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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
B12: You can get blood levels of B12 ; vit d to be precise. Stomach meds may reduce absorption of b12. You may also benefit from vit d 1000 or 2000 units a day, more if blood level below 30. Fish oil is probably a waste of money. You should be on a statin. Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy products. There are thousands of beneficial molecules in food which are not in any pill. Forget "antioxid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Few: Vitamins have benefits only in specific situations - folic acid in pregnancy, vit D for infants, vit B12 in pernicious anemia as examples. So, absent a specific condition, there isn't much use in taking vits (you literally pee most of them out). Even less data supports most supplements. Spend your $$ on a balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies and calcium (for young women) and get regular exercise. ...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
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
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
Dietary supplement: The food ; drug administration (fda) does not approve of any dietary supplements, nor is there any need to prove safety ; efficacy prior to marketing w/any number of miraculous claims. In fact, there is no mandatory 3rd party oversight. The us pharmacopeia provides a voluntary program: dietary supplement verified (http://www. Usp. Org/usp-verification-services/usp-verified-dietary-supplements). ...Read more
With a meal: Try this: chew your food well, and pop in a pill or two and swallow with the well chewed food. Vegetables work great for this. ...Read more
Vitamins: 50+ multi-vitamins.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many good ones: Hard to say which are "best" but some great ones include The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, both by Michael Murray, Staying Health with Nutrition by Elson Haas, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch, Total Wellness by Joseph Pizzorno, The Four Pillars of Healing by Leo Galland and Optimal Wellness by Ralph Golan. Enjoy! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are vitamins and supplements a sham? So many people say studies supposedly indicate that the body does not actually absorb these substances.
Pre-natal vits: There are a number of vitamins that are important to take when you're pregnant and a healthy lifestyle and diet is very important the most important may be included in a good pre-natal vitamin that your obstetrician will prescribe for you. Regular check-ups with your doctor are extremely important. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers