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Is usana essentials good for health?

Is usana essentials good for health?

Yes: While vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet, the vast majority of americans do not adequate nutrients from their diet, so i advise everyone take a good multivitamin. There is evidence that vitamins & minerals can help prevent heart disease & cancer & boost immune function. While not my favorite, usana essentials is a very good quality multivitamin and is better than most. ...Read more

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Can I take USANA essentials and one capsule of Glutathione at the same time? :) Thank you :)

Can I take USANA essentials and one capsule of Glutathione at the same time? :)
Thank you :)

It's safe. However..: I think you're wasting your money on both. You're only 16 (I'll answer anyway) and probably naive when you read bunko health claims targeting you as someone who's seriously sick. You describe yourself as having tuberculous arthritis and taking a combination TB medication that's extremely serious business. Get with an evidence-based holist in your area & talk with your principal physician. ...Read more

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What is the best time to take the usana essentials supplement? Is it during day time or before going to bed? Why night /day time?

What is the best time to take the usana essentials supplement? Is it during day time or before going to bed? Why night /day time?

Morning & afternoon: I advise taking 1 after breakfast & 1 after lunch, though might be ok to take 1 after dinner. Many of the ingredients (vit a, d, e etc.) are fat soluble so better absorbed after a meal. The b vitamins can be stimulating/energizing so some (not all) people might have a hard time falling asleep if taken too late in the day. Best to take 2 separate times as what you take in am won't be around in pm. ...Read more

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Does USANA Essentials worth the money? Thanks

Does USANA Essentials worth the money? Thanks

Probably not: One should spend his money on healthy natural foods. Unless there is a medical reason causing a deficiency of some nutrient, one does not need extra supplements. At one's routine check-up (annual for pediatrics), one can ask about basic supplements if one's diet is not quite adequate in supplying them... such as a daily multivitamin, extra vitamin D, fluoride to help the teeth, prenatals, etc... ...Read more

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I feel dizzy after taking usana essentials.. is it normal?

I feel dizzy after taking usana essentials.. is it normal?

Shouldn't be related: USANA essentials is a vitamin product (frankly I think there's a lot of hype in that stuff). I love vitamins & I think they rule in appropriate quantities, for appropriate conditions, for appropriate amounts of money. USANA doesn't fit any of those criteria as far as I'm concerned. Unless, they're processing contains junk fillers that cause your dizziness, the vitamins themselves are not to blame ...Read more

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Is it okay to take multivitamins(USANA Essentials) and glutathione? Thank you :)

Is it okay to take multivitamins(USANA Essentials) and glutathione? Thank you :)

Sure: I doubt the glutathione will benefit you. Nowadays there is a case to be made for multivitamin supplementation. Neither will benefit you nearly so much as pursuing strenuous physical fitness activities that you enjoy. ...Read more

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Hi Doc, I am taking usana essentials for 2 weeks now? Is it safe? Also taking dianne for oral contracentives.

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I am taking usana essentials for 2 weeks now? Is it safe? Also taking dianne for oral contracentives.

Not known for sure: If it is an herbal product or a vitamin supplement, but not a real medication approved by the FDA, then it is probably not tested for interactions and side effects in the way that real medicines are tested. That means nobody truly knows what the safety level or the side effects are. If one hears of some interaction or thinks she is getting a side effect, she can visit her primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are essential vitamin supplements for women to take?

Could you tell me what are essential vitamin supplements for women to take?

Healthy diet : A well-balanced healthy diet is sufficient unless there is an underlying disorder. Low vitamin d is being seen more and more due to doctor's checking the levels more often as well as due to changes in its reference range. The d3 formulation is suggested if low. Things such as iron and calcium may be needed but these are not considered vitamins. ...Read more

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What daily vitamin supplements are truly essential amd healthy. And what is the daily recommended percentage value? Why do some have 1000%

What daily vitamin supplements  are truly essential amd healthy. And what is the daily recommended percentage value?  Why do some have 1000%

It depends...: All vitamins are, by definition, essential, but most supplements are not essential; it's ideal to get vits from our diet but most people have a poor diet that's deficient in vits. The daily value is the amount that prevents deficiency in most but is not the amount needed for optimal health so it can be beneficial to take extra amounts. We all need to take vit d in winter. See http://bit.Ly/18xyule. ...Read more

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Should kids take vitamin supplements?

Should kids take vitamin supplements?

No: A balanced diet will take care of vitamin requirements. Vitamin supplements would be a waste of money. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamin supplements?

What are the best vitamin supplements?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on vitamin supplements?

Can you overdose on vitamin supplements?

Yes: Certain vitamins, particularly the fat soluble ones, a, d, e, and k can reach toxic levels if you take too much. The other vitamins can cause other health problems, such as increasing risk for cancer, if taken in very high doses. ...Read more

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How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

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

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Do vitamin supplements make you gain weight?

Do vitamin supplements make you gain weight?

No: Vitamins have no significant calorie content so a contribution to weight gain would not be a direct effect. Some supplements may trigger your appetite and have a secondary effect on your eating habits, thus contributing to weight gain. ...Read more

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What are some good vitamin supplements to take?

What are some good vitamin supplements to take?

None: 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

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Which type of vitamin supplements should I take?

Which type of vitamin supplements should I take?

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

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Aren't too many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Aren't too many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Yes: Too much of a vitamin may be toxic to the liver and nervous system (peripheral). Always take vitamin supplements under the direction of a physician who will give the right guidance. ...Read more

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Want to know do vitamin supplements actually work?

Want to know do vitamin supplements actually work?

Vitamin deficiency: Eating a diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of any vitamin deficiency. Poor diet, repetitive diet, and disease can create vitamin deficiency. Multivitamin is an insurance policy for most and may help prevent nutritional deficiencies. ...Read more