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Timing Your Vitamins

Timing Your Vitamins

Taking vitamins is an important way to ensure you meet your daily nutrient needs The timing of when we take vitamins, though, can be as vital as the fact that we take them. To ensure that we get the most out of vitamins and supplements when is the best time to take them? We asked Melissa Dorval, R.D., to help us understand when the best time is to take vitamins and supplements.

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How Much Fish Oil Should You Take?

How Much Fish Oil Should You Take?

Many people focus on the dosage of fish oil to take, like 1000 mg or 1200 mg, but it is really the omega-3 fatty acids that matter. The two types of omega-3 fatty acids to focus on are EPA and DHA. These omega-3s are naturally found in oily fish like salmon, halibut, sardines and anchovies, and are the very reason why fish oil supplements have received such high praise.

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A Guide to the B Vitamins

A Guide to the B Vitamins

The B vitamin family is made up of eight B vitamins. Although they are commonly recognized as a group and often work together in the body, each of the B vitamins performs unique and important functions. To help you better understand the roles of each of the B vitamins, we have put together a friendly guide to introduce you to each member of this important family of vitamins.

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Nutritional Support Before, During and After Your Pregnancy

Nutritional Support Before During and After Your Pregnancy

The responsibilities of parenthood are multifaceted and begin even before your little bundle of joy arrives. It is important to take care of yourself before, during and after pregnancy, so that you and your baby can get the healthy start and nutritional support you need. Pregnancy and lactation place higher calorie and nutrient demands on the body. Key nutrient gaps in the American diet include vitamins A, C, E, D and K, and minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium. These and other key nutrient gaps can exist and are specific to each person and their dietary pattern. Before, during and after pregnancy, women should focus on a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low- or non-fat dairy and lean protein. Prenatal and postnatal multivitamin/mineral supplements help address key dietary nutrient gaps to support the health of the mother and her developing baby.

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