Calcium and Vitamin Supplements - Vitamin Supplements

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Dr. Reeja Tharu
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Vitamin Supplements

Vitamins are very important nutrients for the body. Along with minerals, they constitute the backbone of a healthy body, devoid of deficiency diseases like night blindness, rickets, scurvy, beri beri, phrynoderma, and so on. Therefore it becomes imperative that the body receives a regular requirement of vitamins.

(For a general info on vitamins refer to the section on the site)

Vitamin supplements

Vitamins are broadly classified as: - Fat soluble (Vitamin A, D, E, and K) and Water soluble (Vitamins C and B complex).

The deficiency of these vitamins causes various diseases including anemia (due to deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12), nerve and brain damage (due to deficiency of thiamin and vitamin B12), easy and excessive bleeding (due to deficiency of vitamin K), impaired night vision and blindness (due to deficiency of vitamin A), bone diseases (due to deficiency of vitamin D or calcium), and scurvy (due to deficiency of vitamin C). These vitamin deficiency diseases are rare in the western societies, and occur mainly in the Third World where people have very poor diets.

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What is the ideal timing for getting exposed to sun for vitamin D benefit and how far long exposure especially for those with Osteoporosis ?

nobody57

I'm not a doctor. I'd say long enough to maintain a healthy full-body tan. Skin tone is a mechanism that the body uses to prevent excess D production. Now it's likely that nobody is going to do this [I won't], which means we all need some degree of supplement in or with our diets. For osteoporosis? Remember that D pulls calcium into the blood, but it also pulls it out of the bone. You want both D and something to put that calcium where you want it (vit K2?).

guest

I have had kidney stones since I was 14 years old. Now the doctor tells me that my body is making to much calcium and that is the reason I am getting kidney stones. Is there a doctor who I can see that can fix this problem? I am wanting someone who can treat the calcium problem not my kidney stone problem.

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