Patient discussion about vitamin I

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Q. Should I take vitamins?

I try to eat a healthy balanced diet everyday. Do I still need to take vitamins additionally?
A1Unless your Doctor told you that you suffer from a vitamin deficiency, then eating a healthy balanced diet is enough in order to get all the necessary vitamins. Make sure to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, which are rich with them. Also People who eat a vegetarian diet may need to take a vitamin B12 supplement.
A2STOP!

READ THIS WITH AN OPEN MIND!

FIRST I NEED TO ASK A FEW QUESTIONS DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE FOOD YOU EAT WAS GROWN? DO YOU KNOW WHAT WAS USED TO GROW IT? (FERTILIZERS PESTACIDES ECT..) IF NOT THERE IS NO GAURENTEE THAT YOUR GETTING THE NUTRIENTS YOU NEED HOWEVER GROWING YOUR SELF A GARDEN IS THE BEST QUALITY OF FOOD YOU WILL GET YOU ALSO NEED TO REALIZE THAT THE FOOD GROWN IN SOILS THAT HAVE USED ANY CHEMICALS PESTICIDES NITROGEN ECT.. THOSES SOILS NUTRIENTS ARE BEING LOCKED UP AND DEPLETED WITH THE USE OF CHEMICALS THEY USE THOSE THING S FOR INCREASED YIELS OF PRODUCT, QUALITY IS LEFT OUT.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS ARE GOOD

I HAVN'T HEARD MANY PEOPLE CONSERNED ABOUT CHELATED (ABLE TO BE EASILY ABSORBED BY THE BODY)TRACE MINERALS ONLY ABOUT 1 OR 2 % OF THE POPULATION GETS THAT AS NUTRIENTS WHICH MEANS EVERYONE NEEDS THIS FOR A HEALTHY BODY. MOST VITAMINS SOLD IN STORES HAVE ONLY A 4% ABSORPTION RATE MEANING THATS WHAT YOUR BODY USES THE REST IS USED AS WASTE

ENJOY
A3vitiams are good for you,if you dont feel that your diet is enough than take a multivitiam,if you think you are ok than dont.

Q. Are Vitamins really helpful?

I realize that there's an entire industry around it but I was wondering how helpful vitamins really are. Is there a difference between vitamins from fruits and vegetables and vitamins that you buy off the shelve? Is there such a thing as taking too much vitamins?
A1Yes, vitamins are helpful. I recently stopped taking my supplement to see if I felt a difference. Once I stopped taking it my anxiety attacks returned and my energy level went down. Nutrition that we get from food is the best, but the truth is that we don't get the amount of nutrition that we need daily. Yes, it is a such thing as taking too many vitamins. This is why it is still good consult with your doctor when taking any kind of vitamin or supplement. When chosing a vitamin for myself price is not a concern when it comes to health. This is why I prefer more expensive vitamins rather than over the counter.
A2ginkgo + B complex + zinc + vit. C
A3very helpful!

Q. what vitamins are recommended for treating cold?

and what is the right amount of it ?
AActually, although studied in trials, vitamins C, E and zinc wasn't found to have a substantial effect either preventing or relieving the symptoms of common cold, so currently these vitamins can't be recommended for the treatment of common cold.

You may read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/commoncold.html

Q. What vitamins does meat have that i should replace in my diet?

I stop eating meat and am trying to make sure that I get the right vitamins. I already take a multivitamins and fish oil pills every day. Are there any other specific vitamins I should take? If so, what do they do?
A1Vitamin B complex, iron pills, protein supplement. You can find those in legumes, they have a lot of proteins. Lentils have vitamin B, brown rice also.
Soya.
Tofu.
Can’t think of anything more…
A2you need to replace the protein that comes from eating meat. you can eat legumes, nuts, soy, and whole grains. Here is a nice site that gives good advices for vegetarians:
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

A3most vegetarians have iron related anemia. there's smaller amount of iron in vegetables and things like dairy products and tea inhibit it's absorption. so this will be the main thing. anyway- do a blood test, tell the Doc that your a vegetarian and he'll know what to check.

Q. What is vitamins? And which one should I take?

I’m 35 years old and I want to take food supplements and I wonder what could be best for me.
A1The definition of vitamins is a material that your body needs in order to function well, but the body cannot create them. There is an overwhelming list of vitamins. And you need them. Luckily, most of our vitamins we need come from our food. Here is a link to wikipedia talking abot it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin
A2Here is a link again:
http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking/hl/nutrition/article/0,13803,734709,00.html
A3Here is a link to a website that lists all the types of vitamins and how much you should consume daily. If you do not consume these on your regular diet then I suggest you take a Multi-vitamin supplement, which usually includes all you need per day.
http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking/hl/nutrition/article/0,13803,734709,00.html

Q. Why is vitamin C so important?

As a kid my Mum always told me to take vitamin C every day. Is it really important and if so how to take a day?
A1Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is necessary to form collagen, an important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is essential for the healing of wounds, and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Vitamin E and beta-carotene are two other well-known antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals, which are by-products that result when our bodies transform food into energy. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet. The recommended daily amounts are:
Men age 19 and older: 90 mg/day
Women age 19 year and older: 75 mg/day
A2vitamin-C helps fight common colds,keeps you healthy,
A3Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for normal growth and development. The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins, including vitamin C, is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods from the food guide pyramid. Vitamin C should be consumed every day because it is not fat-soluble and, therefore, cannot be stored for later use.
Here is a link to a website that lists the recommended daily vitamin c intakes:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=109

Q. Are vitamins really helpful?

Last week some guy in the mall tried to sell me pills of “multi vitamins” and told me that these vitamins will protect my heart and brain. I told him that I never heard of such things, but he kept claiming that many researches and studies proved that vitamins are very helpful - is it true?
A1Regardless of whether they would make you immortal (or just impoverished ? ) you should consult your doctor before you start to take any medications (including herbs and vitamins), since they may interfere with medications your doctor prescribed you.
A2Well, generally no one proved that vitamins are helpful for heart disease in a significant manner, so you are principally right. There are diseases that were found to be improved by vitamins (e.g. Age related macular degeneration, a form of sight loss in elderly people), but then they are prescribed by a doctor (and not sold in the mall….)
A3vitamins are materials that your body needs for normal functions like coagulation (vitamin k) or bone maintenance (vitamin D). you can't live without them. you usually get most of them from food ,if you eat a well balanced diet of course, but sometimes you need to get supplements. here is a link that'll tell you anything you wanna know about vitamins and never had the nerve to ask :) -
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/vitamins.html
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