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Is Shaklee supplement products really work?

Is Shaklee supplement products really work?

Save your money: If you are pregnant eat a healthy diet. OK to take a generic multivitamin and folic acid. No need to spend money on these sort of products. ...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 spirulina supplement good?

Is spirulina supplement good?

Not especially: Spirulina is blue-green algae found in salt water and some fresh water lakes. It is a source of protein, B-vitamins and iron. Some have promoted it as a weight loss or fatigue treatment but there isn't much scientific evidence to support great effectiveness for blue-green algae supplements. It is no better than meat, fish or milk as a source of protein, but is much more expensive per gram. ...Read more

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Is mega men sport supplement safe?

Is mega men sport supplement safe?

Has side effects: Contains cartinine and too much can cause diarrhea itching and rashes are common nausea in some which may be due to pantothenic acid or vit b5 as mega men contains 5 times the daily recommended dose high intake of b6 which is 2500% of daily requirement in two capsules is known to cause nerve damage too much vitamin a which is in high level can cause dizziness and headache watch for side effects. ...Read more

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My glucosamine supplement runs $50 monthly. can I buy human supplements to substitute?

My glucosamine supplement runs $50 monthly. can I buy human supplements to substitute?

Go to Costco: Glucosamine is.much cheaper than what you pay at the big box. stores and comes in several forms. Shop around. ...Read more

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Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement safe for gout users?

Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? 
Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement  safe for gout users?

None will effect gou: Gout is related to URIC ACID and PURINES, not amino acids or protein supplements. BUT, since everything you mention is a complete waste of money, why bother to ask? There are meds used to control gout in different ways. Low dose aspirin and thiazide diuretics tend to raise uric acid levels. Alcohol, especially in large amounts, often causes attacks. Low purine diets are slightly effective. ...Read more

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What dietry supplements work?

What dietry supplements work?

Thousands: This is like asking what medicines work? There are thousand of dietary supplements containing a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, superfood extracts & herbs. Of course some are much higher quality than others & what "works" for one person may not work for someone else- it depends on your needs. But most of these "work" for at least some & many have remarkable benefits. ...Read more

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Which antioxidants vitamins or herbs supplement is safe to eat ???

Which antioxidants vitamins or herbs supplement is safe to eat ???

Multivitamins: are like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 per cent above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. Ask about a specific condition or supplement ...Read more

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Is it worth buying supplements to promote leptins?

Is it worth buying supplements to promote leptins?

Probably not: I am not aware of supplements that increase leptin. Weight gain increases leptin, and weight loss decreases it. I would not believe a testimonial that made these claims. ...Read more

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Are jamieson supplements any good ?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

NO!: I strongly advise everyone take a quality multivitamin as the vast majority of americans don't get adequate vitamins & minerals from their diet, but vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Fruits & veggies have a complex mix of hundreds of phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonols & anthocyanins that aren't found in vitamin supplements. Eat fruits/veggies of all colors for good health! ...Read more

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Is amway nutrilite protein powder good as diatery supplement ?

Is amway nutrilite protein powder good as diatery supplement ?

Better available: It is ok but i think you can do much better. My concerns: the main ingredients are soy and milk protein. Almost all soy these days is gmo unless it is organic & there is evidence this is unsafe. Milk is mostly from cows fed gmo corn & soy unless organic. Amway does not use organic sources. A much better protein powder is whey cool from grass-fed cows. Also take a good multivitamin. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

Yes,really can if...: A good multivit. can help you feel better if, like well over 90% of Americans, you're deficient in one or more vitamins or minerals. Even if you don't feel better a good multivit. can boost your immune system & help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. However, it is important to choose a good one. See http://bit.ly/18XyuLe & http://bit.ly/1b36cQ0 & my comment: ...Read more

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Does the trader joes very green dietary supplement work?

Does the trader joes very green dietary supplement work?

HealthTap Doctors: are not allowed to recommend any specific brands of products. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Are vitamin tablets vegetarian friendly?

Are vitamin tablets vegetarian friendly?

Some are, some not: Vitamins tend to be mostly vegetarian, but some contain animal-derived products, especially vitamin a which may come from fish oil. Also, some vitamins are in gelatin-based gel-caps. Read the ingredients and avoid gel-caps. A quality multivitamin will usually state on the label if it is appropriate for vegetarians. ...Read more

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Do bluevera supplements actually work?

Do bluevera supplements actually work?

Overall, Yes: Bluevera is an omega-3 supplement containing 400 mg of dha+epa per capsule. Use of omega-3 supplements can be helpful as part of a strategy to maintain good vascular health, with 1 gram of dha+epa advised daily. 1 gram of dha+epa dialy has been shown to decrease sudden death due to arrhythmia. Also, for every 1 gram of dha+epa taken, triglycerides decline 5-10%. ...Read more

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Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Probiotics: Yes, can be healthy, especially if you are taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do testosterone boosting supplements really work?

Do testosterone boosting supplements really work?

No: There are no legitimate studies that show that any of these otc supplements do anything beneficial for you. It is an unregulated multi-billion dollar business based on faith. ...Read more

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What are horsetail supplements beneficial for?

What are horsetail supplements beneficial for?

Wounds, immune suppo: Horsetail (equisetum) is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Ancient greeks used it to treat wounds. Long track record of use for various conditions, but not many studies. It is generally safe when taken short term and in moderation. It does contain nicotine, so keep away from pregnant women and from children. ...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