I am having a hard time getting enough calories and nutrients in my body each day. Part of the issue involves inconsistent access to food due to family stuff; the rest involves a loss of appetite as I progress through treatment for bipolar II. I'd love to be able to keep something in my room that can help me stop going to sleep hungry, but I need it to be soy, walnut, and coconut free. What might be a good interim solution as I work back towards eating proper meals every day?
I’m a 31-year-old iron-deficient menstruating lady. My doctor would like my ferritin level to increase before my husband and I try to conceive. However, iron supplements make me feel awful (not just for digestive reasons). Details inside. [more inside]
Which vitamins and supplements, if any, are worth actually taking on a regular basis? No snow-flaky details here, just a regular, out-of-shape, delivery food-eating, occasional exerciser who sits in an office all day. [more inside]
MeFi, if you could please suspend your disbelief, I would really appreciate some advice. After years of suffering from a number of issues that were resistant to various forms of traditional and alternative medicine, I've made something of a hobby out of experimenting on myself and creating my own plant extracts. Most recently this has involved creating a semi-proprietary tincture made from high-grade white/green teas, and combining said tincture with other supplements. Through an exhausting process of trial-and-error, I've come up with some unique concoctions that truly help me. I want to see if they can help other people, but I have no idea how to take the next step. [more inside]
I have a question about GABA and Omega 3 supplements. Mostly if and what to take. [more inside]
I've been trying to cut my weight for the last 6 months or so and have been keeping meticulus records of everything I've eaten. And in the last 30 days I've hit the RDA for calcium 4 times and am usually half or less most days. I don't really like dairy as much as other food types so I've cut it out for the most part. Would it be a bad idea to take citrate pills with 40% the RDA just so I can get somewhat close? I've also been taking magnesium pills at night to try and help myself become regular in the morning again and it has worked for the most part. I just don't see how it's possible to get everything a body needs on 1900 calories a day especially when I'm human and like to have stuff with next to no nutrients at all some times. Should I be taking this stuff? Or should I try harder to get it all from diet?
I have blepharitis, a condition that makes my eyelids very prone to chalazions (warning: gross). As far as I can tell, this isn't something that can be cured per se, but there are things that can be done to lessen the symptoms. What works for you, fellow blepharitis sufferers? [more inside]
I suffer from anxiety, anhedonia and depression. I just had to wean off of yet another AD, and am tired of searching a medication that treats my symptoms with minimal side effects. My therapist suggested looking into Sam-e and ashwagandha in the meantime, and my psych doc said it would be worth a try. Has anyone had success with supplements such as Sam-E? What did you take, and did you notice a difference? I'm trying to sort through what is scientifically-backed and what is woo. Anecdata is welcome as well. [more inside]
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]
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