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Do Vitamin Supplements Offer The Same Amount Of Nutrients Found In Foods
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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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
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
What good vitamins and supplements for dieting and losing fats/weight? By the way. I'm allergic in sea foods.
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!
Only if....: Only if you are on warfarin, then you want to avoid foods rich in vitamin k. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
None!: Vitamins don't boost metabolism! Period. I know the ads say they do, but it's simply not true. ...Read more
C, E and selenium:
Dr Oz suggests topical vitiamin C. I think you are better off swallowing all vitamins on a full stomach. ...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
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
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.
otherwise, only take what you need. More is not better. ...Read more
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
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