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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Quiz 12/31/11: Diuretics

A guest on The Dr. Oz Show last week recommended a B Vitamin as a diuretic. Which B vitamin was recommended?

A. B2
B. B6
C. B12
D. Niacin

The Answer:
B. B6

Your Answers:
A. B2 - 0%
B. B6 - 62%
C. B12 - 25%
D. Niacin - 12%

Well done readers!

On the December 22, 2011 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, guest Maoshing Ni, antiaging expert and doctor and Chinese medicine talked about the benefits of seaweed. Dr. Ni recommended Wakame seaweed for it's high vitamin and mineral content. Wakame contains calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin B6 which is a diuretic and effective for bloating, said Dr. Ni.

Vitamin B6 is considered a mild diuretic and can be found in supplement form and in foods. suggests taking Vitamin B6 in amounts from 50mg to 100mg daily and recommends several food sources of B Vitamins:

Excellent sources for the B vitamins include dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, soybeans, oatmeal, lima beans, turkey, tuna, asparagus. Overcooking, canning, long-term storage of vegetables can decrease the B vitamins in food, so they are best eaten when they are fresh.

I believe that Dr. Ni is talking about mild bloating associated with PMS concerns. Water-retention and excessive bloating can be a sign of more serious issues that would require medical attention from edema to blood clots. If bloating is happening frequently and/or more than just a mild case then talk to a doctor to determine the root cause and take any necessary action.


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