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What Is Guarana Extract
Medicinal Mushroom: Cordyceps sinensis is a mushroom used in traditional chinese medicine & grown only in tibet. It is reported to reduce cholesterol, improve circulation, enhance the immune system, protect the liver, expedite recovery from respiratory illnesses, improve stamina & help to prevent development of tumors. ...Read more
Phytonutrients: Plant foods contain not only vitamins and minerals but a wide array of nutrients called phytochemicals that have many health benefits. A common class of phytonutrients is bioflavonoids. Flavonoids in lemons have antioxidant, anti-cancer and antibiotic properties. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=27 for details. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antioxidants -plus..: Grape seed extracts contain flavonoids. According to dr. M. Grogan (mayo clinic cardiologist) concord grapes can help to decrease blood pressure & reduce risk for atherosclerosis. Grape seed extract has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory affects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not known how safe: Green coffee bean extracts have caffeine, which is a stimulant, depending on how much caffeine one takes, and on how sensitive his body is to caffeine. There are other plant chemicals as well. Most likely, green coffee is not well regulated nor well studied, so it may contain uncertain amounts of listed ingredients, plus various amounts of unlisted ingredients. One cannot be sure of its effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy flavonoid: Quercitin is a flavonoid found in many fruits ; veggies, esp. Onions, apples ; citrus. It may help allergies, reduce blood pressure ; prevent/treat cancer. As a supplement it's poorly absorbed; i advise isoquercitin which is much better absorbed.See http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/quercetin ; http://www.Quercetinallergy.Info/ ; https://www.Biopharmasci.Com/%5cfile/isoquercetin-2.Pdf. ...Read more
Are fiber one protein bars acceptable in pregnancy? I read that chicory root extract which is contains, is dangerous. Is that true?
Which is the very best pure green coffee bean extract is to be used to help burn fat? By name brand please!
Impossible to say: There is not enough data available for me to recommend one single brand as the best, but look for a brand standardized to at least 45% chlorogenic acid without fillers or binders. See http://www.Doctoroz.Com/videos/fact-sheet-green-coffee-bean?Fb_xd_fragment & http://healthfoodpost.Com/green-coffee-extract/ & my comments.This is not a miracle but may help somewhat if combined with diet & exercise! ...Read more
No: Fruit juice, fruit extract, cane sugar, beet sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup honey, agave nectar, barley syrup, etc, . Are all simple sugar sources. Whether they contain dextrose (glucose), fructose, sucrose (mixture of glucose and fructose), other, they all react pretty similarly. Whole fruit has fiber which modifies the response to the sugar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably: Green coffee appears to be safe based on the limited research that has been conducted so far. In clinical research, no serious side effects were reported. However, it is important to note that green coffee contains caffeine, similar to regular coffee. Therefore, green coffee can cause caffeine-related side effects similar to coffee. ...Read more
Don't use it: Garcinia cambogia is in most weight loss supplements, and can cause liver failure.It was also used in Hydroxycut which was taken off the market as people died from using it. I see a handful of patients per month with abnormal liver tests after using this medicine. I would NOT recommend it. There is no "magic pill" for weight loss. Diet and exercise remain the #1 way to lose weight and keep it off ...Read more
Stress: There is a long list of unproven indications for kava. The most common reason I see it used for is for stress reduction. I do not recommend the use of kava because it is known to be a liver toxin even after short term use and it interactions with a number of medications which could make them ineffective and/or more toxic because of the high level that your body cannot effectively break down. ...Read more
Root for relaxation: Kava is a plant whose root is used as a natural treatment for anxiety and insomnia. It has a long history of safe folk use in fiji but certain preparations may cause liver damage; the right form is probably safe. See http://www.Webmd.Com/anxiety-panic/news/20090514/kava-for-anxiety-is-short-term-use-safe ; http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/kava-kava. ...Read more
Is it safe to take Omez with secret fat burner pills? ingred: L-Carnitine,yerba mate,bitter orange extract,chromium,cassia seed,guarana,green tea extr
Avoid "fat burners": Our bodies like to use glucose (our main fuel), which comes from the food in the stomach and small intestine, and from the liver (where glucose is stored in a starch form called glycogen). As long as one is NOT eating enough to supply glucose to her cells, her liver will run low on glucose or glycogen, and her body will burn fuels like fat to keep her cells working. Eat less and exercise more. ...Read more
News to me: This is generally recognized as being as safe as coffee. Politics drives what is banned and not banned in the usa; totally safe stuff like saccharin are illegal, while obviously dangerous plant products comfrey and graviola remain in the shelves. If a celebrity dies while taking a supplement (as happened with guarana) there's usually a foolish media circus. ...Read more
Alternative medicine: This medication is used, but safety and efficacy has not been established. I prefer not to promote or advise against use of this product as I am not familiar with it. The largest dose I see in my reference is 3 grams daily for weight loss purposes (or 3,000mg daily). Hope this helps. Try speaking with your doctor for his/her opinion. Best of luck. ...Read more
Probably none: Guarana is a brazilian plant that is rich in caffeine and marketed for this. You want to be sure you know who's producing it. "holistic" medicines are often not what's on the label, and the weird politics allows this; quack "herbal medicines" are in some areas the leading cause of liver necrosis. ...Read more
Guarana is: A ubiquitously served beverage in brazil, a sweet pleasant gingerale like beverage. It is in the maple family, produces caffeine in its berries, a natural repllant/toxin to predators, but like other caffeines, can cause nervousness, difficulty sleeping, fast heart rates. It is now a darling in "energy drinks". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Guarana is: A ubiquitously served beverage in brazil, a sweet pleasant gingerale like beverage. It is in the maple family, produces caffeine in its berries, a natural repllant/toxin to predators, but like other caffeines, can cause nervousness, difficulty sleeping, fast heart rates. It is now a darling in "energy drinks". ...Read more
Caffeine ; calming: Guarana is a main source of caffeine in energy drinks, which is a natural stimulant. I am really not sure why energy drinks have taurine, which is an Amino Acid that has a calming effect on the nervous system ; does not make people feel energetic. My best guess is that because the first energy drinks had taurine all the others have it because people now expect energy drinks to have it!see comment:. ...Read more
Is it safe to take to the following supplements together daily: red ginseng root, Guarana, caffeine, b-complex?
Probably: but WHY are you mixing all these so called "supplements"? They may be OK with each other (in moderation) but are certainly NOT a good idea with certain Prescription medications and you NEVER know when you might need a Doctor's Prescription!!! \ Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe to take following supplements together daily: red ginseng root, Guarana, caffeine, b-complex? Taken for energy as alternative to energy drinks?
Probably, but: a better question is why do you need to boost your energy? Are you not sleeping well? Is there something going on in your body? Are you depressed? It might be worth seeing a primary care provider to make sure you're healthy, and if so, focus on a healthy diet and physical activity instead of supplements! ...Read more
Not proven: There is a lack of scientific information on this. I would suggest discussing all your current medications and supplements with your oncologist to see what the interactions may be. Some nutritional supplements seem encouraging but in general lack rigorous testing. But, if you perceive benefit and your physician does not feel that it will harm than i in general encourage patients to consider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would like to know interaction between wellbutrin xl, pristiq (desvenlafaxine) combination and a supplement "visi energy" which has guarana and yerba mate in it?
Can a person with cardio, high blood pressure, diabetic and kidney problems use chlorophyll plus guarana?
I have Epilepsy, I would like to take Maca, Concerns? 12 years seizure free. I handle stimulants well like caffeine, guarana.
Depends: Maca is not a stimulant and there have not been any information about it lowering the seizure threshold. It has an affect on the hypothalamic system and hormonal balance (thus some use it for menopausal symptoms). If you have no endocrine problems (ex: low thyroid) it is probably safe for you and may even help with seizure control due to better sleep quality. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I took Yerba Mate, Guarana, Damiana in supplement for 3 weeks but had an allergic reaction. Blisters & hives in legs. When will it get out system?
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Almost without pain: Iud removal is typically very quick and should cause only minor cramping. It is a good idea to take some Ibuprofen before having this done so that it will minimize any discomfort you might experience. If the iud string is not seen, it may be more difficult as your doctor will need to go inside the cervical canal and look for the string. ...Read more
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