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Doctor insights on: Vitamins Minerals Supplements To Ease Alcohol And Tobacco Cravings

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Does alcohol cause any vitamin deficiences? If so how do I know if I need to take extra supplements?

Does alcohol cause any vitamin deficiences? If so how do I know if I need to take extra supplements?

Yes: Alcoholism is associated with, among other things, B12 and Folic Acid deficiencies. You should not, however, have a problem if you eat right, exercise, and drink alcohol only in moderation. If you are an alcoholic then vitamin deficiency is only a part of the problem, and the problems won't improve until the alcohol abuse stops no matter how many supplements you take. ...Read more

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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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Are there any over-the-counter drugs or vitamins/supplements you recommend to prevent altitude sickness (i'm an avid skier)? And yes i know all about drinking water and avoiding alcohol.

Are there any over-the-counter drugs or vitamins/supplements you recommend to prevent altitude sickness (i'm an avid skier)?  And yes i know all about drinking water and avoiding alcohol.

Yes: The caveat is that there are a number of studies which show no benefit to supplements in preventing altitude sickness. However, altitude sickness is caused by increased respiration resulting in alteration in acid/base balance. Diamoxx (which is prescription) counters this in the kidney. Once can try drinking sodium bicarbonate (in water). Also reports suggest n-acetyl-cysteine may work. ...Read more

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Can I die from taking a women's daily vitamin/mineral supplement?

Can I die from taking a women's daily vitamin/mineral supplement?

No: Vitamins are made for men and women. Really only differ slightly. Women's usually have extra vit d. And iron. Men usually don't have iron and more antioxidants. Neither formula would hurt the opposite gender. So no worries ...Read more

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Is it possible that to buy vitamin and mineral supplements at walmart?

Is it possible that to buy vitamin and mineral supplements at walmart?

Yes you can : A chain store may not carry or have a limited supply of natural and/or organic vitamins and minerals which tend to cause less side effects and are better absorbed by the intestines. If your going to take the vitamins and supplements just for the sake getting healthy, a healthy and varied diet should suffice. ...Read more

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Can taking vitamin or mineral supplements help my rls?

Can taking vitamin or mineral supplements help my rls?

Yes: B12, folate (folic acid) and if iron deficient, iron. Have levels checked. Making levels suprahigh are not helpful. Magnesium for leg cramps which is not rls. ...Read more

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Could vitamin/mineral supplements be an effective way to help prevent chronic disease?

Could vitamin/mineral supplements be an effective way to help prevent chronic disease?

The whole picture: Choosing a healthy lifestyle with good sleep, exercise, and a very healthy diet, along with a healthy attitude and social life are the best way to prevent chronic disease. See a functional medicine practitioner to address your specific needs related to what your hereditary and lifestyle risks might be for the many chronic diseases that impact us. Sometimes specific supplements are appropriate. ...Read more

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Hi doc, are there recommended vitamins, minerals \ and or supplements for heavy drinkers?

Hi doc, are there recommended vitamins, minerals \ and or supplements for heavy drinkers?

Many can help: Alcoholism has a strong genetic/physiological basis.Alcoholics are often addicted to sugar, caffeine & tobacco & have higher needs for certain vitamins. A healthy diet with high doses of vitamin b3 & vit c may be helpful. Zinc, b6, manganese & essential fatty acids can help too.Social support/counseling is also helpful.See http://www.The-alcoholism-guide.Org/orthomolecular-alcoholism-treatment.Html. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i give my son a multi-vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement?

Please tell me, could i give my son a multi-vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement?

Why?: Has he been diagnosed with a deficiency? Have symptoms? Then see you doctor. Is he eating normal? A balanced diet of meat and vegetables? Then no. Supplements are not necessary. ...Read more

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Is there any natural supplements/vitamins/minerals or anything that may help her anxiety?

Is there any natural supplements/vitamins/minerals or anything that may help her anxiety?

Anxiety: I do not know if any supplements that really reduce anxiety. However, there are foods that can increase anxiety. To reduce anxiety avoid sugars, chocolate, alchohol( it eventually causes depression) and anything with caffeine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could give my son a multi-vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement?

Can you tell me if i could give my son a multi-vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement?

Likely fine: If yours is a vitamin family, i see no problem in common supplements. A well balance nutrition, rest and exercise support normal growth in kids. Most of these supplements leave the body in the urine the day they are given. I caution parents to avoid excesses of vitamin a, e, d or k as these fat soluble vitamins do store up in the bodies fat cells and can produce problems. ...Read more

Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more