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what vitamins should i take daily?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
None.: If you eat a regular diet you should need no vitamin supplementation. Many of our routine foods are already vitamin fortified. If you have an identified vitamin deficiency through lab testing your doctor should prescribe and monitor your vitamin status.

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Hi! I would like to know if taking a daily amount of vitamins implicates any risk for my health! and what if I take to much? Thanks!

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Get a good diet: Taking a one-a-day along with extra vitamin d and calcium should cover your needs but get a good diet going with fruit and vegetables as they contain a lot of the antioxidants your body needs. You can take too much of some vitamins so stay with healthy foods.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Is the brand name water, vitamin water really a healthy choice? One of the ingredients is reverse osmosis water, what s that? Do doctors advice against it?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
It's all relative: Most of the vitamin waters contain 32 grams (6+ tsp) of sugar; any drink with that much sugar is not particularly healthy. But it does have small amounts of vitamins (mostly vit c & some b's). Reverse osmosis is a good form of water purification. Compared to a soda, that has over twice as much sugar & no vitamins, it is a healthy choice, but compared to pure water & a vitamin pill not so good!
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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The vitamin water I like most is XXX because of the healthy antioxidants from fruits that are added. Overall though, the healthiest drink is water, but I advise avoiding fluoridated water, which is tricky because over 70% of our country's water supply is fluoridated! Reverse osmosis does remove fluoride from water so at least Vitamin Water is free of fluoride. Spring water is another source of fluoride-free water. See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/21/fluoride-health-hazards.aspx and http://www.naturalchoice.net/articles/flouride.htm
Dec 29, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Instead of "Vitamin Water" you can try adding a packet of EmergenC (or similar products like OxyLent) to spring water. This will give a much higher levels of vitamins and much less sugar (6 grams), has a variety of nice fruit flavors and costs much less.
Dec 30, 2012
A 45-year-old member asked:

Help, what vitamins and mg dosage should I take daily?

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Dr. Joshua Hornstein
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Eat real food!: Hi gabmorales1, There are no vitamins that you must take daily. The best way to get all of your daily recommended vitamins and minerals is through consuming real food (fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat). You absorb much more true vitamins from food and it's in a more pure form. If you feel that your diet is not sufficient, the safest approach would be a general daily multivitamin.
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A 53-year-old male asked about a 86-year-old female:

Is it safe for a 86 year old to take vitamins daily?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. Your doc can measure your vitamins levels. If you have difficulty swallowing or digesting tablets you can use liquid vitamins.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

What vitamins do you recommend I take on a daily basis? And how much of each

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
What vitamins are: most important actually changes throughout life. Many young adults have suboptimal eating habits; a balanced diet can eliminate the need for any vitamin supplements. Nutrients most needed in young women are calcium (1200 mg daily) and vitamin D (15 micrograms). Omega-3 fatty acids are important as well as iron (18 mg), vitamins A (700 microgram), C (75 mg) and E (90 microgram).

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