Vitamin D – is it Really?

Have you ever wondered about the importance of vitamin D. Certainly with all the publicity regarding the beneficial effects of vitamin D, knowing the levels in your own body and supplementing properly can give you great beneficial effects regarding your future health. Vitamin D is technically not a vitamin. Its active metabolite, calcitriol (1, 25 … Continued

The Mystery Hormone and why everyone needs it.

What is 1,25 hydroxycholecalciferol? Drum roll please!………………..you may know it as “Vitamin D” “Vitamin” D is not a vitamin; it is a critical hormone! It is produced largely by your body in response to direct sunlit to large areas of exposed skin (meaning with no protective sun block). In the middle of the day in … Continued

Should women take a multivitamin?

Should women take a vitamin and mineral supplement? A recent article from the Archives of Internal Medicine questions the benefits of multivitamins. This study was an observational study. 38,772 women self-reported their use of supplements for the years 1986, 1997, and 2004 via questionnaires The average age of the women in this study was 61. … Continued

Vitamins: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

Headline news and USA Today stated that vitamins and supplements might actually increase mortality in elderly women. Are vitamins and nutrients really safe? Can natural products such as vitamins minerals and nutrients actually cause harm? After reviewing the article that USA Today is referring to, the only supplement that was found increased mortality was that … Continued

Are vitamins harmful?

A recent study showed that certain vitamins may be harmful in older women. The major culprit was Iron. Typically, we do not give iron supplementation without first checking levels. The other issue was that calcium may be beneficial. This is contrary to a recent study that started the vitamin could actually worsen cardiovascular risk. One … Continued

Medical Mondays: What are pharmaceutical grade supplements?

It seems that many doctors have different opinions as to which supplements patients should be taking on a regular basis. However, I’ve seen several instances where physicians are recommending pharmaceutical grade supplements. What makes a supplement pharmaceutical grade and why is it better for me than regular vitamins and supplements?

Are your supplements pharmaceutical grade?

A pharmaceutical grade standing is given when the supplement is deemed at least 99 percent pure without additives or superfluous substances that may cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements. With this grade of supplements, not only are you assured that you are getting your money’s worth, but you’re also protecting yourself from dangerous binders, dyes and fillers that are often found in lower quality products.

Medical Mondays: Which Supplements Should I Be Taking?

I really want to do everything in my power to get healthy in the coming New Year. I’ve started working out here and there and I’ve also eliminated certain foods from my diet that were likely doing more harm than good. I used to take a women’s multi-vitamin, but a girlfriend of mine recently told me that I should be careful when using supplements/vitamins, because many are not as effective or safe as the manufacturers claim. What are some supplements that you would recommend for a menopausal woman?

The Dirty Dozen: TODAY Show Lists the 12 Most Dangerous Supplements

This morning’s segment on the TODAY show discussed how some dietary supplements may do more harm than good. Nancy Metcalf, a senior program editor at Consumer Reports magazine compiled a list of the top 12 risky supplements, in what host Matt Lauer called “The Dirty Dozen.”