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What Are The Benefits Of Older Women Taking Prenatal Vitamins
Are just vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are just vitamins. If a woman is in good health with good nutrition, the added vitamins from prenatal vitamins are not noticeable to her body. The vitamins do not help a woman get pregnant. The Folic Acid in the prenatal vitamins does help decrease the chance of a certain type of serious birth defect (called a neural tube defect). ...Read more
Good for pregnancy: Prenatal vitamins are the most helpful early in the pregnancy since they help prevent neural tube defects. Usually the risk of neural tube defects are highest in the first 4-8 weeks of pregnancy when most people do not even know that they are pregnant. Most ob/gyn recommend woman of child bearing age take prenatal vitamins if they are planning to get pregnant or just in case they get pregnant. ...Read more
No proof: Unless you are having a documented vitamin deficiency, there is no proof that taking extra vitamins help. Most folks in the usa are deficient in vitamin d. Dr. Linus pauling suggests huge doses of vitamin c per day, but there is no real proof. Good diet and exercise is probably more helpful. Cut back on sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. If you are overweight, avoid fructose for now. ...Read more
None: No studies have shown a benefit.Get a more detailed answer ›
What are the negative consequences of taking both a multivitamin (centrum) and acai berry pills everyday?
No, but consider...: Centrum is ok but not a very good multivitamin.A study which ranked 101 multivits ranked centrum silver 54th of 101 brands; i wouldn't rank it even that high- see http://www.Multivitaminguide.Org/ & see http://drrandybaker.Com/2012/11/11/vitamins-really-do-prevent-heart-disease-beware-of-bad-studies/ for my critique of centrum. Acai berries contain beneficial phytonutrients not found in vitamins. ...Read more
No it is not bad: No it is not bad but you can also take any multivitamins in place of prenatal vitamins. ...Read more
Waste of money: If you don't have a biotin deficiency, which is very uncommon, taking a biotin supplement will do nothing for you. Biotin is needed for healthy hair and nails but it will not improve them if there is no deficiency. As it is water soluble, the body will not even store it so it offers no long-term benefit. ...Read more
Iodine: You are paying to eat dried green-brown seaweed. Kelp is not a vitamin, but it's got plenty of iodine in it, which is good especially if you life in a country where they don't iodize salt or you don't get iodine for whatever reason. Don't spend too much money on this or any other supplement; you're better off especially at your age building physical fitness. ...Read more
Improve health: The effects of a multivitamin will vary, based on your individual nutrient needs.If you already have optimal vitamins & minerals from an excellent diet (which is unlikely!), a vitamin won't do much.But many have deficiencies, in which case taking a good multivit can improve a wide variety of symptoms (deficiencies can cause almost any symptom). It may also help prevent a wide variety of illnesses. ...Read more
Goal is 'adequate': Getting an 'adequate' dose of calcium reduces risk of weak bones from osteomalacia. Not sure there is any benefit for taking extra/excessive amts of calcium. In fact, there is emerging evidence that taking high doses in pill form (might) cause increased calcium buildup in blood vessels (bad). Maximizing dietary sources is best. If need supplement, spread dose into 2-3 separate doses thru day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing different: Nothing different than from the side effects if you are pregnant. (mostly GI upset). ...Read more
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