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What vitamines , minerals & supplements should I take daily?

What vitamines , minerals & supplements should I take daily?

Vitamins: None if you have a healthy diet and if you are in good health. See your primary care provider for guidance. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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What herbs, spices, vitamins & minerals don't mix with Levothyroxine & Topiramate ?

What herbs, spices, vitamins & minerals don't mix with Levothyroxine & Topiramate ?

Interactions: Many medications can interact with vitamins and supplements. For specific questions, your pharmacist or doctor is a good place to start. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take supplements like garlic, coq 10, & liver detox supplements while taking Losartan, bystolic, (nebivolol) & metformin?

Is it safe to take supplements like garlic, coq 10, & liver detox supplements while taking Losartan, bystolic, (nebivolol) & metformin?

Caution: I like to typically air on the side of caution when it comes to supplements because a lot of them do interact with many medications. I would take your supplements to your doctor and go over them separately to determine if they are safe. ...Read more

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Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Expired medications: Dietary supplements that have an expiration date on them should be discarded. The chemical nature of any medication or supplement can change over time including the additives to that product. ...Read more

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Taking 2.5mg bisoprolol but also take various supplements worried about interactions garlic, folic acid, selenium, cod liver, Q10, evening primrose, vit e.

Taking 2.5mg bisoprolol but also take various supplements worried about interactions garlic, folic acid, selenium, cod liver, Q10, evening primrose, vit e.

Sups. No Evidence: Supplements widely promoted, big business, but exempted from clinical trials, even need for honesty/accuracy on labels; see DSHEA Act 1994 which exempted all food supplements, thus no reliable data about group, much less individual benefits & downsides. Carvedilol has better track record than bisoprolol (both with ACEI) for heart function, mortality rates; yet both can ? lung bronchospasm, COPD. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take multivitamins & calcium supplements while taking quinapril?

Is it ok to take multivitamins & calcium supplements while taking quinapril?

Listen to your body: Quinapril is given for elevated blood pressure. Eating 6 equal meals followed each time by doing some relaxation training for 5 minutes and getting good exercise like pretend skipping rope are the life style changes that help blood pressure normalize. Correcting nutritional deficiencies with a mult vitamin and mineral can be helpful: vit d, vit k2, magnesium, potassium, and iron may be needed. ...Read more

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Currently take metformin 2,000mg daily. Can I take ubiquitous CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, GTF chromium & glycinate magnesium supplements with metformin?

Currently take metformin 2,000mg daily. Can I take ubiquitous CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid,  GTF chromium & glycinate magnesium supplements with metformin?

Supplements: 27F of unknown medical Hx other than metformin. Wants to know if can take several supplements. ANS. If u need to waste money on unproven supplements that may contain dangerous additives (the are no standards for supplements) then you might consider it. I never recommend them. I would focus on diet & exercise so you don't meet to take metformin either. Get your BMI < 25 & you likely won't need it. ...Read more

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Can I take multivitamin & multi mineral while taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr150 & Ativan.5 ?

Yes: There are no negative interactions with taking standard multivitamin and mineral supplements with those medications. All the best. ...Read more

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Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement safe for gout users?

Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? 
Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement  safe for gout users?

None will effect gou: Gout is related to URIC ACID and PURINES, not amino acids or protein supplements. BUT, since everything you mention is a complete waste of money, why bother to ask? There are meds used to control gout in different ways. Low dose aspirin and thiazide diuretics tend to raise uric acid levels. Alcohol, especially in large amounts, often causes attacks. Low purine diets are slightly effective. ...Read more

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Can taking protein supplements osteoporosis?

Can taking protein supplements osteoporosis?

Not sure if you: Are asking about protein supplements treating osteoporosis or causing osteoporosis. Protein supplementation will neither treat or cause osteoporosis. Treatment consists of calcium supplementation and sometimes additional medication to build bone density. Causes are genetic, lack of exercise and lack of calcium intake. ...Read more

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Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?

Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?

Anemia: If your doctor put you on it, yes it is suggested for anemia. Make sure you did se your docotr and your had blood tests that made the diagnosis of the deficiency. ...Read more

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I am trying to find supplements for sev.Osteoporosis, are vit k2, chia seeds, vit d3, vitamin C magnesium & calcium safe & beneficial for bones?

I am trying to find supplements for sev.Osteoporosis, are vit k2, chia seeds, vit d3, vitamin C magnesium & calcium  safe & beneficial for bones?

See below: 1.calcium supplementation up 2000-1200 mg daily and 2. vitamin D supplementation keep vitamin D level greater than 30
There is no conclusive evidence for magnesium, potassium other micro nutrients replacement for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis
please review recent information about calcium and vitamin D supplementation
https://www.nof.org/patients/treatment/calciumvitamin-d ...Read more

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Will taking vitamins supplements, make my pennis bigger?

Will taking vitamins supplements, make my pennis bigger?

Vitamin supplements: Will not enhance growth of the penis. ...Read more