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is vitamins c good good for me?

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Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Yes : At about 1000 mg /day or a bit less.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
IfNotEnoughFrom Food: It is good for you if you don't get enough from your diet.If your diet include the common sources of Vitamin C like citrus fruits or juices,bell peppers,leafy greens,tomatoes,peas,papaya,guava,kivi fruit,broccoli,Strawberries.Daily requirement is 60mgm/daily.If you are not getting enough from the diet you may supplement 100mgm a day.High doses can cause kidney stones

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When do I need to give my babies vitamins?

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
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No: There is no perfect time or age to start vitamin. It depends on indvidual needs. It is recommended by aap that if you infant is exclusively breast fed or mostly breast fed should take vitamin d.
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How can I tell if my baby is getting enough vitamins?

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Pediatrics 34 years experience
Vitamin D: Babies used to get plenty of vitamin d from the sun; now most of their day is spent indoors. Most healthy babies who are breastfed or partly breastfed should get a vitamin d supplement. Breast milk has all the other vitamins -- and more! formula has vitamins, including d, added in. Once solids are started, choose a variety of fruits and veggies. Iron isn't a vitamin, but do choose iron-rich foods.
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Are there over-the-counter vitamins I can take for my menopause?

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Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
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Yes: Black cohosh and soy are two of the most commonly used over-the-counter supplements. Other supplements like chasteberry, flaxseed, st. John's wort, and vitamin C may have some benefit but are not as widely used as black cohosh and soy.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a specific type vitamin help with depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Certain vitamins: Depression first of all needs a good evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes psychotherapy alone can help; sometimes antidepressants are needed also. Low vitamin d levels have some correlation with depression. Some data shows that low B12 and folate can accompany depression too. While replenishing these nutrients may not cure depression by themselves, they may help.
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!
Dr. Randy Baker
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

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