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Doctor insights on: Usp Supplement Brands

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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

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 purchased a multi-vitamin from the grocery store and noticed that it didn't have a USP certification. I know vitamins and supplements aren't regulated by the FDA. What are the possible risks associated with taking an uncertified multi-vitamin supplement

I purchased a multi-vitamin from the grocery store and noticed that it didn't have a USP certification. I know vitamins and supplements aren't regulated by the FDA. What are the possible risks associated with taking an uncertified multi-vitamin supplement

Depends on the sourc: If from reliable company, ought to be OK. If from another country, have to consider contamination w/ heavy metals, unlisted ingredients, no active med in it. Even those in drug store have been found not to have any of what's on the label. If uncertain, ask pharmacist in store to advise you, or your doc can recommend a reliable brand. ...Read more

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Is isotonix a reliable brand for supplements?

Is isotonix a reliable brand for supplements?

Hard to tell: Isotonix has many products, and since they are not medications approved by the fda, isotonix products are probably not tested for effects and side effects like real medicines are. That means nobody really knows what effects they have, and how accurate their dosing is, and how true or false their claims are. If it is a large, national brand, their products' quality control might be adequate. ...Read more

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Please suggest a brand product name of supplement which contains l theanine.

Please suggest a brand product name of supplement which contains l theanine.

Suntheanine from...: "suntheanine" is a high-quality patented l-theanine extract that is sold by several different companies including doctor's best, now, natural factors and iti. Any of these will be very high quality. I also often recommend it as part of a combination of relaxing herbs & nutrients, theanine serene with relora from source naturals. ...Read more

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I need to replenish supplements & want to make sure I'm getting the best formulations. How do I know where to buy most effective/absorbable brands?

I need to replenish supplements & want to make sure I'm getting the best formulations. How do I know where to buy most effective/absorbable brands?

Many good choices: There is no single best brand but some are much better than others. Here are independent ratings of 101 brands: http://www. Multivitaminguide. Org/ any of the top 30 on that list are good. My personal favorites include ultranutrient from pure encapsulations (not on that list!), ultrapreventive x, life force multiple, life extension mix, maxxum 4 & advanced nutritional system (on this list). ...Read more

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Do multivitamin supplements really help? . Do young adults 25-30 yrs really need them? What brand (s) are recommended?

Do multivitamin supplements really help? . Do young adults 25-30 yrs really need them? What brand (s) are recommended?

Studies show: They really don't help HOWEVER that being said I would qualify that people with normal healthy diets do not benefit from them. If you are not eating fruits and veggies hardly at all I certainly would recommend a daily multivitamin such as centrum. ...Read more

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What are considered the most effective american supplement brands?

What are considered the most effective american supplement brands?

Uncertain quality: If you want the best acting, there is no regulation in this arena and few supplements have been tested. If you can find supplements made by a major pharmaceutical company like bausch and lomb, then they will have been tested for content and quality. Supplements in 'health food stores' are a random selection and the contents may not be the same as listed on the label. ...Read more

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What supplements and brands are best for me to take to gain weight?

What supplements and brands are best for me to take to gain weight?

Why not use food: Instead of supplements? Eat healthy foods
that are high in calories. Eat 6 meals /day. Work on strength training to build large muscle groups. Work out w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried >. ...Read more

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Opinions on what's a good brand of iron supplements?

Opinions on what's a good brand of iron supplements?

See below: Iron sulfate and iron fumerate are the more commonly prescribed iron pills. The fumerate compounds are more easily absorbed and are more easy on the GI tract. ...Read more

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What supplement from GNC (any brand) to build muscle is the best?

What supplement from GNC (any brand) to build muscle is the best?

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

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Which best D3 supplement brand you use or do recommend to your patients.?

Which best D3 supplement brand you use or do recommend to your patients.?

USP certified: Any OTC supplement that is USP certified will be acceptable. The USP is an independent organization which certifies identification, strength, purity, and quality of supplements. The organization verifies that Good Manufacturing Practices are followed. ...Read more

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Which best D3 supplement brand you use or do recommend to your patients.?

Which best D3 supplement brand you use or do recommend to your patients.?

D: Please go to the pharmacy and look for bottles of vitamin D. They come in either 1000 or 2000 units per bottle with 100 capsules per bottle. They are not expensive and the cost difference is small. Take one capsule at bedtime each day. ...Read more

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Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Yes: Different formulations can have different effects. See this site for info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/drugs-supplements/iron-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/DRG-20070148
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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some suggestions for best l-theanine brand (or other types of supplements) to help with anxiety?

Can you tell me some suggestions for best l-theanine brand (or other types of supplements) to help with anxiety?

Supplements anxiety: Supplements can help with a variety of emotional responses. However, it's important to know what might be causing the anxiety first. Is it a medical problem, or something that a psychologist should address first? Consider that before checking out supplements. ...Read more

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Dear drs: supplements are good but often they come with added ingredients. Which best D3 supplement brand you use or do recommend to your patients.

Dear drs: supplements are good but often they come with added ingredients. Which best D3 supplement brand you use or do recommend to your patients.

Carlson Vit D3 Drops: You're right, several good supplements are available. I prefer carlson vitamin d3 drops. The bottle contains 365 drops that come in varying strengths, from 400 to 4, 000 international units per drop. When the bottle is turned over a tasteless drop slowly forms and is released from the metered dose tip. Shop various places, including amazon, for the best price. ...Read more

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What is the best brand of multivitamin supplement?

All/None: If you live in the USA and eat a fairly healthy diet you do not need a vitamin. Almost all our food is "fortified". We do not need to do any more than obey your mother: "eat your veggies"! ...Read more

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Which brands of multi vitamins are approved by the usp-usdv?

Which brands of multi vitamins are approved by the usp-usdv?

See below:: For USP info see http://www. Usp. Org/usp-verification-services/usp-verified-dietary-supplements/verified-supplements
i have no idea what usdv is- google doesn't seem to know either.
While USP is a sign of quality, many excellent supplements do not have this- it costs a company money to get certified.
Gmp audit (part of the USP standard) is also a sign of quality... ...Read more

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Which type or brand of protein powder or supplements should I use to gain weight?

Which type or brand of protein powder or supplements should I use to gain weight?

Be cautious: I don't think you need to take any protein supplements to gain weight. Protein supplements if taken excessively an be harmful especially with liver disease or kidney disease. ...Read more

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Let me know the best brand name of muscle gain supplement that approved by doctors?

Let me know the best brand name of muscle gain supplement that approved by doctors?

Hmmmm: Let me think about this, muscle supplements I encourage my healthy 20-year-old female / male patient to take. None! ...Read more

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Is there a real difference between name brand vitamins/supplements vs. Cheaper ones?

Is there a real difference between name brand vitamins/supplements vs. Cheaper ones?

No difference: Except for the price. Compare the ingredients and check for urself. Stay active and eat healthy foods.Check out the link below about carpal tunnel syndrome. Best wishes! Http://health. Howstuffworks. Com/wellness/natural-medicine/alternative/alternative-medicines-for-carpal-tunnel-syndrome. Htm. ...Read more

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I have a walmart brand natural supplement for metabolism support that just expired 06/2013. Is it safe to take?

I have a walmart brand natural supplement for metabolism support that just expired 06/2013. Is it safe to take?

Probably: Expiration dates on both drugs and supplements tend to be rather arbitrary and most of these are probably still safe to take a year or longer past the expiration date. Over time they may lose some of their potency but it is unlikely taking them would do any harm. A supplement just a few months past expiration is likely perfectly fine. ...Read more

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Is life seasons brand Anxie-T supplement safe and would it be a good natural alternative to a daily anxiety drug?

Is life seasons brand Anxie-T supplement safe and would it be a good natural alternative to a daily anxiety drug?

No, BUT: If your anxiety is at clinical levels this supplement is not FDA approved. Supplements like this are not well regulated and it is hard to be sure what they say is in them really is. If you try them, and they work for you as you want, great, but you would be better off seeing a therapist and working out your issues. Anxiety can be treated. ...Read more

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Is it better to take a daily multivitamin, or to take juiceplus brand supplements (anyone familiar with these?)? Or perhaps it's best to take both?

Both helpful: Studies have supported the benefits of taking a multivitamin a day. Taking too many separate vitamins, without any vitamin deficiency, may cause hypervitaminosis syndrome, which may lead to adverse effects. Vitamins, usually do not increase energy. Combining a healthy diet and 1 pill of a multivitamin per day is fine. Thanks. ...Read more

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