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May 6, 2010 COPD and Dietary Nutrients, Medical product safety- about vitamins

Posted May 06 2010 1:05pm


Food, Drug, and Medical Product Safety - Fortify Your Knowledge About Vitamins
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Some cautionary snips & clips from a long thorough site that gives many details, a very worthwhile site to study, especially if you are “in to” supplements>
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Your body uses vitamins for a variety of biological processes, including growth, digestion, and nerve function. There are 13 vitamins that the body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). AAFP cites two categories of vitamins.
…………..Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises that nutrient needs be met primarily through consuming foods, with supplementation suggested for certain sensitive populations.
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Guidelines emphasize that supplements may be useful when they fill a specific identified nutrient gap that cannot or is not otherwise being met by the individual's intake of food." ………"An important point made in the guidelines is that nutrient
supplements are not a substitute for a healthful diet."………..
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Risks of Overdoing It, the decision to use …supplemental vitamins should not be taken lightly…….."Vitamins are not dangerous unless you get too much of them,"…. "More
is not necessarily better
with supplements, especially if you take fat-soluble vitamins." For some vitamins and minerals, the National Academy of Sciences has established upper limits of intake (ULs) that it recommends not be exceeded during any given day
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Also, the AAFP lists the following side effects that are sometimes associated with taking too much of a vitamin
Taking too much of a vitamin can also cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with how some drugs work………….
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Practice Safety With Dietary Supplements
Today's dietary supplements are not only vitamins and minerals. "They also
include other less familiar substances such as herbals, botanicals, aminoacids, and enzymes," Frankos says. "Check with your health care providers before combining or substituting them with other foods or medicines."
Frankos adds, "Do not self-diagnose any health condition. Work with your health care providers to determine how best to achieve optimal health."
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Consider the following tips before buying a dietary supplement* Think twice about chasing the latest headline* More may not be better. Some products can be harmful when consumed in high amounts, for a long time, or in combination with certain other substances.
* Learn to spot false claims. If something sounds too good to be true,
it probably is
Other red flags include claims about limited availability, offers of "no-risk, money-back guarantees," and requirements for advance payment.
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"Also ask yourself, "Is the product worth the money?'" excessive amounts of water-soluble vitamins, like vitamins C and B, are not used by the body and are eliminated in the urine."
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Above is only a small portion and partial quotes, this is a very excellent informative Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews, Volume 6, Number 2, May 2010 , pp.
124-132(9)
Dietary Nutrients in Relation to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Emerging Epidemiological Evidence
  

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