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which vitamin deficiency is the worst?

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Dr. Reid Winick
Dentistry 33 years experience
D3. Iodine, B: There are so many. Start with vitamin d3, iodine and b complex. However, take a blood test to see if you have these deficiencies so you don't over do it.
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Dr. Louis Cady commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
This is actually a gouth question. I absolutely agree with Dr. Winick that D3, Iodine, and B vitamin deficiencies can be extremely problematic. D- vitamin deficiency - impacts your immune system and resistance to cancer. Low levels remarkably correlated with depression. Iodine - deficiency of this trace mineral is associated with hypothyroidism - and you will feel really bad! B- vitamins - of all types. Probably b-12 is the worst, because there are neurological problems that come out of this one. The other "b's" are important, as well, however, and have multiple functions including adrenal support and, in the case of serotonin metabolism, serving as a cofactor to assist in the reaction of tryptophan to be converted into serotonin - which will definitely contribute to keeping you happy. :)
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How do I decide which prenatal vitamin to take?

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All the same: The extra vitamins, minerals and iron that are required during pregnancy are all available in the appropriate amounts in any over the counter adult multivitamin. There is nothing extra special or better about a prenatal. A higher price does not mean it is better for you.
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What do I need to know about prenatal vitamins?

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Take one: There are many brands of prenatal vitamins each with a slightly different compilation of vitamins. The best one to take is the one that you like. Folate (folic acid) in prenatal vitamins has been shows to prevent certain birth defects especially if taken before pregnancy. Find one you like and take it daily.
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Is it safe to take diabetic vitamins while pregnant?

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Yes: If by diabetic vitamins you mean sugar-free than yes it is safe to take while pregnant.
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Do prenatal vitamins interact negatively with medications?

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Yes: Some yes. You need to ask your pharmacist about possible interactions between your medications and your prenatal vitamins.
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Why do I need vitamins in pregnancy?

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Nutrition: Sometimes, especially in early pregnancy, nausea prevents women from taking adequate amounts of vitamins from diet alone. It is also very important to get enough Folic Acid (through taking the prenatal vitamin) to prevent birth defects. Some parts of prenatal vitamins may also be associated with supporting good brain development in the baby. Ask your doctor.

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