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Posted by: Sheena | 2012/08/18

Suppliements

Hallo Doctor,
What suppliements and vitamines should a woman of 42 take daily..?
I take Vit C..Zink and Iron (Vital range)

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Dear Sheena
If you are eating a balanced diet and do not suffer from conditions that require supplementation (e.g. if you have osteoporosis then you would have to take calcium and vit D supplements, etc), then it is not really necessary to take any extra vitamins and minerals. In fact excessive intakes of vitamins and minerals via supplements can even be harmful -for example, if you take too much vit C (more than the RDA of 60 mg/day, which could easily be obtained from a glass of orange juice), then you could develop kidney stones. The only supplements that may be indicated for an adult woman over the age of 40, may be calcium (use MenaCal.7) and omega-3 fatty acids (use a salmon oil supplement). Make sure that the supplements you are already taking are necessary (Iron if you are anaemic) and that you do not take more than the RDA per day.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/08/19

Dear Sheena
If you are eating a balanced diet and do not suffer from conditions that require supplementation (e.g. if you have osteoporosis then you would have to take calcium and vit D supplements, etc), then it is not really necessary to take any extra vitamins and minerals. In fact excessive intakes of vitamins and minerals via supplements can even be harmful -for example, if you take too much vit C (more than the RDA of 60 mg/day, which could easily be obtained from a glass of orange juice), then you could develop kidney stones. The only supplements that may be indicated for an adult woman over the age of 40, may be calcium (use MenaCal.7) and omega-3 fatty acids (use a salmon oil supplement). Make sure that the supplements you are already taking are necessary (Iron if you are anaemic) and that you do not take more than the RDA per day.
Best regards
DietDoc

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