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Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are good in general. We don't generally eat a balanced diet with all the minerals we need. In particular prenatal vitamins have a high Folic Acid which prevents spinal cord defects in babies. You can just take centrum sivler or a similar vitamin you buy in the store that is not prescrftption and get the same benefit. ...Read more

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Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Probiotics: Yes, can be healthy, especially if you are taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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Prenatal vitamins with dha

Prenatal vitamins with dha

YES: Dha may increase your baby's IQ by up to 10 points. It is now recommended to have this included with your prenatal vitamin. Docosahexaenoic acid (dha) is an omega-3 fatty acid which helps with nervous system development in the fetus. ...Read more

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What health benefits does methyl cpg supplement have?

What health benefits does methyl cpg supplement have?

Methyl cpg supplemen: I have no personal knowledge. It is reported to "support the primary pathways of methylation and maintain homocysteine balance" (http://www.mdcustomrx.com/bestSupplementsDetails.asp?cat=Bio-Identical+Hormone+Therapy+&ID=43&pID=182) ...Read more

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What vitamins and supplements scientifically support hair health and growth?

What vitamins and supplements scientifically support hair health and growth?

B Vits, A, C, D & E: Many vitamins are needed for healthy hair, including b3, b5, b6, b12, biotin & a, c, d, e & zinc. While deficiencies can cause hair loss & taking these may prevent hair loss, they are not proven to restore hair loss in most, but are worth a try. The most effective are e, d & biotin. See http://suite101.Com/article/vitamins-for-hair-growth-a60366 & www.Naturalnews.Com/029018_hair_loss_vitamins.Html. ...Read more

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Why are vitamins essential to good health?

Why are vitamins essential to good health?

Vitamins: Many bodily systems do not function if there is a deficiency of particular vitamins or minerals. However, this does not mean that everyone needs supplemental vitamins and minerals. ...Read more

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Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair ??

Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair ??

NONE: Biotin, calcium, many others, are pitched to gullible people by unscrupulous con men. See a dermatologist if you have a significant issue. Nutrition is obtained from food. Eat your vegetables. There are THOUSANDS of nutrients in food which cannot be reproduced in any pill. People who eat normal food derive no benefit from vitamin pills. ...Read more

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Can multi vitamins provide mental alertness?

Not quite: Intellectually, question is intriguing, as this gets into medical foods, a prescription product. Vitamins must be chemically altered in the body to become biologically active. As we age, we may lose this ability, and become demented, with an elevation of homocysteine. Active folate, (folic acid) and b-12 can restore the balance and improve cognition in these patients, but does not really enhance alertness. ...Read more

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Are prenatal vitamins good for you?

Are prenatal vitamins good for you?

Being Pregnant: Yes. Of course. I would believe that the prenatal book you bought or got at the beginning of your pregnancy will advise you to take prenatal vitamins and most obs that i know also recommend this for their patients. ...Read more

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Are eye health supplements effective?

Are eye health supplements effective?

To some degree: Most supplements have little benefit for the eye's health. A large study called areds found that patients at high risk for developing macular degeneration showed decreased risk with use of a combination of vitamins a, e, c, zinc and copper. No other scientific study has shown a true benefit (or necessity) of supplements to ward off disease in otherwise healthy eyes. ...Read more

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Health benefits of yogurt?

Health benefits of yogurt?

Many:): First, it contributes healthy bacteria to your digestive tract; it is the original probiotic! This can improve digestion as well as immune function. Yogurt is a dairy product and as such contains good amounts of protein and calcium. It also contains other nutrients found in dairy foods like vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium. Choosing non- or low-fat versions eliminates it's downside: fat. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits from multivitamins and minerals?

What are the health benefits from multivitamins and minerals?

Depends: I believe in taking vitamins and minerals that you need. When taking pharmaceutical grade vitamins (most common are fish oil, b's and d's) people feel better. If you are not getting a step up with vitamins within 3 weeks, they are not doing anything for you. Good vitamins will dissolve in vinegar within 15minutes so test yours out to see if they are any good. ...Read more

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Prenatal vitamins beneficial for hair growth and nail health?

Prenatal vitamins beneficial for hair growth and nail health?

No: I don't know how that popular myth got started, but i know of no credible evidence that vitamin tablets do anything for hair or nails. Biotin (available in any health food store) does promote hair and nail growth (5000 units/day) if taken regularly. ...Read more

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Are jamieson supplements any good ?

Are jamieson supplements any good ?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Can oral health affect overall health in pregnancy?

Can oral health affect overall health in pregnancy?

Most definitely: Oral hygiene is especially important during pregnancy. The presence of inflammatory factors in the gums found in gum disease has been shown to have a link with an increased incidence of pre-term low birthweight babies. ...Read more

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What are health benefits ofcassava?

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What are health benefits ofcassava?

Cassava: Refer to Nutrition-and-you.com/cassava.htnl

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Does taking vitamins tax your liver?

Does taking vitamins tax your liver?

If you take doses: That are several fold higher than those recommended - then yes. Otherwise no. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Can consuming supplements be bad for your health? Herbs vitamins etc

Can consuming supplements be bad for your health? Herbs vitamins etc

Potentially: Supplements are just that. Too much of a "good thing" can be harmful. Also depending on certain medical conditions even normal amounts of supplements can be dangerous. Also supplements are not regulated and therefore it is not always clear what you are taking. Only use reputable brands and ask your doctor about specific supplements. ...Read more

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Which is now the top plan of action for improving nutritional health concerning vitamin d?

Which is now the top plan of action for improving nutritional health concerning vitamin d?

Eat more foods with: Vitamin d in them such as fish (look at labels since most d is added) and take an inexpensive generic supplement like 2000 units of d3/day. ...Read more

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Got long hair and I am a male and I have a full head of hair. Many strands are thin at some spots and thicker at some spots. How is this possible? Is it a health issue? Vitamin defficieny perhaps? or something else?

Got long hair and I am a male and I have a full head of hair. Many strands are thin at some spots and thicker at some spots. How is this possible? Is it a health issue? Vitamin defficieny perhaps? or something else?

Check Thyroid: Often times, male patterned baldness is hereditary. Look at pictures of your grandfather if available. I will tell you what type of hair you will end up with. For those without this trait, check your thyroid, often with blood work that includes TSH, T3 and T4. Also check Total Testerone levels. This may lead you to an answer. ...Read more

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Are reproductive health The vitamins good for trying to get pregnant?

Are reproductive health The vitamins good for trying to get pregnant?

Folic acid: It is recommended that women trying to get pregnant take a vitamin containing Folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. Vitamins do not raise your overall fertility rate though. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What is the most effective type of magnesium supplement for muscle tension? There are many variations at every health and vitamin store!

What is the most effective type of magnesium supplement for muscle tension? There are many variations at every health and vitamin store!

Listen to your body: Topical magnesium oil is generally well absorbed but can be irritating to skin. The Amino Acid taurine together with magnesium, potassium combination with b-6 enhances the uptake of magnesium from GI tract. Good stomach acid is necessary. Sufficient vit d3 is necessary. Stress of all kinds increase magnesium losses. ...Read more

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I am 46years old.I have ulcerative colitis. My back bothers me some .I also have high cholesterol but it is not real bad Othere than that I'm in great health.What vitamins would u recommend that I take.

I  am 46years old.I have  ulcerative colitis. My back bothers me some .I also have high cholesterol but it is not real bad
Othere than that I'm in great health.What vitamins would u recommend that I take.

Vitamins not best: I'm hoping your question is not implying that your priority in dealing with these issues is in choosing the right vitamin. Having regular tests to screen for colon cancer, walking/strengthening your back & eating healthfully are your most important approaches. That said, a good multiple vitamin would be fine; make sure you get enough calcium/vit D & perhaps some niacin or fish oil for cholesterol. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of vitamin d 3?

What are the health benefits of vitamin d 3?

Multiple: Vitamin d3 has many benefits. Keeps bones strong, improves immune function, impoves mood. In northern climates, above lattitude of cincinatti, everyone should probably supplement with vitamin d3 in the fall, winter and early spring. ...Read more

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It's good for ur health to take vitamins and suplements every day? I'm a flight attendant and don't sleep, eat properly every day! thanks

It's good for ur health to take vitamins and suplements every day? I'm a flight attendant and don't sleep, eat properly every day! thanks

Mostly No: Vitamins & supplements are big business, cheap to extract from lots of low cost sources & food waste, formulated into doses estimated to be too low to be harmful for nearly anyone & commonly too low to be helpful for anyone with a specific need. No good clinical trials; nearly all marketing (big profit margins to pay for this), large observational studies have shown no benefit yet higher mortality. ...Read more

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What health supplements or vitamins should a girl in her 20s take to build up her immune system? I constantly have problems, would like to correct it.

What health supplements or vitamins should a girl in her 20s take to build up her immune system? I constantly have problems, would like to correct it.

See answer: Most important things you can do to improve and maintain good health and a strong immune system include: heart-healthy diet, regular daily exercise, adequate sleep, reducing stress. Though taking vitamins and nutritional supplements are a way to fill in gaps in your nutrition, there is more and more controversy over their benefits. Women your age need adequate iron, folic acid, calcium, and vit d. ...Read more

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Any vitamin health supplement recommendation for brittle nails and hair ??

NONE: Biotin, calcium, many others, are pitched to gullible people by unscrupulous con men. See a dermatologist if you have a significant issue. Nutrition is obtained from food. Eat your vegetables. There are THOUSANDS of nutrients in food which cannot be reproduced in any pill. People who eat normal food derive no benefit from vitamin pills. ...Read more

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I don't eat any fruits or vegetables since my child hood. Will it be a problem for my health in future? Any vitamin that can be recommended?

I don't eat any fruits or vegetables since my child hood.  Will it be a problem for my health in future? Any vitamin that can be recommended?

Daily multivitamin: Most foods in usa have some form of vitamin supplementation. Why don't you start eating fruits and veggies now. They are delicious. If not, recommend a daily multivitamin and you may want to add vitamin d and Folic Acid at a minimum. ...Read more

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Is vitamin C healthly?

Is vitamin C healthly?

Yes: The best source of vitamin C is a healthy diet consisting of lots of fruits and vegetables. Taking a pill won't substitute for eating healthy. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Wanting to go vegetarian, what are the best vitamins and health tips for me to do this correctly and safely?

Wanting to go vegetarian, what are the best vitamins and health tips for me to do this correctly and safely?

Variety: The basis of a healthy diet (vegetarian or not) should be a wide variety of vegetables, preferably organic-try vegies of all colors as colors represent key nutrients. Adequate protein is important, from beans, nuts, seeds, organic dairy ; eggs. Enjoy a moderate amount of fruit- limit tropical fruits. Moderate whole grains. Avoid fried foods ; gmo foods. Take a good multivitamin. See my comment:. ...Read more

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Is taking multi vitamin tab everyday good for health and which multi vitamin is best for me.. Im a 30 yr old female?

Is taking multi vitamin tab everyday good for health and which multi vitamin is best for me.. Im a 30 yr old female?

Multivitamin/iron/D: It is always best to get nutrients from our diet, but most people do not get optimal amounts of all needed nutrients from our diet, so a well-rounded multivitamin with minerals is a good insurance policy to assure you are getting optimal nutrition. Menstruating women often will benefit from a vitamin that also supplies iron. Most people also benefit from taking vitamin d-see comments for details. ...Read more