1 AnswerSpeak to your doctor. If you decide to take chromium, 200 mcg daily is the recommended dose. Take it before or after a meal and don’t take it with a multivitamin or other medications because this could interfere with chromium absorption. Those with diabetes who are already on medication may need a smaller dose in order to prevent dangerously low blood sugar.
1 AnswerFirst of all, it’s important to keep in mind that there are two main types of chromium. Supplements use trivalent chromium (chromium 3). However, an alternate version of chromium hexavalent chromium (chromium 6) is a known toxin, which should be avoided at all costs. Constant exposure to hexavalent chromium is linked to skin problems and lung cancer. However, hexavalent chromium isn’t typically found in the food supply. It’s mainly found in industrial chemicals and chrome plating.
Trivalent chromium, however, is well tolerated with very few side effects. The most common complaints include stomach discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Very rarely one can experience skin rashes, insomnia, headaches or mood changes.
1 AnswerStudies have found that supplemental chromium can improve the signs and symptoms of diabetes and help insulin resistance.
With regard to fat loss, another study on 20 overweight women found that taking chromium polynicotinate contributed to more fat loss with less muscle loss. The experimental group lost 84% body fat and 16% muscle, while the control group lost 92% muscle and only 8% fat.
1 AnswerHealthwise answered
- Taking iron supplements for tiredness can mask an iron problem. Talk to your doctor before taking iron supplements.
- Iron levels change during the day. Iron tests are best done in the morning, when iron levels are highest.
- The results of an iron test are also checked with results of a complete blood count (CBC), ferritin and transferrin tests. The ferritin test is often better than an iron test to see if iron deficiency is present. An iron test and ferritin test are often done at the same time.
- --Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- A test called the siderocyte stain test checks the number of red blood cells that have particles of iron not bound to hemoglobin (siderocytes). Normally, very low numbers of siderocytes are present in blood. High levels of siderocytes in adults may mean that a type of anemia, iron overload, lead poisoning, hemochromatosis or a severe infection is present.
- When iron deficiency anemia is diagnosed, the source of the anemia must be found and treated. Iron deficiency can be caused by long-term (chronic) blood loss from heavy menstrual bleeding, pregnancy, not enough iron in the diet or bleeding inside the intestinal tract (from ulcers, colon polyps, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, or other conditions). In rare cases, too much iron may be lost through the skin (because of a disease such as psoriasis)or in the urine. Iron deficiency anemia can be easily treated with iron supplements, but the key is to identify it and stop the iron loss.
- Hemochromatosis can be treated with medicines to help the body get rid of extra iron. A procedure called a phlebotomy can also be done to remove iron from the body.
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1 AnswerIntermountain Healthcare answeredDairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are excellent sources of calcium. Yet other foods can provide calcium, too. Try dark green leafy vegetables, tofu, beans, almonds and calcium-fortified juices and cereals. These foods boost your calcium intake -- and provide other helpful nutrients at the same time.
1 AnswerArthur Perry, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredSilicone is a safe material that is virtually everywhere in our modern society. It is used to coat needles to decrease the pain of injections. It is a part of hundreds of medical devices, from pacemakers to artificial joints, to the Norplant device and, of course, breast implants. The material in breast implants is also used to make silicone nipples for bottle-feeding. Silicone is part of Simethicone, used to treat upset stomachs, and is a part of many other medications. It is allowed as a food additive, to prevent excessive foaming of liquids like soft drinks. Silicones are part of lipstick, hair spray, and cosmetics. If these compounds caused disease, hospitals would be filled with silicone-diseased patients; few living humans do not have some silicone in their bodies.
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1 AnswerMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredAim for 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day, and try to get half of it from food.
Here’s the challenge with calcium: It’s kind of easy to get too much, and that can hurt your kidneys, including causing painful kidney stones. (A recent report claimed that calcium pills don't help bones and might hurt your heart, but the study had big flaws. Wait for further research on that one.)
Here are a few strategies for including calcium into your nutritional plan:
- Get as much as you can from food. Calcium abounds in dairy products, spinach and canned salmon and sardines. There's also some in broccoli and kale.
- Get the rest from a supplement. Buy a combo form with 400 to 500 milligrams of magnesium -- it keeps calcium from making you constipated -- and some D3, to help absorption. Count this in your D3 total.
- Buy calcium citrate. It’s the most easily absorbed.
- Space out your intake. Your body can absorb only so much calcium at once, so if you have milk and cereal for breakfast, take your calcium later.
1 AnswerRealAge answered
Your eyes do love a cup of red kidney beans straight out of the can. Why? Because they are a good source of zinc, a mineral that is vital to eye health. It helps to get vitamin A from the liver to the retina for eye-protective melanin production, and proper amounts of zinc help with night vision and cataract prevention, too. Oysters are another good source, along with beef, seafood, poultry, and pumpkin seeds.
1 AnswerRealAge answered
It's best to get chromium from food rather than chromium supplements, but specific amounts in foods are tough to pin down: Chromium is difficult to measure accurately, and values can vary greatly, depending on how a product is grown and processed. Eating a diverse diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains should provide you with all the chromium your body needs.