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How long does it take for vitamins or supplements to start working?

By December 22, 2008 - 2:38pm
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How long does it take for supplements to take effect? For example, I am taking calcium supplements and am wondering how long I will take them for before I see some results? I'm hoping to see healthier, stronger nails.

I don't depend on supplements for over-all health but am wondering if it takes just a couple of weeks to help, or months?

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Anonymous (reply to Dr. Daniel Heller)

Dr. Daniel Heller,

I am a 25 yr old male. I eat healthy and resistance train fairly vigorously about 3 times a week (the rest of the time I'am burning calories as a union carpenter) . My diet is chicken, sweet potatoes, rice, bagels, and fish. I consider myself in pretty good shape next to your average 25 year old male . Don't get me wrong, i'll sploodge and eat like crap once, maybe twice a week. I recently bought a multivitamin/super food titled "super nutrition Opti-pack". you can check it out here

http://www.supernutritionusa.com/productpages/optipack.html .

I was wondering about how long this might take to get into my system to where i feel the full affects of this product. And when I say "effects" I mean, I've struggled with poor concentration/focus/memory/anxiety, and mild depression issues since i could remember. I've been down the medical route as far as treatment goes and the SIDE EFFECTS! from the drugs those doctors gave me were too much to handle. The drugs kicked right in when i needed them but there was always a price to pay when they wore off it seemed. Its been about 6 months since i've been taking any prescription drugs and still don't feel the same.

I've turned to good health, dieting, vitamins, and exercise for the past year but still don't feel like a mentally focused individual-like I should feel.

Not too long ago I read an article on a psychiatrist that CURED a patient with schizophrenia through DIETING and VITAMINS, and now his patient went on to becoming a teacher and getting his masters degree or some crap. In reading that article I thought for sure eating right and taking vitamins would help my anxiety and add/adhd or whatever the hell... what are your personal/professional thoughts on the subject, and multi-vitamin in the link listed above ???

email me- [email protected]

November 15, 2011 - 10:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I know this is a while back but if you see this, I hope it helps.

I've suffered from depression and anxiety for a long time and I think treatment does work for a lot of people but it shouldn't be the FIRST option. Exercise, diet etc all help as they help to balance the chemical imbalances that may be present. Some are physical (i.e just there), others are dietary or caused psychologically.

The way I beat it and handle any episodes I have was by learning about body language, studying people that I admire and are confident and learning their postures, gestures, modelling behaviour of theirs that I really liked that would make me feel confident. I used Robert Downey Jr, Derren Brown, David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch and others. I'm not saying pretend to be these people but take on aspects of heroes you have that you would like to have and model them. Learn about social dynamics and the way we interact on a metasocial level. I.e learn about status, small gestures, good language. It takes a bit to make it feel more natural, at first it will feel very forced but you get great benefits from it.
Body language is more important than you realise, changing it can change almost everything. Of course it's not permanent and not a complete strategy alone but learning about it is a powerful weapon against both anxiety and depression. Think of it as a gun, it's a great tool but it needs ammo.

Take note of the way you talk to yourself internally and stop and study ANY negative thoughts such as: I can't...I hate...I wish...I don't. You say these things to yourself a lot (lots of people do) but if you take them apart and ask yourself: Why can't I...? What if I tried...? Maybe if I asked...? Who can help me with this? What do I need in order to be able...?
Asking yourself better questions, especially ones that assume that you can do X, Y or Z, you can find yourself with answers and solutions that weren't there when you just said: I can't do it or something like that. Seriously, this will tackle a lot of subconscious patterns and thoughts you have. It really helped me a lot.

Your diet and sleep pattern will make a big difference. I know I'm having an episode or about to if my sleep starts going or I stop eating as well. No matter how confident I am, sleep and good food are the fuel for dealing with anxiety and it nearly always comes back if I ignore it.

Lastly, I'd say treatment is very helpful and has direct effects but it can also have nasty side effects or be overkill for some patients. I think it really depends on the issues involved, the physical problems involved and other genetic factors. That said, I think treatment is a last resort when nothing else can help or the physical/genetic factors are too strong and should not be a blanket treatment for all depression/anxiety. It's too prevalent and it's damaging.

-Experience: 4 years confidence coaching. Also trying to get body language taught in schools to help students have better social skills and more confidence.

February 14, 2013 - 1:29pm
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November 18, 2010 - 2:40pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Here is some information on Vitamin D deficiency that may interest you:

It does make sense that if you have been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, that taking two doses of vitamin D would lead to improvement!

Are you going to talk with your doctor about how to increase your vitamin D, tailored to your specific needs (and not take a friend's medication)?

November 18, 2010 - 3:31pm
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Dimplelise - Painful joints and muscles sometimes come along as part of the aging process. Do you engage in regular physical activity or have an exercise program? Are you taking steps to stay in good health?

In terms of the chest pains, are you saying your doctor does not take you seriously and is ignoring your needs? If so you may want to assertively ask for answers or consider going to another doctor depending on how bad the pains are and if you feel you could have a serious medical condition that should be checked.

If you are truly worried about the spot on your tongue then you can ask your doctor to remove it and do a biopsy, or you can go to another doctor for a second opinion.

Our intuition is often a good guide when it comes to our health. I hope you will be successful in getting the answers and reassurance that you need.

Take care,

November 10, 2010 - 5:30pm

I have been prescribed Calcichew-D3 500MG/400IU Caplets. 1 twice a day. I also was told I have low Iron stores 3 weeks ago, they are at 10 and the doctors said they want them to be 14-15. So I have been taking Spatone and have to for 6 months. Also in May I was told I had low B12 but now have injections every 3 months for this. I have been having some really bad chest pains. They went away when I started my iron but have came back now. My doctors don't really do anything about it, they just listen and then recommend nothing.

I am not sure what to do as I feel I have gone to my doctors too much but now feel stuck. And I noticed for the past few weeks I have a spot on the back side of my tongue, I can see these on the opposite side but seems like the 1 on my left is raised. My doctor thinks it could be a cyst but my dentist says it's a tate bud so the difference of opponion worries me. It hurts sometimes and then not others. I am not sure if all of it is related. I am hoping it is to be honest.

November 10, 2010 - 1:41am
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Anonymous (reply to Dimplelise)

I would suggest finding yourself a chiropractor who specializes in chinese medicine. Mine is all about natural remedies and listens to all my symptoms and treats accordingly. I was about to have surgery for rotator cuff tendonitis and the supplements he gave me has relieved that pain tremendously. I no longer need surgery. I saw 2 dermatologists for a rash that I had for over a year with no remedy from them. That rash disappeared within a month of taking the natural supplements. I feel better in general. Find a doctor/chiropractor who cares. They are out there.

January 24, 2011 - 8:06pm
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Hi, I hope you are still available for some advice. I was told yesterday that my vitamin D is slightly low at 18.5 and the doctor's said it should be 20. Although not that low, I have been experiencing lots of symptoms like painful joints and muscles. I am supprised that the doctors did not pick up on my symptoms and test me sooner. They just thought I had anxiety. I also was told 3 weeks ago that my serium iron stores are low at 10 and should be 14-15. My concern is that I have read that it increases your risk of getting cancer with low vitamin D. I have had inflamasion markers blood tests done and they come back normal but i know that these don't detect early cancers so was wondering if there's anything I can do to make sure the low vitamin D hasn't already caused damage?

November 9, 2010 - 9:54am
(reply to Anonymous)

Having low Vitamin D does not mean you are destined to have a medical condition, or for it to cause damage.

What has your doctor recommended in order to increase your levels back to normal ranges?

November 9, 2010 - 2:50pm
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I started taking a supplement of Vit A, C, E, Selenium, and Zinc. And a separate one with CoQ10. I also started eating properly...eliminated all baked, processed foods. I eat mainly raw vegan. I do eat a great variety of fruits and veggies daily, with the ocasional home made burger. Ocasional in my vocab means maybe 2 x monthly. I am taking these vitamins just in case I am missing something with my diet. Also, I am trying to "cure" my mild acne, and improve skin appearance. Accodring to a gruelsome search I have come to the conclusion that what we eat does infact effect the state of our skin..and its been proven by Dr. Loren Cordain and many other research doctors. What I would like to know, continuing to eat this way, and taking the suplements, how long untill I start seeing results. I am also hoping to drop 20 lbs. I am 5 ft 3 and 143 lbs. I have tried many diets in the past for both weightloss and skin condition but become discourages if I see no results within one week. I have no idea what to expect. Please help??!!!

June 11, 2010 - 8:35am
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