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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-D

As we continue our review of the fat soluble vitamins, lets discuss Vitamin-D, the one fat soluble vitamin we should be recommending. In a study done in 2011, the overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was 41.6%, with the highest rate seen in blacks (82.1%), followed by Hispanics...

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Clinician’s Corner: Fat Soluble Vitamins

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:...

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Clinician’s Corner: Folic Acid—Vitamin B-9

Mechanism: Folic acid is required for nucleoprotein synthesis and maintenance of normal RBC formation. Stimulates the production of red & white blood cells and platelets in certain megaloblastic anemias. Conversion to tetrahydrololate (the active form) in the gut is Vitamin B12 dependant. Oral synthetic folic acid however is completely...

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Clinician’s Corner: Pantothenic acid and Biotin

Let’s cover two less common vitamins, pantothenic acid (Vitamin-B5) and biotin, (Vitamin B-7). Deficiencies of these vitamins are rare, but with long term antibiotic use levels may be affected. Pantothenic Acid Use: breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy, vitamin B5 (like all B- complex) Deficiency is very rare,...

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Clinician’s Corner: Pyridoxine, Vitamin B-6

As we journey down through the B-complex vitamins, let’s look at Pyridoxine, Vitamin B-6. Pyridoxine (B6) Sources: meat, fish, legume, dry yeast, potatoes and other starchy vegetables and non-citrus fruits. Function: as a coenzyme for a variety of essential reactions in the metabolism of certain amino & fatty acids....

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Clinician’s Corner: Niacin (Vitamin B-3)

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. Dietary sources: meat , fish, legumes, whole grains Function: oxidation reduction reactions it is an...

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Clinician’s Corner: The Vitamin Aisle

As promised, we will begin a very long journey of at least a few months through the vitamin aisle of our store. Pharmacists are expected to be “experts” in the therapeutics especially with regard to over the counter medications. The vitamin section, with all of its connections to the...

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