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The Difference Between Vitamins and Supplements


Vitamins or supplements? It’s a question pharmacist Kacie Brubaker gets all the time. “With dietary supplements, it’s really an umbrella term that contains vitamins, supplements, minerals, any dietary supplements, and it really refers to anything you are taking to supplement your regular diet,” said Kacie Brubaker, a pharmacist with Lee Health.

But she says there is a difference between taking vitamins and taking supplements. “Vitamins are natural substances that are required for your body to function normally and remain healthy, whereas your more traditional dietary supplements are not essential, they are to promote health in other areas,” she said.

While some patients may only need a vitamin or supplement for a limited time, others may need one long-term. Patients who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, for example, will often have a low vitamin B12—so it’s important they add that to their daily diet. “We want to make sure you’re getting enough, but we don’t want too much because certain vitamins can build up in the body and cause problems later on,” Brubaker said.

Before taking a vitamin or supplement, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor to make sure it won’t interact with other medications. Knowing what your body needs before you take a vitamin or supplement is important to improving your overall health.

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Should you take vitamins?


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Camila Passias, MD is a board-certified primary care doctor at Mount Sinai Doctors, seeing patients Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in Brooklyn Heights. Trained in Boston and New York City, she is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of General Internal Medicine. She was awarded her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. Prior to joining Mount Sinai Doctors, she worked for Gouverneur Health, a community health center affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. During that time, she served as a clinician educator with both residents and medical students. She has a particular interest in women’s health. Dr. Passias is fluent in Spanish.

Mount Sinai Doctors, located at 300 Cadman Plaza West, is a two-floor multispecialty practice with a walk-in urgent care center and more than 35 specialties, including Adolescent Medicine, Allergy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Diabetes Education, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Infectious Disease, Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Nephrology, OBGYN, Ophthalmology, Optometry & Optical Shop, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Travel Medicine, Urology, and Vascular Surgery. The practice is located at 300 Cadman Plaza West, on the 17th and 18th floors, in Brooklyn Heights. You can make appointments online at or via ZocDoc at

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SECOND OPINION LIVE! | Dietary Supplements | Vitamin Commercials | BCBS


On this segment of Second Opinion LIVE!, Primary Care Physician, Dr. Lou Papa, talks about how commercial advertisements for vitamins say very little because the scientific data isn’t there to support any beneficial health claims.

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Thinking About Taking a Dietary Supplement?


Wonder whether you should take vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements? With more than 50,000 of these products on the market, do you know which ones might or might not be good for you, and which are safe to take? In this short animated video, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health introduces the ODS website–the place for reliable, science-based answers to your questions about dietary supplements. Information on the website () is primarily in English, with many fact sheets for consumers available in Spanish. This video is also available in Spanish: ¿Debería tomar suplementos dietéticos? ()

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Food and Vitamins and Supplements! Oh My! — Longwood Seminar


Every day a new diet trend seems to be in the news—along with an abundance of advice on supplements and vitamins, including which to take and which to avoid. This March 5, 2013, seminar aims to cut through the noise surrounding nutrition, vitamins and dietary supplements by providing the latest scientific evidence as well as advice for healthy eating and living a nutritious lifestyle. Learn more about the Longwood Seminars by visiting .

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Vitamins: do you need supplements?


Should we be taking vitamin and mineral supplements? There is, unfortunately, no simple answer. Registered dietitian Daphna Steinberg says that for most adults under 50, a balanced diet is the best place to start, rather than the vitamin aisle. Rather than trying to guess what’s best for you, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or registered dietitian to know for sure!

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