Minerals

Minerals

Minerals
Our bodies need some inorganic substances like iron, calcium and chromium for proper health. If you're not getting enough of a particular mineral, there are a wide array of mineral supplements available. Often it is not as easy to take in or absorb minerals by themselves, so look for recommendations about taking supplements with a meal or seeing how supplements are frequently combined -- like calcium with vitamin D.

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    There are no known significant interactions between the ingredients of Feosol, most common multivitamins and Trinessa. That said, vitamin C (in large doses) has the potential to increase the levels of circulating ethinyl estradiol from Trinessa if used for prolonged periods of time.

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    Glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) is an enzyme that contains selenium that uses glutathione to help metabolize hydrogen peroxide, thus protecting against oxidative damage. Individuals with asthma tend to have higher oxidative activity, lower levels of selenium, and diminished glutathione peroxidase activity.

    There's been just one study on the effects of selenium supplementation on the increased pulmonary oxidative burden in asthmatics, which showed increases in serum and platelet selenium and GSHPx activity. Improvements in subjective symptomatology were also observed. However, objective measurements of lung function showed no change.
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    High selenium intakes and high blood levels of selenium are associated with a lower than average risk of dying from cancer, including lung, colon, and prostate cancers, according to a handful of observational studies. And people who live in areas of the United States with low soil selenium levels have higher rates of nonmelanoma skin cancer. A study of people recruited from dermatology clinics who took 200 mcg of selenium daily found that while the supplement did not affect skin cancer recurrence rates, it did lower the number of cases and deaths from all cancers combined.

    However, the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found no benefit from selenium supplements. In fact, the men who took selenium had slightly higher rates of diabetes than men taking a placebo. Bottom line: There are no known benefits to selenium supplements.
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    If you are taking K-Tab, you should be careful about potassium levels in your diet. A potassium overdose can be potentially dangerous. You should be cautious about salt substitutes and low-salt products, which often contain large amounts of potassium. Also, be wary of drugs that may affect the amount of potassium in your body. These include angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, diuretics, bronchodilators, quinidine, digoxin and eplerenone. If you are taking K-Tab, it is a good idea to discuss all new drugs and major dietary changes with your doctor.

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    K-Tab should be taken whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Be aware of the possibility of serious side effects, such as irregular heartbeat, numbness, tingling and weakness. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience these effects.

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    Nausea and diarrhea are common side effects of K-Tab. Other potentially serious side effects include: confusion, fatigue, strange sensations on your skin, heavy legs, thirst, abdominal pain or bulging and discolored stool or vomit. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience an irregular heartbeat while taking K-Tab.

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    You should only take K-Tab if you know you are potassium deficient. Do not take K-Tab if you have kidney failure, severe tissue damage, heart disease, hypertension, intestinal or gastric blockage or chronic diarrhea. Definitely do not take K-Tab if you have hyperkalemia, a condition in which you have too much potassium in your blood.

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    K-Tab is one of the brands of potassium supplements. Its primary ingredient is potassium chloride. The primary use of K-Tab is the treatment of low potassium, a condition called hypokalemia. K-Tab can also offset potassium losses resulting from other drugs, such as diuretics. It comes as a tablet which you should take with a full glass of water near the time of a meal. If you are taking K-Tab, you should probably consult a doctor about a diet that contains an appropriate amount of potassium.

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    Potassium can be found in many protein sources, including:

    • nuts, especially walnuts and cashews
    • poultry
    • fish,
    • lean beef
    • Legumes (dried peas and beans) such as kidney beans

     

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    Nonfat and skim milk and yogurt are excellent sources of potassium (see below).

    While the current recommendation is for healthy Americans to consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium daily, males are consuming only 3,200 milligrams daily, whereas females fall even shorter, consuming only 2,400 milligrams a day, on average. The good news is that potassium is found in a variety of foods, with vegetables, fruits, low fat dairy foods, and beans being potassium powerhouses:

    • Potato, baked including skin, small, 738 mg
    • White beans, ½ cup, 595 mg
    • Yogurt, nonfat, plain, 579 mg
    • Sweet Potato, baked with skin, medium, 542 mg
    • Orange juice, 1 cup, 496 mg
    • Halibut, cooked, 3 ounces, 490 mg
    • Soybeans, cooked, ½ cup, 485 mg
    • Cod, cooked, 3 ounces, 439 mg
    • Banana, 1 medium, 422 mg
    • Spinach, cooked, ½ cup, 370-419 mg
    • Tomato sauce, ½ cup, 405 mg
    • Milk, skim, 1 cup, 382 mg
    • Apricots, dried, ¼ cup, 378 mg
    • Soy milk, 1 cup, 372 mg
    • Kidney beans, cooked, ½ cup, 358 mg