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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Some Women Do Need Vitamins! Headlines Against Vitamin Use May Not Apply To You

Many articles have come out against routine use of vitamins, but there are specific nutritional deficiencies that require us to be taking vitamins. Rational use means consulting your physician to see if you qualify for a vitamin regimen. With the dramatic knowledge that vitamin C prevented scurvy, vitamin D prevented rickets, and Vitamin B1 (also called thiamin) prevented beriberi we have looked to other ways a single vitamin can prevent a single disease. Vitamins alone cannot prevent cataracts, heart disease, Alzheimer's, because these are different types of diseases with significant aging and environmental deficiencies. Recent studies of vitamin use are also complicated by the fact that we all are given so much vitamin supplementation within certain fortified foods. It is also complicated by the fact that some nutritional supplements do not have full disclosure of what is in them. Our needs are also complicated by medications, foods and supplements which may interfere with the vitamin levels we have. The headlines grab our attention and make us feel that none of us need vitamins. But a new study in Australia showed iron helps boost athletic performance. Here are some examples of Vitamin's roles:

1.To prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus and to prevent miscarriages
2.Adequate vitamin D is essential to keep up calcium levels and prevent osteoporosis
3.Regular iron use prevents anemia in those with moderate or severe menstrual periods
4.To supplement if you are on a low calorie diet, which vitamins may vary depending on which diet
5. B vitamins with those who carry genetic defects in the MTHFR line
5. More calcium for people who drink pop as the carbonation can affect our ability to extract calcium out of our foods

When making a decision regarding your need, hold on to those vitamins for now, and see your gyno for customizing your needs.

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