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Is there a vitamin supplement to help someone with a low thyroid?

Is there a vitamin supplement to help someone with a low thyroid?

More research needed: The best treatment for low thyroid function is to replace the thyroid hormone with levothyroxine to get the levels back to normal. New research suggests selenium can help slow down the inflammation, however, more research is needed. ...Read more

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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Can D2 and D3 be taken at the same time? Also, does Vitamin D affect the absorption of other vitamins and supplements?

Can D2 and D3 be taken at the same time?  Also, does Vitamin D affect the absorption of other vitamins and supplements?

I don't really know: why you would be taking both of them. Vitamin D2 is made by plants; vitamin D3 is made by human skin when exposed to sunlight.Foods may be fortified with either. I would pick one or the other (most supplement with D3) as they metabolize to the same form in the body. There is some affect of vitamin D on blood sugar as well as on liver metabolism/cytochrome P450 enzyme system.Review with pharmacist ...Read more

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Vitamin D 25 O showed 28.9ng/dL(Insufficiency) in July. Should I take vitamin supplements? If so, what kind?

Vitamin D 25 O showed 28.9ng/dL(Insufficiency) in July. Should I take vitamin supplements? If so, what kind?

Vitamin D3: Optimum level of Vitamin D is 60-70 ng/dL. I recommend 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day. Alternatively, you can take 50,000 IU once per week. ...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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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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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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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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Can there be evidence that vitamin supplements are bad for you?

Can there be evidence that vitamin supplements are bad for you?

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

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Can multi-vitamin supplements be hazardous?

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

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What are the side effects of vitamin supplements?

What are the side effects of vitamin supplements?

HUGE question: There is no way that this can be answered in 400 characters or less. Please ask about specific supplements so that we can respond. Recommend inquiring about each supplement in separate submissions. ...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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What are the best / most popular vitamins and supplements?

What are the best / most popular vitamins and supplements?

See list: People living in an urban environment should take nac 600 mg twice daily. Also, ester c 500 mg twice daily, vit d3, magnesium. Other vitamins and supplements depending on your individual needs. ...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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What are the best vitamins and supplements for 62 yo female?

What are the best vitamins and supplements for 62 yo female?

Eating well: There is no such thing as the best vitamins or minerals. We give supplements for ca, or vit d for bones, and we supplement when needed like vit b12, folic acid, but eating the right things and good nutrition is all that is necessary. Taking a potpourri may cause problems. ...Read more

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Which vitamins and supplements should a teenager take??

Which vitamins and supplements should a teenager take??

Whole Food Vitamins: In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. High quality Omega-3 fatty acids may also be of benefit. ...Read more

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Should i take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Should i take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Vitamin D won't help: If you truly have hypothyroidism the treatment is to take thyroid hormone prescribed by a doctor who has reviewed your thyroid test results. Vitamin d is not the treatment for thyroid problems. ...Read more

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What kind of vitamin supplements should you take if you have anemia?

What kind of vitamin supplements should you take if you have anemia?

Depends on the cause: Anemia can be caused by many factors- not just because deficiency in some vitamins. Anemia can be due to blood loss, chronic diseases, deficiency in iron, vit b12, folate, (folic acid) destruction of the red blood cells ( hemolysis) or perhaps bone marrow failure etc. The treatment would be directed to the underlying problems. See you doctor to find the cause so that you can get the right treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more