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Do Vitamin Supplements Offer The Same Amount Of Nutrients Found In Foods
Is the quality of vitamins and minerals from supplements equal to those obtained naturally by eating fruit, veg.?
Effects may differ: The vitamins and minerals in supplements are synthesized forms of what is found in food. The problem with depending on supplements rather than eating a balanced diet is that a lot is not known about how the nutrients in foods interact with each other to nourish our bodies. And those interactions cannot (yet) be duplicated in pill form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What are the natural sources of obtaining calcium in large amounts, if one can't eat dairy and fish?
Calcium: Dairy is a good source do calcium, and even if you can't drink milk, then you can try some yogurt. It is present in some vegetables, but you would need to eat lots. Better to take a calcium supplement that contains vitamin d to improve absorption. Take it three times a day with meals for best benefit. ...Read more
What common foods provide all of the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals without having to take supplements?
Meat: Meat provides the most protein with all 10 essential amino acids, the most vitamins, except vitamin c, and the most minerals, except more phosphorus than calcium. If left unsalted, the sodium-potassium ratio is favorable. The fat content may be excessive, but lean skinless chicken, pork or seafood is close to ideal. Fiber should be added as fruit, vegetables or whole grains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It depends what nutrients you're specifically seeking. If looking for antioxidants or polyphenols, white tea has more than black tea -- and green tea is intermediate. ...Read more
There are so many calcium supplements on the market Which supplements are best absorbed and limit the use of artificial ingredients?
Vegetables: Fresh or frozen vegetables are the lowest in calories and vitamin and nutrient dense. They are the best bang for your buck for vitamins and nutrients that are low in calories. ...Read more
Probably not: The labels will cover anything required by law and contents that the manufacturer thinks will be an inducement to purchase the product. That leaves a lot of room for other ingredients, preservatives, etc. Testing is rare in this arena by independent laboratories. The buyer must beware. ...Read more
Enzymes: are unique in that way.Get a more detailed answer ›
Which type of food have the highest percentage of phosphorus(p) in them?Is there limit to consumption of natural sources(not supplements) of p daily?
See answer: Might find this website helpful: http://www.Healthaliciousness.Com/articles/high-phosphorus-foods.Php *recommended daily dietary allowance or adults: 700 mg **recommended tolerable daily upper limit: 4, 000 mg (ages 19-70) and 3, 000 mg (age >70) ***caution in presence of kidney disease. ...Read more
Often too much: In the absence of known deficiency, multivitamins are unnecessary. Common deficiencies are vitanin d in people who don't get much sun exposure and vitamin B12 in vegans who don't supplement. Multivitamins are now increasingly seen as unhealthy if not needed. Check with doctor before taking any and always check label to make sure you know what you are taking. Do not take above 100% of rda. ...Read more
DHA is now a standard supplement in infant formula and prenatal vitamins. Does research support the use of this compound in such products?
No need for it: use only if deficient in it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Capsicum: Capsicum is the pepper family, including chile peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, etc. http://tinyurl.com/l2mfz24 they all contain varying concentrations of capsaicinoids which can have an analgesic effect when used topically. http://tinyurl.com/latflmu they also contain significant vitamin c and various other antioxidants. ...Read more
Do all fortified foods contain cyanocobalamin or do some contain methyl or hydroxo, and which natural sources of b12, are the most bioavailable?
Most cyanocobalamin: No way of knowing if "all" have the cyano form but I believe virtually all have that form as it is the least expensive and most widely available. But methylcobalamin is the optimal form for supplementation- see http://tinyurl.com/h7scsna Some foods contain higher concentrations of B12 but the form found in food is hydoxycobalamin so all equally bioavailable. See http://tinyurl.com/j7npwg3 ...Read more
Is Vitamin D required to absorb all types of Calcium? Can Mineral Water with 345mg/l of dissolved Ca, increase Ca levels without the use of Vit D?
Vit D Calcium: 54 M Is Vitamin D required to absorb all types of Calcium? Can Mineral Water with 345mg/l of dissolved Ca, increase Ca levels without the use of Vit D? ANS: best is to move to the DASH eating plan. The best high Ca diet that has been tested and overall best way to eat. Get this paperback and read/follow. ISBN 9780743410076 Keep us posted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How come a multivitamin is the same size of an individual vitamin? In other words, how come my multivitamin, which contains all sorts of vitamins, is the same size as just a vitamin c?
How to maximize absorption of algal EPA/DHA supplement? Does flaxseed with the same meal help/hurt? Do other oils, minerals/vits compete with EPA/DHA?
Complex question!: Take these supplements with a meal as the digestive enzymes will help increase absorption. Theoretically taking additional digestive enzymes could help.Flax seed has to be converted to EPA and DHA to function similarly. I know of no other nutrients that compete with absorption but because flax is high in fiber and used to lower cholesterol by binding, you should take EPA/DHA separate from flax. ...Read more
Many protein bars,etc add FOS(Fructo-oligosaccharides). Is it used for adding fiber in their product?Do they provide same benefit as fiber from foods?
No way; all sugars:: Fructose (a specific & very unhealthy sugar when concentrated) & saccharides (chains of sugar), oligo means short (i.e. easy to digest quickly into simple sugars which are rapidly absorbed; also rapidly converted by liver into triglyceride fats for storage if not physically very active when consuming these-study: http://goo.gl/uDGIwD for understanding). Sugar use=sales/sweet tooth/?$, NOT health! ...Read more
See below: A through e covers them all. They don't give us nearly enough room here to answer this so i will refer you to this excellent web site where you can find good info on the best food sources for every vitamin, as well as minerals: http://whfoods.Org/essential-nutrients/ for supplements see http://www.Multivitaminguide.Org/ for independent ratings of 101 different brands of mulitivitamins & comment:. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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