[quote] Brook wrote:
Okay, now that I understand a little more about where you are coming from, I will attempt to answer your question. Stick to supplements that are more food-based than herbal.
Examples would be amino acids such as arginine, and BCAA. Superfood, Flameout, and Surge Recovery are also dietary supplements that are simply food and should pose no danger (I do not know of any dietary restrictions for epileptics so if there are any please let me know).
As for “bodybuilding supplements” (this is what I refer to as herbal supplements that usually have little to no science behind them), they may have an unknown (or even a known) reaction with your medication or exacerbate your condition so ask a qualified doctor and if they say no, do not use them.
This goes double for supplements that claim to have an effect on your neural pathway such as Alpha-GPC and Power Drive. As for which products I recommend, Surge Recovery (.5 serving before working out followed by 1 serving after), Flameout, Superfood, Metabolic Drive in that order.
I do not know if you can take creatine, but you probably can (again talk to an MD). These are the only supplements I have taken and noticed any effect from.
By your own word you said that anyone who claims to know more than his neuro is full of shit - yet you are now giving advice which is different to his neuro (let alone telling him to ask an MD to cover your back - yet he already has, and has been given an answer!)!
Good job i thought your first post was utter BS.
You would be correct in saying that those who know the most about diseases, illness and ailments are medically educated and qualified - however to assume this spreads into a thorough working knowledge of how the various sports supplements or PED affect the body - whether healthy, diabetic, epileptic or otherwise - you would be seriously wrong.
MD’s have strict rules on what they can and can’t advise on - so even if a doctor is a BB in his spare time and knows the ins and outs of supplement action/reaction thoroughly - they are restricted from advising the use of any.
A doctor IS allowed to prescribe food and as such he recommended he just use protein. He is likely totally unaware that Creatine is an Amino acid, and may just know it as a kidney excreted sports supplement.
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First, thank you koots for addressing half this post first, I couldn’t have put it better myself. As for the first part, did you even read the first three posts or did you drift in and out? Only when the OP informed me his MD was against using any supplements regardless of medical conditions did I disagree with him and recommend supplements that are simply concentrated food found in anyone’s diet. I told him to consult with his MD about any supplements containing ingredients outside those found in the diet because his MD will know better than me (or is better able to research) any possible reactions with his medication/exacerbate his condition. I never said his MD knows more about supplements, just that he knows more about pathology. And when it comes down to it, health/living is more important to me than taking some herb which may or may not increase the effects of my training by 1-2%. But I am just weird that way.