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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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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


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Is prenetal supplements vitamins (similac) have vitamin D and Omega3? Thanks

Is prenetal  supplements  vitamins (similac) have vitamin D and Omega3? Thanks

Yes: Similac's brand of prenatal vitamins contain in one tablet, 600 units of vitamin D and 200 mg of DHA, which is an omega-3 oil. One can read the entire label at: http://similac.com/prenatal-care/prenatal-vitamins ...Read more

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Do prenatal vitamins contain hormones?

Do prenatal vitamins contain hormones?

Not usually: They vary a bit, but in general, most contain at least: 400 mcg of folic acid, 400 iu of vitamin d, 200 to 300 mg of calcium, 70 mg of vitamin c, 3 mg of thiamine, 2 mg of riboflavin, 20 mg of niacin, 6 mcg of vitamin b12, 10 mg of vitamin e, 15 mg of zinc, 17 mg of iron, none of these is a hormone. ...Read more

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What nutrients; vitamins; minerals are lost during menstration?

What nutrients; vitamins; minerals are lost  during menstration?

Several: The shortest answer is iron. Most women tend to lean toward iron deficiency due to menstrual cycles. If heavy and prolonged, anemia may occur even so severe to require blood transfusion. ...Read more

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Could teenagers take sundown natural vitamins?

Could teenagers take sundown natural vitamins?

Sure: Don't spend too much money or expect much (or anything) from this kind of thing. Eat sensibly and stay physically fit. Ask your physician if a supplement is likely to benefit you. Pregnant woman, convalescents, vegetarians and others on limited diets, and perhaps folks actively putting on muscle are those most likely to benefit. ...Read more

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Hair and dhea supplements?

Hair and dhea supplements?

Depends: In women, dhea does convert to a small amount of testosterone. This can promote acne as well as possibly more male pattern hair growth. ...Read more

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Can taking protein supplements osteoporosis?

Can taking protein supplements osteoporosis?

Not sure if you: Are asking about protein supplements treating osteoporosis or causing osteoporosis. Protein supplementation will neither treat or cause osteoporosis. Treatment consists of calcium supplementation and sometimes additional medication to build bone density. Causes are genetic, lack of exercise and lack of calcium intake. ...Read more

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Can multivitamins supplements increase weight?

Can multivitamins supplements increase weight?

Not well studied: I don't know of any reason that a multivitamin would increase weight, as they are generally low to zero calories and fat-free. A brief search of the medical literature does not reveal any association with weight gain. ...Read more

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What vitamin supplement contains vitamin b12?

What vitamin supplement contains vitamin b12?

All multivitamins: Pretty much all the daily multivitamins contain vitamin b12. When you go to the pharmacy or grocery store, just read the label. You may also ask your pharmacist or doctor. ...Read more

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Are vitamin tablets vegetarian friendly?

Are vitamin tablets vegetarian friendly?

Some are, some not: Vitamins tend to be mostly vegetarian, but some contain animal-derived products, especially vitamin a which may come from fish oil. Also, some vitamins are in gelatin-based gel-caps. Read the ingredients and avoid gel-caps. A quality multivitamin will usually state on the label if it is appropriate for vegetarians. ...Read more

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Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

Are vitamin supplements equivalent to eating fruits/veggies?

NO!: I strongly advise everyone take a quality multivitamin as the vast majority of americans don't get adequate vitamins & minerals from their diet, but vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Fruits & veggies have a complex mix of hundreds of phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonols & anthocyanins that aren't found in vitamin supplements. Eat fruits/veggies of all colors for good health! ...Read more

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Are dietary supplements regulated?

Are dietary supplements regulated?

Somewhat: While "supplements" are not anywhere nearly as closely regulated as pharmaceutical medications, they do have to meet basic standards for hygiene and manufacturing as food products. You can think of the disclaimer on the package as one example of the requirements on the industry. ...Read more

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Are prenatal vitimins considered a calcium supplement?

Are prenatal vitimins considered a calcium supplement?

Not alone: Most prenatal vitamins contain only small amounts of calcium (~300mg) because the calcium molecule is too big to put in a combination pill. You and your doctor will need to review your dietary calcium intake, and see whether you also need a calcium supplement in addition to your prenatal vitamin. Between diet & supplement you need 1000mg calcium/day. Can get in dairy products, leafy greens, etc. ...Read more

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What are vitamin supplements that start metabolism?

What are vitamin supplements that start metabolism?

None!: Vitamins don't boost metabolism! period. I know the ads say they do, but it's simply not true. ...Read more

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Can teens take diet supplement pills?

Can teens take diet supplement pills?

Not a great idea...: Diet pills can have potentially dangerous side effects depending upon their ingredients. "herbal" or "natural" diet pill ingredients doesn't necessarily mean "safe." also, because they are considered part of the food industry and are therefore regulated differently by the fda, there is no guarantee that they can live up to their manufacturers' claims. ...Read more

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Does taking vitamin d supplement causes sleepiness?

Does taking vitamin d supplement causes sleepiness?

NO: Vit. D is remarkably safe & sleepiness is not a known side effect. Side effects are very rare unless one takes toxic doses. I did find some reports of anxiety experienced by some after taking vit. D which is apparently a sign of magnesium deficiency remedied with magnesium. It's possible for someone to be allergic to fillers & binders in supplements so if it makes you sleepy try a different form. ...Read more

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Does fda regulate multivitamins and supplements?

Does fda regulate multivitamins and supplements?

Yes: The fda 's many responsibilities include regulation of vitamins and supplements. Some critics feel the fda's regulations are too strict, while others feel they are not strict enough. Info from the fda on their role: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/dietarysupplements/consumerinformation/ucm110417.Htm see my comment for link to a article by joseph mercola md criticizing the fda for "attacking" supplements:. ...Read more

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Are dietary supplements effective?

Are dietary supplements effective?

For what use?: This one can't really be answered well without knowing what's going on with you, or what you hope to gain. Some dietary supplements are very safe and effective for certain conditions, and some are not. I'm sorry that i can't be more helpful, but your question is too broad for me. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more