Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition
Eating a variety of foods each day that are low in fat and calories ensures you get proper nutrition and nutrients like folate, magnesium and iron. Calcium, fiber, potassium and selenium are other nutrients essential for wellness, growth, development, cell repair and disease prevention. Colorful foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are often the richest sources of nutrients. Taking a multivitamin once daily is a good way to supplement your diet.

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    A , Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    Although glutamine is often attributed to sports nutrition (to prevent muscle breakdown), it’s also an infamous gut-healer. It’s been shown to maintain the intestinal villi, which are the absorption surfaces of the gut. One study (though done on rats) showed substantial protection of glutamine against aspirin-induced stomach ulcers in both the active and healed stages.

    A similar study found that the early administration of glutamine to severe-burn patients prevented the complication of stress ulcers that commonly develop after extreme thermal injury. Glutamine at 400 mg four times a day for four weeks completely healed stomach ulcers in more than 90 percent of the patients taking it.

    Take 1000-5000 mg daily on an empty stomach, such as before bed, or add the powder to protein shakes. Decrease the dosage if you experience constipation, or increase the dosage to treat diarrhea (up to 10-20 grams per day can be used for this reason).
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    D-Aspartic acid is one of the two forms of the amino acid called Aspartic acid (a non-essential amino acid and one of the two components of aspartame, an artificial sweetener). The naturally occurring form of Aspartic acid is L-Aspartic acid. It is mainly sold as a testosterone booster, although there is inconclusive research to support that it actually can increase testosterone. Possible side effects may include an increase in estrogen (if it actually does increase testosterone).
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    The liver performs two phases of detoxification: Phase One (oxidation) and Phase Two (conjugation). In Phase Two, oxidized chemicals are combined with sulfur, specific amino acids, or organic acids, and then excreted in bile. The most important amino acids for Phase Two detoxification are cysteine and methionine.

    These two amino acids are the main dietary sources of sulfur, and are found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Vegetarian sources of cysteine and methionine include nuts, seeds and beans. The usual adult recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of cysteine and methionine is 700 to 1000 mg per day, but is never fixed, because it fluctuates with the liver's burden of toxic compounds. The body's stores of these amino acids are depleted in the process of detoxification, so the greater the toxic stress, the more the body demands.
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    Levocarnitine is an amino acid derivative naturally produced in the body. In some people, however, metabolism problems may cause the production of levocarnitine to be insufficient. In cases like these, levocarnitine tablets can be taken to supplement natural production. While the precise reasoning behind levocarnitine's effectiveness is not completely understood, it has been linked to the proper functioning of mitochondria, our cells' power source.

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    Levocarnitine is an amino acid derivative. It has the ability to help your body use certain chemicals to keep you healthy and to create energy. DL-Carnitine is also known as vitamin BT, and it is actually a mixture of levocarnitine and another form of carnitine called D-carnitine. Vitamin BT is available over-the-counter and should not be taken jointly with prescription levocarnitine.

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    As with any medication, levocarnitine should be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician. If you purchase this supplement over-the-counter, check the enclosed information sheet for safety information. Be sure to take levocarnitine in the allotted dosages and at the designated times of day. Spacing out doses is important to avoid overdosing. Doses should be at least three or four hours apart.

    Do not take levocarnitine on an empty stomach. Instead take it with meals or immediately following. The liquid form should be taken slowly and may be dissolved in another beverage. If you have any questions, discuss them with a doctor or your pharmacist.
     
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    Also known as carnitine or as the brand name, Carnitor, levocarnitine is derived from an amino acid. Typically, people who have metabolism problems, heart disease, chronic fatigue, poor circulation or high cholesterol take levocarnitine. It can also be used as a supplement for athletic performance or for weight loss. The body produces levocarnitine naturally; however, it is not always produced in high enough quantities. Thus, supplementation with prescription or over-the-counter levocarnitine is sometimes needed. Levocarnitine is typically found as a tablet or capsule, however, it can be used as a solution, a powder, a wafer or even as an injection.

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    If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in levocarnitine, you should not take it. Since some medications may interact with this amino acid derivative, it is important to discuss your medication regimen and overall health condition with a physician before ingesting levocarnitine. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning a pregnancy, your doctor may advise you not to take levocarnitine as well.

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    Yes, if you decide to take an over-the-counter variety of levocarnitine, discuss its use with your physician. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions that could be affected by additional medications. If you are pregnant or nursing, you also should discuss using levocarnitine with your doctor.

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    While taking levocarnitine you should not take DL-carnitine (vitamin BT) without permission from your doctor. It is also not advisable to become pregnant while taking this supplement. Be sure to discuss your complete medical history with a physician before starting a levocarnitine regimen. Your doctor can tell you if there are any additional concerns related to your personal condition.