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What are the best books about overall health, nutrition, vitamins and supplements?

What are the best books about overall health, nutrition, vitamins and supplements?

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 Healthy 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.
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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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Are vitamins and supplements better from the health food store than from a pharmacy at wal mart?

Are vitamins and supplements better from the health food store than from a pharmacy at wal mart?

Avoid them all: Numerous recent studies have questioned the value of multivitamins and some have shown no benefit to potential harm. Don't take them if you don't have a deficiency. Better to get your vitamins and minerals from food and sun. ...Read more

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What good vitamins and supplements for dieting and losing fats/weight? By the way. I'm allergic in sea foods.

What good vitamins and supplements for dieting and losing fats/weight?  By the way.  I'm allergic in sea foods.

See below: Eat right, use portion control and be more active to lose weight. Vitamins and supplements are not an answer as well as good eating habits. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals and low in calories, make them a part of every meal. ...Read more

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Why do all vitamins and supplements advise taking w food? So it absorbs or so you won't get sick? I would like 2take my omega and magnesium w/o food!

Why do all vitamins and supplements advise taking w food? So it absorbs or so you won't get sick? I would like 2take my omega and magnesium w/o food!

Marine Fish: Oil may make you burp but ok w/out food. If burping happens you can store the MFO in fridg and it may not happen. Magnesium ok w/out food but food helps protect the stomach. You can try liquid or powder if that is easier for you to metabolize. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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With a blood clot should I avoid eating certain foods, vitamin/supplements etc?

With a blood clot should I avoid eating certain foods, vitamin/supplements etc?

Yes: If you are on coumadin, (warfarin) foods rich in vitamin k reverse the therapeutic effect of the medication. Green leafy vegetables, vitamin k supplements make Coumadin (warfarin) less effective. Ask your doctor monitoring your level of anticoagulation for full list. ...Read more

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How can I boost my 8ry old immune system. He eats ok food, runs around, gets sunshine, verrucas persisting for more than 2yrs. Vitamin supplements??

How can I boost my 8ry old immune system. He eats ok food, runs around, gets sunshine, verrucas persisting for more than 2yrs. Vitamin supplements??

No worries: Persistent warts are not due to a weak immune system; it doesn't indicate any immune system problem. Activity and balanced diet are healthful, but not likely to help his warts. They'll clear up eventually. Or if large or in a bothersome spot, speak with his pediatrician about treatment. In meantime, this is no reason to worry about his general health. ...Read more

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What's the best vitamin supplements and or food as I am trying to concieve. Already taking folic acid?

What's the best vitamin supplements and or food as I am trying to concieve. Already taking folic acid?

Vitamins and food: There is no particular diet to enhance conception. However, being exceptionally healthy will help — optimal diet is balanced, includes fruit and veggies and whole grains for at least 70% of daily intake, minimizes saturated fats and sugars and refined carbs. Adding a daily Multi Vit, such as Centrum will round out the diet. ...Read more

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My mother has anemia. We eat the exact same food and I don't take vitamin supplements. So could I have B12 deficiency as well?

My mother has anemia. We eat the exact same food and I don't take vitamin supplements. So could I have B12 deficiency as well?

Unlikely: B12 deficiency has specific causes. Two of them are GI tract disease related. You likely don't have these problems. Ask what the specific cause of your mother's B12 deficiency is known to be. ...Read more

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Do beetroot vitamin supplements offer the same benefit for exercise as beet juice?

Do beetroot vitamin supplements offer the same benefit for exercise as beet juice?

Beetroot vit supleme: Yes the same benefits, it has antioxidant properties and said to be good for cardiovascular health, prevention of dementia, and colon health. Having said that I can not find any scintific study to prove these benefits. I will just drink beetroot juice, it can not do any harm, it may benefit and it is not too expensive. ...Read more

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Should kids take vitamin supplements?

Should kids take vitamin supplements?

No: A balanced diet will take care of vitamin requirements. Vitamin supplements would be a waste of money. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on vitamin supplements?

Yes: Certain vitamins, particularly the fat soluble ones, a, d, e, and k can reach toxic levels if you take too much. The other vitamins can cause other health problems, such as increasing risk for cancer, if taken in very high doses. ...Read more

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How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

Not at all: 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

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Which type of vitamin supplements should I take?

Which type of vitamin supplements should I take?

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

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Aren't either many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Aren't either many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Yes: Too much of a vitamin may be toxic to the liver and nervous system (peripheral). Always take vitamin supplements under the direction of a physician who will give the right guidance. ...Read more

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Is there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

Absolutely: First of all our soils are depleted and no longer contain the same nutrients that were available to us as little as 30 yr ago. To further complicate matters we are a "processed food" society. The more you process a food the more nutrients you deplete. Then there is the issue of over cooking the processed foods. We are eating essentially "dead food". This makes supplementation critical for health. ...Read more

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Can there be evidence that vitamin supplements are bad for you?

Can there be evidence that vitamin supplements are bad for you?

Only rarely: In general vitamins are very safe but too much of some can be dangerous- particularly vit a, e, d & b6 but in general one has to take extremely high doses for a long time to become toxic. There is evidence that taking synthetic e is harmful so only take natural e. Also, potential dangers of taking high doses of an individual supplement like beta carotene without synergistic nutrients. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can multi-vitamin supplements be hazardous?

Most are harmless: Our body will usually eliminate any vitamin excess daily in the urine or poo. Exceptions are vitamins a, d & e which can store in the fat of our body & may be associated with overload symptoms. These vitamins are usually in tolerable amounts in most supplements & don't become a problem. You should discuss these with your dr. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of vitamin supplements?

What are the side effects of vitamin supplements?

HUGE question: There is no way that this can be answered in 400 characters or fewer. Please ask about specific supplements so that we can respond. Recommend inquiring about each supplement in separate submissions. ...Read more

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What are vitamin supplements that start metabolism?

What are vitamin supplements that start metabolism?

None!: Vitamins don't boost metabolism! Period. I know the ads say they do, but it's simply not true. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamin supplements for skin care?

What are the best vitamin supplements for skin care?

C, E and selenium: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-skin-care-vitamins-antioxidants
Dr Oz suggests topical vitiamin C. I think you are better off swallowing all vitamins on a full stomach. ...Read more

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Which vitamins and supplements should a teenage take?

Which vitamins and supplements should a teenage take?

Multivitamins: Any person who eats nutritiously thus supplying most vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy body functioning does not need supplemental vitamins. Exposing oneself to the sun for 15 minutes a day will activate your vitamin d. ...Read more

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Why can't you take vitamin supplements during chemo??

Why can't you take vitamin supplements during chemo??

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

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What are the best vitamins and supplements for a 62 y?

What are the best vitamins and supplements for a 62 y?

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 more

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Is it safe to take multiple daily vitamin supplements?

What For?: 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

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What are the best / most popular vitamins and supplements?

What are the best / most popular vitamins and supplements?

See list: People living in an urban environment should take nac 600 mg twice daily. Also, ester c 500 mg twice daily, vit d3, magnesium. Other vitamins and supplements depending on your individual needs. ...Read more

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What vitamins and supplements should a 50yr old woman take?

What vitamins and supplements should a 50yr old woman take?

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

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Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

NO!: I strongly advise everyone take a quality multivitamin as the vast majority of americans don't get adequate vitamins & minerals from their diet, but vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Fruits & veggies have a complex mix of hundreds of phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonols & anthocyanins that aren't found in vitamin supplements. Eat fruits/veggies of all colors for good health! ...Read more

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Is it possible for vitamin supplements to suppress appetite?

Is it possible for vitamin supplements to suppress appetite?

Not really: Vitamins are not known to suppress appetite unless they are in a toxic range and that would be dangerous to your health. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

Vitamins and supplements are compounds that are produced and ...Read more