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Are alfalfa supplements(capsules) safe to take? Around 4 grams a day?

Are alfalfa supplements(capsules) safe to take? Around 4 grams a day?

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

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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Are things found in supplement capsules bad for you? i'm thinking cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica and gelatin.

Are things found in supplement capsules bad for you? i'm thinking cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica and gelatin.

Not useful: The so-called supplement capsule are not and will not do any good for you, other than lightening your wallet. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to use "pure cordyceps capsules" supplement for regular person and person with kidney problems? Thank you "pure cordyceps capsules" aloha medicinal inc.

Would it be safe to use "pure cordyceps capsules" supplement  for regular person and person with kidney problems?
Thank you "pure cordyceps capsules" aloha medicinal inc.

This : This is an unregulated over the counter supplement that has not been tested or approved by the fda. There's no way to know whether it has any medicinal value or whether it is safe to use in any patient, much less in someone with kidney problems. ...Read more

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Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?

Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?

Anemia: If your doctor put you on it, yes it is suggested for anemia. Make sure you did se your docotr and your had blood tests that made the diagnosis of the deficiency. ...Read more

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I know that tablet based supplements don't always dissolve completely for body to absorb, but what about capsules? Are all capsules USP by default?

I know that tablet based supplements don't always dissolve completely for body to absorb, but what about capsules? Are all capsules USP by default?

Depends: Not all capsules are usp. If you go to the health food store you can buy/find empty capsules that you could stuff with something like an herb or a powder.. This capsule you made will not undergo vigorous scientific testing or pass all the requirements. You will not be able to figure out exactly how your body will absorb it. So the message is read the fine print on whatever tablet/capsule you take. ...Read more

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Supplements to gain weight?

Supplements to gain weight?

See below: If you want to gain weight start by changing your diet and exercise plan. You'll gain weight if you're consuming more calories than you're burning. Do not choose junk food. Make sure you're getting all your necessary nutrients in calorie rich food. Also, by weight lifting you can increase your muscle mass. If these changes aren't working after several weeks, see your doctor for a specialized plan. ...Read more

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What are suma supplements for?

What are suma supplements for?

Ginseng: Suma is ginseng- it is used to help the body adapt to stress by iimproving the immune system. It also has been used in cancer and tumors, diabetes, wound healing, and other skin problems, more evidnce is needed to rate the effectiveness of suma for these uses. ...Read more

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Are P90X supplements effective?

Are P90X supplements effective?

Which ones?: There are multiple p90x supplements -- from multivitamin to other products. From a scan of the multivitamin label, it looks like a decent product but does not provide enough vit d, and does not specify on the vit a how much is pre-formed and how much is in the form of beta-carotene. Whether the rest of their offerings are "effective" depends on what you're seeking & which products you mean. ...Read more

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What are neem supplements role?

What are neem supplements role?

Neem supplements: Neem is a tree, and the bark, leaves, and seeds are used to make medicines. Some research indicates it can help with gingivitis (gum inflammation), and stomach & intestinal ulcers. There are other uses that need more research -- such as for malaria, worms, head lice, birth control, etc. ...Read more