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How Are Vitamins And Minerals Similar
None needed: If you are eating a mixed diet you do not need supplements. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Vitamins A, D, E & K: Vit a: orange, yellow & green veggies (sweet potato, carrot, spinach, kale, greens); vit e: greens, nuts/seeds (almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, chard, greens; vit k: dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard); vit d: oily fish, milk, pasture-raised eggs, shitake mushrooms. ...Read more
Lots of them: In general vegetables.Get a more detailed answer ›
Harmless: The manufacturer reports that they contain common nutrients and apart from the money you pay for them, there should be no side effects. ...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
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
It depends: Each multivitamin is different and you have to read the label to see what it contains. Consult a vitamin specialist if you have questions. It also depends on your medical conditions. If you take zantac, (ranitidine) prilosec, pepcid, or have celiac disease or similar, you may not absorb vitamins well and need an alternate method of delivery. ...Read more
Read the labels: The best way to find out is to read the labels. ...Read more
Have HIV they say vitamins a b c e iron and zinc are good for me to take but what brand of vitamins and iron and zinc are good what brand of vitamins are good
Doesn't matter much: The important thing is antiretroviral therapy (ART, i.e. anti-HIV drugs) under the care of a doctor or clinic experiencd in HIV management. With this, normal lifespan is likely. Eat a balanced diet and other generally healthy habits. These particular nutrients are fine if they help you feel better, but no proved effect on long term outcomes. Any brand should be OK. Discuss with your HIV provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: I usually like to test for levels before telling people they need to take a vitamin. Sometimes guesswork can be used, but i tend not to prefer the 'toss them all in and see what sticks' approach. ...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
Only if needed: An increasing number of studies raise issues about use of multivitamins in the absence of deficiency. This is a hotly debated topic, but there are few studies that show any benefits from taking a vitamin if you don't have a deficiency and a number of studies that show harm if too much is taken. Speak to your doctor or a registered dietitian to find out what you need based on your own diet. ...Read more
Can a vegan get all the necessary nutrients from plants, supplements and fortified foods? Are there other issues to consider?
Yes, but takes work: Yes it is possible, but t takes planning, thought, and some work. Dining out vegan is getting easier in a lot of places, but can still be challenging. Bad vegan choices can be pretty unhealthy, e.g. French fries and fried zucchini sticks too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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