Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamins & Supplements Articles

The benefits of vitamin supplements

Most people don’t need vitamin pills. But people who have specific health conditions, such as pregnancy, kidney disease, or digestion problems, may benefit from certain vitamin supplements. (Locked) More »

How much calcium do you really need?

A daily intake of 500 to 700 milligrams of calcium plus 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D is enough to preserve bone density. It’s best to get calcium through diet rather than supplements, but vitamin D supplements are fine. More »

Ask the doctor: Vitamin C for health?

Vitamin C has been promoted as a way to boost the immune system and fight off colds, but research has not proven this or any other health benefits of taking vitamin C supplements. (Locked) More »

Iron and your health

Fatigue is usually not related to a shortage of iron. In adults, iron deficiency is most common in women of childbearing age. Anemia caused by low iron does become more common with aging, affecting 10% or more of people 65 and older. This is sometimes caused by internal bleeding related to cancer or gastrointestinal disease. Most people can meet their daily iron needs from food. Red meat, poultry, eggs, and fish supply the most iron per serving. Plant foods also supply iron, but in a form that is harder for the body to absorb. People who eat few or no animal foods need to compensate by eating a larger amount of iron-rich plant foods, such as leafy greens, legumes, whole grains, and mushrooms. Foods fortified artificially with iron also help Americans to meet their iron needs. (Locked) More »

Should you get your nutrients from food or from supplements?

Nutrients are most potent when they come from food. Supplements may be helpful for people who are unable to get enough nutrients from the diet or who have a genuine deficiency in a particular nutrient, such as vitamin D. A multivitamin may be a good option. It should include vitamin D, B vitamins (especially folate), iron, magnesium, and calcium. Using a multivitamin from a well-known brand that’s been around for a long time means that the vitamin is likely well tested. More »

To lower stroke risk, be sure to get this B vitamin

People with high blood pressure should be sure they’re getting enough of the B vitamin folate in their diets, which may lower the risk of a stroke. The recommended daily intake of folate is 400 micrograms per day. Folate occurs naturally in many foods, but especially green leafy vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits. Most grain products (including wheat flour, cornmeal, pasta, and rice) are fortified with the synthetic version of the vitamin, known as folic acid. (Locked) More »