Home

Hospitals

Find a Doctor

Clinics

Advertise

Jobs 

    Services
  Ambulance

  Pharmacies

  Laboratories
  Drug Delivery

  Night Services      

  Medical Suppliers   

  Medical Insurance

  Alternative Medicine 
    Home Care

  Nurses' Aides

  Registered Nurses
  Retirement Homes

    Health Centers

  Rehabilitation 

  Diets & Weight Loss

  Fitness Centers

    Research

  Libraries

  Medical Dictionary

  Common Ailments

    Others

  Red Cross

  Magazines  

  Volunteering

  Doctors Abroad

  Medical Students 

  Useful Tel. Numbers 

    Contact Us

back to Health & Fitness

Choosing Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
by Dr. Jeremy Sims

Take a look in any supermarket or high street chemist and you will find a daunting array of vitamin and mineral supplements. The big question is which preparations will do you the most good? Because without doubt you are more than spoiled for choice. To assist you here are some basic guidelines:

1.  It is best to take multiformulas (multiminerals and multivitamins) as a foundation if you are self-prescribing: there is the risk that taking high levels of single supplements can disturb your metabolism or increase the chances of toxicity. This is especially the case with vitamins A & D.

2.  Opt for the multiformulas which provide a broad range of nutrients per tablet/capsule. Always check the labels on multiformula products and aim for the following safe levels of vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin A 7,500 iu
Vitamin B1,B2,B6 25-50 mg
Vitamin B12 50 mcg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 50 mg
Folic Acid 400 mcg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 50 mg
Vitamin C 100 mg
Vitamin D 200 iu
Vitamin E 50 iu
Boron 2mg
Chromium 50 mg
Copper 0.5 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Manganese 0.5 mg
Selenium 50 mcg
Zinc 10 mg
3.  Donít be swayed by price, and plump only for the cheapest. In the case of supplements the old adage "you get what you pay for" is very true. Prices generally reflect level of research, preparation and ultimately quality control invested in the product.

4.  Never attempt to self-treat health problems with specific vitamin or mineral formulas without first gaining the advice of your family doctor or a qualified nutritionist.

5.  Take care when reducing doses. If you are taking regular supplements, and have been doing so for some time, never abruptly stop taking them: gradually reduce your dose and allow your body to adjust gently.

____________________________________________________________

Here are a few great places to buy nutritional supplements and vitamins.
eNutrition -- Your Source for Healthy Living http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=d/eMSMGQILo&bids=9205.10
Mass Quantities
, http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=d/eMSMGQILo&offerid=18401
Buy herbs, vitamins, tea, and more from AllHerb.com at 25-50% off. Plus FREE GIFT!
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=d/eMSMGQILo&offerid=14356.9
HealthChat 2000
Dr. Sims is the Medical Director of FitStop, the UK's foremost group of health and fitness centers, and an expert on matters relating to fitness of body and mind. Having trained as a GP, he now works full-time in health promotion and has written extensively on the subject, including a monthly medical column in Mensa magazine. Dr. Sims was the original Virgin.Net online doctor. Article courtesy of MediaPeak, http://mediapeak.com

Send this site to a friend

Your Email:

Friend's Email:

 

VitaCost

Got DERMAdoctor