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amkdiaries
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I just started using an anti-inflammatory drink that supposedly has helped many people get well from infammatory conditions. After two weeks I am a mess- crushing fatigue and severe increase in neuropathy. I read the label beforehand and everthing is an extract of fruits but it has stevia and I thought perhaps it could be that.

I read it can have anti-microbial properties. Does anyone know?

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I cannot use stevia. It upsets my stomach.

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Can you post a link to the label for the product you are using? It would be good to see all the ingredients.
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Probably something other than the stevia.. but some do have a sensitivity to it.

I love it!

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Don't take away the stevia,it's all we've got left! [Smile]
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You might want to try agave but you should probably get it from the health food store to make sure it is not processed with chemicals. It has a low glycemic index. I'm trying to see whether there are any downsides to using it, such as how is it with teeth.
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OK- here's what's in it- water,nopal concentrate,agave nectar,grape seed extract,raspberry extract,strawberry extract,cranberry extract,apple extract,apricot extract,mango extract,orange concentrate,papaya concentrate,tomato concentrate,kiwi concentrate,guava,lemon concentrate,peach concentrate,pomegranate extract,green tea extract,beet juice,bilberry concentrate,acerola cherry extract.amylase,cellulase. hemicellulase,proteases,papain,lipase,stevia,guargum.maltodextrin,cherry powder and Xanthum gum.

What do you think did me in? My liver enzyumes doubled so something happened. On no antibiotics, herbs or supplements right now. Thanks!

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Our LLMD put us on a no-sugar, no-yeast diet and the ONLY thing they told us we could use was Stevia.. my husband hasn't had any issues with it yet...
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It makes my skin break out. For my son...he picks his nose (must cause some type of irritation in there).
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amkdiaries,

What is the name of that? I got really bad reactions from a similar product years ago - before stevia was even around. I think it was just too much for my body to handle so much different stuff altogether.

With so many different concentrates, it could be anything that causes a reaction. Is this organic? If not, farm chemicals would be the first matter of concern.

Even if these are mostly organic, maltodextrin is alway suspect, too, as it is often from GMO corn or potato - or corn or potato that has lots of farm chemicals.

As for the promise of "anti-microbial properties" - other than a mild effect from Green Tea, I would not count on anything in here to help much regarding infection.

It may be just too much all together. Simply turmeric (or, later, the stronger extract Curcumin) may have better effects.

And then eating produce of all colors so as to get the full benefit of whole food - dark berries, tart apples, maybe some pomegranate juice.
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Extracts aren't all that great. Sure has a lot of STUFF in it. Could be most anything on that list. But I would think stevia would be the least of your worries.

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I myself have no trouble with stevia and I have trouble with a lot of things.

Long live stevia!!!

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Look at all the enzymes. I'd say that any one of those could be causing trouble.
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It has taken days but since stopping it I am slowly starting to feel improved. The person at the company said I felt this way because the product releases toxins. I don't know how or why.
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Bottom line: if it does not work for you, return it for a full refund. Demand it. Now, it may be a fine product - or it may not be. But, if you have such trouble with it, demand your money back. There is no way to know which ingredient(s) might be problematic for you - or the total combination - or some processing methods are the cause. If in plastic, even the bottle could be connected (especially if it ever got hot). Hopefully, they are using a BPA-free bottle if plastic.

However, if you can dilute it and if that works, great.

But, if not, return it. When something is not right for a customer, a good company will cheerfully offer a full refund if the bottle is near full. They can't resell it, of course, but returns need to made as soon as someone knows something is not quite right for them.

Good luck.

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We can't find any of the amazing clinical studies that have supposedly been done on this product however the cactus from which it's made has been the focus of several dozen. Prickly pears are generally high in antioxidants and a 2009 study of 9 species found them effective against prostate and cancer cells in in vitro tests.

Prickly pear was also singled out in a 2008 report on metabolic syndrome. The authors of this paper pointed out that prickly pear has long been a folk remedy for diabetes and high blood cholesterol. Science may be a little slow to prove this use but at least one very small study, done in 2003, produced promising results.

So what's the bottom line? Well, we simply don't have enough information on Nopalea to say if we would recommend it or not. We're not big fans of the MLM aspect of its marketing and some of the claims we've seen on distributor's web sites are troubling.

We also can't find any of the studies that have supposedly been done on the actual drink. However, some of the research on the cactus itself are very interesting. Combine that with centuries of use as a medicinal food and, well, we're hopeful. . . .

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Thanks- not the product I tried but yes they have a return policy and I will send it back. Just thought I might have been on to something since it made my symptoms worse and after being sick so long you start to think that everything that makes you worse is good for you in the longrun.
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The two biggest ones that would concern me are the maltodextrin and the amylase.

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maltodextrin


ding ding ding

It's no bueno for hypoglycemics


*Does all stevia have maltodextrin in it?
I'm confused... because i've read that stevia can actually BENEFIT hypoglycemics and help ontrol blood sugar

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