Vitamins; Minerals; Supplements; Nutraceuticals

[title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Question[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]Is it true that if you take minerals because for osteoporosis, they won’t do any good unless you take them along with a full spectrum of B vitamins at the same time?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Answer[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]It’s an interesting question, but it addresses two different problems. Minerals are very important by themselves, even without any vitamins.

The question is, what is a mineral? And what does it do?

A mineral is an element. It’s not something you can create. It’s not something that can be destroyed. It is what it is, and it’s always been. These minerals act as enzyme cofactors, which are necessary for the human body to perform important biochemical reactions.

Magnesium, for example: Why do you need magnesium? Magnesium is necessary for over 150 different enzymatic reactions, mostly in the central nervous system, but elsewhere as well.

What is a vitamin? You need to know what the difference is. A mineral is an element. A vitamin is a more complex organic structure. Your body may need certain vitamins to function, but the minerals are critically important as well.

To answer your question, you’re absolutely correct, but it’s not just the B complex vitamins. You also have other vitamins in addition to taking your “B Complexes.”
Do you need to take them all? Yes.
Another common deficiency is vitamin D. Just about everyone should be taking it regularly– D3 specifically. Don’t think about it. Just do it.

Magnesium deficiency is also fairly prevalent, and is the most common mineral deficiency of a nutraceutical nature.
Do you have to take them simultaneously? Not at all, no. The body just needs to get them. The question is how?

The B complexes tend to cause the stomach to get a little upset, so some people prefer to take their B complex with their breakfast. The minerals can be taken on an empty stomach, or not. How you take those is based entirely on your own personal preference.

Your body cannot absorb it all at once, so you divide the dosage at least by half—taking half your daily supplements in the morning, and half in the evening. That way, your body is able to receive and absorb healthy amounts of nutrients throughout the day.[/testimonial][/testimonials]

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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