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A preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet.

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Do Chromium or Manganese supplements have any benefits?

Louie Helm of Rockstar Research Magazine blog argues that that the human body doesn't need Chromium nor Manganese and, therefore, there is no need to have them in multivitamin supplements. This ...
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Is arthritis a symptom of boron-deficiency in the diet?

As shared on Facebook: Wake Up World: Arthritis Cure Found in Nature? This article claims that boron kills amoebae that cause rheumatoid arthritis. It also claims that areas of the world that have ...
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Do College Cafeterias Put Laxatives in Their Food? [closed]

Going into college this fall, I've heard various rumors about this. Some first hand from college students, some from people who spoke to college students, and some just rumors. The idea is: sick ...
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Does potassium deficiency cause cramps?

According to Ace Fitness, it is a myth that potassium deficiency doesn't cause cramps, since there isn't enough potassium in sweat to deplete potassium. Sodium deficiency is blamed instead. Is this ...
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Is sulfur a “miracle cure”?

There are claims that sulfur and its compounds like organic sulfur and MSM can cure many health issues. Sulfur and Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short is being claimed to have these benefits: ...
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Do vitamin D supplements help against winter depression?

People like me who live in the northern part of the world, often get a bit depressed at this time of the year, when it's essentially dark when you leave for work and when you get home from work. This ...
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Is Herbalife safe, and can it actually promote sustained weight loss?

I have a friend who's begun taking Herbalife products, presumably for weight loss. I informed him that their products, like all supplements, are not regulated by the FDA, and that there have been ...
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Do fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids increase the risk of cancer?

A retrospective study came out that found a correlation between increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and increased incidence of prostate cancer. The skeptical responses I've seen come from ...
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Is Autism in Children frequently due to low Glutathione Levels?

GlutathioneForHealth: Autistic children have 50% less intracellular glutathione than other children), which is why they have so much trouble detoxifing vaccines, medications, environmental toxins, ...
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Can pumpkin/sunflower/flax/sesame/other seeds regulate hormones?

My wife has started using a technique using various seeds through various times to regulate hormone balance. Does this have any merit? Here's an example of using seeds as a supplement to regulate ...
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Do supplements with folic acid cause cancer? Should they be avoided?

There are some claims that taking B12 supplements which contain folic acid causes cancer. Is this true? Are there vitamin B12 supplements without folic acid? Here's a passage from the book Eat to ...
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Does drinking one cup of green tea boost your metabolism by 12%?

In Dr. Oz's Tangerine Weight-Orade recipe, it is claimed: For a powerful metabolism-boosting drink, try Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade. It contains: green tea, shown to boost metabolism 12% by ...
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Does Forskolin help to break down fat?

The Dr. Oz show website claims: Researchers have found that forskolin can help to promote the breakdown of stored fats in animal and human fat cells. It may also release fatty acids from adipose ...
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Does Resveratrol increase human life expectancy?

Resveratrol is a buzz word in health science research. It is hailed as the discovery of “the fountain of youth” . In the past 10 years over 500 medical research studies were performed. ...
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Can Alpha Brain dietary supplement improve mental acuity and focus?

Alpha Brain is a tablet offered as a dietary supplement by Onnit. They make many claims about its ability to help cognitive function: The idea behind the Alpha Brain™ dietary supplement was to ...
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Is taking capsaicin in pill form safe and does it speed up metabolism or help you lose weight?

I see ads for numerous supplements and all of them seem to be a scam. Except I have noticed when I am eating a lot of spicy food and hot sauce I tend to lose weight. I have found capsaicin in pure ...
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Does Korean ginseng develop brain efficiency and prolong life?

From Proceeding of the Mini Workshop Southeast Asia Germany Alumni Network (SEAG): "... the Korean ginseng (Panax schinsen) has been well known as a tonic, treatment for Diabetes Mellitus, ...
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Does Ginkgo Biloba improve your memory?

I have heard that Ginkgo Biloba improves your memory, is this true? If it is true, what kind of memory does it improve? Long term or short term? Auditory, Visual or Spacial memory? Does it effect ...
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Does Frank Ryan's abdominal fat reducer pill work?

While waiting for a friend to show up for coffee, I ran into an ad in a local newspaper. I was thrilled to find the exact ad online! It's for a medication that claims to target and eliminate belly ...
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Does milk thistle prevent liver damage in alcoholics?

There are some people who take milk thistle to offset or repair the liver damage caused by chronic alcoholism. Example here Milk thistle and silymarin are commonly used in the United States and ...
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Is folic acid supplementation beneficial for someone with Thalassemia Minor?

Thalassemia is an group of inherited blood disorders where the gene for hemoglobin production is defective. Specifically, Thalassemia Minor is where the defective gene is inherited from only one ...
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Are Vitamins ingested in natural food more effective than those ingested in supplements?

There was a comment in this question saying that he was dubious of claims of the Vitamin C benefits of eating an orange. My gut reaction was to respond that Vitamins taken in food are metabolized ...
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Are there any proven benefits to ingesting wheatgrass?

I have read statements such as "Fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables", of which I am obviously skeptical. Are there any independent studies from ...
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Does nail-biting indicate iron deficiency?

I've seen on a lot of websites that nail-biting behaviour is due to lack of iron in the blood. I'm wondering if is this actually true, or just an urban myth which has spread and spread?
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Ester C, the “better” Vitamin C?

If I recall correctly, Vitamin C plays an important role in the body's immune system. Anecdotal testing by myself gave me the impression that I could ward off a developing cold by the intake of high ...
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Does taking whey protein make you gain muscle?

See the following claim, for example: What are the reasons I should supplement with whey protein? To build muscle mass To speed recovery time Reduce injuries related to working out ...
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Is there evidence that glucosamine can help repair joints?

I have heard conflicting views on how effective glucosamine is in treating joint problems. For example here you can see a claim being made about stimulating cartilage growth and curing arthritis. ...
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Is prescription fish oil better than over-the-counter fish oil?

The possible health benefits of fish oil (primarily from its omega-3 content) have made it a popular supplement. There are a lot of over-the-counter fish oil supplements (google fish oil) on the ...
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Do plant sterols prevent prostate cancer?

Not a day goes by without me hearing a "super mega beta prostate" (or some other similar product) commercial. Super Beta Prostate is a natural prostate supplement made with beta-sitosterol ...
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Should a healthy adult take a daily multi-vitamin?

Is there any reason for a healthy adult to take a daily multi-vitamin? My intuition tells me that an adult eating a healthy and balanced diet will get all of the nutrients she needs and that taking a ...
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Are zinc supplements beneficial?

There is a lot of advertising for zinc supplements on the web, most of which seems indistinguishable from advertisements for ineffective alt-medicine cures. Are these ads a hoax, or is there any ...
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Are there benefits to the ECA stack for body-builders?

The use of the "ECA Stack" - ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin - has been common-place in body-building and weight-loss circles. (e.g. in 1999, 2% of the Danish population and 12 million US inhabitants ...