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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 it ok to be on preventive vitamin supplements while being on the medication for the particular disease?

Is it ok to be on preventive vitamin supplements while being on the medication for the particular disease?

Usually: For most conditions it is okay to be on supplements. However, ther eare some conditions where they may interfere with the treatment so it is always best to consult with a practitioner who is knowledgeable about supplements. ...Read more

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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

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

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What drugs, vitamin supplements cause slow heart rate?

What drugs, vitamin supplements cause slow heart rate?

Beta-blockers: Beta-blockers are drugs that slow down the heart rate. Do not attempt to slow your heart rate on your own other than through regular exercise. Consult a physician if you have a rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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Help please! What drugs, vitamin supplements or techniques cause slow heart rate?

Help please! What drugs, vitamin supplements or techniques cause slow heart rate?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers are drugs that slow the heart rate and lower the blood pressure. A slow heart rate may also be a sign of good athletic conditioning or an underactive thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Are vitamins and supplements helpful for diabetics?

Are vitamins and supplements helpful for diabetics?

Diabetes: Please check w/your doctor first. Chromium helps balance blood sugar. Cinnamon is also good and you can get it in capsule form or sprinkle it on. Doctor can guide you because if you use these things it can throw of the dosage of meds you may be taking. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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

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Which vitamin supplements should a young woman take?

Which vitamin supplements should a young woman take?

YOUR DIET: If your diet is adequate and reasonable, why would you need vitamines? Look up "mediterranean diet" as an example of healthy eating. ...Read more

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Is it actually necessary to take vitamin supplements?

Is it actually necessary to take vitamin supplements?

Possibly: Vitamins by definition are vital elements of our bodies building blocks that we do not make. We can extract many from dietary intake and others as supplements. Those following a well balanced and diverse diet need fewer supplements than those on a narrow or restricted diet. In the us it is hard to find foods that don't have various vitamin fortifiers added. We usually eliminate any excess daily. ...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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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 can happen if I took over 2x the necessary amount of vitamin supplements?

What can happen if I took over 2x the necessary amount of vitamin supplements?

Optima health: Taking twice the amount of vitamins over the rda can actually bring you optimal health. The rda or minimum requirement was established during ww ii to prevent deficiency disorders such as scurvy for vitamin c and rickett's for vitami d3. However, these same vitamins at higher concentrations can actually be used to promote optimal health. Higher doses of vit d decreases the risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Chemistry: Any thing, vitamin, drug, rock, is a chemical substance with a distinct structure That structure can occur naturally or be made in a lab or factory. Vitamin C is still Vitamin C. However, taking vitamins does not seem to make up for a bad diet lacking in fruits and veggies. It is better to get vitamins in the proper foods because more than the just adequate vitamin intake is involved in fitness. ...Read more

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Will using vitamin supplements influence the working of the 13 day diet which is extremely strict on what is allowed?

13 day diet is not: Something I am familiar with. When dieting it is very important to keep your vitamin and mineral levels in balance so supplementing sounds like a good idea. Please see your doc to make sure the diet you are following is healthy. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the best vitamin supplements to keep the pH balance up. My body is extremely sensitive and my pH balance is horrible?

What is the best vitamin supplements to keep the pH balance up. My body is extremely sensitive and my pH balance is horrible?

Whoa: There is a cult diagnosis of "ph disturbance" promoted on the internet, in which good people are encouraged to self-diagnose and then take elaborate mixtures of dubious vitamins and supplements. Unlike some other "pop" claims, this has no relationship to reality. If you are interested in supplements / natural / "holistic" healing, get with an evidenced-based natural healer in your community. ...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%

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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Which vitamins and supplements should a teenage take?

Which vitamins and supplements should a teenage take?

Multivitamins: Any person who eats nutritiously thus supplying most vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy body functioning does not need supplemental vitamins. Exposing oneself to the sun for 15 minutes a day will activate your vitamin d. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamins and supplements for a 62 y?

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 more

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What is the best vitamins and supplements? Any suggestions??

Very Few: Vitamins have benefits only in specific situations - folic acid in pregnancy, vit D for infants, vit B12 in pernicious anemia as examples. So, absent a specific condition, there isn't much use in taking vits (you literally pee most of them out). Even less data supports most supplements. Spend your $$ on a balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies and calcium (for young women) and get regular exercise. ...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 vitamin supplements for skin care?

What are the best vitamin supplements for skin care?

C, E and selenium: Http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-skin-care-vitamins-antioxidants
Dr Oz suggests topical vitiamin C. I think you are better off swallowing all vitamins on a full stomach. ...Read more

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