How did vitamins get their names? Like, why is retinol "vitamin A," ascorbic acid "Vitamin C," etc.? Do the letters have any significance?
posted by DoctorFedora
on Mar 14, 2014 -
I've just started taking vitamin D3 on doctor's orders. So far, its seems too good to be true. If you take it, can you tell me how far to reel in my expectations? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon
on Mar 9, 2014 -
Hello! My wife is pregnant with our first child (second trimester.) She's been taking a DHA supplement (Nordic Naturals PreNatal) for prenatal brain development, but has suddenly gotten worried about whether it's good to take a DHA supplement. Our doctor/nurse pretty much has no advice on this matter. Now my wife is worrying about mercury/lead though we can't find any evidence that this actually exists in fish oils, or Nordic Naturals in particular. Take it or not? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy
on Nov 23, 2013 -
Ok, this won't be long. Anyway, I'm not too crazy on the supplements department, usually just taking multivitamin along my normal diet, and fish oil.
I decided to buy a higher quality one, and got a "Highly Dosed Max Vit-Min" recommended by the lady at the supplement store, because I excercise on a fairly regular basis recently.
I'm not too scared anything can happen, but I'm confused by the amounts on the label and recommended daily value (RDV in the US, I guess?) percentages. For example, Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is 80mg, 7273% RDV. Riboflavine is also 80mg, 5714% RDV. Isn't that overkill to take daily (seriously seven thousand percent above the RDV )? Can I get hypervitaminosis from this stuff, or does the fact that I excercise somehow modify my requirements?
For reference on the low end, Calcium for example is 8mg, 1% RDV.
Or am I just being silly and not understanding labels??
posted by ahtlast93
on Oct 26, 2013 -
Is it safe to take the following supplements every day during big meals?
Nature's Way 'Alive! Multivitamin'
Flaxseed Oil Capsules (1000mg)
Garden Veggies (Nature's Way)
Milk Thistle and Hawthorne Berries Capsules
posted by bostonhill
on Apr 18, 2013 -
Do you know of any candy (gummy bears, worms, other shapes) that tastes just like gummy vitamins? [more inside]
posted by capsizing
on Dec 10, 2012 -
What vitamins or supplements should a father-to-be take before conception
? Looking for quality swimmers! (Corollary, what foods to avoid?) [more inside]
posted by unclezeb
on Jun 29, 2012 -
Emergency: must temporarily increase muscle endurance or life will be ruined within the next 24 hours. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by sarling
on Jun 4, 2012 -
I got this B-100 Complex from Costco that promotes energy and mental clarity. I took it for a week, every single day made so sleepy I even was afraid to drive. Does anyone has any idea why it has that effect when all the comments are so positives?
posted by 3dd
on May 17, 2012 -
I've seen several variations of this chart
circulating (mostly through yoga moms on Pinterest). I'd like a more scientific explanation of nutritional deficiencies versus cravings. [more inside]
posted by SassHat
on Mar 2, 2012 -
Hey, nutrition experts: I need some advice about taking vitamins and supplements with proton pump inhibitors. [more inside]
posted by Corvid
on Nov 5, 2011 -
I have a few questions about vitamins and supplements. Does anybody have any experience with Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D & B-Complex improving anxiety and mood? And, can anybody recommend a joint-health supplement for a puppy with a genetic tendency towards hip dysplaysia? [more inside]
posted by Raichle
on Jun 7, 2011 -
Please help me through the vitamin labyrinth. I have some idea of what I would find ideal, but finding it is rather hard. Please suggest vitamins that meet my criteria. [more inside]
posted by MrFish
on Feb 21, 2011 -
I had symptoms of hypothyroid that went away when I started taking vitamins; now they've returned. Is this hypothyroidism or something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 7, 2011 -
Is it okay to take all of my vitamin and mineral supplements together (list follows), or should I split them up somehow? [more inside]
posted by Rula Lenska
on Jan 4, 2011 -
Alright, so it's cold/flu/etc season and my roommate brought home a package of Emergen-c. He welcomed me to it, so I figured what the heck, I'll take a look at it. Then I noticed it says you can take it post-workout, which spiked my interest because I'm a self-described 'gym bum.' [more inside]
posted by ascetic
on Dec 14, 2010 -
My doctor wants me to take a multivitamin for my slight anemia. Help me pick one please? [more inside]
posted by quirks
on Nov 17, 2010 -
What are the risks/benefits of giving my newborn breastfed child additional supplements, such as D-Vi-Sol, Poly-Vi-Sol, Tri-Vi-Sol and the likes? [more inside]
posted by lilgoyl
on Jun 2, 2010 -
What kind of vitamins/supplements do you take and why? There is so much conflicting information out there that I am confused. Currently I take fish oil (brain function/memory), iron (slightly anemic), D (live in a place that lacks sun half the year), acidophilous (digestion), C (immune system), B complex (energy), and the occassional multi vitamin in case I am missing anything else. Wondering if there is anything else I should be taking...
posted by MsKim
on Feb 18, 2010 -
Is there a way to get some type of comprehensive blood test (or multiple) that checks for imbalanced hormones and vitamin/mineral deficiencies? If so, how can I go about getting them done for my fiancee?
posted by mdpatrick
on Jan 31, 2010 -
If you take vitamins, have you found one that is, for you, the sweet spot between price and what it contains? [more inside]
posted by Danf
on Dec 7, 2009 -
O Hive Mind,
I love my vitamins, but i'd like my calcium in a separate installment because of kidney risk factors and a previous history of urinating small bricks. Can you suggest products that - you not being a doctor notwithstanding - are appropriate for me?
Bonus points if they are mail orderable from within euroland.
posted by 3mendo
on Dec 6, 2009 -
I have a vitamin tablet that changes appearance when in the same pill organizer with my other daily meds. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Nov 6, 2009 -
I want to take vitamins/multivitamins, but I have a very difficult time swallowing large and/or uncoated pills. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat
on Oct 20, 2009 -
How do they figure out what kind of vitamins and nutrients are in food? I understand how the figure out calories, but how did they ever figure out that a banana had potassium or oranges were full of vitamin C in the first place?
posted by Caravantea
on Aug 24, 2009 -
The vitamin/ supplement aisle of Whole Foods scares the hell out of me, I'd like some advice please! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance
on Jul 6, 2009 -
How long do I need to wait after weaning off of my antidepressants before I can start taking vitamins/supplements for depression? [more inside]
posted by gursky
on Jun 19, 2009 -
Do Bananas constipate or do they do the opposite? My daughter needs to eat foods that make stool soft. Some people have told me to feed her bananas and others say to stay away from them. Which is the truth?
My daughter is five years old. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jun 15, 2009 -