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Postby scoobyjude » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:52 pm

Thought this was kind of interesting

Benefits of Supplements: Sorting Fact from Fiction

Jan. 7, 2007 — The news is filled with stories about the benefits of vitamins — this one helps prevent prostate cancer, that one helps curtail diabetes. But with 29,000 dietary supplement products on the market, it's hard to keep track of what helps whom — and how much it actually does for you.

Dr. Andrew Weil, an integrated medicine specialist and author of the bestselling "Healthy Aging," shared his tips on what supplements people should be taking every day.

The Multivitamin

People should take a daily multivitamin. The body needs these vitamins every day. Our main source of them is fruits, and vegetables and whole foods, and most people are not eating those in sufficient amounts, or even every day. So the multivitamin is insurance for gaps in the diet. And even if you are eating fruits and veggies everyday, it's not a bad thing.

Choose a multivitamin by reading the labels. There are some things that definitely should and shouldn't be on the label. The multivitamin should not contain any pre-formed vitamin A, which is usually called retinol. Don't get a multivitamin that has iron in it.

You do want vitamin D3. If the label says vitamin D2, then it's not the good kind of vitamin D.

Take More Vitamin D

There's research coming out really month by month showing vitamin D prevents many kinds of cancer and multiple sclerosis. We used to think vitamin D was just necessary for bone health, but now we're seeing it prevent a lot of other diseases.

But make sure you're taking D3. So often, you see orange juice or foods that say they're vitamin D fortified. But many times, those are fortified with D2. Vitamin D has to be taken with fat. Taking a vitamin D pill with orange juice isn't going to work; it won't stick to you.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Take one gram of fish oil every day. The body needs adequate intake every day for optimum mental and physical health, and there are not many dietary sources. You can really only find it naturally in oily fish from cold water [salmon, herring, sardines]. It helps prevent heart disease, aging, cancer and dementia.

Co-Q-10

People should also take the antioxidant Co-Q-10. It helps muscle function, heart function and brain function. It is absolutely necessary for people with heart disease. Co-Q-10 is made naturally in your body, but more doesn't hurt.

Herbal Tonics

Tonics are natural substances, which, taken over time, increase general resistance to illness and encourage longevity. There are many different ones, and they're worth learning about and experimenting with. If you're lacking in energy or get sick a lot, these could be very useful to you.

How to Choose a Supplement

When it comes to supplements, there's not necessarily a correlation between price and quality, which is important to know. Start by reading the label. Be careful of the milligram amount you're getting per capsule.

If the recommended dose is 1,000 milligrams and the pill only contains 200 milligrams, then you're going to be taking a lot of pills every day just to reach that dosage, so pay attention to the details.

Try to get brand-name recommendations. Sadly, many doctors haven't learned about supplements in medical school, so your doctor may not be able to advise you on that. To find the best brands, do your homework. Either get names of products from people you trust, or go on the Internet and look these supplements up. Check how the different brands do quality control. Ideally, pharmacists will be able to help; but again, they aren't getting this in their education any more than our physicians are.

For more information, visit healthyaging.com.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:08 pm

hey good one :)

any ideas why leave out the iron in the multi? does it screw up absorption of the other things?
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Postby Muu » Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:11 pm

It's always good to have a little positive reinforcement of the things one's doing ie D3 & Omega oils. As it's also my birthday in your time zone, altho not quite yet in mine, the idea of "Healthy Aging" is also appealing!
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time zones

Postby jimmylegs » Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:19 pm

muu if scoobs is posting in chicago it is still sunday night, i think we're all posting on adelaide time!

happy birthday :D
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Postby scoobyjude » Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:28 pm

Happy Birthday Muu and actually when I posted it was Sunday afternoon. Jimmy, I don't know why no iron either but I also thought it had to do with absorption. My multi vitamin has 18 mg of iron and doesn't say which kind of vitamin D. Guess I better look for a new one :)
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Postby scoobyjude » Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:57 pm

This is all the info I could find on a drug guide about risks of multivitamins with iron... Might be interesting for people on ABX

What are the possible side effects of multivitamins with iron?

Stop taking multivitamins with iron and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; flushing, closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Nausea, constipation, black stools, discoloration of urine and diarrhea are among the most common. Taking multivitamins with iron with food may decrease these side effects.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect multivitamins with iron?

Before taking multivitamins with iron, tell your doctor if you are taking

a tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline (Achromycin, Sumycin), minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox), demeclocycline (Declomycin), oxytetracycline (Terramycin), or troleandomycin (TAO);
a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex) ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), grepafloxacin (Raxar), sparfloxacin (Zagam), or trovafloxacin (Trovan);
levodopa (Larodopa, Dopar, Sinemet);
levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, others);
methyldopa (Aldomet); or
penicillamine (Cuprimine).
You may not be able to take multivitamins with iron, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

Before taking a multivitamin with iron, tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines. You may not be able to take the multivitamin with iron supplement, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any other medicines.

Do not take more of a multivitamin with iron than is prescribed for you or is directed on the package. Large doses of multivitamins with iron can be dangerous.
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side efFEcts

Postby jimmylegs » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:13 am

gawd i had to crank high dose iron for months just to get out of the deficiency scenario. i know some of those side effects a little too well!
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Postby scoobyjude » Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:58 pm

Well they said that you shouldn't take the multivitamin with iron unless you were iron-deficient or anemic, so you needed it. I remember as a teen they wanted me to take iron pills and I stopped taking them because of the side effects but I haven't had those problems with my multivitamin.
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Postby jimmylegs » Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:47 pm

oh good not so bad then! glad you've had no probs with your multi.
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