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How Many Times Should I Take Vitamins And Mineral Suplement
None: Vitamin and mineral supplements are a great way to increase the profit of vitamin and mineral supplement suppliers and makers. Unless you have a very abnormal diet, or have a specific vitamin deficiency based on your genes, you do not need this. If you think you have a deficiency, ask your Doctor to test for that. Otherwise, save your money and use it to go to the gym more often. ...Read more
In the AM: Its easier to remember to take them in the morning. Soe are best given in divided doses. (vit c). ...Read more
Varies with each: It is very variable and dependent on the blood levels, disease state due to deficiency and other co existing medical conditions and if these are taken orally, or by injections. Each vitamin and mineral is different, some are taken as supplement without any medical condition or deficiency documentation as these are available over the counter and some are large doses and prescription for deficiency. ...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 more
Can you please describe common natural vitamin/mineral supplements I can take that will help me lose weight?
Alcohol, Vitamins: It is best to take vitamins with a meal to improve the absorption of the supplement. Most alcoholics have significant vitamin deficiencies, and part of treatment include nutritional supplementation. There is no danger in taking vitamins with alcohol, but it is better to include the vitamins with a meal. ...Read more
Why are vitamin b-12 supplements only available in mega doses? Took 250s, which is many times higher than mdr, now can't find anything less than 500!
I do bjj 4 times a week and box once a week, do I need supplements and vitamins? My objective is not to build muscle, but for the sports.
Very Unlikely: Vitamins (plentiful in all kinds of foods ; thus humans have not maintained every gene needed to make each from scratch), needed in only trace amounts as helper molecules for complex protein enzymes our cells make, have been promoted as big business. This enables selling molecules extracted from food waste to increase money stream. Unless specific deficiency additional intake rarely beneficial. ...Read more
I have to be concerned because my B12 level are high, and I don't take any vitamin or B12 suplements?
Might be serious: I am sorry to tell you that high B12 levels can be a sign of serious health problems including liver ; kidney disease, myelproliferative disorders including leukemia ; polycythemia vera ; hypereosinophilic syndrome. High intake of B12 does not cause these. It is important for you to be evaluated to find the underlying cause. See http://healthyeating. Sfgate. Com/high-vitamin-b12-mean-9057.Html. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Neuropathy: Aside from b vitamins, you might consider glutamine, Alpha lipoic acid and n-acety cysteine which have been anecdotally shown to be of benefit. ...Read more
Absolutely: The vegan diet is the moral high ground. However, if you do not supplement, you are looking at brain damage from vitamin B12 deficiency alone within a few months. You are also likely to need to supplement calcium, iodine, iron and some others. Get your information from someone reliable, not a cultist. The vegan community itself has guides on required supplements. Be smart. ...Read more
Whole Food Vitamins: In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. High quality Omega-3 fatty acids may also be of benefit. ...Read more
Well......: Unless you are one of the very few patients that actually need Vitamin D due to documented deficiency or possibly suggested due to an illness or medication interaction, nothing will happen if you do not take your supplement. Indeed, most likely nothing happens to you if you DO take the supplement. That is why these products are not strictly regulated by the FDA. ...Read more
Probably none: There are no objective, scientific studies that I've seen showing benefits of supplements for tympanic nerve damage. I frequently will take a balanced multivitamin plus some extra vitamin c for general health. Some people think a balanced b complex supplement helps with the nervous system, and some think omega 3s help with brain cell stabilization. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Anemia can be caused by many factors- not just because deficiency in some vitamins. Anemia can be due to blood loss, chronic diseases, deficiency in iron, vit b12, folate, (folic acid) destruction of the red blood cells (hemolysis) or perhaps bone marrow failure etc. The treatment would be directed to the underlying problems. See you doctor to find the cause so that you can get the right treatment. ...Read more
Mostly: There is no regulation or oversight in this area since the supplement lobby got congress to pass a bill forbidding the fda to even look at these products. Most however are very safe as the manufacturers are sensitive to toxicity and hazards. However few have ever been tested for potency or effectiveness and most fail such testing. Don't waste your money. ...Read more
Food vs. Suppl: Healthy whole foods are the best for you. Food based supplements are often useful but a less than perfect substitution for the healthy diet. Synthetic supplements can be controversial, in general our standard american diet (sad) is deficient in healthy nutrients, as well as minerals and contains substances that are unhealthy. Consider finding a functional medicine nutritionist to discuss choice. ...Read more
Yes: It is not dangerous nor unhealthy to change the lineup for supplements you take daily, especially if you take a lot of them and have to split it up over a couple of days to get a regular schedule going. Some water soluble vitamins like B complex and C vitamins should be taken daily to get the maximal effect, while fat soluble vitamins -A, D, E, and K Can be taken less often and be ok ...Read more
Vitamins: Early in daytime, unless otherwise specified by your doctor. ...Read more
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. You can take them as long as you wish. ...Read more
Supplements: Which ones? . Were they recommended by your doctor? . Any other medications u r on? . ...Read more
Yes you can: A chain store may not carry or have a limited supply of natural and/or organic vitamins and minerals which tend to cause less side effects and are better absorbed by the intestines. If your going to take the vitamins and supplements just for the sake getting healthy, a healthy and varied diet should suffice. ...Read more
Almost 40: I'm told by a surgeon friend from bejing china that everyone there is started on vitamin d once they hit 40. It depends on what your diet is like. There are blood tests to check minerals like magnesium, calcium and the major vitamins (d, B12, folate, b6, thiamine etc) dietary needs might change with illness or use of other medications. I don't guess at this. Nutrition is very important. ...Read more
None: 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. ...Read more
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