Items Tagged ‘supplements’

Dietary supplements: weighing the risks and benefits

August 21, 2018

Dietary supplements: weighing the risks and benefits

By uclahealth uclahealth

From daily vitamins to bodybuilding products, it is important to realize that supplements are not regulated the same way as medicines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So consider the health benefits — and risks — before taking a dietary supplement. What are dietary supplements? Dietary supplements are manufactured to provide the body with […]

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Tags: amino acids, botanicals, caffeine, dietary supplements, enzymes, essential vitamins, folic acid, ginseng, herbals, minerals, supplements, vitamin D


Ask the Doctors - What do glutathione supplements do?

July 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What do glutathione supplements do?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve been seeing advertisements for glutathione, saying the supplement enhances the body’s cells. The ads also say the claims haven’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any comments would be appreciated. Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in the body through enzymatic reactions, using the amino acids cysteine, L-glutamic acid and glycine. […]

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Tags: AIDS, amino acids, antioxidant, Ask the Doctors, Crohn's Disease, cystic fibrosis, Dr. Robert Ashley, glutathione, supplements, ulcerative colitis


Ask the Doctors - Should I keep taking vitamin E?

May 25, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I keep taking vitamin E?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking vitamin E for years because it’s an antioxidant and supposed to be good for me, but my doctor told me recently I shouldn’t be taking it.   Is that correct? Just before I graduated medical school in 1997, I wrote a review about vitamin E. Due to its apparent antioxidant effect, […]

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Tags: antioxidants, Ask the Doctors, cancer, dietary intake, Dr. Robert Ashley, Physician's Health Study, supplements, vitamin E


Ask the Doctors - I take fish oil every day, but does it help?

May 16, 2018

Ask the Doctors – I take fish oil every day, but does it help?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I’ve been taking fish oil capsules daily over the last 5 years.  Is there any benefit in doing this? Small studies have shown that fish oil may be linked to a slight reduction in the formation of plaque in the arteries that supply the heart, but evidence of its ability to reduce the […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, fish oil capsules, nutrition, supplements


Ask the Doctors - If I go vegan, should I worry about Vitamin B12 deficiency?

February 13, 2018

Ask the Doctors – If I go vegan, should I worry about Vitamin B12 deficiency?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: One of my resolutions for the new year was to become a vegan, and now my girlfriend is saying I’ll have to take supplements to get enough vitamin B12. Why can’t I get B12 in my diet, and what will happen if I fall short? Dear Reader: Your girlfriend has done her homework […]

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Tags: B12, B12 insufficiency, bone marrow, carbohydrates, diet, DNA, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, eating healthy, fats, megaloblastic anemia, nervous system


Do you need vitamin or mineral supplements?

October 6, 2017

Do you need vitamin or mineral supplements?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Consistently eating a well-balanced diet – with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats – can ensure you’re meeting all of your nutritional needs. But many Americans fall short of consuming enough of the foods they need to maintain healthy levels of some important vitamins and minerals. What supplements should I consider? […]

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Tags: calcium, essential vitamins, folic acid, iron, mineral supplements, nutrition, supplements, vitamin b12, vitamin D


Five ways your pharmacist can help you stay healthy

January 11, 2017

Five ways your pharmacist can help you stay healthy

By uclahealth uclahealth

Pharmacists do more than dispense pills. They are an important, but often under-utilized, part of your healthcare team. In honor of National Pharmacist Day on January 12, here are five ways your pharmacist can help support your health and well-being: 1. See the big picture. You may be taking drugs prescribed by more than one […]

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Tags: constipation, cough syrup, decongestant, drowsiness, drugs, heartburn, National Pharmacist Day, over-the-counter medications, pharmacist, pharmacy, pills, prescription


Doctors may know less about Vitamin D than they’re telling you

April 25, 2016

Doctors may know less about Vitamin D than they’re telling you

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

When it comes to Vitamin D, doctors seem to be unreasonably certain about its benefits.   In a study published online recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, UCLA researchers found that physicians conveyed with certainty to their patients a host of information about the vitamin, including its benefits, the risks of deficiency, optimal […]

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Tags: Dr. Derjung M. Tarn, Enrique Rivero, media, supplements, vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency