recently bought the pre=workout supplement by Force Factor called VolcaNo. Is there any side effects or health risks I should be aware of?

I recently bought the pre=workout supplement by Force Factor called VolcaNo.  Is there any side effects or health risks I should be aware of?

Avoid use: Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, allowing unsafe products, contaminated, and ineffective products to flood our markets and harm otherwise healthy patients. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/sda/sdNavigation.cfm?filter=Volcano&sortColumn=&sd=tainted_supplements_cder&page=1&displayAll=false ...Read more

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Can taking pre workout supplements harm your health over long periods?

Can taking pre workout supplements harm your health over long periods?

Maybe (not) . . .: Really impossible to answer b/c dietary supplement industry isn't subject to 3rd party oversight. In other words, they can make just about any claim they want to convince you to purchase their product while they don't have to prove benefit or safety (unless they're caught). So whether it's safe or not is open to debate especially given all the various supplements available. ...Read more

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What pre workout supplement is best?

What pre workout supplement is best?

Depends on what the-: -workout involves. Sometimes protein & caffeine help, especially in weight training, also if it's a competition,caffeine only. Also you get more help from caffeine if you avoid it for 4-5 days. It is a stimulant that effects your heart rate an therefore increases blood to your muscles. ...Read more

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What's a good pre-workout supplement for strength and stamina?

What's a good pre-workout supplement for strength and stamina?

Carbs: Carbohydrates provide the energy needed for both strength and stamina during your workout. ...Read more

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Could you give me some information about pre-workout supplements?

Could you give me some information about pre-workout supplements?

Don't bother: Instead of using pills, try some mixed nuts and organic carrots before your workout. They are healthier and provide protein and carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Is pre workout supplements bad for people who have had a bloodclot?

Is pre workout supplements bad for people who have had a bloodclot?

Depends: Since the supplement industry is not regulated by the fda, the ingredients in supplements do not necessary have to contain what it claims or more so may have other ingredients not listed. With that said, having a blood clot does preclude you from having supplements that can affect your clotting ability, such as vitamin k. If you had a clot in the past, it is important to consult your physician. ...Read more

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Any good suggestions on cheap places to buy pre workout supplements?

Any good suggestions on cheap places to buy pre workout supplements?

Supplements: I usually recommend netrition.com or vitamin shoppe for supplements. Make sure the supplements are independently verified by a third party to ensure quality. ...Read more

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Is the pre-workout supplement C4 bad for you?

Is the pre-workout supplement C4 bad for you?

C4 pre work out: The main ingredient is creatine, which is not in itself harmful; it also contains caffeine and yohimbe, which can energize and promote tachycardia; other ingredients are generally safe ----- overall, is a safe product - don't overuse it or overdose - not safe then ...Read more

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What are some good pre workout supplements for endurance training?

What are some good pre workout supplements for endurance   training?

Depends: Most endurance training workouts are best fueled by a well balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. Having an adequate of amount of carbs is important to maximize the glycogen stores in the muscles, which provides the muscles with energy. Supplement with adequate hydration, a small of amount of protein as well. ...Read more

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Is taking a pre-workout supplement with creatine bad before running?

Is taking a pre-workout supplement with creatine bad before running?

Possibly: Depending on how far you are running. If you become extremely dehydrated during long range running, you may want to avoid taking creatine before running to avoid any renal irritation. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Taking full spectrum amino acid supplement (500 to 1000 mg) only before workout and thrice a week. Will it help recovery or useless or even harmful?

Not useless, but...: Full spectrum amino acid supplement is not harmful or uselss, but your dose is probably inadequate to do you any good. I recommend increase your dose to 5 grams per day. ...Read more

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I just purchased the pre-workout supplement "c4 extreme" and i was wondering if it has any side effects that I should be aware of? Thanks in advance.

I just purchased the pre-workout supplement "c4 extreme" and i was wondering if it has any side effects that I should be aware of? Thanks in advance.

Yes side effects: Read huffington post article about high school athletes requiring surgery for compartment syndrome. Look at ingredients of c4 extreme, if you do not understand the ingredients then avoid them. Make sure your parents aware of this supplement and ask if any family members have high blood pressure or sudden death. Please avoid taking this supplement. ...Read more

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What's a better pre workout supplement, something with yohimbine?

What's a better pre workout supplement, something with yohimbine?

Watch out!: Yohimbine is a medication that produces vasodilatation. The fda aproved its use for impotence but not as a pre-workout supplement. Anyway, there are so many otc products stating that they have yohimbine, but they don't require (for now) fda aproval. The best supplement for pre-workout is a combination of carbohydrates and proteins taken anytime between 30 minutes to 2 hours before exercise. ...Read more