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Do Vitamins Really Expire
Heck no!: You should never take expired vitamins or prescribed medications. ...Read more
REALLY many things: You may not feel different day to day taking vitamin c but it has great value as an antioxidant & helps prevent & treat many illnesses, including asthma, allergies, cardiovascular disease, strokes, a wide variety of cancers, cataracts, glaucoma, complications of diabetes, parkinson's disease & complications of pregnancy. It improves immune function & helps us handle stress. See comment for links:. ...Read more
Yes: Most biologically active substances lose potency over time. The expiration date is not always accurate but unless you know better, you should follow it. By the way, why are you even taking such pills. Unless you are pregnant or plan to be, there is no need. Get what you need from food and sun. ...Read more
What vitamins do I need to supplement if i eat really badly for dieting? Which vitamins are most important?
Extra iron & folate (folic acid): The recommended daily vitamin requirements is increased during pregnancy - especially iron and folic acid. A prenatal vitamin supplement will provide the necessary vitamins in the appropriate quantity - excess amounts of some vitamins may be harmful in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've read doctor answers on supplements & how they're not beneficial or fda approved so why do pregnant women take prenatal vitamins if they're not?
Special case: I doubt you'll find many physicians who'll argue with the special case of a pregnant woman in a society like ours living largely on junk food or philosophical restricted diets. Being pregnant places a huge additional need for iron and Folic Acid (& probably more); junior may be damaged and mom will get sick. This particular use is evidence-based, while most other supplement claims aren't. ...Read more
Daily: You can start taking vitamins immediately and continue on a daily basis. ...Read more
Most can: Magnesium is freely excreted by the kidneys, so if you have normal renal function it won't bother you. But if you have kidney disease your levels could increase with supplements. Also magnesium supplements aren't needed unless your level is low, which could also cause low potassium levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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