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Do protein bars/shakes provide nutrients that your body can use?

What you are asking about is called bioavailability, which is the term for how much of a consumed substance is actually taken up by the body, and bioequivalence, which is about whether two products ...
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What are the health benefits and risks of ingesting Aloe vera?

What is Aloe vera? Aloe vera is the common name of one particular species of the genus Aloe (member of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family). There are over 420 different plant species and the most commonly ...
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Do collagen supplements help ease some of the symtoms of Lupus?

Studies have shown that arthritis (joint inflammation) and arthralgias (joint pain) are reported in up to 95 percent of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). There is currently no ...
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What type of food (herb, root) helps with sleep?

As an insomniac, I've looked into this myself, and found the following to be natural sleep-inducing foods (in no particular order): Cherries -- The tarter, the better. They have melatonin!! And they ...
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Is there any solid scientific evidence that Cinnamon can prevent Alzheimer's disease?

What you are hearing about is probably based on two articles: Interaction of cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin with tau: implications of beneficial effects in modulating Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis ...
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Are there other uses for prenatal vitamins?

There's a number of medical reasons to take the pill other than preventing pregnancy : Regulating menstruation to avoid having irregular, overly frequent, overly abundant or painful periods, as well ...
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Evidence of magnesium supplements for chronic fatigue?

There is at least one study on this, published in The Lancet: Red blood cell magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome Patients treated with magnesium claimed to have improved energy levels, better ...
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Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil?

Official source of information http://www.thehia.org/Resources/PressReleases/HIA-position-CBD-FINAL.pdf Hemp seed oil does not contain any significant quantity of CBD. Hemp fiber and seed ...
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Possible iron/protein defeciency in vegetarians

Is it possible for vegetarians who eat plenty of dairy food to have iron or protein deficiency? Everyone who consumes too little iron can develop iron-deficiency anemia, but this is not necessary ...
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Vitamin supplements with a balanced diet

Vitamins and minerals from foods an supplements taken simultaneously can be absorbed normally, because their absorption is usually not regulated by the amounts you take. However, the absorption of ...
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Is it dangerous to consume 30 mg of Zinc (as Zinc Picolinate) per day?

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements of the US National Institutes of Health, the upper tolerable limit for Zinc is as follows: Table 3: Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) for Zinc Age ...
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How can bee pollen be organic?

It seems from this article that for pollen and honey to be considered organic, there are stipulations on land 3km radius being chemical free and hives to be organic by being natural untreated timber ...
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Supplements: When and how to take them to maximize absorption

To get the most of your vitamins/minerals is quite simple, really. There are two types of soluble vitamins/minerals: Water-soluble Fat-soluble Absorption of water-soluble vitamins is quite easy, ...
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How to determine if a pill needs to be taken with food?

The FDA requires labeling of prescription medications. Pharmacies will often attach a label on the bottle for patient-dependent behaviors. Therefore the easiest way (in the US) to tell if you need to ...
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Is colloidial silver harmful if the particles are small enough?

Colloidal silver isn't directly harmful in the sense that it won't cause the body to stop functioning properly. As far as health goes, silver has little effect inside the human body for good or for ...
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Is colloidial silver harmful if the particles are small enough?

Currently there are no studies that prove the effectiveness of colloidal silver as a health supplement, despite many claims to the contrary. The FDA brands it as "generally not recognized as safe", ...
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Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil?

Hemp oil is made from the seeds of the cannabis plants. These typically contain almost no cannabinoids, like THC or CBD. CBD-oil is any oil, not only hemp oil, enriched with CBD. The industry seems to ...
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Do Omega 3 in capsules contain PCB?

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids i.e. the human body cannot synthesize them. They are absolutely essential for growth and maintenance of the body function and their deficiency can cause ...
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Is ASEA supplement useful against scars or it is a fake product?

I was quite skeptical to read the word describing the product in the questions title. But there is really no weaker word allowed to describe this extraordinary scam. Their website is full of it but ...
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Are synthetic vitamins harmful?

Without providing links to any of these claims, it's not really possible to say anything about them. If these "synthetic vitamins" are different than normal vitamins, sure, they could potentially have ...
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Is it safe to store medicine/supplements in containers

If they're stored in blister packs it may be that this is to control the humidity for the tablets which may be particularly hydroscopic. PRODUCT INTEGRITY This same protection improves product ...
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How does our brain get its Mg when we don't take Mg threonate which is the only form known to increase its levels?

The article Magnesium transport across the blood-brain barriers (2011) from NIH.gov books says: Magnesium is able to cross the BBB [blood-brain barrier]... It is not the ScienceDirect article you ...
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How much Vitamin A is in 1g of Fish Oil?

According to USDA Food Composition Database, 1 gram (or even 100 grams) of fish oil from sardines, herring, salmon and menhaden contains 0 (zero) μg vitamin A. Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for ...
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Does ecdysterone supplementation have any deleterious side effects?

The sensationalist press release for a small study does not warrant to conclude that Ecdysterone supplementation has been shown to have a significant anabolic effect While some previous studies have ...
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What happens when you take a whole monthly dose of zinc just once per month?

That approach works with some supplements and not others. Iron, for example, will be held in the small intestine until the blood level lowers enough for safe absorption by which time it might just be ...
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Can I use take pills to prevent micronutrient deficiencies and not worry about my diet too much?

The biggest issue with using supplements instead of food is that studies don't always measure what they think they're measuring. A lot of near-magical powers were ascribed to Vitamin C, for example, ...
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Effects of eating rice at dinner time

The glycemic index of rice varies quite a lot: according to this link from Harvard Medical School, from 38 for Parboiled rice to 72 for white rice. The latter is a rather high glycemic index. As a ...
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Fish Oil: How much is too much?

Many people are quite gullible. (Just general observation, not a a comment on the question or the asker.) Whatever the marketing section of the industries' propaganda unit tells the public, ...
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Does ingesting nicotinamide riboside (NR) supplements have a deleterious effect on tendons?

There is no data to suggest that is the case. The placebo controlled safety study https://www.nature.com/articles/s41514-017-0016-9 found no differences in musculoskeletal adverse side effects ...
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What does "standardized to x%" mean in resveratrol supplements?

It means that whatever the amount of Polygonum cuspidatum Root Extract they used, it contains 50% trans-resveratrol. But that doesn't help you much since they haven't told you how much Polygonum ...
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