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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 Health 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. Enjoy!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Why do all vitamins and supplements advise to take 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 to take 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aren't too many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Aren't too 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.

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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.

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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:.

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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.

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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 less. Please ask about specific supplements so that we can respond. Recommend inquiring about each supplement in separate submissions.

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Vitamins And Supplements (Definition)

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