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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Herbal Treatments and Supplements


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 08/11/1999]
Question: I frequent a discussion board for people taking Metabolife 356. Here is the list of ingredients: Serving Size: 1 Caplet

Amount Per Serving_____________________________ _% Daily Value

Vitamin E………………………………………………....….. 6 i.u. ……..….. 20%
Magnesium (as Magnesium Chelate)…………………......……75 mg ……..…. 18%
Zinc (as Zinc Chelate).……………………………….…..…... 5 mg. …….….. 33%
Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate)……………………...….. 75 mcg. …...….. 62%



Proprietary Blend …………………………………………...……………….728 mg

Guarana Concentrate (seed) …………………………….......…………………….*
(40 mg naturally-occurring caffeine) …………………………….………………*
Ma Huang Concentrate (aerial part) ……………………………………………….*
(12 mg naturally occurring ephedrines)
Bee Pollen……………………………………………………………..…………..*
Ginseng (root) …………………………………………………………...………...*
Ginger (root) ……………………………………………………………...……….*
Lecithin ………………………………………………………………………...….*
Bovine Complex …………………………………………………………………...*
Damiana (leaf) ……………………………………………………………………..*
Sarsaparilla (root) ………………………………………………………………….*
Golden Seal (aerial part) …………………………………………………………...*
Nettles (leaf) ……………………………………………………………………….*
Gotu Kola (aerial part) ……………………………………………………………..*
Spirulina Algae …………………………………………………………………….*
Royal Jelly …………………………………………………………………….…...*

* Daily Value not established


Other ingredients: Methocel, silica, croscamellose sodium, magnesium stearate.

My question is, why do so many women that take this suffer from effects that appear to be hormonal. For example, I frequently read complaints of missed periods, hair loss, extreme irritability, cramping, breat sensitivity. What is this all about?

Thank you.
Tracey Miner

Answer: Wish I could tell you, but our training in herbal remedies and ingredients is very paltry. I don't see anything per se that should give steroid effects.

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