How Dietary Supplements Can Save You Thousands

July 23, 2010

Selecting supplements to take is always confusing. Doing the research on what type, form, and price comparison is important but most of us just pick up a bottle that looks good and hope for the best. We assume subconsciously that someone has done this leg work for us. That’s why they are on the shelf at our favorite drug store for sale right?
What do you think?
Share your knowledge on any vitamin or mineral below.

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FosterKV October 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

I don’t take any supplements. Ill be doing some more research about what to take.

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DeitzTL October 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I agree that vitamins supplements are good for you. I only take a certain vitamin a day and i cannot stand taking a ton of pills a day.

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FosterKV October 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

Me either!

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eosborne October 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

What valuable information! Those numbers are amazing! These videos have taught me so much about the right foods to eat & the right supplements to start taking. I think & hope I will continue to use this information for my own benefit & to also help educate others. Everyone should see this video! I like that he gave recomendations at the end on what we should be taking.

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Barber JN October 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I agree! I take supplements daily but I am going to look at what the quality of my supplements are and make changes if necessary. I will also be looking into adding a couple of supplements as well. I do not want to get osteoporosis when I’m older. That is such a scary thought!

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dtoennis October 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

It is scary to think as a women I could end up with osteroporosis as well. I don’t want that at all. I try to get enough calcium by eating enough ice cream :)

vcanea October 2, 2011 at 1:07 am

I guess if you don’t have your own garden to get fresh fruits and vegetables from, you need to get nutritional supplements. I think in the long run saves you money, not to mention the pain from getting sick easy because you don’t get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your regular diet.

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mcclain JD October 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Wow. Taking supplements can not only save you money by giving you the nutrients you need without spending a bunch of money on extra food, it can save the economy billions by reducing medical issues. Thats awesome.

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BLisenbey September 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

It makes sense to me. If you think about it. Taking a few supplements for prevention saves money on using the doctor and hospitalizations from complications. Ca and Vit D keep your bones strong so you dont break a hip and need surgery, etc. I think its genius. Just do research and really understand what your taking before you do.

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eosborne October 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I totally agree. I am going to continue to research & learn what supplements are the best for me in the right amounts for my age, etc.

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West MS September 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I can not believe that just drinking milk alone could save millions of hip fractures in the U.S. and also saves 17 million dollars. Everyone should drink plenty of milk and save some much needed money.

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vcanea October 2, 2011 at 1:10 am

Good thing that I love milk and that I drink about a gallon a week. I wonder if that’s enough??:)

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West MS September 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

That is interesting, so we should eat and spend a little extra on healthy foods than on bad foods because we actually don’t save money because we have to go to the doctor more for health problems.

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Weatherford LM September 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

There are so many researches done all the time! No offense its hard to pick what is accurate and what is not. So, nutritional supplements according to this video are good for you if you are old or pregnant. The calcium and vitamin D (helps prevent osteoporosis), Folic Acid (helps with birth defects), Omega-3 Fats (helps the heart), and Lutien (helps prevent blindness). Same information but according to this video; it has now been proven with out a doubt! Guess we can see what someone else has to say a week or two from now on each of these nutritional supplements.

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James Matthew Clifton September 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I don’t necessarily believe we need to take a lot of supplements. I think a multivitamin is enough. Our bodies weren’t designed for man-made supplements. They were designed to eat whole foods. Calcium-drink milk. Vitamin D- soak up the sun. Spend atleast an hour or two everyday outside. Make time.

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daviste September 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I take vitamons as do my kids. I’ve started taking extra D and I’m increasing my magnesium. I eat enough fish and drink enough juice fr the omegas and C. The videos are very informative though, I’m starting to really enjoy them!!

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Spencer KA September 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I’ve never taken vitamin supplements, it’s never even crossed my mind. I bet that if I did then I would feel a lot better and healthier in the long run. Something I definitely need to take into consideration.

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mheadington4878 September 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I never really thought about what impact it has on the economy. Im glad that I saw this video, and that someone actually put it out there to be know. For me it was very educational.

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Michele Hill September 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Prescription Medicines can be thrown in the trash and replaced with Dietary Supplements…. OMG I was blown away. I been able to lower blood pressure , cholestorol and many other things in my own health with the healthy eatting habits. It is saving me bundles of money. I make sure that my husband and son also take a good supplement. It has been exciting to know that alot of the things that my grandparents and parents suffered with I am controlling with my diet and supplements and saving money in the process.

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Sparks MR September 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I know so many physicians who would never recommend a nutritional supplement. I’ve always believed they were beneficial, simply because most people’s diets don’t include all the things that we need to be healthy. It’s always great to hear simple information that can benefit so many people!

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Spencer KA September 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Physicians just want more money in their pockets I say

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GYF June 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I had no idea how many benefits there actually was from supplements! I have never taken any vitamin supplements, but I definitely am going to consider this now.

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C-W March 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

i am aware of the pressence of dietary supplements on the shelves, but i have always been weary of tring any of them.

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SRS February 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

This video was packed full of information and I loved it. Me and my younger son have never taken the flu shot but we do take vitamins every day. Since I have been on my diet with the personal trainer she has had us taking Vitamin C in addition to our multivitamin every day. My mom has always told me about Zinc and other vitamins but I never listened. My son has the flu right now and I wish we had got the flu shop because he is terribly sick. I think it is smart to take vitamins to help prevent future problems. It’s a lot better than taking a lot of medications that will deplete the nutrients in our body as we age.

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R-D February 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I have recently started taking a multivitamin, magnesium, and vitamin C everyday. This is something I haven’t done since I was pregnant with my last child 5 years ago. Why I stopped, I don’t know because I remember feeling better when I was taking them. I’ve also started giving my kids a multivitamin because I know they don’t get all they need from their daily diets. If spending a little each day can prevent major problems down the road, then it’s definitely worth the expense.

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daviste September 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I’ve had both my kids on vitamons since they were born, physicians in other states stress the importance of them, but not so much in Arkansas. My oldest son, born in VA, was sent home from the hospital with vitamons!!

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K-H February 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

Vitamins in moderation is a good thing. Saving money is a good thing as well. I would definitly check with my doctor before taking any supplements. But I see how beneficial they can be now.

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SM February 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

The benfits from the supplements were informative. Alot of people don’t know the lack of nutrients in their diet. The food, even fresh fruits and vegetables, are not grown as nutrient sound as when a person grew it for themselves. The amount of money he mentioned in the video could be why doctors don’t suggest the vitamin supplements to their patients.

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SM March 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

SDM

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S-G February 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I have heard that multi-vitamins, especially kids vitamins like the Flintstones, were not good for you. I have not had my family on them thinking it was a waste of money, just another way for companies to make money. Maybe I will research more into these and get my family some supplements after-all. s-g

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R-E February 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

My husband takes omega 3 fish oil tablet for his hypertension. When the doctor suggested it, I went home and did some research because I was think OIL??? can’t be good for the body. But after reading on it, I realized that it is a cleanser to the body

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R-E February 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

EA-
I am with you, I love to save money when it comes to food that is healthy. And yes vitiams can be toxic if you take over the limit. When I started my daughter on a supplement vitiamin I took her to the doctor once a month for blood work to make sure she was not getting a toxic amount. We really do not know how much it is affecting us until it is to late

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E-A February 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I am in support of anything that has to do with money savings!!!!Taking vitamins is good in moderations.some of these suppliment can be very toxic if taken in large amounts.Some even hinder the absorbtion of other nutrients in the body..i wouldnt conside taking any supplement long term unless strictly advised to do so by a doctor

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C-S February 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

I have taken vitamins since I was a child. I have not really ever had any health problems. My parents go over board on the supplements, but they are healthy as horses, and have never been to the hospital their entire life! They have no ailments, and they are religious about diet and exercise!

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Holly Bean October 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

These videos really thought me how taking supplements can help to be more healthy and how it really doesnt cost very much. I have always thought that taking supplement as being expensive but it really isnt. I also liked how the video talked about how some fruits are shipped from far away or how they could be grown in poor soil. I never really thought about that before.

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Salvador V. October 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

folic acid before pregnancy can prevent certain birth defects.
This video listed countless benefits from taking vitamin supplements on a regular basis and really put it into perspective just how little effort and money it takes to ensure you are consuming all the vitamins necessary for you. In many cases they can help reduce the risk of diseases.

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Lacey H. October 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm

The amount of money that can be saved with us taking the correct amount of supplements is outragous. The one thing that got me is the folic acid part where he said that if young women were take folic acid before getting pregnant that it would help with birth defects in babies.

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Madge C November 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm

It seems as though health profrssionals are more interested in the money side of everything and the “patients best interests) have been forgotte…except for their pocket-book.

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Tyler B October 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Well i will now start takeing dietary supplements, its heartbreaking to see how much money we spend and lose, we can make a difference and we need to get started.

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Taylor B October 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Well, the video was convincing. I do believe that taking these 4 supplements will help improve my health and help me to possibly avoid cancers, heart problems, bone loss, dementia, and macular degeneration in my senior years. But, I’m like many of you…it’s hard to shop for the correct supplements and the correct dosages needed of each supplement. I plan to ask my doctor for his recommendation the next time I see his for a visit.

I plan to eat more yellow and orange vegetables to improve my eye sight…my grandmother, who is 78, has been diagnosed with macular degeneration and I know that the disease is hereditary…so I’m going to do all I can to prevent that from happening to me.

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Laken Teague October 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm

When I look at the dollar amount it is amazes me that we can make a change in our health and money. It much easier to do it right and natural now rather than artificial and expensive later. Calcium and vitamin D that can help in making stronger bones is something we have heard for years. I never crossed my mind of how taking vitamin supplements would help with my health and my fiances.

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Taylor B October 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I really dont take any supplements. I try to stay active and eat healthy. I know this may change with age. So it look like i need to see which vitamin im lacking. To try and save some cash down the road.

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Krysten A October 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i love the fact it saves money 😀

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Taylor B October 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Yeah, it saves our heath care system and our country a lot of money. It’s amazing–preventative care is much more cost effective than treating heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and macular degeneration. If our generation started taking better care of ourselves imagine how much money we could save our health care system in the long run.

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Krysten A October 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

i take vitamin b12 supplements and it makes me feel better when i take it…but i don’t really take any other forms of dietary or vitamin supplements.

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Lindsey E October 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Would never have thought that taking you supplements and eating healthy would lower the costs of health care. It is amazing at the money that can be saved by just spending a little on supplements and eating healthy.

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D Beard September 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I dont like to take pills. I think I will stick with getting my nutrients and supplements the natural way from food. I heard of people taking fish oil but the idea makes me sick. I do it the old fashion way.

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Madge C September 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Well I must say that I have lined many a pocket book because of my ignorance! But no more. Because of this video I will be looking out more for myself by being more selective on what I take and how much I take. 92% of us are deficient in one or more vitamens and minnerals. That is an unaceptably high number. I thing a campaign to inform the general public about these facts need to be iniated ASAP and then we could see a change in the way we all feel and be a better and healthire person.

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Glen L September 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I do need to start takeing supplements i understand they are good for you now. I would like to start takeing some but have you ever walked into a gnc store holy $#%! were would you even begin to start looking and even if you found one how would you know its what you need. I need just like an overall good one that test show works.

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Debora M September 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I know I need the supplements but I am confused on what I need to take. I will be doing a lot more research. I would love for my husband and I to be healthier. I didn’t realize how much money is involved in health care, I knew it was a lot but not that much.

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Lauren D September 23, 2010 at 12:59 am

I found the video interesting but I had such a bad experience last time I tried taking a supplement that I’m not sure when and if I could do it again. If I was to become pregnant I would take them but otherwise, i’m not sure. I was sick all day last time that I took one. I need to become more informed before I just pick one.

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admin September 24, 2010 at 12:17 am

You need to do research on everything you put in or on your body.
I was surprised to hear the other day that 60% of substances you put on your skin is absorbed.
Not all vitamins are created equal and the most expensive is not always the best. Consumer Report type of articles are good reads on such subjects.
Many poor quality vitamin/Mineral supplements have fillers, additives that can cause unpleasant reactions. I always buy all natural ingredients, no fillers, dyes or preservatives. They do not always smell or taste so good but I know they are better for me.
Always buy the smallest bottle you can find. Sample packs are good until you are sure you can tolerate it. Also, add only one vitamin/mineral supplement at a time and be sure to check with your pharmacist if you are on medications for contraindications.

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hillml October 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I think that is the exact reason we need to be more interested in what we are putting into our bodies. I was afraid of supplements, vitamins and minerals and then I started looking at what all was in the food I was putting into my body too. The odds were stacked highly against the food and not the supplements.

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vera, A September 23, 2010 at 12:05 am

suppliments are good but i believe in getting food nutrients from natural food source unless there is prove that i have a real bad nutrient deffiency, i will not even dare to get the daily suppliments.some of these suppliment can be very toxic if taken in large or continueous doses.i wouldnt conside taking any supplement long term unless strictly advused to do so by a doctor.

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devin r September 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

You would swear that vitamin supplements would cure or prevent cancer after watching this clip, and who knows, maybe it does! I did not know that taking folic acid before pregnancy can prevent certain birth defects.

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vera, A September 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

yea devin, folic acid is vital in the prevention of neural tube defects.it is highly recommended for women in the childbearing age to take it daily.

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mheadington4878 September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I did not know about the folic acid either. Interesting and I will definitely take if and when I ever become pregnant

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Marcie G September 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

The benifits that you save on taking supplements is really good . Oh !!! beleive me i know all about taking vitamins and supplements my father-in-law works in a GNC store in Benton and he somes home everyday with a new vitamin for me just about everyday.I take an Omega-3 and 6 and also fixen to start taking a omega-9 for weight lose.

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sarina m. September 29, 2010 at 9:54 pm

that sound good but what if you cant take vitamin supplements then how do you do it

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Jessi R. September 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

This video listed countless benefits to taking vitamin supplements and really put into perspective just how little effort and money it takes to ensure you are consuming all the vitamins important for you which in many cases help reduce the risk of diseases now and later on in life. I have decided based on all the information I have learned from this video along with all the others we have watched and additional research I have done that I am going to start taking vitamins regularly because it is an easy and inexpensive way to dramatically improve health as well as lowering risks for many diseases and health issues.

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Koon K September 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I take vitamins every day and it does help. It is all very very inexpensive to buy a bottle of vitamins that last you a while. I have become healthier since I started adding vitamins to my daily medicines and I would recomend doing this. I don’t get sick very often and my overall health is great and I do believe it is because I get a good amount of vitamins daily.

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Terrie H September 21, 2010 at 9:22 am

I am glad to hear someone put this on the record. It is so common for the health care profession to push drugs that maintain health rather than vitamins that will prevent problems on down the road. And ounce of prevention comes to mind.
I take zinc and c most all year long. I never get the flu or colds. My husband will not take them and has the flu twice a year and colds all the time. Time off work alone is a major issue, it hurts production and not to mention it is not a vacation when you are in bed sick. I read and do research on my own. I do not listen to most people or studies as they will change their way of thinking next year. I look at time tested results.
Now to find a supplement to get rid of allergies to burning wood.
I did hear him mention dementia, But did not hear the supplement associated with prevention.
I will be looking into adding some other supplements to our diet. I have never considered that our fruits and veggies are shipped long distances or grown in poor soil. This really makes me realize that a small patio garden or small patch of land could be very good for controlling what is in your food and having it available fresh from the plant.

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Lacey H. October 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm

yes our fruit and vegetables are shipped long distances. When you go to the grocery store such as Wal-Mart if you look at the fruit or vegetable sign most of them will have a label that lets you know where they came from.

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Donnie H. September 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

When you look at the dollar amount it is overwhelming to know that we can make a huge difference in our health and finances. It seems so much easier to do it right and natural now rather than artificial and expensive later. Calcium and vitamin D that can help in making stronger bones is something we have heard for years. Folic however is not familiar to me and it could same billions of dollars because our babies would be healthy is just and awesmome way to live and eat in order to make our lives and world so much better

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Lauren D September 23, 2010 at 1:00 am

I agree that we could all do a little in improving our health. The folic acid is a good thing to know for expecting mothers.

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Debora M September 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I definitely agree. I didn’t realize how much impact it would have on the economy if we would all learn more about being healthy.

J-H March 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

i agree you could avoid some expensive and probably unnessarey treatment if you did take the vitamins and ate the proper foods on a daily basis.

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Ashley M September 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

“Pennies a day can save 24 billion dollars over five years,” by taking dietary supplements daily. I never knew how important them were to our health and our pocket book. Some call them “expensive urine,” but they really make a difference in our lives. By taking Omega3 fats supplement reduce heart diease and saves 3.2 billion dollars medical expensives. Lutein supplement prevents eye loss and etc. which saves 3.6 billion dollars in medical expensives.Calicum and Vitiamn D reduce bone breaks and fractures which saves 16 billion dollars and folic acid saves 600 babies be born with no birth defects which saves 344 billion in medical expensives. 92% of us are deficent in some type of nutrients. So why dont we save ourselves from cancer, heart diease, osteoporosis, blindness, bone loss and just take daily dietary supplements? From now on these tips are going to fall into my everyday life.

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admin July 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

“Quick Facts…
• A lack of iron in the diet may result in the development of iron deficiency anemia.
• The greatest need for iron is during growth or periods of blood loss.
• To ensure a diet adequate in iron: Eat a variety of iron-rich foods, eat foods high in vitamin C, and combine plant sources of iron with meat, fish and poultry.
• Iron absorption is affected by the iron status of the individual, the type of food eaten and vitamin C intake.”

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RTP July 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

1. The best foods for obtaining iron naturally are foods that originally contained hemoglobin, such as red meats, fish, and poultry. Some plants also contain varying amounts of iron.

2. The best form of this supplement would probably be capsule form, but others including chewable tablet and liquid forms are also available.

3. The best places to buy iron supplements are Wal-Mart, Walgreens, USA Drug and other drug retailers.

4. Don’t take iron supplements if you are currently taking cholestyramine, medications used to treat stomach ulcers, tetracyclines, quinolones, ACE inhibitors, carbidopa, levothyroxine and birth control medications as these medications may interfere with iron absorption.

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