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What Kind Of Vitamins And Supplements Should I Be Taking
Cheap if any: Most people get no benefit from vitamin-mineral supplementation, but i think a few do, especially in this era of varying lifestyles, sun-avoidance, vegetarianism, and fast-food. Vitamin d & iron are deficient in many of our diets. A drugstore-chain tablet is plenty. I'd rather see you avoiding fatty, greasy & salty food and taking time for aerobic fitness on a regular basis. Good luck, stay fit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What are the multi vitamins and calcium I should be taking at my age as I am not taking any of that?
Best via diet: The absolute BEST way to get vitamins is through a solid antioxidant anti-inflammatory diet. Even "natural" supplements get processed via heat or enzymes making them not as good or as complete as those you get from a good diet. Having said that, Vitamin D deficiency is very common, even if you are in the sun. Everyone is different. Look at diet first! A multivitamin won't hurt, but may not help. ...Read more
None necessary: There are no necessary and few very proven supplements that safely enhance a workout. Creatine has been shown to benefit some athletes that perform rapid bursts of activity (power lifters, etc.), but there are side effects, especially if taken above the recommended amount. Caffeine, when used in moderate amounts (50-150 mg- 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of coffee) may be benefit and considered safe for most. ...Read more
I stop taking all medications for lupus I am now only on vitamins an supplements what vitamins would be best?
I want to start taking vitamins but multi vitamins upset my stomach what are the main vitamins I should take?
Deficient ones: If you eat a well-balanced diet, you may not need many. It appears that many are vitamin d deficient. This as well as B12 and folate can be measured via blood tests. "overdoing" it on them can cause not only side effects but may prompt illness or worsening of ongoing medical problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am diabetic and on a low carb diet, what vitamins should I take and what vitamins are good to take for constipation.
You are not going: to get a high degree of consensus from medical professionals on this question. Many of us believe that if you eat according to dietary guidelines, with lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, you should be fine. Some have advised chromium for diabetes, but evidence of benefit is weak. You do need some fiber from whole grains even with a low carb diet to avoid constipation/get all you need:) ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes, antioxidants: The benefit includes keeping your body working optimally as vitamins assist in different body processes. Make sure you take a supplement that contains vitamins and antioxidants, as you want to decrease the level of oxidation in your system. http://drbarreto.juiceplus.com/. ...Read more
Can dietary supplements be taken with thyroxine? I am due to start on it but am currently taking lots of supplements
Calcium, iron beware: The two substances that most commonly cause decreased stomach absorption of thyroid hormone are calcium and iron. We usually recommend that any vitamins, supplements and medicines (e.g. Antacids) that contain calcium and/or iron be taken at least 3-4 hours separated from thyroid pills. Otherwise, the thyroid levels that are absorbed into the body may vary each day. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Diet: A general one such as a mutiviamin and mineral from the local health or drug store. ...Read more
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