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Do Prenatal Vitamins Help Acne
Depression, Vitamins: I agree with dr. Altman that the research data on this is early. But there are some associations with vitamin d deficiency and depression. Also, folate (in the form of l-methylfolate) can be used to augment antidepressant treatment: http://www.cnsspectrums.com/aspx/articledetail.aspx?articleid=1267 other "b's" like vitamin B12 may be involved too. http://tinyurl.com/4f5m47j. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Taking prenatal vitamins do not help you get pregnant faster. Good luck! ...Read more
Folic acid helps.: Folic acid enhances fertility to the point of increased risk for multiple gestation; it also decreases the risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. Finally, it prevents 75% of major cardiac anomalies and >90% of severe open neural tube defects (e.g. Anencephaly, spina bifida). Be sure to take 1-5 mg orally daily throughout your reproductive life (regardless of plans for pregnancy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There are perfectly good prenatal vitamins available over the counter. Just be sure to check with your doctor that there are adequate levels of vitamins such as folate (folic acid) in them. Also make sure they are labeled as prenatal vitamins...Other vitamins may have concentrations of certain components that are either too high to take or not recommended during pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I take prenatal vitamins before/while we are trying to get pregnant? Which prenatal vitamins do you recommend?
Healthy diet: I recommend a healthy diet with adequate protein, calories and calcium. Be sure to get enough folic acid (in most bread and cereal products) or take a folic acid supplement. You can always take a multivitamin, but focusing on a healthy diet will be better for you and your baby in the long run. ...Read more
Biotin,B3,Chromium &: Many vitamins have been shown to be very beneficial for diabetes & should help pre-diabetes. However, a good diet & exercise are even more important! biotin has been shown to significantly lower blood sugar in both type 1 & type 2 diabetes. Niacin, esp. When combined with chromium, helps to lower glucose levels. Magnesium, vitamin e, vit d, coenzyme q10 & Alpha lipoic acid can also help.See comment. ...Read more
Not usually: They vary a bit, but in general, most contain at least: 400 mcg of folic acid, 400 iu of vitamin d, 200 to 300 mg of calcium, 70 mg of vitamin c, 3 mg of thiamine, 2 mg of riboflavin, 20 mg of niacin, 6 mcg of vitamin b12, 10 mg of vitamin e, 15 mg of zinc, 17 mg of iron, none of these is a hormone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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