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Supplement Savvy: Kids’ Vitamins

by in Nutrients to Know, November 3, 2012

childrens' vitamins
Thinking about giving your kiddies a daily multi-vitamin? Or maybe you already are. Make sure you’re supplement savvy!

Dangers
Because of less-than-stellar regulations, dangers can be lurking in supplements, no matter who they’re made for. For obvious reasons, little clinical testing has been conducted for this age group. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, food should come first, but there are some cases where a supplement can be beneficial. If your child has special dietary needs, check with your pediatrician.

Thankfully many of the supplement makers are very conservative with their ingredients when it comes to children’s formulas, but some brands include amounts far beyond the needs of youngsters. Remember that the first line of defense is a good diet!

Safety is an issue for a number of reasons. Since most kids’ vitamins come in colorful, chewable forms, it should be made clear to everyone in the house that vitamins are NOT candy. Parents need to be sure to store all supplements in a safe and out-of-reach location.

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Nutrient to Know: Vitamin B12

by in Nutrients to Know, June 5, 2012
milk
Milk: there's vitamin B 12 in there.

There are a lot of misconceptions about this vitamin. Get the facts about B-12.

What is it?
Less commonly known as “cobalamin” this water-soluble vitamin is almost always found in multi-vitamins and B-complex supplements. Unlike most other water-soluble vitaminss, B-12 requires stomach acid for absorption. It’s also stored within the body for many years, unlike others like riboflavin and thiamin that are quickly passed in the urine.

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Supplement Savvy: Minerals

by in Healthy Tips, July 26, 2011

vitamins and minerals
We told you about popular vitamin supplements and now we’re covering minerals. Folks like to pop certain mineral pills when they can be easily obtained through food. Are these mineral supplements really worth the investment?

Be Advised
Many individuals mindlessly down vitamin and mineral supplements like candy. Many people don’t realize that supplements of any kind interact with various health conditions, medications, herbal supplements and even one another. Furthermore, taking megadoses (very large amounts) on a regular basis can be toxic to your body. That’s why it’s important to consult a physician or registered dietitian before choosing your supplement regimen.
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Supplement Savvy: Vitamins

by in Nutrients to Know, July 19, 2011
vitamins
How many of these do you really need?

Lots of folks take supplements to help keep them healthy, but in many cases, pills and potions aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. This new series is your inside guide for some of the most popular vitamins.

Why Supplements Can Be Dangerous
It may seem hard to believe but the supplement industry isn’t regulated by the FDA or any other government agency. It’s only after multiple reports of adverse effects of a product that the government can step in to investigate and attempt to take that product off the market. This means that many supplement companies can (and do) cut corners, skimp on research, and sell products that are of lesser quality. In some cases this can just mean a waste of money, in others it can be dangerous to your health.

There is some good news: many of the most basic vitamin supplements (such as the ones below) tend to be safe when taken properly.  Better yet, there are a few third-party companies that do independent testing and have their seal of approval on product brands that meet standards for quality, safety and efficacy. One such company is the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Consumers can go online to check recommended brands and look for the USP seal on approved products.

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Pop Quiz: How Healthy Are You? (Part 4: Fruits and Veggies)

by in Healthy Tips, January 25, 2011
Peppers
How much do you know about fresh produce? Take our quiz to find out.

The last part of our pop quiz series tests your knowledge of fruits and veggies. Think you’re a produce genius? The only way to find out is to answer these four questions.

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Reading List: No Sub For Real Fruit, Calories In Theaters, and Time For Your “Shelvic” Exam

by in Food News, September 3, 2010

children's vitamins

In this week’s nutrition news: Too many vitamins can harm kids, the unsanitary conditions found on egg farms and have you looked inside your pantry lately?

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