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What legal herb/dietary supplement has improved your life dramatically?

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?
posted by dep on Aug 4, 2014 - 28 answers

There's always room for Vitamin D Jell-O shots?

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]
posted by tilde on Jun 5, 2014 - 11 answers

...b/c GOMAD is actually kind of gross.

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]
posted by Kreiger on May 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Activated charcoal, anyone? YANAD/YANMD

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]
posted by rideunicorns on May 7, 2014 - 17 answers

The China Study - Nutritional and reading recommendations

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]
posted by glaucon on Apr 30, 2014 - 10 answers

How to increase absorption of magnesium?

Is my birth control hindering magnesium absorption? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Mar 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Where Can I Send My Supplement Off For Testing?

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]
posted by OneHermit on Dec 28, 2013 - 13 answers

How does taking a mineral in .2% of daily value help?

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?
posted by JJkiss on Nov 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Multivitamin dosage question? Can it be bad?

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??
posted by ahtlast93 on Oct 26, 2013 - 16 answers

'Stuff' found in the supplement gelcap, what my action should be?

I found something in supplement gelcap, what should be my course of action? [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Jun 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Supplements and friends

What to do in the face of a friend's exhortations to take nutritional supplements? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Mar 10, 2013 - 35 answers

Frozen lysine supplements

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]
posted by Coatlicue on Jan 26, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I stop getting sick on tour?

How do I stop getting sick on tour? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Oct 23, 2012 - 25 answers

What vitamins aren't a waste of money?

Are there any vitamins/supplements that are actually worth taking? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Oct 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Just one for breakfast, thanks: what shake mix should I buy?

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]
posted by oblique red on Aug 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Vitamins for dad-to-be? Prenatal pops' supplements?

What vitamins or supplements should a father-to-be take before conception? Looking for quality swimmers! (Corollary, what foods to avoid?) [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Jun 29, 2012 - 13 answers

It's not easy, drinkin' greens.

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.
posted by Kalatraz on Jun 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Natural cures for sinus pressure and headaches

What natural remedies work for sinus pressure and headaches? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Apr 16, 2012 - 23 answers

I'll take the red pill or the blue one. But not five of each.

So what's the cheapest route for custom vitamins? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Herbs/supplements for academic writing?

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]
posted by cejl on Feb 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Option other than Ensure

Please recommend high-calorie, high nutrition options/meal replacements for a person who has difficulty swallowing. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Dec 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Does Red Yeast Rice Work?

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?
posted by Seymour Zamboni on Dec 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Mitigating nutritional impacts of long term PPI use

Hey, nutrition experts: I need some advice about taking vitamins and supplements with proton pump inhibitors. [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Nov 5, 2011 - 2 answers

ViSalus Science: color me skeptical

Please tell me everything you know about the ViSalus Science Program. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 17, 2011 - 4 answers

The still sea is darker than before.

Apart from its overdose potential, is there anything wrong with using potassium chloride to supplement my daily potassium intake? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Every sweet has its sour, every evil its good.

Ways to dispose of 10kg of maltodextrin powder - not via my digestive system or the bin. [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

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]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jun 9, 2011 - 18 answers

A few questions on vitamins and supplements.

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]
posted by Raichle on Jun 7, 2011 - 18 answers

Vitamins for mostly-vegetarians?

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]
posted by MrFish on Feb 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me use Gu for the first time.

Please advise me about using Gu for the first time while running. [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner on Feb 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Book Recs for the Nutritionally-Confused

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]
posted by moiraine on Jan 6, 2011 - 10 answers

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]
posted by Rula Lenska on Jan 4, 2011 - 18 answers

NAC makes me vomit

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]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 - 22 answers

I'm awake, I swear...

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]
posted by gilsonal on Dec 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Is my vitamin regimen the right one?

YANMDfilter: Can too many vitamins / supplements be a bad thing? Am I even taking the right ones? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Dec 5, 2010 - 18 answers

safe supplements?

Supplement (vitamin) safety? [more inside]
posted by mbird on Nov 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Breastmilk supplements for newborn

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]
posted by lilgoyl on Jun 2, 2010 - 28 answers

Kava Kava questions

How dangerous is it to take Kava Kava supplements while also imbibing alcohol (but not at the same time)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Supplements that work?

What workout supplements do you have experience with and have worked for you? Looking for strength/endurance supplements. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on May 5, 2010 - 9 answers

What will this amount of fibre do to me?

How much fibre is too much fibre? TMI question ahoy! [more inside]
posted by kanata on Apr 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Finding iron polysaccharide in Los Angeles

Need to find and buy iron polysaccharide vitamin supplement in Los Angeles. Help? [more inside]
posted by holyrood on Mar 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Arthritis remedies and culprits

Arthritis Filter: what are your preferred remedies for arthritis? What is detrimental to your arthritis? [more inside]
posted by Neekee on Feb 5, 2010 - 17 answers

The wild west that is the sport supplement scene.

Is there any place to get unbiased (or even better, scientific) assessments of sports supplements? [more inside]
posted by Tbola on Jan 7, 2010 - 2 answers

+ vitamins - minerals , please?

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
posted by 3mendo on Dec 6, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I optimize bio-availability and absorption of nutritional supplements?

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]
posted by jerwilkins on Nov 15, 2009 - 10 answers

I need advice on vitamins and supplements.

The vitamin/ supplement aisle of Whole Foods scares the hell out of me, I'd like some advice please! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Jul 6, 2009 - 29 answers

Another lovely part of coming off an SNRI...

How long do I need to wait after weaning off of my antidepressants before I can start taking vitamins/supplements for depression? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jun 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me fix my antibiotic-shredded stomach!

How do you fix a stomach blitzed by antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me get my crazies under control without scary/expensive prescription meds!

Niacin as an anxiety/depression treatment? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Mar 22, 2009 - 13 answers

"5 hour energy" product does more than keep me awake

Lately I find myself using 5 hour energy product even when I'm not drowsy as it sees to significantly improve my ability to focus and socialize. Are there dietary supplements available that will give me the same effect in a more reliable manner? Is this safe? Will my body build a resistance to it? [more inside]
posted by Niomi on Dec 31, 2008 - 14 answers

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