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What Kind Of Vitamins And Supplements Should I Be Taking
As a tennis player recovering from tendinitis, what kinds of vitamin supplements should I be taking?
No specific vitamins: For a healing tendon, there are no specific vitamins needed to aid in the healing. This is assuming that one eats a balanced diet with lean proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and low saturated fat. If one does not eat this way, a plain multivitamin can supplement (but not replace) a proper diet. ...Read more
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
Multivit, C, Zinc...: Surgery is a significant stress on the body and recovering from surgery requires the body to have adequate protein, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. It is best to have good body stores prior to surgery. After surgery particular nutrients may speed recovery. I advise a well-rounded high-quality multivit./mineral supplement with additional vit. C (2000 mg 2x/day) & zinc (30-50mg/day) see comment:. ...Read more
What kinds of vitamin supplements should I be taking to heal after my total abdominal hysterectomy?
A good multi vitamin: A good multi- vitamin should hae all tthe vitamins and minerals that you need. If you became anemic as a result of or before you had the surgery, you should be on some iron. I am surprised your doctor did not discuss this with you as I always discuss this with all of my post op patients. ...Read more
Need more info: Recommendations differ depending on your health status, gender, age, and goals, etc. You have shared nothing about your diet, goals, or current status. So, your best bet would be to consult a physician skilled in nutrition and integrative medicine. You can find one through american board of integrative holistic medicine: http://www. Abihm. Org/ at the very least, most need a good multivitamin. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Anemia can be caused by many factors- not just because deficiency in some vitamins. Anemia can be due to blood loss, chronic diseases, deficiency in iron, vit b12, folate, (folic acid) destruction of the red blood cells (hemolysis) or perhaps bone marrow failure etc. The treatment would be directed to the underlying problems. See you doctor to find the cause so that you can get the right treatment. ...Read more
Vitamin D 25 O showed 28.9ng/dL (Insufficiency) in July. Should I take vitamin supplements? If so, what kind?
Vitamin D3: Optimum level of Vitamin D is 60-70 ng/dL. I recommend 5, 000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day. Alternatively, you can take 50, 000 IU once per week. ...Read more
I have a serious eyelash picking problem.....Are there any kind of pills/vitamin supplements that will help my eyelashes grow?
That's a tough one..: Trichotillomania, hair and eyelash pulling, is very difficult to deal with, as you know. I'm sure you know that working on stopping the pulling is the long-term solution. No specific supplements other than general healthy diet with lots of veggies and fruits is recommended. "Oiling" the lash with vaseline/Aquaphor/olive oil & lemon may help. Look into Latisse: it is FDA approved for lash growth. ...Read more
What kind of general vitamin supplements are the best to take? I eat fruits and veggies often. I am young, 19. I don't eat a lot of protein.
Eat real food: There's no good research that general multivitamins are of any benefit especially for those who eat healthy eg fruits & veggies often. Eating more protein is a good idea. Depending upon your health goals, aim for 0.5-1g per pound body weight. Look for lean protein, beans, egg whites, fish, chicken etc. You can supplement w/protein shakes but just as w/vitamins, there's no single best brand. ...Read more
It depends...: This depends on many factors including what her diet is like, any health conditions she has etc. Supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet. In general, I advise a quality multivitamin such as ultranutrient by pure encapsualtions or new chapter every woman ii. I also advise a product like paradise herb's orac energy greens for a variety of superfoods/herbs. See comments for more:. ...Read more
Whole Food Vitamins: In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. High quality Omega-3 fatty acids may also be of benefit. ...Read more
Multivitamin/iron/D: It is always best to get nutrients from our diet, but most people do not get optimal amounts of all needed nutrients from our diet, so a well-rounded multivitamin with minerals is a good insurance policy to assure you are getting optimal nutrition. Menstruating women often will benefit from a vitamin that also supplies iron. Most people also benefit from taking vitamin d-see comments for details. ...Read more
What vitamins and supplements should someone taking antipsychotics (Risperidone) use to complement treatment?
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
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
Have you heard about the recent research about vitamins and supplements are actually bad for us and do you think we should stop taking them?
No: Vitamins, in the right amount, are generally considered a good thing to do. I certainly wouldn't stop them based in a single report. Additionally, it is too broad a statement to infer that all vitamins should be stopped. More likely is the research may have addressed taking too much of one particular vitamin. Moderation is key; speak w/ your doctor for specifics as they pertain to your health. ...Read more
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
None: 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
Possibly: Vitamins by definition are vital elements of our bodies building blocks that we do not make. We can extract many from dietary intake and others as supplements. Those following a well balanced and diverse diet need fewer supplements than those on a narrow or restricted diet. In the us it is hard to find foods that don't have various vitamin fortifiers added. We usually eliminate any excess daily. ...Read more
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