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Is it a high iron diet or excess iron supplement harmful for a person?

Is  it a high iron diet or excess iron supplement harmful for a person?

Excess: Excess of any vitamin or supplement can have adverse effects. Follow the recommendation of your physician as to the need and quantity of any dietary supplement. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Does whole grain product decrease absorbtion of iron and if yes how it is healthy as it may cause iron deficiency anemia ?

Does whole grain product decrease absorbtion of iron and if yes how it is healthy as it may cause iron deficiency anemia
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Phytates in grains: Whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain antioxidant compounds called "phytates." unlike other animals, we humans have no phytase to degrade these -- & they can bind to minerals like iron instead. If your diet is exclusively grains, iron deficiency could result. If your diet also includes veggies, leafy greens, vit c (increases iron absorption) foods, and meats with heme iron, you're fine. ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to take a vitamin C supplement daily for a healthy male in late 20's?

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Is it beneficial to take a vitamin C supplement daily for a healthy male in late 20's?

Not indicated: It is not necessary for an otherwise healthy male in late 20s to take a vitamin c supplement. But it woudn't hurt take some within reason. It would be better to get vitamins from whole foods. ...Read more

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I'm taking an iron supplement which has 27 mg and a multivitamin which has 18 mg of iron. Is this too much?

I'm taking an iron supplement which has 27 mg and a multivitamin which has 18 mg of iron. Is this too much?

No, but.....: That is not too much but if you are not iron deficient, why are you taking it in the first place? ...Read more

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Is it possible for complex carbohydrate intolerance to develop from a "healthy" vegetarian diet and high stress levels? Does it affect eczema?

Is it possible for complex carbohydrate intolerance to develop from a "healthy" vegetarian diet and high stress levels? Does it affect eczema?

Stress: Stress affects eczema, foods rarely in adult affect eczema, it is mostly a pediatric disease. See an allergist and get tested to get some answers if you are allergic to any food. ...Read more

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You say whole grain is healthy how is that true if it contain phaytic acid which is antinutrient and cause iron and calcuim defeciency?

You say whole grain is healthy how is that true if it contain phaytic acid which is antinutrient and cause iron and calcuim defeciency?

Phytic acid: Despite a lot of hype on the Internet and in Paleo diet books, there is no evidence that phytates in the diets cause any mineral deficiencies except in extreme circumstances such as a third world diet or strictly-limited vegetarianism. "Soaking" foods to decrease Phytic acid is most likely a waste of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's a good vitamin or supplement for a diabetic, hbp, high cholesterol patient that suppresses the appetite?

What's a good vitamin or supplement for a diabetic, hbp, high cholesterol patient that suppresses the appetite?

Biotin,B3,Chromium &: Many vitamins have been shown to be very beneficial for diabetics. Biotin has been shown to significantly lower blood sugar in both type 1 & type 2 diabetes. Niacin, esp. When combined with chromium, helps to lower glucose levels. Magnesium, vitamin e, vit d, coenzyme q10 & Alpha lipoic acid are among the other vitamins i believe every diabetic should take. See comment:. ...Read more

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If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.

Yes and yes: The first thing to go down low is the iron storage. If you don't fix it- eventually you are going to become anemic. Yes, you can take iron supplement by mouth 3x/day. But most importantly is to find why your iron is low. You should have a GI work-up- egd and colonosocpy and check your urine- to check blood in urine. If + blood in urine- you need imaging study, perhaps urologist etc. Go to see gp. ...Read more

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Is it good for health if a normal person takes regular dose of biotin like supplements? If not which supplements are good?

Is it good for health if a normal person takes regular dose of biotin like supplements? If not which supplements are good?

Often helps, depends: Biotin is not a particularly important supplement for most but does help to control blood sugar & is good for skin & nail health. It may be best taken as part of a complete b complex or multivitamin. Which supps are best for you depends on your diet, genetics & health goals. Most will benefit from extra vit d & vit c as well as a multivit. But best to get most nutrients from a healthy diet! ...Read more

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What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

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Taking focus factor does that count as a daily vitamin? And is it even a good supplement to take?

Taking focus factor does that count as a daily vitamin?  And is it even a good supplement to take?

YES, it depends...: Yes, focus factor is a decent mulitvitamin- not great (esp. For the price) but better than many. It's selling point is it's blend of flavonoids, phyonutrients ; herbs to improve brain function but it is impossible for me to evaluate how good it is because these are a proprietary blend, meaning they don't reveal the amount of each. There is probably not enough of each for much benefit- see comment:. ...Read more

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Is supplementing really necessary for athletes or is enough just eating a healthy diet for taking all the vitamins and minerals in?

Is supplementing really necessary for athletes or is enough just eating a healthy diet for taking all the vitamins and minerals in?

Supplementation...: Can help, especially\ protein. It is sometimes hard to get all nutrients, especially ones like magnesium, biotin, etc. Taking these and others insurance nutritional adequacy. ...Read more

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Serum iron a bit low not anaemic or anything. Can i fix this with diet instead of supplements from doctor? I also started 17mg iron supplement a day.

Yes: You are doing it right. Not all people can tolerate the iron pills. Green leafy vegetables are healthy in many ways and are good sources of iron. ...Read more

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If I have iron deficient anaemia and take supplements will the iron levels increase if there is an underlying problem such as a GI problem?

If I have iron deficient anaemia and take supplements will the iron levels increase if there is an underlying problem such as a GI problem?

Yes, you need to tre: We should find the cause of anemia and treat the cause also. The supplements will help provided your GI absorption process is intact, otherwise oral supplements may not help. But there are other ways to administer iron in cases of GI malabsorption what kind of GI problem do you have? ...Read more

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Is a 500 calorie diet okay for a short amount of time (a month) if the person is overweight, no health issues, and taking a multivitamin daily?

Is a 500 calorie diet okay for a short amount of time (a month) if the person is overweight, no health issues, and taking  a multivitamin daily?

Yes: Yes, this should be fine, though agree that a high-quality multivitamin is important, and the 500 calories should be nutrient-dense (lots of veggies). You will lose weight but need to guard against regaining when you are done with the diet. See http://authoritynutrition.com/weight-loss/ for sound advice on weight loss. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a vitamin supplement to help someone with a low thyroid?

Is there a vitamin supplement to help someone with a low thyroid?

More research needed: The best treatment for low thyroid function is to replace the thyroid hormone with levothyroxine to get the levels back to normal. New research suggests selenium can help slow down the inflammation, however, more research is needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to get iron overload from eating a lot of meat but doesn't have gene for hemochromatosis?

Is it possible for a person to get iron overload from eating a lot of meat but doesn't have gene for hemochromatosis?

You're fine: Argentinas gauchos live in a 100% meat diet without apparent ill effects. In the absence of the gene for hemochromatosis, your gut simply doesn't absorb the extra iron. Don't worry about nonexistent / negligible risks -- life's difficult enough. ...Read more

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Is serum total iron a good indicator of how much iron is being absorbed by your body?

Is serum total iron a good indicator of how much iron is being absorbed by your body?

Iron in blood: Total serum iron is a very good indicator of iron absorbed versus iron losses. Thus it reflects a balance. But there are better indicators. The best indicators are: serum iron concentration/total iron binding capacity, which is typically reported. And then this ratio is further reported as "percent iron saturation". Serum ferritin reflects long term iron stores. The % saturation should be >20 ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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


Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more