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Are There Any Good Vitamins Or Supplements That Help With Insomnia
Serotonin foods: Anything which helps regulate sleep may improve the situation (avoid caffeine and more than one drink of alcohol after 3pm, regular sleep, avoid stress or shift work), as well as serotonin foods 30min prior to bedtime (dark chocolate, almonds, glass of milk, banana, dried cherries). ...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
Yes: An OTC option is Melatonin 3mg. You take it 30 min prior to bedtime but you have to take it the same time every night for it to be effective. It helps train your brain to signal for sleep. It is used along side with manipulating your sleep schedule which a sleep doctor can help you with. Valerian root is another alternative that has helped some patients. Consult your doctor before taking anything ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melatonin: Ck w/your doc first and don't take w/other sleeping meds or if pregnant. Melatonin (a hormone) can be helpful for sleep. Take one hour prior to going to bed and a very small dose--many folks take 1 or 2 mg. Peace and good health. I've not seen any "hang over" side effects. Peace and good health. Stop stimulating activity at least 1 hr. Prior to bed, e.g., computer. ...Read more
Consider melatonin : Or valerian. Use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading. ...Read more
OTC vit D3: Pharmacies are full of d3 in various quantities - 1000u, 2000u, 5000u and 10, 000u. Your needs will vary with age and sun exposure. D3 is felt to have a variety of health benefits for bone and organ metabolism. There seems to be no harm in higher doses but most agree that 2000 to 4000 units per day is a good idea. ...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
I take vitamin a and c and e, the e make my skin a bit oily. Is there a skin supplement that is great at keeping skin looking good?
Sesame oil: can be applied directly on the skin. Hope it helps. Peace and good health. ...Read more
What vitamin supplement should I take for energy and good overall health - commuting daily to and from work, age 47, Asian, weighs 52 kilos,.
Yes, if deficient: Vit d deficiency is very common, the best explanation I have is that it is broken down by cadmium a pollutant that has become more prevalent since lead was taken out of gasoline in 1980. Cadmium causes stress and inflammation. If vit d deficiency is present just taking vit d will not be enough. Menstruating women need iron . Zinc and magnesium are necessary and a healthy life style. ...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
Plenty available: It is a mistake to believe that taking a pill "lets us off thehook". Vitamin supplements do not work well unless the diet is as pristine as you can afford. Most diets today have too many empty calories and, as I have said many times in these posts, sugar in all its forms is definitely injurious to health.See my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more
None: None have any benefit. Save your money. ...Read more
Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more
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