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Nutrition The adding of nutrients–minerals, vitamins, to a diet Orthopedics See Viscosupplementation.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. The addition of a vitamin, mineral, or other nutrient to a food.
2. The enhancement of the diet with special nutrients.

preventive supplementation

Nutritional supplementation to preempt diseases such as childhood malnutrition, anemias in chronic diseases, or neural tube defects in pregnancy.
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Patient discussion about supplementation

Q. Why do I need an iron supplement? I am a 22 year old woman and my doctor told me that I need an iron supplement. Why?

A. Here is a movie about iron deficiency:

Q. herbal supplement is there a herbal supplement,for premature ejaculation,

A. Herbal supplements don't work wonders, so don't buy anything people are trying to sell you.. I am not familiar with a supplement that can help with premature ejaculation. Sorry.

Q. Is DHEA supplement beneficial, if so to what extent? I am an athlete and a high school student. I gain extra fat during exam time and it becomes difficult to shed them easily. Is DHEA supplement beneficial, if so to what extent?

A. Hi. I would pay attention to the warnings in the answers from Corey and Aprilbean. I've checked it out in my book on Nutrituonal Healing and you are still at an age when your body is producing it naturally. It declines later in life, especially after 40. It said; "CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED WHEN TAKING THIS SUPPLEMENT". Some physicians believe that it may suppress the bodies natural ability to synthesize this hormone. High doses can lead to liver damage. I'd rethink this idea Waylon.

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Whilst observational studies have consistently reported associations between low serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) and susceptibility to ARTIs, results of randomised controlled trials to determine whether vitamin D supplementation can decrease the risk of ARTIs have been conflicting.
When dosage of 660 mg/day zinc was studied in different countries like in Bangladesh by Hayee MA,24 in India by Gupta R,25 and in Israel by Raz I,26 FBG reduction was again uneven, showing disparate response to zinc supplementation.
Therefore this study was carried out to see the role of vitamin D supplementation on physical status of patients suffering from Congestive heart failure (dilated cardiomyopathy).
The nitrogen supplement lacked carbohydrate content, thereby allowing the supplementation effects with nitrogen to be evaluated without any supplementary source of fiber or energy interfering with the measurements.
"Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are a growing public health concern and although our results are promising, further studies are required to confirm our findings, to identify whether some people may benefit more from this intervention, and to evaluate the safety of high-dose vitamin D supplementation in the long term.
Although only 46 per cent of study participants were determined to have low vitamin D levels at the start of the study, supplementation with vitamin D significantly improved the action of insulin in muscle tissue of participants after six months.
In 2018, carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of eight randomized controlled trials which showed greater improvement in CRP levels following zinc supplementation. (8)
Vitamin D supplementation in people with circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [greater than or equal to] 30 ng/mL did not appear to provide benefit (AOR = 0.96; 95% CI, 0.78-1.18).
To evaluate the effect of vitamin A supplementation was elaborated a table with the main studies findings, which were extracted in duplicate by the authors, allowing them to discuss the doubts and disagreements found.
As shown in Figure 1, dietary supplementation with selenium enriched yeast significantly increased egg white selenium levels (P < 0.05).
SRU and/or NSC supplementation to groundnut straw had a positive effect on BWG on both sheep and goats (Pa$?0.001) (Table 2) The daily DMI and nutrient digestibility pattern are presented in Table 4.
The randomized controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation used lower SCORAD cut-offs for the different severities of AD, which complicated interpretation the results, "as it may indicate that the severities reported in these articles were exaggerated as compared to other studies," they wrote.

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