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Doctor insights on: Which Children Need Vitamin D Supplements

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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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Which vitamin d should I take to help decrease psoriasis break outs...Vit d 1000..Vit d 2000..Vit d 500 with 1200 calcium..Stores have huge selection?

Which vitamin d should I take to help decrease psoriasis break outs...Vit d 1000..Vit d 2000..Vit d 500 with 1200 calcium..Stores have huge selection?

Be careful.: Regardless of what you have read on "natural health" web sites, there is no credible evidence that oral vitamin d is an effective treatment for psoriasis. High doses can raise your calcium levels to the point where you can develop kidney stones and other serious medical problems. 800-1000 iu is a safe daily dosage to prevent vitamin d deficiency. ...Read more

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Should kids take vitamin d supplements?

Should  kids take vitamin d supplements?

Yes: Absolutely, especially if they live in a temperate zone. Increase dose in winter and decrease or skip in summer depending on sun exposure. D3 1000 to 2000 iu daily is a decent dose. ...Read more

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Which vitamin d should I take in supplement phone?

Which vitamin d should I take in supplement phone?

D3: D3 is the right one to take, as it is safer and more bioavailable than d2. ...Read more

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If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?

If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?

Vit D malais: 53 M of unknown ethnicity from UK asks "if my severe Vit D was caused by malabsorption would oral D work". ANS; yes it you can correct cause of malabsorption or take in enough to overcome the malabsorb problem. Talk with your team there who know you best. ...Read more

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Will vitamin d supplement cause constipation?

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Will vitamin d supplement cause constipation?

Yes: Vitamin d has been reported to cause constipation. In your case, there is no blood test to determine if constipation is caused by vitamin d. It would be reasonable to stop the vitamin d for 1-2 weeks to see if the constipation resolves. If it does, you are likely confirming this as a side effect. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 1000 iu of vitamin d safe?

Need help. Is 1000 iu of vitamin d safe?

For most people: Yes it is. Even 2000 of d3 a day or high is generally safe, but always a good idea to discuss with your doctor before starting any new medication, even otc>. ...Read more

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What can cause vitamin d and iron deficiency other than nutrition?

What can cause vitamin d and iron deficiency other than nutrition?

Deficiencies : This question is difficult to answer in such a short space. Examples can only be given. Vitamin d deficiency can be caused by kidney disease, for example. Iron deficiency can be due to loss of iron through bleeding, as with menstruation. ...Read more

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Can taking supplements like zinc, calcium, magnesium or vitamin d cause height to increase in an adult over age 35?

Can taking supplements like zinc, calcium, magnesium or vitamin d cause height to increase in an adult over age 35?

Supplementing with: Vitamins and minerals will not increase your height. Please use the things you mention w/professional guidance so you don't overdo or imbalance calcium/magnesium. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are other ways to improve a Vit. D deficiency without having to drink milk or take Vit. D supplement tablets? Thanks!

What are other ways to improve a Vit. D deficiency without having to drink milk or take Vit. D supplement tablets? Thanks!

Sunlight/salmon/egg: 23 year old female asks; What other ways to improve Vit D deficiency without having to drink milk or take Vit D supplement tablets? Sunlight, direct sunlight to the skin for as little as 15 to 30 minutes can make up to 600 IU equivalent of Vit D in Diet/ Supplement. Other sources; salmon, tuna, egg yolk, fortified cereals, beef liver. Note, too much Vit D has side effects If >4000IU check with MD ...Read more

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I've vitamin D deficiency 17.5nmol/l and iron deficiency 6.8umol/l there is any problem if i take vitamin D and iron together ?

I've vitamin D deficiency 17.5nmol/l and iron deficiency 6.8umol/l there is any problem if i take vitamin D and iron together ?

No problem: Taking both vitamin D and iron together should not be a problem. Your stomach may be sensitive to one of these drugs so if you have any symptoms such as nausea or pain you should try taking them at different times. ...Read more

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Which vitamin and mineral supplements should everyone take?

Which vitamin and mineral supplements should everyone take?

None: Vitamin and mineral supplements are a great way to increase the profit of vitamin and mineral supplement suppliers and makers. Unless you have a very abnormal diet, or have a specific vitamin deficiency based on your genes, you do not need this. If you think you have a deficiency, ask your Doctor to test for that. Otherwise, save your money and use it to go to the gym more often. ...Read more

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To correct vit d deficiency in kids, how many courses of cholecalciferol (granules) can b given safely in a year; does more of it cause vit d toxicity?

To correct vit d deficiency in kids, how many courses of cholecalciferol (granules) can b given safely in a year; does more of it cause vit d toxicity?

3 month check: Response to treat varies depending on reason for deficiency or if Rickets (softening bones from low Vit D) is present. Your child's Vit D levels should be monitored closely to gauge when to adjust the medication. Add salmon, tuna, eggs, dairy and fortified cereals to the diet if no food restrictions. ...Read more

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Can G6PD deficient kids under 5 take multi vitamin supplements? Are all vitamins safe for such kids?

Can G6PD deficient kids under 5 take multi vitamin supplements? Are all vitamins safe for such kids?

Standard types safe: The standard types of multi-vitamins or multi-vitamins plus minerals are as safe for children with G6PD deficiency as they are for non-G6PD-deficient children. If unusual, non-standard doses are used, then nobody really knows how safe or unsafe those supplements would be. Thus, one should stick with standard dosing and reputable brands. ...Read more

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Could vitamin d + calcium supplement cause loose bowels? How about iron supplements?

Could vitamin d + calcium supplement cause loose bowels? How about iron supplements?

Yes both: Iron supplements could cause loose bowels. Both vitamins a and d can cause loose stools when consumed in high doses. ...Read more

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Vitamin k or vitamin k2 are antidotes for vitamin D3 overdose, is that true?

Vitamin k or vitamin k2 are antidotes for vitamin D3 overdose, is that true?

No.: Stopping vitamin d is the main antidote. If symptoms occur because of high calcium levels in the blood a variety of treatments could reduce the levels. ...Read more

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Does extra vitamin d help with boost a child's absorption of calcium?

Does extra vitamin d help with boost a child's absorption of calcium?

If he is deficient: If he has absorption problems or is not getting enough sun exposure or always has sunblock on (which is good, but blocks 95% of vitamin d production). If he does not have a deficiency, then the extra vitamin d will increase calcium above the levels needed. Consistent vitamin d and calcium intake through a lifetime is the way to go. There is such things as too much of a good thing, too! ...Read more

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Vitamin D (Definition)

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