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Can weak kidney function lead to a D-xylose absorption test with a normal blood value but a below normal urine value?

Can weak kidney function lead to a D-xylose absorption test with a normal blood value but a below normal urine value?

Yes.: Below normal kidney function can lead to decreased urinary D-xylose excretion. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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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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 to 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's a good supplement to take?

What's a good supplement to take?

For what use?: One needs to know what the need and intended use is, before thinking about a "good supplement." then you also need to think about safety, along with other medications you might be on or conditions you may have. That said, the most widely used type of supplement is usually a good multivitamin. Even this needs individualization, though, as not everyone can -- or should -- take the same one. ...Read more

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What supplement helps nerve growth?

What supplement helps nerve growth?

Likely the B's: We have a medical food, metanx, which does seem to help diabetics with small fiber neuropathies, and increases fibre density after many months. Contains biologically active folate, (folic acid) b-6, and b-12. May not be needed in normal well nourished patients. ...Read more

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Good supplement to gain your apetite?

Good supplement to gain your apetite?

Protein: Protein improves apatite, spices as well. Can use periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride).... Prescription med. The med Colchicine and Motrin are killing your apatite. ...Read more

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What are the best supplements to take?

What are the best supplements to take?

Be smart here...: FDA doesn't regulate supplements & can't remove potentially dangerous ones from the market. In 2012, the Inspector General reported of 127 products, 20% made claims about treating diseases (which is allowed only for prescription drugs) & 7% didn't include the required FDA disclaimer. Avoid those with suspicious claims, be wary of products labeled in other languages. Look for the "USP" purity seal. ...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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Is zevit a complete prenatal supplement?

Is zevit a complete prenatal supplement?

Yes: Yes this product has adequate ingredients for pregnancy. It's always best to try to get your nutrients from food, if possible, as the body much better absorbs vitamins and minerals from food as opposed to a supplement. Food for thought! ...Read more

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Can I take supplements for bodybuildong ?

Can I take supplements for bodybuildong
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Yes: Since many people in the developed nations are demonstrably deficient in one or more vitamins / minerals, a cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement's a good idea. Creatine is a safe and effective way to gain more mass from your workouts, and cheap whey protein is great. Avoid Anabolic steroids -- most women prefer a natural bodybuilder -- and pricey "supplements". Congratulations on bodybuilding! ...Read more

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Are there any supplements to gain weight?

Are there any supplements to gain weight?

Want weight gain: After seeing your doc to rule out thyroid or other medical issues, consider this. Whole foods are the best way to go. Exercise to increase muscle mass and definition. Lots of protein. Focus on being a good person, which is far more attractive than weight. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What supplements are good for your health?

What supplements are good for your health?

It depends: This depends on how your health is to begin with, and what issues you're experiencing. At a minimum, most people at least need a daily multivitamin. That is, unless your diet is absolutely perfect and you get 5-9 servings of organic fruits and vegetables every single day, grown in soil that guarantees all the minerals that you also need. Right — — that means I take a multivitamin too! :-). ...Read more

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Should I be taking a post workout supplement?

Should I be taking a post workout supplement?

Supplements: This depends on a number of factors which you must take into consideration. Your state of health. Do you live a healthy lifestyle, and eat a very healthy diet? How vigorous are the workouts and how frequent? Maybe you do not need supplements but perhaps you do. Do your home work and learn about these matters. ...Read more

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What are supplements to decrease your hunger?

What are supplements to decrease your hunger?

Fitness: Nothing will bring your appetite into line with what your body truly needs as regular, demanding aerobic exercise. Supplement your life with this and you'll see why most of us say, "health doesn't come out of a pill bottle.". ...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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Are my nutrition supplements keeping me awake?

Are my nutrition supplements keeping me awake?

Sleep and supplement: It is very difficult to answer this quesion without knowing exactly what supplements you are taking, but yes, it is possible for some supplements to be stimulating enough to interfere with your sleep. Ginseng, ma huang, garauna and yohimbe are some herbal examples. ...Read more

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What are the best supplements for a man of 60?

What are the best supplements for a man of 60?

Whole foods: Do not take supplements in the absence of a known deficiency. Speak to your doctor about any concerns you have and decide together if any supplements are necessary. Don't trust the hoopla, hyperbole and hype that you need a supplement. If you eat properly, vitamin d may be your only deficiency, but check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are good supplements for strength athletes?

What are good supplements for strength athletes?

Supplements alone-: -only costs U money. A protein supplement such as whey protein can help along with a good strength exercise program. You need 50gms of protein daily if you go thru a heavy lifting workout, you can supplement during & after the program, & it allows muscle recover. Always take a day off in between. Do a light workout like cardio or even yoga. Don't take more than 20-40gms as you get lots in a diet ...Read more

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Are garlic supplements really beneficial for you?

Are garlic supplements really beneficial for you?

Could be: It depends on what effects you're seeking. Evidence is growing that garlic -- in both food & supplement form -- may help lower blood pressure. It may also inhibit platelet aggregation, and increase fibrinolytic activity -- which could improve cardiovascular outcomes. May also protect against certain cancers. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23746107. ...Read more

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Which supplements should I take based on my diet?

Which supplements should I take based on my diet?

Need more info: You have shared nothing about your diet, goals, or current status. Your best bet would be to consult a physician skilled in nutrition and integrative medicine. You can find one through american board of integrative holistic medicine: http://www.Abihm. Org/. ...Read more

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Just asking, what is the best supplement for nerve?

Just asking, what is the best supplement for nerve?

THE BEST?: Assuming you possess a peripheral neuropathy, especially involving small fibres, hands down, is a medical food called MetanX, containing bioactive folate, (folic acid) B-6 and B-12. But this is a prescription item. If alcohol an issue, thiamine might be useful. Several OTC items found in health food stores have been touted, such as alpha lipoid acid, but little objective proof. ...Read more

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Has anyody used ginger supplement? Why not eat it?

Has anyody used ginger supplement? Why not eat it?

Ginger: Ginger can be eaten. One of my sisters adored eating crystalized ginger. Ginger is an ancient chinese tonic used to calm the spirit and the stomach. ...Read more

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How frequently should you switch your supplements?

How frequently should you switch your supplements?

Why taking?: To answer that question one needs to know which supplements you take and why. Iof you don't really need then or they are not doing anything, you can just top them. If you are taking them for a specific reason, then it depends on how you will be affected. There is no benefit from switching among brands if you already have a good one. ...Read more

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What supplements should I take to strenghten my back?

See below: There are currently no supplements designed to "stregthen" your back. The best way to strengthen your back is to start an exercise program focusing on core strength. See your local physical therapist or personal trainer for tips on getting started. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: supplements?

What is the definition or description of: supplements?

Dietary supplement: 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 in others as drugs. ...Read more

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Could there be a danger in taking too many supplements?

Could there be a danger in taking too many supplements?

Yes, more than one: If you eat normal healthy diet, you do not need to take any supplements. In case you do take them, you should know what you are taking and what it is for. You can get better advice from your family doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?

Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?

PreSurgical meds: I am not a surgeon, but I know you should avoid Aspirin or products containing aspirin. This would include alka selzer, b c powders, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) as well as other preparations. These substances act as blood thinners and increase bleeding complications. Ginkgo biloba can have similar affects. Be sure and check with your surgeon, they probably have a list of what to avoid. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is taking supplements together generally considered safe?

Supplements: Which ones?. Are they recommended by your doctor?. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take supplements and what are the benefits?

Yes, antioxidants: The benefit includes keeping your body working optimally as vitamins assist in different body processes. Make sure you take a supplement that contains vitamins and antioxidants, as you want to decrease the level of oxidation in your system. http://drbarreto.juiceplus.com/. ...Read more

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What are the negative consequences of taking too many supplements?

What are the negative consequences of taking too many supplements?

Supplements: It can get very confusing when you take a lot of supplements. Some might not be needed, and some might conflict with each other or with medications you're on. You can get reliable consultation from integrative or holistic medicine physicians on use of supplements for your individual situation: http://www.Holisticboard. Org/. ...Read more