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I take vitamin supplements. I would like to know if there is a different

Question:

I take vitamin supplements.  I would like to know if there is a different between the different forms of a vitamin.  How do I know exactly what type of vitamins to take.

Answer:

Vitamin supplements are very important in optimal health, however, there are many things you have to take into consideration before purchasing your vitamins; first, the quality of the vitamin.   Studies have shown that many vitamins have been found to have contamination, especially herbs from India or China have been found to have contamination with lead and other heavy metals.   Vitamins are not regulated the same way that pharmaceutical medications are.  Therefore, you have to find a company that produces vitamins at a very high quality.   These supplements are typically found through doctors’ offices, chiropractors’ offices, and compounding pharmacies.   The quality of the supplement is the key to your success.   Additionally, knowing which vitamin you need, this can be analyzed in a urine test or blood test to see if you are deficient in any vitamins, or any vitamins that you need in more than average levels.   This is the most precise way to determine your vitamin needs.  By reviewing your medical history, we can also help determine which vitamins that would likely be beneficial to your health. Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius

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