SUPPLEMENTS

Information on common food supplements: who needs them and what to take etc.

Vitamin B12 deficiency in Indians: make sure you don’t have it

Vitamin  B12 is a water soluble vitamin, this is why its reserve lasts only a few days in the body; we have to get it adequately from diet to avoid vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Benefits of polyunsaturated fats including ‘omega 3’ fats

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are two types of PUFAs (Polyunsaturated fatty acids). Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are essential fats which our body can not make them on its own.

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Vitamin supplements: current research on their role in lifestyle diseases

You have most likely come across articles or news items claiming that a certain vitamin supplement. For example, it may say that vitamin D helps to better control  diabetes.

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What cautions to take when you take vitamin supplements?

If you are already taking any vitamin, mineral or probiotic tablet or capsules, you should make sure that you are not doing yourself any harm, which could come from taking the wrong formulation, taking them for too long or from drug-drug interaction with any other drugs that you might be taking

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Supplements: should Indians be taking any?

When it comes to nutritional supplements such as multivitamins or fish oil etc., there are two extreme types of people in the world: one type is happy to pop whichever pill is touted as the wellness pill and the other scoffs at any suggestion even by doctors to take them, unless they see proof that they need them.

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Vitamin D deficiency in India is common. Find out What are vitamin D function, food sources and supplements?

Main action of vitamin D is to help calcium and phosphorus in our diet to be absorbed from the gut and thus keep bones healthy and strong and prevent diseases such as rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

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Vitamin C: why do we need it and how to get enough?

Vitamin C has a role in formation of  collagen, which is an important part of nearly all body tissue, in synthesis of neurotransmitters and in protein synthesis

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Vitamins of B complex: functions, deficiency and rich sources

Vitamin B complex includes Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxamine), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid or Folate) and Vitamin B12 (Cobalamins)

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Vitamin A deficiency in Indians and what are vitamin A foods and supplements?

Vitamin A deficiency was, and arguably still is, a major public health problem in India. But the level of deficiency has declined significantly.

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