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Appetite, Poor


As a person gets older, the appetite can decrease due to age, diabetes, upper respiratory ailments, and medications, among other causes. One theory that as we grow older, our senses of smell and taste decrease. If we can taste or smell what we eat, we're not as likely to want it.


  • By having a diet developed just for you, that would be suitable to your tastes and tolerances, would in most cases help to excite a poor appetite.
  • When shopping for products to assist with a persons appetite and possible weight problems, try looking in the sports sections of health food stores. The products carried in this section is not just for sports enthusiasts.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: High
Comments: Use in large doses that are high-potency.

Importance: High
Comments: Use in large doses that are high-potency.

Importance: High
Comments: Use in large doses that are high-potency.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Stimulates appetite. High-stress formula is recommended. Use sublingual form or injections under physician's care.

Importance: High
Comments: Heightens awareness of taste.

Importance: High
Comments: Equalizes zinc.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Catnip has been listed as one of the many herbs that can "wake up" a poor appetite.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Fennel is great for the digestive system. The seeds can be used as an herbal spice. Its appetizing aroma can help to perk up a person's appetite.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Ginger can improve digestion. It can either be used as a spice on top of food or as a tea.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Ginseng can act as an appetite stimulant.
Cautions: Caution is recommended if you have high blood pressure

Gotu Kola
Type: Internal
Purposes: Gotu Kola can stimulate the central nervous system. Often times it can be used when a person's appetite is down.

Papaya Leaves
Type: Internal
Purposes: Can be of assistance in increasing the appetite and improving digestion. Can also relieve irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Peppermint can be purchased in a variety of forms. It has been frequently used as a tea to increase appetite and improve digestion.

Saw Palmetto
Type: Internal
Purposes: Saw Palmetto Berries are native to the Atlantic Coast of North America. The Indians have traditionally used both the flowers and the fruit and have typically chosen this herb to treat poor appetite.


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