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Hi doctor. My aunt is 72 y.O with hypertension and arthritis. She's not taking any medication. Can I give her fish oil and vitamin e? Thank you
Ask her & her doctor: Her doctor would want to know about any vitamins or supplements she's taking. Generally fish oil and vitamin e should be fine, as long as she's not on additional medications that can interfere with blood clotting. Make sure the vitamin e is natural, not synthetic. You want d-tocopherol, not dl tocopherol. Also make sure the fish oil comes from a reputable company that checks for heavy metals. ...Read more
Which medications should I stop taking before my male breast reduction surgery? I am not on any prescribed medications, but I do take vitamin e, gingko biloba, and a drink a lot of herbal teas. Should I stop using these herbal and vitamin supplements befo
It's a waste of $: Ginkgo biloba failed clinical trials, It's NOT effective. Since it's not a drug, the FDA can't stop the quacks who market it from doing so. As for herbal teas: they taste nice but a typical herbal tea brewed in the typical American way is EXTREMELY weak tea; so dilute that the likelihood of any real biochemical effect is essentially none. BURN THIS in your mind: Skepticism is good for your health. ...Read more
Currently I'm taking vitamins that I bought in nearby drug store. I have vitamin c, calcium, and vitamin E capsules is there a sequence in taking it?
No sequence: No particular sequence that you have to follow. You can take it which ever you like. Or you can get all of them in multivitamin-once a day. ...Read more
Which of the drugs/over the counter supplements have blood-thinning effects? L-arginine, pentoxifylline, Coq10, Vitamin-e? Read e, pentox arg all do.
A large number: There are a lot of OTC medications and herbal supplements can 'thin the blood'. Medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, Naprosyn, (naproxen) fish oil, all can have this effect. Herbal supplements such as borage, ginko, garlic, ginger can also have some effect. If you are on a prescription. Blood thinner, then discuss the use of OTC and herbal medications with your physician before taking anything new. ...Read more
Common Form: The eight forms of vitamin E are divided into two groups; four are tocopherols and four are tocotrienols. They are identified by prefixes alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta. Alpha-tocopherol is the most common form of vitamin E found in nature and the most studied with regard to its benefits for humans. Little is known about the tocotrienols at this time, but new research is ongoing. ...Read more
Vitamin E: I know of no articles that indicate that vitamin E of any source is carcinogenic--cancer causing. There are different kinds of Vit E such as gamma E, d-alpha tocopherol succinate and d-alpha tocopherol acetate. Of the many articles I have read none have ever mentioned an increased risk of cancer. ...Read more
Ammonia 88, Thiamin, Whole Blood 66, Vit B6 4, Copper 1.57, Alpha-Tocopherol 19, Copper Conc 8, U Copper 6. Is this something I should be concern about?
Ask ur doc: I am sorry but I can not interpret lab data without a history and physical. So ask your doctor ...Read more
I'm a breastfeeding mom to my 6wks baby. Is it ok if I take vit. E/alpha tocopherol while breastfeeding. I use to take it when im not yet pregnant?
See below: Scientists recommend that pregnant or lactating women be held to lower dietary intake levels of Alpha tocopherol and vitamin e substances. One reason is because high dosages of some of these tocopherol elements have been linked to birth defects. The rda for pregnant women of any age, it is 15 milligrams (or 22.5 iu); for breastfeeding women of any age, it is 19 milligrams (or 28.5 iu). ...Read more
See below: Numerous foods provide vitamin e. Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are among the best sources of alpha-tocopherol, and significant amounts are available in green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals. Most vitamin e in american diets is in the form of gamma-tocopherol from soybean, canola, corn, and other vegetable oils and food products. ...Read more
Many things: As an antioxidant, vit. E may protect against cancer & alzheimer's & is famous for preventing heart disease. Research is contradictory; negative studies often use synthetic dl-alpha tocopherol; studies done using natural e (d-alpha tocopherol) with mixed tocopherols have better results. Eating foods high in e gives the best outcome! See http://www. Whfoods. Com/genpage. Php? Tname=nutrient&dbid=111. ...Read more
Many foods!: Vitamin e refers to a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols. There are many forms of vitamin e, of which γ-tocopherol is the most common in the north american diet. γ-tocopherol can be found in corn oil, soybean oil, margarine and dressings, and eggs. In the north american diet, α-tocopherol, the most biologically active form of e, found in sunflower& safflower oils. ...Read more
God made food: All the vitamins and minerals are found in natural foods that should constitute our diet, fruit and vegetables and some meat (we are omnivores because we possess canine teeth used by primitive man to tear chunks out of the meat). The trouble is that modern farming practices use phosphate fertilizer instead of manure (that recycled our essential minerals). So we probably need some supplements. ...Read more
Benefits unclear: There is evidence vit e might prevent heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration & dementia but research has given mixed & conflicting results. One problem is many of the studies use synthetic e or just Alpha tocopherol, but only natural mixed tocopherols are likely beneficial. Better evidence for benefits of eating e-rich foods. See http://www. Hsph. Harvard. Edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-e/ & my comment:. ...Read more
Only if on coumadin (warfarin):
I can't think of any reason for anyone to avoid foods rich in vitamin E (studies suggesting e is not safe used synthetic e- no evidence natural e is unsafe).
Vitamin k is extremely beneficial but can interfere with coumadin (warfarin). But if on Coumadin (warfarin) you could still eat foods rich in vit. K & adjust dose accordingly. I do not like Coumadin (warfarin) partly because its effects on vit k- please see my comment. ...Read more
If possible, please go to a nearby Library and see the benefits or otherwise. If you have the opportunity to read the benefits from home, that would be easier.
Hope all goes well. ...Read more