On Combining Supplements

Q I am currently taking Rise & Shine, as well as a nutritional supplement that contains galantamine and other ingredients, Personal Radical Shield, and Energy Cycle II, and I’m thinking of adding SlimSure AM/PM, 5-HTP SeroTonic II, MASTICgum Elma, and Root Food II. However, many of these products advise that they should be taken on an empty stomach or about half an hour before eating. This would mean taking many of the products at the same time. Would this be OK?

Also, is the Durk & Sandy product Betamax Carotene+ no longer available? Do you have something similar?

Linda, New York City

A The galantamine formulation, Personal Radical Shield, and Root Food II are intended to be taken 3 to 4 times daily, preferably with meals. For optimal benefit, Rise & Shine should not be used with protein, which would lessen its impact. It could be taken when you arise, at least 1 hour before breakfast, especially if this meal is high in protein. The reason: the chief active ingredient, the amino acid phenylalanine, may not enter your brain as readily if it’s competing with other amino acids from the breakdown of proteins.

Energy Cycle II can be consumed at any time of the day, with or without meals, especially when you want extra energy. We prefer to use it in lieu of a snack, but especially when we’re engaged in aerobic activity. 5-HTP SeroTonic II can be used at any time when you want to enhance your ability to relax and be more serene, including bedtime; it is best taken apart from meals. Because of their somewhat competing effects, you might not want to take Rise & Shine and 5-HTP SeroTonic II together. MASTICgum Elma can be taken at any time, but preferably after meals, especially when it’s not convenient to brush your teeth.

Finally, the AM part of SlimSure should be taken about 1 hour before breakfast and about 1 hour before lunch; the PM part should be taken about 1 hour before dinner. The reason has to do with the appetite-satisfaction component of its effects, which is intended to make you eat less.

Taking all of the above into account, it would be OK to take Rise & Shine with SlimSure AM, provided the combination is not too stimulating; Energy Cycle II with SlimSure AM or PM; and 5-HTP SeroTonic II with SlimSure PM. It is important to keep track of how you feel and whether the combinations give you desirable effects.

Durk & Sandy’s Betamax Carotene+ is now called Better Beta Plus and is available from Life Enhancement.

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