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When should pregnant women start iron and calcium supplements?

When should pregnant women start iron and calcium supplements?

Before pregnancy: I always recommend taking a good prenatal vitamin containing iron and calcium at least 3 months prior to contemplating pregnancy. Of course life doesn't always work out like we plan but if you can plan a pregnancy start supplementation early. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Does high VitD3 & Calcium supplements interfere with absorption of Iron & Omega3 Fatty Acid from food for 57+ yr female ?

Does high VitD3 & Calcium supplements interfere with absorption of Iron & Omega3 Fatty Acid from food for 57+ yr female ?

They help each other: The do not compete directly. In fact, consuming essential fatty omega-3 fatty acids can increase vitamin D's ability to increase calcium absorption from the gut. This is especially important in improving bone mineralization and decreasing bone loss seen in osteoporosis. Vit D3 and omega-3 together can also improve the risk profile for peripheral vascular disease. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i take iron and calcium supplements with nutrex lipo-6 black?

Please tell me, could i take iron and calcium supplements with nutrex lipo-6 black?

You should only: be taking these (calcium and iron) with a doctor's recommendation, as they have potential adverse events. THe Nutrex is worthless, expensive, and may contain harmful ingredients, but who knows? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could take iron and calcium supplements with nutrex lipo-6 black?

Can you tell me if i could take iron and calcium supplements with nutrex lipo-6 black?

Save your money: Unbelievable how many new miracle supplements are appearing on the market and nutrex lipo-6 black is another "new kid on the block". This so-called "fat burner" is associated with no credible evidence of benefit, and is yet another potential scam, with possible bad adverse events. Talk to your doctor, as you are clearly in search of some solution. Just do it safely. ...Read more

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Should i carry on taking calcium supplements whilst having iron injections / infusions? Will it affect the absorption of the iron?

Should i carry on taking calcium supplements whilst having iron injections / infusions? Will it affect the absorption of the iron?

You would be: Better off having 5 dairy servings a day in your diet than taking calcium supplements . It is best absorbed that way. No oral intake will interfere with anything put directly into your vein. That is why they give the infusion do there is no worry about absorption ...Read more

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Should women on HRT with cardiac risk factors take calcium supplements?

Should women on HRT with cardiac risk factors take calcium supplements?

Controversial: Researchers in a large study found that "... Increasing calcium intake from diet might not confer significant cardiovascular benefits, while calcium supplements, which might raise [heart attack] risk, should be taken with caution." the increased risk may be due to high levels of calcium from 1-2 doses of supplement as opposed to the small amounts absorbed from diet. Ask your cardiologist on this. ...Read more

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I am an athletic woman in my twenties who eats a balanced diet. Should i take vitamin and calcium supplements?

I am an athletic woman in my twenties who eats a balanced diet. Should i take vitamin and calcium supplements?

Probably; at least D: Everyone should take d in fall ; winter. If you're like the vast majority of americans you do not get adequate vitamins from your diet. Even if you do, quoting the ama "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."see comment for more. ...Read more

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


Dr. Robert Lang
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Calcium Supplements (Definition)

Typically babies get plenty of calcium from breast milk or formula. Whenever they don't, for instance for babies with galactosemia, calcium supplementation is important to support ...Read more