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would a daily dose of vitamin c supplements help fade hyperpigmentation and melasma?

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Vitamin c and skin: Vitamin c is good for skin and help improve its color and texture. Some patients with vitamin c deficiency develop skin rashes, itching, mouth, teeth, gum problems as it is a vital part of connective tissues and replacement can help. Similarly it helps improve anemia and improve oxygenation to skin and other vital organs. Can it help with hyper pigmentation and melasma, yes so go for it!

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Is glucose balance supplement safe for pregnant women?

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Dr. Aileen Caceres
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Glucose metabolism changes in pregnancy and a delicate balance is maintained by the placenta and your system. Women may experience glucose insensitivity or diabetes during pregnancy because you are not able to metabolize sugar as well. Be cautious of using supplements that may alter the way that you metabolize sugars as this may increase your risk of developing diabetes during your pregnancy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Advertisements for coral calcium supplements appear to be everywhere. The ads claim that this calcium not only helps bones but also cures many other medical conditions. Is coral calcium better than any other kind?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: This is an ad that was recycled a few years ago. The claims are grossly false. I believe the company was fined by the ftc for false advertising but has not resurfaced. There are many sources of calcium that are combined with magnesium and other minerals at any drug or health food store that are safe and effective.
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Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

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Dr. Jessica Davis
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Formula has added vitamin d. The recommended daily amount of vitamin d for infants is 400 iu daily. Infants drinking formula only should be meeting this requirement. If the baby is partially breastfed, a vitamin d supplement should be added to make sure they get 400 iu daily.
A 21-year-old member asked:

When I take my baby outside, I always cover all of his skin with sunscreen, just as the aap recommends. Isnt that enough to protect him from cancer and yet give him vitamin d?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: If you block the rays that burn, you're blocking the rays that help you make vitamin d. Use a vitamin d supplement.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any herbal supplements that can be ingested to prevent high blood pressure?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Herbals for BP: A number of herbal, natural, substances and vitamins have been shown to lower elevated blood pressure, but not a lot. Serious high blood pressure may need medication. Exercise, diet changes, weight loss, salt restrictions will show some benefit. Garlic, coq10, folic acid, fish oil, and hawthorne have all shown small improvements in blood pressure.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Also Alkalinized water, Acid Free Diet, good Whole Food Vitamin/Mineral supplementation has allowed many of my patients to wean off of Blood Pressure Medications. Must be done with supervision. and the most promising one I have seen recently is Protandim www.MedacPC.com
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