Thanks for the tip, the Potassium is clinical strength, twice a day and was prescribed by doctor. The magnesium is twice a day, one pill. Always with meals. Not prescribed.
From the last 3 stays in the hospitals, two of the dietiticians had suggested the supplementations mentioned and the warnings. They are not prescribed but over the counter.
Iron I take in the morning, 1 pill, Ferritin is 12 hours later 1 pill. I have read that Iron could be dangerous so I do not take more.
Also heard warnings about
too much fish oil, too much probiotics and B12 (shots) overdoses. So I limit them to 1 dose once a day. The B12 shot is every other week.
*** I get a blood test every month to check all the counts with the doctor, Potassium and B12. This, of course, does not uncover everything.
*** I need to see my GI next week, so I will follow your advise and create a detailed list of what I take.
Here was something I read:
* Take iron, calcium and other minerals separate from each other for optimal absorption. If you are taking these nutrients preventively I would not worry about
it as much as if you are using them therapeutically such as to treat osteoporosis or anemia.
* Calcium and iron will compete with each other for absorption in the GI tract. Women treating both anemia and osteoporosis should take their iron in the morning with their multivitamin, and take calcium throughout the rest of the day. Problems with multiple mineral digestion may be more of a stomach acid issue.
* Individual amino acid therapies like tryptophan or lysine as the amino acids will compete with other amino acids in your food. Most amino acids used therapeutically are best taken on an empty stomach.
* Supplements designed to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract are best taken away from food.
* Enzymes used therapeutically for pain reduction such as bromelain should be taken away from food, mainly because the enzymes otherwise will work more on digesting your food than reducing inflammation.
*Signs of vitamin A overload include headaches, bone and joint pain, and itchy, peeling skin. Eventually, it can lead to liver damage.
*Folic acid helps you metabolize protein and synthesize DNA, protects against cancer and heart disease, and prevents serious birth defects. Although it’s important to get enough folic acid, more is not necessarily better. The main problem with getting too much folic acid is that it can mask B12 deficiency—and it’s really important to diagnose and correct B12 deficiencies because they can lead to neurological damage.
*If you take a multivitamin containing iron (or an iron supplement) and you take a calcium supplement, it’s a good idea to take them at different times. High doses of calcium, especially calcium carbonate, the form found in most supplements, can block the absorption of iron.
*So-called fat-soluble vitamins -- that is, vitamins A, D, E, and K -- accumulate in the body, making overdosing a real threat. Vitamin overdoses have been associated with liver problems, weakened bones, cancers, and premature mortality.
*Until recently, water-soluble vitamins such as B and C were considered nontoxic, even at high doses. But now evidence is emerging that B-6 megadoses can cause serious nerve damage
* Beta-carotene (a vitamin A precursor) - long-term excessive intake is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer in smokers and those exposed to asbestos.
The FSA advises against taking more than 7mg of beta-carotene a day
* Manganese - long-term excessive intake linked to muscle and nerve disorders in older people.
According to the FSA, taking less than 4mg a day is unlikely to cause harm. For older people, the FSA says that 0.5mg a day or less is unlikely to cause harm.
* Zinc - may damage the immune system.
The FSA advises against taking more than 25mg of zinc supplements a day.
* Niacin (which is found in two forms: nicotinic acid and nicotinamide) - long-term excessive intake linked to cell damage.
According to the FSA, taking 17 mg or less of nicotinic acid supplements a day, or taking 500 mg or less of nicotinamide supplements a day, is unlikely to cause any harm
* Phosporous - long-term excessive intake may damage organs and tissue.
According to the FSA, taking less than 250mg a day of phosphorus is unlikely to cause harm.
Agree or Disagree ?
Anyone with additional suggestions or warnings ?
Post Edited (yohimbe) : 10/25/2010 11:47:29 AM (GMT-6)