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The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Brewer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A bewildering range of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements is now widely available to us all, but information about their health benefits cannot be given on the packaging as it would constitute a health claim.

In this jargon-free guide leading expert on sensible supplementation, Dr Sarah Brewer, sets out all you need to know about the main supplements, and suggests which to take for specific health problems. It includes:

A-Z guide to 150 supplements for a brighter and healthier life.

Clearly explains the benefits, possible side effects and contraindications.

Thoroughly sets out the research evidence to back their efficacy.

Recommends supplements for common problems such as IBS, chronic fatigue, recurrent candida and arthritis.


Packed with clear and concise answers, this essential guide explains the use of supplements to maintain or improve your daily health.

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The most comprehensive and up-to-date review of vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies and other nutritional supplements

About the Author

Dr Sarah Brewer MA MB Bchir graduated from Cambridge University as a doctor in 1983. She is a fully trained GP who works in hospital medicine specialising in sexual health. She has written over 30 popular health books and is online doctor for handbag.com and mykindaplace.com, and contributes regularly to national newspapers and magazines.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1000 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way; 2nd Edition edition (25 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DSP8UU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr. Sarah Brewer qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a Master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as remaining a licensed doctor, Sarah is now also a Registered Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award winning health writer. Sarah writes widely on all aspects of health and nutrition, including complementary medicine and the safe use of herbal remedies and vitamin supplements. She has written over 60 popular self-help books, is the Editor of YourWellness magazine and a regular contributor to Prima, Healthspan's Lifespan magazine, the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide 7 Oct. 2010
By noddy
Format:Paperback
I found this book thorough, informative,and truly essential for anyone interested in natural remedies for many of our most common complaints, although I do regard it as complementary rather than as an alternative to a visit to the doctor.
By the way, I am 74 years old and have had 2 major operations for cancer. I am now in excellent health and with the help of the information in this book I intend to stay that way. D. West Sussex.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to better health 25 Sept. 2012
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The cover of this second edition says it is the essential guide. And so it is.
Many of us do not eat enough healthy foods. As a result of changing farming practices, including the trend towards more and more genetic modification of plants, health promoting nutrients may be lacking from the food we eat. Consequently, it has become necessary to add supplements of essential vitamins and minerals to the diet.
Dr Brewer's guide is in two parts, one describing the supplements that are available, the other offering treatments and advice for common health problems. She gives descriptions, benefits and recommended dosages based on extensive research and where applicable also offers life style suggestions.
The supplements she describes are available from some pharmacies without prescription, health food shops, many supermarkets, and mail order companies. However, the guide tells you when to be cautious about using supplements and when to take medical advice. The vitamins and minerals described are intended to promote and maintain good health and are supplements to pharmaceutical medicines.
One reason that the book is essential is that it fills a gap caused by legislation that prevents full information being given on the packaging of many supplements. This enhances its value as a source of guidance for anyone who is concerned to obtain the best effects from their daily diet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must! 16 April 2011
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A must for anyone, who takes or is thinking of taking supplements. Tells you what each supplement can be used for, unlike many lables which give a description of product and doseage, but not always what the condition they are intended to help. Also, it list aphabetically, illness/conditions, and which supplement would be the most suitable. A very informative read, that tells it as it is.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Gloria
Format:Paperback
This is a really excellent book. It is well written & the information is fantastic.
Everyone interested in food & diet should first read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By jcp1962
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This well-balanced guide to vitamins and supplements is comprehensive, informative and evidence-based. I liked the fact that it is written by a GP who has researched the subject, rather than another so-called (i.e. unqualified) 'nutritionist'. It is well presented with an alphabetical guide to specific vitamins and food supplements and the benefits they can provide in the first section. The second section contains an alphabetical glossary of medical conditions with information about supplements, foods and vitamins that can help particular symptoms and conditions. This is a useful no-nonsense reference for anyone who is thinking about taking vitamins and supplements and feels confused by all the different ones on the pharmacy/health food store shelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. 30 May 2013
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Lots of interesting information in here. I would recommend to anyone who doesn't like medicines and would prefer more natural remedies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide, well written & practical 10 Feb. 2015
Format:Paperback
A very well written Guide, divided in two major Parts: (1) Supplements and (2) Problems & Solutions. Although in the first part when a specific supplement is explained, the uses for specific problems are very well outlined, we have the second part where Problems and Diseases are reviewed one by one. I think there is no strong overlapping between the two parts, i.e. the author did not duplicate information simply translating from one Part to the other, but on the contrary things are explained in a different manner and with helpful hints. In summary, a highly recommended guide and quite useful, both as knowledge per se, as well as a practical manual to solve specific health issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 22 Aug. 2011
By Liz
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I purchased this book for myself originally and was that impressed I bought it for a friend. Very informative book, great to learn more about this area and certainly has made me look at my diet more. Would definately recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review for Kindle Version - unusable
Review for Kindle Version. Avoid the Kindle version.
The main text is OK, but data tables are totally unreadable, being very tiny print which cannot be enlarged like normal... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Seasoned Traveller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
A handy nutritional book with some references for those with a more than passing interest in human health and nutrition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference book, which can prompt further reading around the subject.
Useful reference book, guiding use age, explanations.
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A really useful guide, full of helpful information which is backed up by research. Essential reading for anyone using nutritional medicine.
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good reference book
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My second edition. I find it very useful.
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