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SAM-e is short for S-adenosylmethionine. It is found in the cells of plants, animals, and humans. SAM-e is available as a dietary supplement.
Some people take SAM-e supplements to improve symptoms of depression, osteoarthritis, or liver disease. SAM-e is also taken as a quit-smoking aid and for health problems like Alzheimer's disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fibromyalgia, and migraines. So far, there isn't clear proof from science that taking SAM-e helps with these or other health problems.
Not all natural health products are safe. If you are unsure about the safety of a natural health product, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or dietitian.
Always tell your doctor if you are using a natural health product or if you're thinking about combining a natural health product with your standard medical treatment. It may not be safe to stop your medical treatment and rely only on a natural health product. This is even more important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When using natural health products, keep in mind the following.
Current as of: March 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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