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Doctor insights on: Taking Vitamins Supplements

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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 there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

Is there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

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

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How long will it take for my petechia goes away after I start taking vitamin supplements?

How long will it take for my petechia goes away after I start taking vitamin supplements?

They may not: Petechiae are usually a result of abnormal platelets, or low platelets. You need to find out what the cause of your petechiae are. Please see a hematologist. ...Read more

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Help please! Is an 800 calorie diet ok if taking vitamin supplements?

Help please! Is an 800 calorie diet ok if taking vitamin supplements?

Too low: Unless you are under 5 feet tall and thin as a rail, 800 calories sounds too low to me. You run the risk of your body going into starvation mode and not being able to lose weight because of inadequate intake. See a dietician or nutrition specialist to find out what the proper intake based on height and weight and age is for you- good luck. ...Read more

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When taking vitamin supplements should you drink your vitamins or swallow a pill or capsule?

When taking vitamin supplements should you drink your vitamins or swallow a pill or capsule?

Doesn't matter: Of course drinking your vitamins have better resorption. But taking pills or capsules are just as effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could be suffering from a vitamin deficiency if I'm taking vitamin supplements?

Can you tell me how I could be suffering from a vitamin deficiency if I'm taking vitamin supplements?

Vitamin DEf: First of all how do you know you have Vitamin Deficiency???!!!
You don't need to take a vitamin supplement if you are eating HEALTHY BALANCED MEALS, that are locally grown. However if you wish to take a supplement, take food supplements from the Health food store, not just cheap vitamins that are CHEMICALS, that don't absorb well, & don't assimilate into your body. . Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I want to lose weight so I started exercising and taking vitamins, supplements and omega 3 pills. Do these pills help losing weight?

I want to lose weight so I started exercising and taking vitamins, supplements and omega 3 pills. Do these pills help losing weight?

Weight loss: It is the healthy diet and physical activity that will lead to weight loss. However, if you are deficient in any nutrients - supplementation may help. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want to start taking vitamin B12 supplements and will that solve the issue?

SoWhat'sTheProblem??: IF the issue is a documented vitamin B12 deficiency. Then the issue is whether to take orally or by intramuscular shots or intra-nasally. That depends on if the stomach and intestines can allow absorption into the blood or not. That's usually a function of age (older: less likely; or other serious GI problems). Unless you've ingested cyanide, I don't think there is any other serious consideration ...Read more

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I have started taking Vitamin Do supplements 1000iu and no matter what I always get a headache. Is that a common side effect? I couldn't do 50000iu d2

I have started taking Vitamin Do supplements 1000iu and no matter what I always get a headache. Is that a common side effect? I couldn't do 50000iu d2

Vit D supplement: Signs of vitamin D side effects include appetite changes, bone pain, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, increased thirst and urination, nausea, muscle pain, weakness, stomach cramps, weight loss and vomiting.

Read more: http://www. Ehow. Com/facts_5502286_side-effects-vitamin-supplements. Html#ixzz3452YAB6J ...Read more

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Can taking vitamin E supplements help skin?

Can taking vitamin E supplements help skin?

Yes: For a more thorough discussion please visit the website for the linus pauling institute through oregon health sciences. The most important issue is that vitamin e is not one chemical and components act differently.
http://lpi. Oregonstate. Edu/infocenter/skin/vitamine/. ...Read more

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How will taking vitamin a supplements affect my skin?

How will taking vitamin a supplements affect my skin?

It won't...: ...Unless you have a deficiency. Taking extra vitamins when you don't have a deficiency will offer no additional benefits. Biotin is associated with healthy hair and nails, but if you are not deficient, taking extra offers no benefit. ...Read more

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What is a good age to start taking vitamins and supplements?

What is a good age to start taking vitamins and supplements?

Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Get guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 % above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. Young adult or when having symptoms. ...Read more

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Can taking vitamin b supplements be bad? I like dr weill ones

Can taking vitamin b supplements be bad? I like dr weill ones

No unless too many: B vitamins have a wide margin of safety and are generally non-toxic. One exception is vitamin b6. High doses of b6 can cause neuropathy, but this is rare in those taking less than 500 mg a day and there is no need to take such large amounts! However, b vitamins can increase energy and taking high doses later in the day could be stimulating and might prevent sleep. ...Read more

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Taking vitamin E supplement may cause cancer later on?

Taking vitamin E supplement may cause cancer later on?

Depends: Vitamin has 8 subtypes. Studies done showing increased risk of prostate cancer used only one (alpha). Each subtype does different things, and vit e is best taken as a combination of more than one subtype. Gamma and delta are good for the heart and blood vessels. Unique e is a brand that gives mixed tocopherols. There are also other brands. ...Read more

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After how long after taking vitamin d supplements will you see the effects?

After how long after taking vitamin d supplements will you see the effects?

Depends: Vitamin d has multiple roles in the body, some of them seemingly silent to you but there are symptoms which can improve after starting supplementation if appropriate. If you are using vit d supplement, remember it is fat soluble so can build up over time to too much. Most people are low in vitamin d but how you respond will depend on the type of dysfunction related to its level. ...Read more

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Instead of taking vitamin c supplement, couldn't you just eat a few oranges a day?

Instead of taking vitamin c supplement, couldn't you just eat a few oranges a day?

Oranges & Vitamin C: Oranges are good for you and contain vitamin C, however vitamin C tablets contain more. Tablets last about 12 hours in your body so if you take one in the a.m. and one in the p.m. you know that you are covered all day. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Major exams nearing and I have lost my appetite. I'm taking multi vitamin supplements. I'm losing weight drastically. I just can't eat much?

Major exams nearing and I have lost my appetite. I'm taking multi vitamin supplements. I'm losing weight drastically. I just can't eat much?

Relax...: The stress from major exams will induce a "fight or flight" response in your body which will cause significant inhibition of stomach and upper-intestinal action to the point where digestion slows down or stops leading to a perceived lack of appetite. My recommendation is to relax, take deep breaths, and take things one step at a time. Try eating multiple small meals throughout the day. ...Read more

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I'm a lifelong vegan, was told that I should be taking vitamin B12 supplements; I can't get this from anything plant based. But what dosage, please?

I'm a lifelong vegan, was told that I should be taking vitamin B12 supplements; I can't get this from anything plant based. But what dosage, please?

1000 mcg methylcob.: A common dosage is 1000 mcg. I advise the methylcobalamin form if you can find it. B12 is usually absorbed better when taken in a sublingual form. See http://bit. Ly/1607tg3
; http://www. Naturalnews. Com/027045_vitamin_b12_cyanocobalamin_methylcobalamin. Html
; http://www. Mend. Net/cgh/methylcobalamin. Html. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking vitamin d supplements?

High blood calcium: Excessive vitamin d supplements (>10, 000 units daily) can cause excessive calcium in the urine leading to kidney stones and high blood calcium. This could result in kidney failure. ...Read more

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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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When taking vitamin d supplements, is it recommended to also take calcium with it?

When taking vitamin d supplements, is it recommended to also take calcium with it?

Maybe: Adequate calcium and vitamin d nutrition is important at any age, especially for children and the elderly. Vitamin d enhances absorption of calcium from the gut. If you are managing a specific vitamin d deficiency, you should maintain a daily total calcium intake of 1000 mg. Management of osteoporosis requires 1100-2000 total mg ca per day. (total intake implies dietary plus supplemental). ...Read more

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My baby is taking vitamin d supplements (500 iu/day) and mutli-vitamins which has vitamin d (400 iu), is this safe?

Yes: Most authorities believe it is safe for infants to take up to 2000 iu of vit d per day. See http://bit. Ly/1dc7vna. ...Read more