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Prenatal Vitamin Supplements
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
Yes: There are many brands of acid folic pills otc. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Dunno - try & see.: I hear all sorts of experiences with prenatal vitamins from my patients; long story short, you should try some and determine which one works best for you (as far as least nausea and maximum tolerability). The most important prenatal vitamin component is not dha or anything else, rather it is folic acid! take 1-5 mg orally daily for all of your reproductive life! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i take multivitamins that contains Vit.B1 Vit.B2 Vit.B6 Vit.B12 Nicotinamide Calcium Pantothenate and Vit.C while pregnant?
Yes, however...: Every prenatal multivitamin contains all of those and more so this is definitely safe. However, the most important vitamin in a prenatal is Folic Acid (ideally as folinic acid or L-5-MTHF), esp. important in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Also eat greens and beans/lentils for folate (folic acid). ...Read more
Find cause: I'm going to assume that you were tested by a reputable lab; there are fake "nutrition labs." d3 deficiency is common due to diet and lack of sun exposure. If you are vitamin a and zinc deficient on a reasonably normal non-vegetarian diet, you may have malabsorption. If you are B12 deficient non-vegan, you are likely to be seriously sick & need a proper workup. Get with a dr you rightly trust. ...Read more
Ginkgo biloba, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin d3, biotin, folic acid, and fish oil, are these good to take?
A & D- very rare: One can only overdose on fat soluble vitamins (a, d, e) except vit. B6 (which should be limited to 250 mg/day). But it takes huge amounts to overdose. The average adult would need to take about 2 million units of a to overdose, or 200, 000 iu/day for several months. Vit d toxicity is rare unless one takes at least 40, 000 iu/day for months. See http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/819426-overview. ...Read more
Generally as long: Generally as long as your not allergic to soy or soy products and if you are not sure consult with your doctor about taking an allergy test. Before taking or consuming soy or soy based products. ...Read more
Yes but caution re:A: I'm confused, as the info above says you're a 20 yo male, but most males don't take prenatal vits, if you're male i wouldn't take a prenatal, as they often have iron, which 20 yo guys shouldn't take. If you're female, why did you say you're male?If you might become pregnant take no more than 10, 000 iu total of vit a/day-see http://www.Care2.Com/greenliving/is-vitamin-a-safe-for-pregnant-women.Html. ...Read more
Pls suggest a prenatal vitamin supplement equalent to citranatal harmony tats available in india?
Don't over think it: I would not worry too much about which brand you can find in india. There will be tons of options. Find one that you like. The best vitamin is the one you like. All are good and most of the product differences are marketing efforts by the companies that make them. Remember also nothing beats a healthy diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : If the daily supplement is a multi-vitamin the combined copper in the two vitamins might be excessive. If it is b vitamin one would want to check the total amount of b vitamins to make sure the levels were not more than the liver can metabolize in an hour. In the first trimester avoid herbal supplements. Additional vit d might be helpful in the winter months. ...Read more
Is it safe to mix prenatal vitamins, iron supplement, vitamins for bone health, with Fenugreek and amoxicillin? **not pregnant.
Strange combo: See no contraindication to taking these materials together. ...Read more
I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!
So I don't really: know if you are taking prenatal vitamins in case you get pregnant or actually are pregnant. Biotin would be considered safe in pregnancy, but it is best to consult your prenatal physician/midwife before adding any supplement. Biotin/B7 can be found in cauliflower, yeast, egg yolk, avocado, raspberries, salmon, etc--the best sources. Some women feel biotin may prevent postpartum hair loss. ...Read more
Is it safe to take a prenatal vitamin along with a B12 vitamin and cranberry supplement every day?
I take reg prenatal vitamins but I am vitamin d2 def(13.2) is it safe to take a prenatal vitamin and a over-the-counter vitamin d supplement?
Vitamin d : Yes - it is safe to take a prenatal vitamin and an over the counter vitamin d supplement. You want to make sure, though, that the supplement has a USP stamp on it. That stands for United States pharmacopoiea and ensures that the amount of vitamin d that is supposed to be in a tablet is really in it. ...Read more
Yes: Fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K will accumulate in body and cause harmful effects. High doses of other vitamins can also cause problems, e.g, Niacin causing vasomotor symptoms, excess pyridoxine may cause nerve damage, taking folic acid while deficient in B12 will cause nerve damage, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not at all: 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
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
Absolutely: First of all our soils are depleted and no longer contain the same nutrients that were available to us as little as 30 yr ago. To further complicate matters we are a "processed food" society. The more you process a food the more nutrients you deplete. Then there is the issue of over cooking the processed foods. We are eating essentially "dead food". This makes supplementation critical for health. ...Read more
Only rarely: In general vitamins are very safe but too much of some can be dangerous- particularly vit a, e, d & b6 but in general one has to take extremely high doses for a long time to become toxic. There is evidence that taking synthetic e is harmful so only take natural e. Also potential dangers of taking high doses of an individual supplement like beta carotene without synergistic nutrients. See comment:. ...Read more
Most are harmless: Our body will usually eliminate any vitamin excess daily in the urine or poo. Exceptions are vitamins a, d & e which can store in the fat of our body & may be associated with overload symptoms. These vitamins are usually in tolerable amounts in most supplements & don't become a problem.You should discuss these with your dr. ...Read more
None!: Vitamins don't boost metabolism! period. I know the ads say they do, but it's simply not true. ...Read more
Depends: Some chemotherapy drugs would lose effectiveness if you were to take vitamins. For example methotraxate works by blocking the action of folic acid. If you were to take vitamin supplement containing folic acid, it would negate the effect of methotraxate. Please discuss all the medications, including over counter ones, herbals, dietary supplements, with your doctor. ...Read more
B12: You can get blood levels of B12 ; vit d to be precise. Stomach meds may reduce absorption of b12. You may also benefit from vit d 1000 or 2000 units a day, more if blood level below 30. Fish oil is probably a waste of money. You should be on a statin. Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy products. There are thousands of beneficial molecules in food which are not in any pill. Forget "antioxid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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