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What are potential side effects of dietary supplements?

What are potential side effects of dietary supplements?

Perhaps Serious: Depending upon the supplement, heart trouble, hypertension, strokes, and kidney trouble. Good diet should eliminate the need for dietary supplements in otherwise healthy people.And if not healthy, talk to your doctor. ...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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What are the side-effects of Dietary supplements?

What are the side-effects of Dietary supplements?

Adverse effects: When consumed in high enough amounts, for a long enough time, or in combination with certain other substances, all chemicals can be toxic, including nutrients, plant components, and other biologically active ingredients. (Official US Government FDA website, accessed Oct. 2011 The worst offenders of supplement contamination cases are found among weight loss and sexual enhancement products, and sports enhancement and body building supplements (News & Events -Press Announcements, Dec. 15, 2010, from Official US Government FDA website, accessed Feb. 2011; Cohen, et al., 2014). Although herbs and botanicals oftentimes do contain essential nutrients for human life -such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids- they do consists of many other non-essential constituents, frequently in dominant ways. Because of the presence of numerous plant components which are “foreign” to the human physiology, herbs, in general, tend to be less safe than vitamins and minerals for instance. The official data corroborates that herbs and botanicals tend to generate the most adverse effects of dietary supplements (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1983-2008; GAO, 2009). The herbs kava and lobelia have a high risk of causing dietary supplement side effects, including -at large doses- coma and death, which prompted a number of countries (but not the USA) to ban their sale (GAO, 2009). Yohimbe has caused some deaths, ginseng too has been implicated with deaths (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1983-2008), and ma huang (ephedra) has been banned by the FDA in 2004 after a few people had died. In many or even most of these case, however, the herbs had not been used as indicated, or as traditionally recommended. Ma huang, for example, has been used safely for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, primarily for respiratory afflictions such as asthma, or congestive issues due to the common cold. In the cases of death involving the herb it was inappropriately used for weight loss and as a stimulant to improve athletic performance, frequently as a highly concentrated extract rather than in the form and at the safety platform of a whole herb, as traditional application suggests. (Weight loss pills frequently contain concentrated botanical extracts that may pose a serious danger This means that the relatively few cases where people experience negative effects of dietary supplements are almost always tied to products compromised in quality, or improper product use. drug-nutrient interactions tend to get underreported and minimized. According to information and data retrieved from research, nutritional supplement-drug interactions are most commonly encountered with herbs and botanicals Other examples. Calcium can lower the absorption of the antibiotic tetracycline, reducing the drug's therapeutic potential. Excessive vitamin A can cause liver damage, Excessive vitamin D can cause kidney stones and calcifications. kava and valerian act as sedatives and can increase the effects of anesthetics and other medications used during surgery.” (Official US Government FDA website, accessed Oct. 2011) Typical herbal or botanical offenders that have been identified are Ginkgo biloba, St. John's Wort, valerian, kava, garlic, saw palmetto, ginseng, ginger, willow, and fenugreek St. John's Wort can increase serotonin levels excessively when combined with certain anti-depressants, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (Peng, et al., 2004). It can also adversely interact with blood-thinning medications and other cardiovascular drugs. Because Ginkgo biloba has an anticoagulant or blood-thinning effect (decreases platelet aggregation), it could lead to adverse events of increased bleeding when combined with blood-thinning drugs. Ginseng, garlic, vitamin E also have slight anticoagulant effects. The majority of health supplement-drug interactions are of low relevance. To increase your likelihood of safety utilizing herbals there are certain common sense rules. 1. Listen to your advisor carefully and provide full disclosure of any drugs you take (over the counter as well) 2. Share with your physician or dentist all vitamins and herbal information. 3. More is not better follow the rules. 4. Watch out for discounted vitamins. Buy a high quality name brand since the FDA does not regulate the supplement industry and only steps in with serious side effects or deaths. If you compare this to the facts about drug-drug interactions you can clearly see the obvious truth about dietary supplements and drug interactions are uncommon. (rather than the misleading anti-supplement propaganda). Stevan Cordas DO MPH Associate Clinical Professor UNTHSC TCOM Fort Worth ...Read more

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What are potential side effects of dietary supplements?

Perhaps Serious: Depending upon the supplement, heart trouble, hypertension, strokes, and kidney trouble. Good diet should eliminate the need for dietary supplements in otherwise healthy people.And if not healthy, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are slo-niacin dietary supplements used for? Any side effects?

What are slo-niacin dietary supplements used for? Any side effects?

Triglicerides: Slow niacin is a medication and NOT a dietary supplement. It does improve lipid profile by diminishing triglycerides and improving HDL (good) cholesterol mildly. HOWEVER: niacin does NOT improve chances of patients getting stokes, heart attacks or dying. Niacin is sometimes difficult to take due to side efects as flushing that can be severe ...Read more

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What are the side effects of consuming spirulina tablets, as a dietary supplement?

What are the side effects of consuming spirulina tablets, as a dietary supplement?

See details: Spirulina is an algae rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. Reported side effects include rashes, GI gas and bloating, mild fevers, green stools and sleepiness. ...Read more

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Pretty slim dietary supplement Is it safe and Is there side effects if I'm sensitive to things?

Pretty slim dietary supplement
Is it safe and Is there side effects if I'm sensitive to things?

Do you need them?: Safety all depends on the supplement (if it even IS what it says it is!) and dose. If you are pretty slim, dietary supplements are probably not necessary and there are almost always side effects to anything. So try getting a bit more exercise, try MyFitnessPartner app, and making healthier food choices instead of pills. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are there negative side effects of deca-drol max? It is a non-methylated anabolic complex dietary supplement? Should a guy take these daily?

Are there negative side effects of deca-drol max? It is a non-methylated anabolic complex dietary supplement? Should a guy take these daily?

Don't do that!: None of these anabolic substances are safe. You will experience several unwanted side effects, such as testicular atrophy, acne, anxiety, depression, and cancer risks. No such substance should ever be used except in certain deficient patients under a doctor's care. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some side effects for green tea fat burner dietary supplement , 90ct?

Please tell me what are some side effects for green tea fat burner dietary supplement , 90ct?

Green Tea is likely: safe for most adults. For more info, see: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-960-green%20tea.aspx?activeingredientid=960&activeingredientname=green%20tea ...Read more

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Can there be any diet supplement i can take without side effects on my skin?

Can there be any diet supplement i can take without side effects on my skin?

Why take anything?: What do you want to achieve? Why take supplements for the sake of taking something. In that context they have little value and you are wasting money. ...Read more

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Can the diet supplement hoodia really suppress appetite? Normal to have migraines or severe side effects from this?

Can the diet supplement hoodia really suppress appetite? Normal to have migraines or severe side effects from this?

CAREFUL: Some diet pills are dangerous. Best is portion control and little exercise, or carbs only for breakfast and not for lunch and dinner, wt watcher good. ...Read more

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Can dietary supplements be safe?

Can dietary supplements be safe?

Yes: The body's biochemical processes need vitamins & minerals to work properly. Much of our grocery store food no longer contains the same levels of nutrients due to changes in farming. Environmental issues such as stress can cause a decrease in nutrients. Unless eating all organic food, supplements may be necessary and safe. ...Read more

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Do dietary supplements actually help?

If deficient: If you have a known deficiency and can't address it with whole foods due to allergies or other problems then a specific supplement may be of value. Otherwise do not take any without the advice of a doctor as an increasing number of supplements are associated with harm. ...Read more

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Is it important to take dietary supplements?

Supplements: Dietary supplements can be safe and helpful, but check for potential interactions with your meds, foods, and other vitamins and supplements. ...Read more

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How do you healthily use dietary supplements?

How do you healthily use dietary supplements?

In moderation: The best way to get your proper vitamins and minerals is to eat a well balanced diet loaded with raw fruits and veggies. I know this is not always easy to do but i would use man made vitamins only if necessary. A diet rich in fish also gives you the necessary vitamin d and omega 3 that our bodies need. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dietary supplements?

What is the definition or description of: dietary supplements?

Vitamins/minerals: Anything that you take other than the usual meals are dietary supplements. Many people are taking supplementary vitamins and minerals because our diets today are so artificial. God-made food contains these essential non-caloric nutrients and that is what we should be eating. ...Read more

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Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Expired medications: Dietary supplements that have an expiration date on them should be discarded. The chemical nature of any medication or supplement can change over time including the additives to that product. ...Read more

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Are dietary supplements advised for children ?

Are dietary supplements advised for children ?

Yes: Vitamin d is recommended for infants who are exclusively breastfed. Iron is recommended if your tot's hemoglobin level is too low at the 12 month check up. For a healthy, normally developing kid who's being offered a variety of healthy food, little else is needed. However, things like lactose intolerance, certain medical conditions & food allergies might make supplementation necessary. Ask your md. ...Read more

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Are there any good dietary supplements for porphyria?

Adjuncts only: The key to managing porphyria is educating yourself, learning how to avoid attacks, and becoming more familiar with your illness than a specialist physician. You can do this. The worst place to learn about porphyria is from people who are trying to sell you supplements, or blogs with testimonials that are likely to be misguided or even fake. Start with sites intended for physicians. Be discerning. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dietary Supplements (Definition)

Anything that you take other than the usual meals are dietary supplements. Many people are taking supplementary vitamins and minerals because our diets today are so artificial. God-made food contains these essential non-caloric nutrients and that is what ...Read more