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Diet and RA


Do people with RA need to take vitamin supplements?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

Vitamin supplements are helpful if you're deficient in a nutrient. Find out if you need them.

Transcript: People with rheumatoid arthritis are often deficient in nutrients and trace minerals as folic acid, vitamins D, C and E, and the minerals calcium, zinc, selenium and magnesium. These deficiencies frequently occur because the physical toll of the disease PREVENTS people with rheumatoid arthritis from buying and preparing NUTRITIOUS foods. Or they may be a result of rheumatoid arthritis medications. While healthcare providers DO prefer you upping your nutrient intake through your DIET, supplements CAN help you stay healthy as well. More »

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