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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Overview)

Vitamins and supplements are compounds that are produced and sold as dietary supplements.


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What good vitamins and supplements for dieting and losing fats/weight? By the way. I'm allergic in sea foods.

What good vitamins and supplements for dieting and losing fats/weight? By the way. I'm allergic in sea foods.

See below: Eat right, use portion control and be more active to lose weight. Vitamins and supplements are not an answer as well as good eating habits. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals and low in calories, make them a part of every meal. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Overview)

Vitamins and supplements are compounds that are produced and sold as dietary supplements.


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Which vitamins and supplements should a teenage take?

Which vitamins and supplements should a teenage take?

Multivitamins: Any person who eats nutritiously thus supplying most vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy body functioning does not need supplemental vitamins. Exposing oneself to the sun for 15 minutes a day will activate your vitamin d. ...Read more

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Which medications should I stop taking before my male breast reduction surgery? I am not on any prescribed medications, but I do take vitamin e, gingko biloba, and a drink a lot of herbal teas. Should I stop using these herbal and vitamin supplements befo

Which medications should I stop taking before my male breast reduction surgery? I am not on any prescribed medications, but I do take vitamin e, gingko biloba, and a drink a lot of herbal teas. Should I stop using these herbal and vitamin supplements befo

It's a waste of $: Ginkgo biloba failed clinical trials, It's NOT effective. Since it's not a drug, the FDA can't stop the quacks who market it from doing so. As for herbal teas: they taste nice but a typical herbal tea brewed in the typical American way is EXTREMELY weak tea; so dilute that the likelihood of any real biochemical effect is essentially none. BURN THIS in your mind: Skepticism is good for your health. ...Read more

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Doctors prescribed vitamin D supplements to my newborn. Ever since, he has not been drinking the full 5 oz of milk he drunk before. Now its 3 or 4?

Doctors prescribed vitamin D supplements to my newborn. Ever since, he has not been drinking the full 5 oz of milk he drunk before. Now its 3 or 4?

Milk: As long as your child takes 24 ounces of milk per day I wouldn't be concerned. Also you don't mention your child's age and if he is taking solids, in which case his milk intake would drop ...Read more

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Is there a treatment or cure for neuropathy that uses vitamins or supplements?

Is there a treatment or cure for neuropathy that uses vitamins or supplements?

Maybe: In cases of neuropathy related to vitamin deficiency, supplementaiton can reverse or slow neuropathy. Vitamin B12 and folate (folic acid) are the most common, and a once-daily super b complex vitamin (or B12 shot) is often recommended. It does not reverse all neuropathy, and should not be taken in excess since b6 in high doses can be toxic to nerve as well. ...Read more

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How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

Not at all: If you don't have a deficiency, supplements offer no benefit and according to some recent studies may actually cause harm. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports article on the dangers of taking vitamin supplements. The only way to know if you have a deficiency is to be tested for it. See your doctor to discuss test options. ...Read more

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When is the best time to take vitamins and supplements? And the combinations that works best when taken together?

When is the best time to take vitamins and supplements? And the combinations that works best when taken together?

It depends: The best time to take a mulitvitamin or b complex is after food to prevent nausea. Take b's & coq10 & stimulating herbs early in day as they can be stimulating.
Best to take a, d, e, k, coq10 & fish oil/efa's after a meal as well be better-absorbed. But minerals are best absorbed on an empty stomach. Vit c enhances iron absorption. Magnesium & relaxing herbs better taken in the evening. ...Read more

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I ask about what is the best and safe vitamins or supplements should I take as a swimmer? Cause I am a professional swimmer in Egypt national team

I ask about what is the best and safe vitamins or supplements should I take as a swimmer? Cause I am a professional swimmer in Egypt national team

None: Performance enhancing steroids and others will get you in trouble. Eat a variety of greens, fruits, vegetables. Load with carbs well before any endurance event. No vitamin pill will do you any good. There are thousands of beneficial molecules in food not found in any pill. Spend your money on something worthwhile. ...Read more

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What would be the most sensible way to determine if tingling/pins and needles sensations are being caused by a B vitamin deficiency/toxicity?

Take the vitamin...: Depends on whether you want to see a doctor or not. If not, then I would take a B-complex vitamin supplement for a month or two and see if it helped. A better way would be for your to see a neurologist and undergo evaluation for neuropathy. ...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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What are some side effects of vitamin d supplements at 2000u per day?

What are some side effects of vitamin d supplements at 2000u per day?

Several: Too much vitamin d can be bad for you and can cause serious problems. Side effects may include high calcium levels, elevated kidney function, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, weakness, and increased urination. Total intake from all sources, food and supplements should remain less than 4000u to decrease risk of adverse events, although they can happen at any dosage. ...Read more

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Does the male reproductive system need any vitamins or supplements used on a normal basis?

Does the male reproductive system need any vitamins or supplements used on a normal basis?

No: No, not in particular. There is some speculation that saw palmetto can help with male prostate health later in life, but the studies thus far have not been supportive of this. In general, eat healthy, exercise regularly, use safe sex practices, do not smoke or use tobacco products and wear protection while playing sports; these are the best practices to follow for good male reproductive health. ...Read more

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How long should you wait after taking Synthroid (thyroxine) before you take your vitamins and supplements?

How long should you wait after taking Synthroid (thyroxine) before you take your vitamins and supplements?

Thyroid: Typically the recommendation is to wait at least 30 min after your thyroid medication before consuming foods or vitamins. There is some new emerging evidence also that you can take all your weekly thyroid pills in a single dose once weekly. You might want to ask your doctor about this as the studies have shown no difference in long term control and may make it easier for u to take vitamins. ...Read more

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Which vitamin supplements interact negatively and should not be taken together?

Which vitamin supplements interact negatively and should not be taken together?

List is too long: There are too many out there; good rule of thumb is to avoid taking too many things together; find a good whole food organic supplement that provides everything. My favorite is Alpha sun from simplexity health or moringa tree from zija.
For details check my website at www. Medacpc. Com. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on vitamin supplements?

Yes: Certain vitamins, particularly the fat soluble ones, a, d, e, and k can reach toxic levels if you take too much. The other vitamins can cause other health problems, such as increasing risk for cancer, if taken in very high doses. ...Read more

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Can taking too much of a vitamin d supplement make you fat?

Can taking too much of a vitamin d supplement make you fat?

Vitamin D: Vitamin D supplements should not add much to your weight. They are not high in calories or fat.

A good vitamin D supplement is 800 units a day or so, except in special cases, when a higher amount may be needed. ...Read more

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Can taking too many vitamin C supplements with birth control cause it to be less effective?

Can taking too many vitamin C supplements with birth control cause it to be less effective?

No- maybe more!: If anything, vitamin c may make oral contraceptives more effective by reducing the rate at which your liver clears estrogen from your system, thus slightly raising estrogen levels in some women- this is probably not clinically significant. Vitamin c also improves absorption of the iron it contains. ...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


Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

A vitamin deficiency is when the body has low levels of one or more essential vitamins. Deficiencies of different vitamins can lead ...Read more


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