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Mother Taking Prescription Medications (Definition)

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you probably want to know what medications and herbal remedies are safe to take after you become pregnant. Ideally, it would be best to discuss your current medications with your doctor before you conceive. In any case, as soon as you know you are pregnant, inform your health care providers and discuss what medicines are safe for you to take. If you are breast-feeding, some medications may pass into the breast milk and cause unwanted effects on your nursing baby, so check with your health care provider about taking medications after the baby ...Read more


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Is there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

Is there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

Absolutely: First of all our soils are depleted and no longer contain the same nutrients that were available to us as little as 30 yr ago. To further complicate matters we are a "processed food" society. The more you process a food the more nutrients you deplete. Then there is the issue of over cooking the processed foods. We are eating essentially "dead food". This makes supplementation critical for health. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my petechia goes away after I start taking vitamin supplements?

How long will it take for my petechia goes away after I start taking vitamin supplements?

They may not: Petechiae are usually a result of abnormal platelets, or low platelets. You need to find out what the cause of your petechiae are. Please see a hematologist. ...Read more

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Help please! is an 800 calorie diet ok if taking vitamin supplements?

Help please! is an 800 calorie diet ok if taking vitamin supplements?

Too low: Unless you are under 5 feet tall and thin as a rail, 800 calories sounds too low to me. You run the risk of your body going into starvation mode and not being able to lose weight because of inadequate intake. See a dietician or nutrition specialist to find out what the proper intake based on height and weight and age is for you- good luck. ...Read more

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When taking vitamin supplements should you drink your vitamins or swallow a pill or capsule?

When taking vitamin supplements should you drink your vitamins or swallow a pill or capsule?

Doesn't matter: Of course drinking your vitamins have better resorption. But taking pills or capsules are just as effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could be suffering from a vitamin deficiency if I'm taking vitamin supplements?

Can you tell me how I could be suffering from a vitamin deficiency if I'm taking vitamin supplements?

Vitamin DEf: First of all how do you know you have Vitamin Deficiency ???!!! You don't need to take a vitamin supplement if you are eating HEALTHY BALANCED MEALS , that are locally grown . However if you wish to take a supplement , take food supplements from the Health food store , not just cheap vitamins that are CHEMICALS , that don't absorb well , & don't assimilate into your body . .Hope this helps . ...Read more

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I want to lose weight so I started exercising and taking vitamins, supplements and omega 3 pills.do these pills help losing weight?

I want to lose weight so I started exercising and taking vitamins, supplements and omega 3 pills.do these pills help losing weight?

Weight loss: It is the healthy diet and physical activity that will lead to weight loss. However, if you are deficient in any nutrients - supplementation may help. ...Read more

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I have started taking Vitamin Do supplements 1000iu and no matter what I always get a headache.is that a common side effect? I couldn't do 50000iu d2

I have started taking Vitamin Do supplements 1000iu and no matter what I always get a headache.is that a common side effect? I couldn't do 50000iu d2

Vit D supplement: Signs of vitamin D side effects include appetite changes, bone pain, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, increased thirst and urination, nausea, muscle pain, weakness, stomach cramps, weight loss and vomiting. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5502286_side-effects-vitamin-supplements.html#ixzz3452YAB6J ...Read more

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Can taking vitamin E supplements help skin?

Can taking vitamin E supplements help skin?

Yes: For a more thorough discussion please visit the website for the linus pauling institute through oregon health sciences. The most important issue is that vitamin e is not one chemical and components act differently. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/skin/vitamine/. ...Read more

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How will taking vitamin a supplements affect my skin?

How will taking vitamin a supplements affect my skin?

It won't...: ...Unless you have a deficiency. Taking extra vitamins when you don't have a deficiency will offer no additional benefits. Biotin is associated with healthy hair and nails, but if you are not deficient, taking extra offers no benefit. ...Read more

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What is a good age to start taking vitamins and supplements?

What is a good age to start taking vitamins and supplements?

Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Get guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 % above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. Young adult or when having symptoms. ...Read more

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Can taking vitamin b supplements be bad? I like dr weill ones

Can taking vitamin b supplements be bad? I like dr weill ones

No unless too many: B vitamins have a wide margin of safety and are generally non-toxic. One exception is vitamin b6. High doses of b6 can cause neuropathy, but this is rare in those taking less than 500 mg a day and there is no need to take such large amounts! however, b vitamins can increase energy and taking high doses later in the day could be stimulating and might prevent sleep. ...Read more

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Is taking a vitamin supplement with over 1000% DV for a vitamin have a benefit? Doesn't excess of some vitamins get expelled in urine?

Is taking a vitamin supplement with over 1000% DV for a vitamin have a benefit? Doesn't excess of some vitamins get expelled in urine?

Maybe: The fat soluble vitamins, A, E, D & K accumulate in your body & pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess than water-soluble vitamins. The B vitamins and vitamin C are water soluble and any excess is generally excreted in your urine. The late Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize winner, reported there were many health benefits benefits of large doses of vitamin C. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Folic Acid Supplements (Definition)

There are many ways to get the folic acid your body needs. It is available in folic acid tablets, multivitamins, fortified breads, rice, pastas, and cereals. While many of these fortified foods contain about 10% of the daily RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a few cereals contain a full day's supply of folic acid. It is also possible to get enough folic acid by eating large amounts of liver, dark-green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains, and ...Read more


Dr. Julian Raffoul
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Diet 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 in others they ...Read more