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What Is Vitamin B16 Used For
Opinion divided: Conflicting information about this. In my practice I do nutritional lab testing to see if my patients need supplementation. ...Read more
Many things: Vitamin b6 in it's activated formed call pyridoxal-5-phosphate (p5p) is the cofactor in many biochemical pathways in the body involved in production of neurotransmitters (that affect mood, etc,), histamine (involved in allergy), hemoglobin (red blood cells) and proteins involved in methylation and regulation of our genes. ...Read more
Lowers chol + TG: Niacin lowers cholesterol, raises the "good" HDL and lowers triglycerides - but at much higher doses than 250. You need to get up to 1500 mg/day or more to see much effect. The downside is that it can cause flushing and raise both sugar (not good if you are diabetic) and uric acid (not good if you are prone to gout.). ...Read more
Please clarify: Your question is a bit vague & thus hard to answer. Need for vitamins will vary based on one's health, age, sex & diet. While there is no substitute for a healthy diet, wise use of supplements may improve immune function & help prevent heart disease, cancer, birth defects etc. I believe every adult should take about 5000 u of vit d during fall & winter. A good quality multivit. Will benefit many. ...Read more
Not only vits but...: While b vitamins may help (esp. B12 if you're deficient), many other nutrients/herbs may help more. Phosphatidylserine, acetyl-l-carnitine, bacopa, vinpocetine, ashwagandha and rhodiola are all proven to help. There are entire books on this subject. A good article is at http://www. Smart-publications. Com/articles/be-smarter-think-faster-and-protect-your-brain-with-12-smart-nutrients. See comment:. ...Read more
Many good ones but..: There are many good prenatal vitamins. One of the most important ingredients is folic acid, proven to prevent neural tube defects, but I have become aware of research suggesting that synthetic Folic Acid may increase breast cancer risk. Safest choice may be one that provides the natural 5-mthf form of folate such as basic prenatal by thorne research and prenatal pro by designs for health. ...Read more
None: Eating more calories than you burn off causes weight gain. Eating fewer calories than you burn off causes weight loss. It's really that simple. The hard part, which takes a lot more discussion than this forum allows, is gaining or losing weight in a healthy fashion. That can be quite hard, can involve changing habits and changing life styles. ...Read more
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 per cent above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. ...Read more
Vitamin: For a young healthy person, simply eating a healthy diet rich in leafy green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, some fish is sufficient. One might consider a multivitamin, but this is probably not necessary if you are eating right. Green veggies are rich in lutein and orange veggies have lots of beta carotene in them. Both compounds are good for eyes. ...Read more
Not applicable: Vitamins are great for good health, and you need all of them for this. There are no vitamins that specifically improve sex, but there are other concepts that you may embrace. If you're low on testosterone, libido and performance does increase. Making sure your genital anatomy is correct is also important. There are procedures that correct problems, so talk with your doctor to check it out. ...Read more
D3 best; AVOID D2!!!:
The best form of Vit. D is D3.
VIt. D2 is dangerous and should be avoided.
There is no Vitamin D1.
I advise all adults take 5000-8000 iu of D3/day in fall and winter, year-round if you don't get much sun.
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Usually- it depends: There are 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need every day via diet or supplements, so if you took them individually you could take 13 diff. Vitamins each day. Most people take a multivit. And sometimes supplement with extra amounts of individual vitamins such as c, d, e and B12 as multivitamins may not have optimal amounts. This is safe as long as the total amounts are not dangerously high. ...Read more
Maybe.: I do not recommend otc supplements for patients who have medical problems. This is because drug store products are inferior quality, which is why they are cheap. Health food store products are better in quality. For best quality, obtain professional products. However, if you have no medical problems it may make no difference. Check company longevity and whether they have any specialty items. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on your age and menstrual status, plus other factors. If menstruating you want some iron in it; if not, you don't. You also want natural vit e (d-tocopherol, not dl which is synthetic); no more than 2500 iu pre-formed vit a. Also 1000iu vit d. I haven't found a chewable vitamin that contains all this, but maybe nature's way alive adult multi-vitamin gummy comes closer than others. ...Read more
Both are safe: Both are safe however some people do not convert D2 to D3, so be sure to have your vitamin D levels checked to make sure they are rising if you take D2. Take with meals for best absorption. ...Read more
Yes: The vast majority of americans do not get adequate vitamins and minerals from their diets. Quoting a position paper by the american medical association "recent evidence has shown that suboptimal levels of vitamins, even well above those causing deficiency syndromes, are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis." more quotes below in my comment:. ...Read more