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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-D

As we continue our review of the fat-soluble vitamins, let’s discuss Vitamin-D, the one fat soluble vitamin most of us should be taking.  Living in Central Pennsylvania, especially this time of year we don’t get much sunlight on our bare skin. Sources: very few foods contain natural Vitamin-D:  fish...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-A

Now we start our journey through the fat-soluble vitamins of A, D, E, K.  These vitamins can accumulate and cause adverse effects.  Rarely does someone get excess fat-soluble vitamins from the diet, but excess supplementation may cause accumulation and potential serious side effects. Vitamin-A What it does: Vitamin A...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-C

Last week we wrapped up the B- complex vitamins, so here is our last water-soluble vitamin… Vitamin-C   (ascorbic acid) Source:  citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, green peppers, kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe. Uses in the body:  Is necessary for wound healing and health of the small blood...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin)- the number one vitamin your Thompson Pharmacist recommends! Source of B12: muscle meats, liver & dairy products. Not found in vegetables. Vegetarians are at risk. Function: involved in cell division, and recycling of folate. Folate deficiency is observed as a feature of B12 deficiency.  Symptoms of...

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Clinician’s Corner: Folic Acid

Folic Acid—Vitamin B-9—Probably the most important B vitamin! Mechanism: Folic acid is required for normal Red Blood Cell formation. Stimulates the production of red & white blood cells and platelets in certain anemias. Dietary sources: Folate is found naturally in a wide variety of foods, such dark green leafy...

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Clinician’s Corner: Niacin

As we journey through the water-soluble vitamins, lets focus on Niacin (Vitamin B-3) which is available both as an extended release prescription product, as well as over the counter in our vitamin aisles. Your Thompson Pharmacist will guide you through the maze of niacin products. Niacin (B-3) is one...

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