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A blood test showed that i'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

A blood test showed that i'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

B12: this low will likely cause dementia, spinal cord degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Keep your level above 550 for the rest of your life. Recovery takes about a year in a young person. I suggest you take liquid sublingual weekly for 3 months then bi weekly thereafter. Its important to check a level after you cut back to twice a month. Use 1 1/2 dropper and hold it under the tongue for 30 sec. ...Read more

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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 vitamins or supplements can a person take to prevent venous ulcers?

Which vitamins or supplements can a person take to prevent venous ulcers?

Vein ulcers: There are limited studies showing whether any supplements help with this disease process. There is some positive literature concerning horse chestnut seed extract. While this is available in healthfood stores, the production (and quality) cannot be guaranteed, making specfic recommendations for these supplements difficult as to brand and strength. Consult with your wound specialist. ...Read more

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What vitamins or supplements should I take to help prevent liver damage from drinking?

What vitamins or supplements should I take to help prevent liver damage from drinking?

Don't drink so much: There are no pills/supplements/treatments that "protect" your liver from alcohol. None. If you're drinking so much that you're worried about your liver, then you're drinking too much. The only way to protect your liver from the damage done by excessive alcohol consumption is to curtail your alcohol consumption, because early on, the damage is reversible. Contact your doctor for help or call a.A. ...Read more

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Are vitamin supplements really worth take or do u obtain enough natural vitamins from food? I get the cold a lot and would vitamin tabs prevent it?

Are vitamin supplements really worth take or do u obtain enough natural vitamins from food? I get the cold a lot and would vitamin tabs prevent it?

Food and vitamins: To get sufficient vitamins from diet, a person needs balance and variety: meats, eggs, dairy, fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, juices. And processed refined foods are not vitamin rich. And, many foods are showing less vitamin content because soils are deficient. So, yes, the best carefully selected regular wide variety diet can provide all vitamins, but is a challenge. Add a high quality VIT. ...Read more

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What to do if i heard that there's a food supplement / vitamin that you can take which will prevent hot flushes. What is it?

What to do if i heard that there's a food supplement / vitamin that you can take which will prevent hot flushes. What is it?

Black cohosh, soy: Black cohosh is an herb and is the principle ingredient in the various menopausal herbal preparations. Increased soy in your diet might also help. These are not particularly potent and may help, but they will not "prevent" hot flashes. ...Read more

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For how long will a venous ulcer using compression bandages take to heal?

For how long will a venous ulcer using compression bandages take to heal?

Venous disease: A great and common question that is asked. We cannot tell without additional information and seeing how each patient responds to our treatments and modalities. There are so many intervening factors (other diseases, infection, acceptance of recommendations, etc.) ...Read more

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How much time will a venous ulcer using compression bandages take to heal?

How much time will a venous ulcer using compression bandages take to heal?

Temporary fix: Venous ulcers are the result of major underlying venous disease which usually can be corrected. If done properly, the ulcers will heal in most cases and rarely return. Compression can heal ulcers but 40% of them return in the first year. ...Read more

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Approximately how long does it take a venous ulcer to heal whilst using a multi-layered compression bandage?

Approximately how long does it take a venous ulcer to heal whilst using a multi-layered compression bandage?

Depends: Healing depends on the size, depth, and underlying cause of the ulcer. Most small ulcers can be closed in days to a few weeks. Large ulcers may require much longer. It is very important to have the underlying source of venous pressure (often varicose veins) treated to potentially speed healing and (more importantly) to be help prevent the ulcer from reappearing. ...Read more

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I've done everything for a UTI nothing works! will taking 1000mg of vitamin C supplement daily help prevent them?

I've done everything for a UTI nothing works! will taking 1000mg of vitamin C supplement daily help prevent them?

No: If you truly have medically proven recurrent utis multiple times/year, you need to undergo further evaluation. Make sure you have actually been tested and not just treated based on symptoms. Other issues may present with symptoms like a UTI such as yeast or vaginitis. Consider evaluation by a urologist for kidney, ureteral, or bladder abnormalities. ...Read more

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Can a person lose his leg if he has a venous ulcer and it gets infected?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to lose a leg from a venous ulcer. They are very painful and cause significant discoloration of the ankles. You are far more likely to require an amputation from an arterial ulcer. The best way to treat an infected venous ulcer is with antibiotics and compression dressings. ...Read more

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What supplements/vitamins help prevent cold sores?

What supplements/vitamins help prevent cold sores?

None - No deficiency: This is a symptom of herpes simplex virus. Avoid contact w/ body fluids of infected folk. (kissing, eating utensils, towels, razors, etc.) once infected, there's no sure way to prevent cold sores. But you can reduce outbreaks and spreading it. Wash hands often & avoid touching sores to prevent spread to eyes, genitals or to others. Avoid triggers (colds, flu, stress, sunlight on face). Sorry. ...Read more

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What are good vitamin supplements to prevent premature graying?

What are good vitamin supplements to prevent premature graying?

Manage stress: You ask about vitamins - the primary vitamins that have been cited as necessary to prevent gray hair are b-vitamins - b12, folate (folic acid) and biotin in particular. In my experience, the best gray hair prevention is stress management however. Learn how to not get frazzled. Meditate, do yoga, exercise, get enough sleep. Eat a healthy organic diet with lots of fruits and veggies. Don't go to med school. ...Read more

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Is there a vitamin or supplement that can prevent easy bruising?

Is there a vitamin or supplement that can prevent easy bruising?

Vit k and vit e: Vitamin k, if deficient in some individuals can lead to extended bleeding times because a number of coag factors depend on this vitamin. In addition, excess vit e, a power antioxidant, can interfere with vit k, and lead to bleeding. ...Read more

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Could vitamin/mineral supplements be an effective way to help prevent chronic disease?

Could vitamin/mineral supplements be an effective way to help prevent chronic disease?

The whole picture: Choosing a healthy lifestyle with good sleep, exercise, and a very healthy diet, along with a healthy attitude and social life are the best way to prevent chronic disease. See a functional medicine practitioner to address your specific needs related to what your hereditary and lifestyle risks might be for the many chronic diseases that impact us. Sometimes specific supplements are appropriate. ...Read more

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Are there vitamin supplements that can help prevent and improve varicose veins?

Are there vitamin supplements that can help prevent and improve varicose veins?

Yes: There are some studies that show horse chestnut can have a positive effect on venous insufficiency. It apparently works on the lining of the vein called the endothelium. Because of this, it can decrease the amount of fluid that leaks from the veins as well as it is felt that this decreases the inflammation associated with venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more