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Great, except for high sodium content

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

4 people found the following review helpful

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I had been spending $75 /month on a proprietary soy product not carried by iHerb. That product had guaranteed isoflavone content, mixed well, and came in vanilla and chocolate. When I had to cut costs, I looked at all the soy powders on iHerb, evaluating for isoflavone content. Jarrow Iso-rich Soy had the highest level of isoflavones, at an advertised 56 mg isoflavones per serving. I've used it for 6 or 8 months, and like the way it mixes, and its unassuming taste. Unfortunately, in the unthinking way most of us do, I did not check the sodium level. A serving has 370 mg of sodium. Since I typically use 1.5 servings in my morning shake, that's 555 mg of sodium, or more than a third of the recommended 1500 mg/day. From MSNBC.com dateline June 15, 2010, here are the numbers for dietary sodium intake proposed by an FDA appointed panel: That recommendation [of the panel] follows that of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, which said earlier this year that people need just 1,500 mg daily for good health, less if they're over 50. Average consumption is more than 3,400 mg. I will go to the extra expense of adding Genesis Today Protein 100 (TM) to my morning shake, and cutting my Jarrow Iso-rich Soy use in half.

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Product too caked to use easily

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

2 people found the following review helpful

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Before using this MSM powder I used Jarrow MSM powder. The Jarrow powder was just slightly costlier, so I tried Doctor's Best. I have high esteem for both labels, in general. In the case of MSM powder there is a huge quality difference: The Jarrow powder flowed freely, and came with its own measuring spoon. The DB powder is caked so hard that I have to scrape it every morning to obtain enough powder to measure for my morning shake. I do detect the expected effect of MSM -- pain reduction -- so my money was not wasted. My time has been wasted, though, chopping up the caked product every morning.

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Helps leg twitches (RLS), borderline thyroid

Posted on May 23, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

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I have been taking a relatively small amount (400 mg daily). I recently upped the dose because of leg twitches, jerks, and fasciculations, which made for sleepless nights. In addition, I have increased foods containing calcium -- cheeses, Greek yogurt. The increased dose is 700 mg. In researching magnesium, I found that it can be helpful for borderline low thyroid -- inability to lose weight, lack of pep, etc. -- that doesn't reach the TSH of 3.1 or higher, for doctors to prescribe thyroid supplements. Since my daughter and I share a rare thyroid anomaly -- just a single lobe -- and we both have TSH's shading just below 3.0, I am ordering this product for her, as well. Web research on magnesium indicates its importance and value in a number of "shall I go to the doctor with this, or not?" conditions. The usual calcium/magnesium ratio is 2/1 (1,000 mg calcium to 500 mg magnesium). At 1,500 mg calcium RDA, you would want to supplement with 700 mg of magnesium, or have a dietary source of magnesium that you eat frequently. Also be sure that your diet includes potassium (bananas, V-8 juice). I was able to sleep through the night (and then some) immediately (with the help of 400 mg ibuprofen + extra strength Tylenol). Night-time leg twitching is much reduced. Time will tell on the possible thyroid/energy benefits. Note: I also take Total Mins Iron-Free, 2/day, which supplies 1,000 mg calcium and 500 mg magnesium. Do *you* need more magnesium? Suggestion: google a symptom + magnesium to see whether the symptom picture improves with added magnesium. SoyCoffee

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Part of a natural way to control IBS

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

1 person found the following review helpful

For most of my adult life I had once-a-year IBS -- in August. Then I went through five weeks of necessary hospitalization on IV Antibiotics and came out with year-round IBS and a host of food sensitivities. Heather's Tummy Care products have been vital to "getting my life back." The two I have used most are the Fennel Tea and this Acacia Senegal. I started with a 1/4 teaspoon dose for each of three meals, and worked up gradually to a two-tablespoon dose, twice a day. Relief came slowly, but it came.

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Economical Stevia for most purposes

Posted on Mar 27, 2010

I have been a long-term user of Stevia products, because I cannot tolerate any artificial sweetener due to IBS. Unlike Stevita Spoonable Stevia, or the new-on-the-grocery-shelves Truvia, it is a fine powder. Thus, I still put Truvia on blueberries, for a more sugar-like feel, and because it's hard to disperse this powder over berries. On the other hand, in a shake, added to a fiber supplement, sweetening a hot or cold drink, this product -- only a very very little of it -- works fine. At a penny per serving, it costs 1/3 the price of Stevita Stevia. The powdery nature of Wisdom Natural Sweet Leaf Stevia can be a problem when traveling. I packed the jar in my checked luggage; TSA had to figure out what it was. They wound up dumping a lot of it into my small suitcase, because (I guess) it wasn't drugs or explosives. I'd suggest putting it in your carry-on baggage.

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Tastes Terrible

Posted on Aug 12, 2010

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I have been taking a non-fermented soy supplement powder in my morning shake (Jarrow). It supplied 25 mg of soy, plus 56 mg isoflavones, per serving; this is the recommendation for soy in a cholesterol-reduction diet. Unfortunately, Jarrow also sees fit to add 370 mg of sodium per serving, too much for reducing my higher-than-desirable blood pressure. So, I switched to NOW Fermented Soy Powder, with 15 mg of sodium per serving. Unfortunately it does not play well with any fruit-based addition to a shake, as the Jarrow non-fermented soy did. To be able to swallow this in shake form, I have added NOW chocolate extract. Also unfortunately, it does not add up to 25 mg of soy per day. One has to double the amount used in a shake -- which does double the isoflavones. I've benefited from the lower sodium >lower blood pressure, at the cost of an enjoyable taste in my morning shake, and fewer grams of soy.

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To counter years of Lipitor

Posted on Apr 19, 2011

I am dismayed to find that this product is available only in 100 mg capsules. I have in my hand Doctor's Best Ubiquinol with Kaneka's QH 50 mg capsules that I ordered last month. Where is it now? Doctor's Best has the best form of the product at a good price. BUT I was taking 3 x 50 mg , am and pm. Do I increase to 200 mg am and pm when I order the 100 mg form? Or decrease to 100 mg am and 100 pm? Please bring back the 50 mg capsules. They are smaller, easier to swallow, and fit my dosage.

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Doesn't work properly

Posted on Nov 09, 2011

I could not find the right dose, up to ten mg!, when i usually fall asleep on 300 or 600 mcg and sleep right through, using other brands. I thought the extended release feature was worth some persistence. It wasn't. As another reviewer pointed out, even when it works, you wake up after six hours of sleep, wide awake, not necessarily as rested as necessary. If, as I am, you use a cpap machine, you would usually want a longer time sleeping, while breathing with the help of cpap, in order to preserve brain function. I have changed to another brand.

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Think!

Posted on Aug 06, 2010

A year ago I was taking about 5000 mg of Vitamin B-12/week - in cyanocobalamin form -- and my blood level of B12 was over 1,000. Yet I had a number of symptoms related to inadequate B12, including neuropathy (numbness, pain) in my feet and legs, mental fog, and fatigue. In October, I changed to two forms of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) that lacked the cyanide component in the most widely available cyanocobalamin. Recovery has been amazing, from mental fog, from fatigue, and from the painful twitches and burning and numbness in my feet and legs. Just by dropping cyanocobalamin and substituting a combination of ACTIVE B12s for the toxic cyanocobalamin, I "got my life back." Because there is no mention of what kind of cobalamin is involved in this product, I would urge people to stay away from this and try, instead, the potent forms of methylcobalamin (made by Jarrow) and the other active B12, known as adenosylcobalamin (made by Country Life, called Dibencozide). Bottom Line: If it's marketed ONLY as b12, then it's the toxic cyanocobalamin. RAW in the label makes no difference: it can be otherwise raw and still be cyanocobalamin. Since none of the literature specifies the form of B12, I will not trust my health to this product. SoyCoffee@earthlink.net

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