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what are the best vitamins to take?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Vitamin insurance: A good multivitamin is a type of insurance for what you may miss in diet. This is important because the quality of food is deteriorating due to soil being depleted of minerals, toxins, etc. Starting at your age is a good idea. Please get a good quality vitamin, not the common brands over the counter. Many have just enough in them to be legal. 100% of an ingredient is often not enough.

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A 45-year-old female asked:

What is the best vitamin to take if you are 45yrs old?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
It depends...: This depends on many factors including what your diet is like, any health conditions you have etc. Supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet. In general, i advise a quality multivitamin such as ultranutrient by pure encapsualtions or new chapter every woman ii. I also advise a product like paradise herb's orac energy greens for a variety of superfoods/herbs. See comments for more:.
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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I also recommend additional Vitamin C- ideally 1 packet of Lypo-Spheric C by Liv-on Labs each day. Consider Ashwagandha as an all-around tonic, Meriva, a curcumin extract with many preventive benefits and Resveratrol for similar reasons. During fall & winter 4000-5000 units of Vit. D is wise. There are many supplements with many benefits, but what I am advising is pretty much what I personally take as a well-rounded, complete yet not overblown supplement program.
Feb 25, 2013
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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For independent ratings of over 100 multivitamins see http://www.multivitaminguide.org/ But many good ones are not included, like the UltraNutrient I mentioned above...
Feb 25, 2013
A 47-year-old member asked:

For night shift workers what time is best to take vitamins?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Vitamins: Vitamins are best absorbed with food.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What's the best vitamins to take if you have a graveyard shift?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Night shift: B vitamins. Alos night shift causes adrenal fatigue and premature agin. Supplements for adrenal function may help in day, and melatonin may help for sleep.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Is it good to take vitamins?And if so which is the best?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not necessary.: If one eats a relatively balanced diet, vitamins and supplements are by and large unnecessary.
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A 52-year-old female asked:

When is the best time to take vitamins?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends: Taking water –soluble vitamins on an empty stomach (30” prior to eating) when you first wake up is ideal. Or they can be taken 2 hours after a meal. Vit C, B vitamins & folate are water soluble. Vitamins A,D,E & K are fat soluble & best absorbed when taken with at least 5 grams of fat (food). If a particular supplement is upsetting your stomach consider taking before bed w small amt of food.

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