A Complete Guide To Vitamins For Women

April 6, 2016  |  
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We usually associate the word “Vitamin” with things like health and vitality. Vitamins seem like only a good thing–food manufacturers take every chance they have to brag about the vitamins in their product, and there are entire aisles of health food stores dedicated to selling the stuff. But we’ve become too trusting of these little capsules, pills, and powders. While vitamins are a good thing, there is, in fact, such thing as too much of them. Everybody and everybody require different doses of different vitamins at different times in their lives. Men and women have a unique and diverse set of vitamin needs. Before you just grab a multivitamin in bulk and start taking them daily, you should read this full guide to vitamins for women.
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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is crucial for helping your body properly absorb calcium. Your body needs plenty of calcium to promote strong bones. Women, in particular, are susceptible to osteoporosis, so getting enough Vitamin D is important.
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What you should know

There’s a myth about vitamins that says you can never take too many, but that is not true. Taking more than the prescribed amount can cause kidney damage, says Mayoclinic.org. Ask your doctor what a healthy dose is for you.

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St. John’s Wort

St. Johns Worst is a plant that, when drank in tea or taken in capsule form, is often used to treat depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
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What you should know

Research has found that it’s barely effective in treating those issues, but it can be very dangerous when it interacts with certain medications. It can even reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, says Gov.uk.
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Calcium

Calcium, along with Vitamin D, is part of the two-part system that keeps your bones strong. A lack of calcium can cause plenty of issues, from brittle nails to osteoporosis.
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What you should know

Calcium is another supplement that should be taken in moderation. Doctors recommend getting most of your calcium from food which, if you pay attention to your diet, is quite easy to do. If you take too many calcium supplements, the excess can sit in your arteries, which can cause heart problems according toDailymail.co.uk.
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Multivitamins

If you eat healthily and just want to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, taking a multivitamin can help get you to your nutritional goals.
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What you should know

Expansive studies, like the ones on Sciencebasedmedicine.org, have found that women who regularly take multivitamins are at a higher risk of death than others. Doctors suggest it could be that most women who take multivitamins do so in lieu of eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A multivitamin, however, can not make up for a poor diet.
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Prenatal vitamins

Women love prenatal vitamins because of the luscious hair and thick nails they provide, but they are technically for pregnant women or women planning on becoming pregnant.
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What you should know

Prenatal vitamins are usually a combination of folic acid, iron, and calcium. Since they’re created for pregnant women, who need higher doses of all of those, they can overload non-pregnant women on each of those. Too much iron can be toxic to the body, we already know the risks of too much calcium and taking too much folic acid can cover up symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency says Mayoclinic.org.
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Fish oil

Fish oil is loved for its omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your health. Omega-3 fatty acids also help people feel more alert, and happier.
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What you should know

Taking fish oil supplements does not conclusively reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, says Nytimes.com, and the most effective way to get Omega-3 fatty acids is by eating fish. So you should not be skipping fish, hoping that your supplements will replace it.
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Kava-Kava

Kava-Kava comes from a root plant and is taken in concentrated doses to treat insomnia. Countless studies, like the ones on Cnn.com, have proven that women have a harder time sleeping than men do, so they would be more likely to reach for the stuff.
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What you should know

Kava-Kava can actually cause liver injury, which can be very serious and sometimes fatal. The FDA issued a warning about Kava-Kava and asked research institutions to stop all studies using the supplement. If you struggle with sleep, consider safer, better-understood supplements like melatonin.
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Soy supplements

 

Menopausal women sometimes take soy supplements to relieve their symptoms. Since women already eat soy in the form of tofu, tempeh, and other foods, the supplement may not seem harmful.
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What you should know

Soy from food has not been proven to be harmful, but soy supplements might increase one’s risk of breast cancer. If you want meat-free protein, simply eat soy-based food rather than taking the supplement.

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