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Is it important to take dietary supplements?

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

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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Can someone with a chemical imbalance take dietary supplements?

Can someone with a chemical imbalance take dietary supplements?

Yes: Most of us have some type of chemical imbalance or we'd all enjoy perfect health. Ideally see a holistic doc. For panic I advise magnesium-see http://bit. Ly/1dpai09
b vits. Often help, esp. B6 ; niacinamide. Many with anxiety need the l-5-mthf form of folate (folic acid).All adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day in fall ; winter. Consider fish oil, l-theanine, 5-htp, tulsi tea, ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian ; skullcap. ...Read more

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Am 18 years under weighted 45kg, planing to take dietary supplement if its good please name some supplements suitable for me?

Am 18 years under weighted 45kg, planing to take dietary supplement if its good please name some supplements suitable for me?

Questionable.: In my opinion, many dietary supplements are questionable, particularly if you are referring to powders or drinks that promise to pack on muscle, etc.

Consider eating a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey, but limiting red meat). And exercise. You will grow into your body in time. ...Read more

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Is it inadvisable to take dietary supplements with atripla?

Is it inadvisable to take dietary supplements with atripla?

Not a problem: Dietary supplements are ok to take while on atripia- just dont't take them at the same time during the day. ...Read more

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Hello I was wondering is it OK to take dietary supplements while taking levothyroxine I'm on 50mg is it safe?

Hello I was wondering is it OK to take dietary supplements while taking levothyroxine I'm on 50mg is it safe?

Yes: Levothyroxine merely supplies the level of thyroid hormone your body should be producing. It is perfectly safe to take supplements while on thyroid. See http://drrandybaker. Com/2014/01/01/multivitamins-are-not-a-waste-of-money-beware-of-flawed-studies-and-biased-conclusions/
Many on levothyroxine benefit from taking T3- see
http://tinyurl. Com/n4zmkro
& http://tinyurl. Com/63ood7 ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to take dietary supplements such as alpha lipoic acid, acetyl l-carnitine, and phosphatidylserine for parkinson's?

Is it beneficial to take dietary supplements such as alpha lipoic acid, acetyl l-carnitine, and phosphatidylserine for parkinson's?

Yes: While more research is needed, there is a good amount of science on the benefits of each of these on neurologic function. They are certainly safe to try and if I had parkinson's I would take all of those and more. See http://www. Needs. Com/product/ndnl-0404-02/l_acetyl_l_carnitine ;
http://www. Lef. Org/protocols/neurological/parkinsons_disease_03.Htm. ...Read more

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Having hair loss & unhealthy skin. Would I take b12, biotin, fe &folic a. As am trying also to conceive or better take dietary supplement only. Or both?

Having hair loss & unhealthy skin. Would I take b12, biotin, fe &folic a. As am trying also to conceive or better take dietary supplement only. Or both?

Take prenatal vits: If you are trying to get pregnant, take prenatal vits that contain all the above. Good balanced diet is always healthy and beenficial. ...Read more

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Is it really safe and recommended to take several dietary supplements a day? |

Is it really safe and recommended to take several dietary supplements a day? |

Yes: There is no way that one pill would meet all of your needs per day. Therefore, taking a multivitamin, omega 3s and probiotics routinely is suggested for most of the public. Some people will require other supplements according to their medical issues. All these supplements, however, should be directed by a knowledgeable health care professional. ...Read more

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I don't eat green vegetables. Should I take a dietary supplement in order to replace them in my diet? What should it be?

I don't eat green vegetables. Should I take a dietary supplement in order to replace them in my diet? What should it be?

No supplement: Best to just eat green vegetables. The nutrients they provide can not always be found in a supplement. Fiber can be substituted with metamucil and other products. Fruits are another good source of nutrients but should have some vegetables as well. ...Read more

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Can you take the dietary supplement addrena while on bupropion xl 150 milligrams?

Can you take the dietary supplement addrena while on bupropion xl 150 milligrams?

May be risky: Addrena is marketed as the OTC equivalent to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). It is promoted as a "natural energy supplement for mental focus." The issue of taking such supplements is that it is not monitored by the FDA in the same way as prescription medication is. Consequently, it may contain ingredients that counteract with Buproprion XL, leading to potentially dangerous adverse reactions. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I need to take a dietary supplement with zerona liposuction? My doctor says zerona works best if I take a special supplement they sell. Why? What does the supplement do? .

Why do I need to take a dietary supplement with zerona liposuction? My doctor says zerona works best if I take a special supplement they sell. Why? What does the supplement do? .

Save your money: Zerona is a non-invasive procedure that is supposed to eliminate or reduce fat. I have seen it and am honestly very unimpressed. I perform hundreds of liposuction procedures per year and this is really the only way (besides diet and exercise) to eliminate fat. If it seems too good to be true, it is. Sorry to all those who like to promote it as the best thing since sliced bread. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a dietary supplement that has all natural ingredients while I am also on Zoloft (sertraline) and concerta? Zoloft (sertraline) - 50 mg concerta- 54 mg

Is it safe to take a dietary supplement that has all natural ingredients while I am also on Zoloft (sertraline) and concerta? Zoloft (sertraline) - 50 mg concerta- 54 mg

Supplements and ADHD: Concerta is methylphenidate, a psycho-stimulant. Zoloft -sertraline- is a serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitor. Both of these meds may cause side effects (SE) by themselves -- and in combination perhaps more SEs. Depending on 'what' that supplement is could affect things further -- the FDA doesn't regulate supplements, so it depends on what the supplement contains. If in doubt, check with ur MD ...Read more

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What is the correct dosage of codliver oil capsules I should take as a dietary supplement?

What is the correct dosage of codliver oil capsules I should take as a dietary supplement?

Per WebMD: The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
For lowering triglycerides: 20 mL of cod liver oil per day.
For high cholesterol: 30 mL of cod liver oil per day.
For lowering blood pressure: 20 mL of cod liver oil per day. ...Read more

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Can I take oral collagen dietary supplements as weight loss agent to aid in preventing loose skin?

Can I take oral collagen dietary supplements as weight loss agent to aid in preventing loose skin?

Effects are debatabl: There are few studies on the effect of collagen in easing conditions like osteoarthritis.Collagen creams do nothing exept waste of your money. Only treatment with some positive effect is collagen injections
oral collagen supplements are not regulated, so you do not know what you are getting. Most collagen oral are made from cow or chicken products and can be dangerous if you have food allergies. ...Read more

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Are enzyme pills safe to take daily as a dietary supplement? What can happen if taken too much?

Are enzyme pills safe to take daily as a dietary supplement? What can happen if taken too much?

Scam: The vast majority of "enzyme pills" are bogus. This scam is especially popular in eastern europe. Enzyme replacement is very helpful for folks with pancreatic diseases such as chronic pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis. They're only placebos if you've got normal pancreatic function. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ritalin (methylphenidate) and dietary supplements together?

Is it safe to take ritalin (methylphenidate) and dietary supplements together?

Depends on supplemen: Speak to your doctor about what you intend to take with Ritalin (methylphenidate). there may or may not be a negative interaction to the combination. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Plexus Slim (a dietary supplement,) while taking Metoprolol Extended Release 25mg? I take Metoprolol to control heart palpitations.

Is it okay to take Plexus Slim (a dietary supplement,) while taking Metoprolol Extended Release 25mg? I take Metoprolol to control heart palpitations.

Depends: If the supplement doesn't contain any stimulants it should be ok to take without causing palpitations or interactions with metoprolol. You can ask your pharmacist to review the ingredients in the product and advise you. ...Read more

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If you have a vitamin deficiency, how long will it take for the dietary supplement to make you feel a difference?

If you have a vitamin deficiency, how long will it take for the dietary supplement to make you feel a difference?

Depends: Some b vitamins can help almost immediately, while a magnesium deficiency may take months to correct. ...Read more

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Is doxiderol safe to take? If I'm already taking bee pullen dietary supplement can I still take doxiderol?

Is doxiderol safe to take? If I'm already taking bee pullen dietary supplement can I still take doxiderol?

Dietary supplements: Doxiderol is supposedly a brain inhancer. It contains multiple vitamins. Since you are taking bee pollen doxiderol would seem superflous, bur yes, you can take both medications. ...Read more

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Is the russian medicine noopept (considered a dietary supplement in the usa) safe to take long term for improved memory? How does it work?

Is the russian medicine noopept (considered a dietary supplement in the usa) safe to take long term for improved memory? How does it work?

Save your money: Noopept is similar to piracetam, which doesn't work, and no real evidence that this does either. If you wish to look at cognitive alternative preps, consider phosphatidyl-serine, Alpha lipoid acid, n-acetyl cysteine, but these are used more often in older patients. Consult with your doctor if you have friends or family who are developing cognitive losses. ...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


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