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Question: Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure?
Answer: There are many supplements, including fish oil, curcumin, certain probiotics, cinnamon and others, which may lower blood pressure. However, if you already take medication to lower blood pressure, always consult your physician before using these supplements, as they may lower your blood pressure too much, or interfere in some other way with your current medication. Be aware that a number of supplements can increase blood pressure. Sign in to see the full answer >>
See the Encyclopedia article about Hypertension for more information.
Question: Is it safe to take arginine, or other supplements for sexual enhancement, while taking Viagra or Cialis?
Answer: In general, it may be best to avoid taking sexual enhancement supplements if you are taking a prescription medication for erectile function, such as sildenafil (Viagra) or tadalafil (Cialis). There are concerns of potential interactions when taking these drugs with arginine, and certain other common ingredients in sexual enhancement supplements, such as horny goat weed.
In addition, many sexual enhancement supplements have been found to contain undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil, so that taking them along with the same prescribed medications for erectile dysfunction may result in too large a dose and an increase in side-effects associated with these drugs (see the list of Recalls and Warnings for supplements found to contain these drugs).
That being said, a particular form of carnitine, may increase the effectiveness of sildenafil in men with diabetes who had previously failed to respond to the drug, without serious adverse effects (mild gastric pain was reported).
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Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article
Initial Posting: 12/19/07
What Are the Benefits of Pomegranate Juice and Supplements?
Find Out What Pomegranate Can and Cannot Do For Your Health
Make sure the supplement you take passed our test and is right for you! Isn't your health worth it?
Pomegranate juice is a powerful anti-oxidant — stronger than most other popular juices and even red wine. Research suggests cardiovascular benefits, potential inhibition of prostate tumor growth, and other applications.
But university research has shown that products may vary widely regarding key anti-oxidant components.
What should you look for in a juice, concentrate, or supplement?
You need to subscribe to get ConsumerLab.com's valuable information. In this comprehensive article, you'll discover:
What pomegranate products have been shown to do, or not do.
The evidence behind pomegranate juice.
What to look for on labels.
Potential side effects and drug interactions.
Standards for judging the quality of pomegranate products have yet to be established, so our testing of products must wait until the science catches up. In the meantime, get educated with this report.