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Health Supplements

Even if you consume a healthy diet, you may need to take supplements. You may not be getting enough of certain nutrients from your food, or sometimes the body does not absorb dietary sources of nutrients properly, making it necessary to supplement your diet with important vitamins and minerals.

Quality dietary supplements can be hard to find. It isn’t easy to determine what products you need, let alone what the hidden ingredients in those products are. At Melville Medical Care, we conveniently offer the highest quality supplements available right here in our Huntington Station office.

Dr. Sonia Qadir will evaluate your individual supplement needs and determine exactly what is best for you.

Vitamin and mineral supplements we offer include:

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has many important functions in the body, such as contributing to bone health, lowering blood pressure, and regulating cholesterol. Vitamin D can be found in certain foods and can also be made by the body when skin is exposed to sun, which is where the nickname “Sunshine Vitamin” came from.

Signs of a vitamin D deficiency include:

Vitamin D deficiencies occur for many reasons. The most common is inadequate dietary intake, but those who have cystic fibrosis or Crohn's disease are also at increased risk. Supplementation and a nutritious diet can help resolve a vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin B12

B12 is an essential vitamin that must be obtained through the diet. It is used by the body in reducing the risk of heart disease and necessary for the production of red blood cells. Deficiencies of vitamin B12 typically occur due to the inability of the digestive system to absorb it.

Signs of a B12 deficiency can range from mild to severe and may go unnoticed. They include anemia, memory loss, depression or changes in mood, and/or numbness in the fingers or toes.

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency can be cause for alarm, so it is important to supplement, especially if you are a vegetarian or vegan, as most dietary sources of vitamin B12 come from meat.

Calcium

We have all heard about how significant calcium is in our diet. The reason it is so important is because this mineral supports bone health. It is also necessary for muscle function, movement of blood through the vessels, and releasing hormones and enzymes throughout the body.

The amount of calcium you need depends on your age, sex, and certain health conditions, but most people over the age of four require a minimum of 1,000 mg daily. There are many foods that contain calcium, such as greens, fish, dairy products, and fortified foods, however you may still not be getting enough.

Signs of calcium deficiency may not appear until it’s too late. Since the body stores calcium in the bones, it will take what it needs from the bones if you don’t take in enough. Over a long period of time, this creates weak and fragile bones. Supplementing with calcium now is a good idea to prevent osteoporosis and other skeletal problems in the future.

Iron

Like calcium, iron is an important mineral for the body. It is used in cell growth, oxygen transportation, and a strong immune system. Iron can be found in many foods but only about 10-15% of it is absorbed.

Iron deficiency leads to anemia, which has many symptoms, including:

  • Depressed immune function
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to maintain body temperature
  • Slowed cognitive development
  • Swollen tongue
  • Weakness

Severe anemia can lower the oxygen levels in blood, leading to fatigue, shortness of breath, or even a heart attack.

Biotin

Also known as vitamin H, biotin helps your body to produce energy as well as eliminate carbon dioxide. Biotin is extremely beneficial in those with metabolic disorders because it helps process foods ingested. It is involved in breaking down carbohydrates and keeping your blood sugar at healthy levels. For these reasons, biotin is often recommended to those who would like to lose weight.

Typical biotin deficiency symptoms include:

Symptoms of biotin deficiency may appear to be mild, but can develop over time into a rare and fatal nutritional disorder.

Omega-Three Fatty Acids

 

To discuss your supplement needs, call Dr. Qadir in Huntington Station, NY today at (631) 271-3075 or book an appointment online.

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