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Can I Take Emergen C Everyday
Why bother?: If you eat fruits and vegetables every day, there is no reason to take this supplement combination. The science does not show that it has any advantage over natural fruits and vegetables and that it may even be unhealthy to take antioxidant supplements that may interfere with your normal immune functioning. Save your money. ...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
I'm a college student so I do not eat very healthily. What types of vitamin/supplements are best? Right now I take biotin, vit-c, and garlic.
Prenatal MVI (multivitamin): The best advice would be to adjust your eating habit. Try to eat better and healthier. Increase vegetable and fruits. In addition, since you are at child bearing age- you should take prenatal multivitamin and also don't forget to take calcium daily (daily recommendation is 1200-1500mg/day) as you are at the peak age where your body will absorp those calcium supplement effectively. ...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
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
Healthy diet: A well-balanced healthy diet is sufficient unless there is an underlying disorder. Low vitamin d is being seen more and more due to doctor's checking the levels more often as well as due to changes in its reference range. The d3 formulation is suggested if low. Things such as iron and calcium may be needed but these are not considered vitamins. ...Read more
Depends: Some chemotherapy drugs would lose effectiveness if you were to take vitamins. For example methotraxate works by blocking the action of folic acid. If you were to take vitamin supplement containing folic acid, it would negate the effect of methotraxate. Please discuss all the medications, including over counter ones, herbals, dietary supplements, with your doctor. ...Read more
For what purpose are you doing so? It may not be wise to take them once a day, let alone multiple times. If you have a known deficiency in a vitamin, try to address the deficiency from whole foods and for vitamin d, from the sun. See this website.
http://ods. Od.nih. Gov/factsheets/list-all/
otherwise, only take what you need. More is not better. ...Read more
Is it unhealthy to become a vegatarian? I have heard you have to take a lot of vitamin supplements.
No- very healthy, No:
A large body of research shows vegetarian diets are "associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity ; consequently less heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer ; mortality."-quoting from http://bit. Ly/1cysymm
vegetarians probably need less supps because their diet is better. Vegetarians live longer, though there is some debate about why- see http://bit. Ly/gagviu. ...Read more
Are vitamin supplements really worth take or do u obtain enough natural vitamins from food? I get the cold a lot and would vitamin tabs prevent it?
Food and vitamins: To get sufficient vitamins from diet, a person needs balance and variety: meats, eggs, dairy, fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, juices. And processed refined foods are not vitamin rich. And, many foods are showing less vitamin content because soils are deficient. So, yes, the best carefully selected regular wide variety diet can provide all vitamins, but is a challenge. Add a high quality VIT. ...Read more
Yes: Should not be any issues with this combination. ...Read more
Yes, however...: Yes, in fact this is wise if you have an infection as vitamins support your immune system. But one shouldn't take tetracycline or Doxycycline at the same time as multivits, calcium, magnesium or zinc-they should be taken at least 2 hours apart. High doses of vit. C may increase levels of tetracycline/doxycycline but this could help them work better. Vits have no know interactions with other antibiotics. ...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
What vitamin supplements should I take for me being lazy, tired, fatigued & sluggish all the time?
Lifestyle changes MV: You need to change your lifestyle and eating habits first. Make sure you have more fruits, vegetables in your diet and eliminate sugars and cut down on carbohydrate, add nuts, legumes. Lean poltry fish. Get at least 7to8 hours of good quality sleep and if you like you can take once a dau MV tablet ...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
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
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