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Are Swanson Vitamins Good Quality
I can't get brand vitamin pills where I live and I'm not sure if the ones that I'm taking are good quality. Should I go on taking them?
Food not pills: Several studies came out last year showing no health benefits from taking vitamins. I would recommend getting a balance of fruits and vegetables. They contain more vitamins and antioxidants than you could ever get from a pill. Spend your money of fresh foods not pills. ...Read more
It depends...: Since you are pregnant i'd advise a quality prenatal vitamin. A fish oil supplement featuring dha is also important during pregnancy. Most people benefit from extra vit. D, at least 5000 iu/day and extra vit c 1000 mg 2x/day. It looks like you also have diabetes. Certain supplements like chromium and cinnamon may help. See http://www. Diabeteswellbeing. Com/diabetes-nutritional-supplements. Html. ...Read more
IfNotEnoughFrom Food: It is good for you if you don't get enough from your diet.If your diet include the common sources of Vitamin C like citrus fruits or juices, bell peppers, leafy greens, tomatoes, peas, papaya, guava, kivi fruit, broccoli, Strawberries. Daily requirement is 60mgm/daily. If you are not getting enough from the diet you may supplement 100mgm a day. High doses can cause kidney stones ...Read more
Jamieson: Jamieson is a long-standing company which makes many, many products. Which ones are "good" for you, depends on what you need. Please know this is not the only company available which makes vitamins. ...Read more
Vitamin B3: Vitamin b3, or niacin, is the only b vitamin that truly effects cholesterol. It reduces LDL (bad) and raises HDL (good) cholesterol. The caveat is that to be effective requires high doses (400mg +), wherein it should be considered a drug rather than just a vitamin. That's because at these high doses it can irritate the liver (liver enzyme levels should be followed) and cause muscle problems. ...Read more
Hydration: If you eat a regular diet it is unlikely you are deficient in any vitamin. Extra vitamins do not help in any way, but in those doses are unlikely to harm. On the other hand if you are thirsty water is almost always a good "solution." vitamin water is as good as any. Pun intended. ...Read more
Vitamin Water is a commercial drink that adds sweeteners, flavors and small amounts of vitamins and minerals to water. There are many varieties but most have about 32 grams of sugar (as cane sugar and fructose) and NONE of those are "good for you."Sugar is one of the least healthy things we can consume.
But the "Zero" variety with no sugars (sweetened with stevia and erythritol) is relatively good. ...Read more
None unless you have: Unless you are having a vitamin deficiency, then adding extra vitamins makes your urine very valuable. Most vitamins are water soluble, taking extra only makes them end up in the toilet. Taking extra fat soluble vitamins when you don't need them could make you sick. Ask your family doctor if you are having any deficiency. Most people in the usa are low on vitamin d. Correcting that might help. ...Read more
Vitamins are not food...They are co-enzymes that help you metabolize the food that you take in...A multiple vitamin is usually more than sufficient unless you have a frank deficiency syndrome. A well balanced diet and a an adequate activity schedule is better than any known vitamin supplement.
For the most part, supplements just make expensive urine. Don't waste your money.
Talk to your family doc. ...Read more
Vitamin A: Vitamin a is the most significant. Most prenatal vitamins have lower amounts of vitamin a, as high doses of vitamin a can cause birth defects. Also be aware of anti-aging creams, as most of those have retinoic acid or isotretinoin. If you want to see what high levels of vitamin a can do to a developing fetus, search Accutane and birth defects. Vit a is required in pregnancy, consult your obgyn. ...Read more
Ideally with L5-MTHF: Most prenatals are fairly similar but there's a subtle yet important difference. About 30% of people can't convert Folic Acid to its active form, L-5-MTHF, so to be on the safe side it's best to take one with that form like Prenatal Nutrients (Pure Encapsulations), Basic Prenatal (Thorne) or Prenatal Pro (Designs For Health). These also have biotin, which is important, & natural E, not synthetic. ...Read more
Depends: The most important thing is too eat well and get 7-9 fruits/veggies per day, stay away from processed foods. Good brands are physician grade products since 50% of the over the counter products are junk. Try douglas labs, metagenics, pure encapsulations; they have vegan ones, capsules and tablets. Use one with iron for menses and one w/greens to alkalanize the body. ...Read more