A couple of years ago I discovered that certain types of white teas, which are free of leaves and contain only tea buds, make a huge difference in my ability to concentrate. I've become sort of dependent on them to do my job, and so I'm constantly making tea throughout the day (and thus constantly running to the bathroom). All of the tea/catechin (tea antioxidant) extracts I've purchased don't seem to have the same effect on me, regardless of whether or not they contain caffeine. In researching the best way to make my own, I found this 2013 study comparing various methods of making antioxidant-rich extracts from tea, which concluded "the optimal extraction conditions were determined using 40% ethanol with ultrasound-assisted extraction method for 2 h at 40 °C." [more inside]
What is the deal with recommended daily allowances? Does anyone really meet the goals without supplementation? [more inside]
My pillbox is gross, and it seems to be coming from a pill. What the heck? [more inside]
I'm a complete noob when it comes to herbs and dietary supplements, but I know that there are a nearly infinite number of herbs from all over the world (Chinese herbs, etc) for all sorts of ailments from hair loss to high cholesterol to focus and energy. Any experiences with something specific that worked with dramatic positive results?
Pretty much what it says in the title. If I mix up jello & pour into shot sized containers, can I dropper vitamin d liquid to each & expect them to form & be taken? [more inside]
After a couple of years away from supplements, I'm looking for a whey protein powder that's close to what I used and liked in England. The catch is that I'm in Canada now. [more inside]
Today I had the glorious experience of removing a ton of stainage from my teeth with activated charcoal. However, after obtaining a huge bottle I am left curious - what else is it good for? [more inside]
The China Study and associated diet was recommended by my physician this morning. I am looking for your advice both nutritionally and educationally, as I'm very open to this after the last few weeks. [more inside]
Is my birth control hindering magnesium absorption? [more inside]
I have a 'condition.' There is a supplement touted as a miracle pill for those with it. Recently I went to purchase another bottle of my trusty supplement, which costs $59 for 60 pills, and I came across a few reviews stating that the content in the capsules is just plain white sugar. I thought what a joke, but I cut one of mine open anyway, and lo and behold, it looks, tastes, and smells exactly like white refined sugar! [more inside]
I bought this product "Multiple Minerals" because I was trying to follow a particular healthy skin diet. I read that I should take Maganese, Silica and a few other things this product had but I just noticed the amounts are around .2 % of the daily allowance average. I'm confused as to how this would benefit me. Is this product a total rip off?
Ok, this won't be long. Anyway, I'm not too crazy on the supplements department, usually just taking multivitamin along my normal diet, and fish oil. I decided to buy a higher quality one, and got a "Highly Dosed Max Vit-Min" recommended by the lady at the supplement store, because I excercise on a fairly regular basis recently. I'm not too scared anything can happen, but I'm confused by the amounts on the label and recommended daily value (RDV in the US, I guess?) percentages. For example, Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is 80mg, 7273% RDV. Riboflavine is also 80mg, 5714% RDV. Isn't that overkill to take daily (seriously seven thousand percent above the RDV )? Can I get hypervitaminosis from this stuff, or does the fact that I excercise somehow modify my requirements? For reference on the low end, Calcium for example is 8mg, 1% RDV. Or am I just being silly and not understanding labels??
I found something in supplement gelcap, what should be my course of action? [more inside]
What to do in the face of a friend's exhortations to take nutritional supplements? [more inside]
So I left my lysine supplements in the car overnight, and the temperature dropped below freezing. Did I screw them up? Can I still take them? Sigh. [more inside]
How do I stop getting sick on tour? [more inside]
Are there any vitamins/supplements that are actually worth taking? [more inside]
What meal-replacement solution will give me the easiest, most tasty breakfast without requiring a second mortgage? It should be something that can either be kept in a file cabinet at work and grabbed at need or something that I can grab out of the fridge on my way out the door. [more inside]
What vitamins or supplements should a father-to-be take before conception? Looking for quality swimmers! (Corollary, what foods to avoid?) [more inside]
Seeking "green powder" type supplement to add into my usual protein shakes. Can't be too nasty tasting, like the "green powder plus" I just gave away.
What natural remedies work for sinus pressure and headaches? [more inside]
So what's the cheapest route for custom vitamins? [more inside]
I am in the last two weeks of writing my master's thesis and I was wondering what herbs or supplements others have found useful for writing. Focus is part of it, but I also need to produce and get in the flow, so to speak. It comes sometimes, but I can never force those really productive moments. I have a cupboard full of various herbs, but no time to experiment. Wondering what has worked for other, including combinations. [more inside]
Please recommend high-calorie, high nutrition options/meal replacements for a person who has difficulty swallowing. [more inside]
My doctor wants me to take red yeast rice supplements to lower cholesterol. However, I read that it is illegal to sell red-yeast rice supplements in the USA that contain the active ingredient (natural statins). If this is correct, then taking them is obviously a waste of time and money. Can anybody confirm the efficacy of red-yeast rice supplements?
Hey, nutrition experts: I need some advice about taking vitamins and supplements with proton pump inhibitors. [more inside]
Please tell me everything you know about the ViSalus Science Program. [more inside]
Apart from its overdose potential, is there anything wrong with using potassium chloride to supplement my daily potassium intake? [more inside]
Ways to dispose of 10kg of maltodextrin powder - not via my digestive system or the bin. [more inside]
Whats the best thing (supplement or otherwise) to give me more power and energy when weightlifting WITHOUT makin me tweak?
Whats the best thing (supplement or otherwise) to give me more power and energy when weightlifting WITHOUT makin me tweak? [more inside]
I have a few questions about vitamins and supplements. Does anybody have any experience with Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D & B-Complex improving anxiety and mood? And, can anybody recommend a joint-health supplement for a puppy with a genetic tendency towards hip dysplaysia? [more inside]
Please help me through the vitamin labyrinth. I have some idea of what I would find ideal, but finding it is rather hard. Please suggest vitamins that meet my criteria. [more inside]
Please advise me about using Gu for the first time while running. [more inside]
Book-rec-filter: I'm looking for a book for a friend, who has been a whole list of multivitamins, prescriptions and nutritional supplements for her condition. She is worried about several things: the effectiveness of taking all at once, whether taking them might cancel each other out, and whether the timing of taking these supplements would be an issue. Is there is a book out there that discusses this? [more inside]
Is it okay to take all of my vitamin and mineral supplements together, or should I split them up somehow?
Is it okay to take all of my vitamin and mineral supplements together (list follows), or should I split them up somehow? [more inside]
I'm in a research trial testing if N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC - an antioxidant) has a beneficial effect on mood (etc.) I started taking the NAC last night (on an empty stomach), and vomited twice upon awakening. I just had another dose, with lunch, and vomited again. I feel fine apart from this, and I read that NAC can cause nausea / vomiting. Should I keep on trucking, i.e., will my body get used to the substance? The research clinic is closed until second week of Jan! [more inside]
What is it about energy drinks that help my alertness so much better than just caffeine alone? What research supports the use of any of the other ingredients? [more inside]
YANMDfilter: Can too many vitamins / supplements be a bad thing? Am I even taking the right ones? [more inside]
Supplement (vitamin) safety? [more inside]
What are the risks/benefits of giving my newborn breastfed child additional supplements, such as D-Vi-Sol, Poly-Vi-Sol, Tri-Vi-Sol and the likes? [more inside]
How dangerous is it to take Kava Kava supplements while also imbibing alcohol (but not at the same time)? [more inside]
What workout supplements do you have experience with and have worked for you? Looking for strength/endurance supplements. [more inside]
How much fibre is too much fibre? TMI question ahoy! [more inside]
Need to find and buy iron polysaccharide vitamin supplement in Los Angeles. Help? [more inside]
Arthritis Filter: what are your preferred remedies for arthritis? What is detrimental to your arthritis? [more inside]
Is there any place to get unbiased (or even better, scientific) assessments of sports supplements? [more inside]
O Hive Mind, I love my vitamins, but i'd like my calcium in a separate installment because of kidney risk factors and a previous history of urinating small bricks. Can you suggest products that - you not being a doctor notwithstanding - are appropriate for me? Bonus points if they are mail orderable from within euroland. TIA
How do I optimize bio-availability and absorption of nutritional supplements? [(figure I'll cross-post this at ImmInst, but you guys are rather sharp so couldn't hurt to break in the new MetaFilter account :)] Question regarding bioavailability and absorption of supplements across a multi-factor spread [more inside]
The vitamin/ supplement aisle of Whole Foods scares the hell out of me, I'd like some advice please! [more inside]
How long do I need to wait after weaning off of my antidepressants before I can start taking vitamins/supplements for depression? [more inside]
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