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What Vitamin Supplements Can I Take To Help Strengthen My Nails
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
What brand and mcg do you suggest in vitamins and supplements for hair nails and skin? I am 5 ft 137 lbs
Re-evaluate: When one has fatigue, thyroid and parathyroid problems plus skin, hair and nail problmes one must look at hte under-lying causes and make sure one is getting rid of deficiencies and toxicities responsible. See solved the riddle of illness by stephen langer. Consider the possibility of thyroiditis. Make sure vit d3 and iron are sufficient. Listen to your body. 3 gm evening primrose oil is helpful. ...Read more
My wife has chronic hives from an auto immune disorder. What vitamins and supplements can she take to help strengthen her immune system?
Are there any vitamin supplements that you can take that benefit your teeth? Strengthen them? Would calcium help? Or such a thing as regenerating?
None.: Unless you are deficient, it is unlikely that vitamins and supplements will help you. Occasionally people are low in vitamin d or vitamin b12, which your doctor can check. There is limited evidence about omega 3 fish oils. However, if you are in fact depressed, see your doctor, because you need real treatment-- cbt (cog behav therapy) or possibly medications. ...Read more
I am a medical student and latelly I am not getting enough sleep and I am not having a healthy diet. What vitamins and supplements can I take?
As you probably know: There is really no substitute for sleep. Most of the docs on this site can probably tell you stories of working all night and eating when we wanted sleep. It never works out! do the best you can with sleep hygiene and remember what you tell patients, dietary supplements usually wind up coming out in your pee. If you want to drink boost or ensure or instant bkfst for protein and calcium, do it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
With a meal: Try this: chew your food well, and pop in a pill or two and swallow with the well chewed food. Vegetables work great for this. ...Read more
Is it unhealthy to become a vegatarian? I have heard you have to take a lot of vitamin supplements.
No- very healthy,No: A large body of research shows vegetarian diets are "associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity ; consequently less heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer ; mortality."-quoting from http://bit.Ly/1cysymm vegetarians probably need less supps because their diet is better. Vegetarians live longer, though there is some debate about why- see http://bit.Ly/gagviu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Multivitamin/iron/D: It is always best to get nutrients from our diet, but most people do not get optimal amounts of all needed nutrients from our diet, so a well-rounded multivitamin with minerals is a good insurance policy to assure you are getting optimal nutrition. Menstruating women often will benefit from a vitamin that also supplies iron. Most people also benefit from taking vitamin d-see comments for details. ...Read more
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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