Appendix B

Nutritional Supplements

Even though nutritious foods supply the vitamins and minerals the body needs to function normally, they don’t contain everything the body needs to prevent and cure disease. Table B-1 lists numerous nutritional supplements that are useful in preventing and treating a host of common health issues. I list the common uses for each supplement and what you need to watch out for. Note that, unless otherwise noted, the supplement is taken orally.

Table B-1 Nutritional Supplements

Supplement

Used For

Precautions/Potential Side Effects

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)

Appetite suppression, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, headaches (including migraines), fibromyalgia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease

Consult a doctor before taking if you’re being treated for depression or Parkinson’s disease

Acetyl-L-carnitine

Heart and blood vessel conditions, including angina, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, chest pain, and high blood pressure; high cholesterol; chronic fatigue syndrome; Down syndrome; kidney and liver disease; male infertility; anorexia; HIV; intermittent claudication; Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss; depression; alcoholism-related thinking problems; diabetes-related nerve pain. Also helps burn fat

May cause anxiety, restlessness, overstimulation, insomnia, nausea

Don’t take if you’re taking pentylenetetrazol, a circulatory and respiratory stimulant; may stimulate ...

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