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No More Doubt: Answering Your Questions About Vitamin Supplements

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1. My doctor has prescribed a multivitamin to me. Why is it necessary for me to take one?

We need multivitamins and supplements because our lifestyles force us to often make poor dietary choices. Moreover, the use of pesticides in cultivation, high stress levels and environmental pollutants cause oxidative stress, all of which either lead to inadequate absorption of nutrients or depletion of nutrients. Unless you’re living on a farm and organically growing your vegetables and raising your own poultry, the chances of needing a supplement are high.  

2. I suffer from angina pains. My doctor has suggested tri Omega supplements. How can they help?

In an online study in The Lancet published in August 2011, it was reported that taking 1000 mg of Omega 3 fish oil supplements can lower the rates of hospitalization and death in heart failure patients. The American Heart Association recommends a fish oil supplement for those at high risk of a heart attack. Just remember to find a brand that is mercury-free because mercury is toxic for the body. Vegetarians can get their Omega 3 from flaxseed oil.

3. My young son enjoys eating honey. Which kind of honey should I be buying?
Buy Manuka honey. This honey comes from the flowers of the Manuka bush, a native plant of New Zealand. It’s a good immunity booster and has powerful antibacterial properties. It’s useful in treating the deadly MRSA (or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), a bacteria responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections. Manuka honey is excellent for boosting immunity in both children and adults.  

4. My daughter has turned vegan! She is also anemic and I am concerned this will affect her health. Please advise!

Going vegan can make the anemia worse but you can make sure she gets plenty of iron from a balanced vegetarian diet that consists of plenty of leafy greens such as spinach and methi, dried fruits such as apricots, raisins and prunes, and tofu. Vitamin C increases iron absorption by the body so insist that she drink some orange juice or nimbu paani with her meals.

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