This week you will review and answer the following case studies. Your answer should be at least one paragraph for each question answered and thoroughly address the topic. (30 points)
Felicia has been feeling tired recently. Her friend sells vitamin supplements through an online company, and she suggested Felicia start taking their energy formula to help her feel better. Felicia is interested, but she asks her friend to send her some information about the supplements before she buys them.
- What should she look for to help her evaluate the supplements?
- The Supplement Facts panel includes the following information for vitamins: Serving Size: 2 caplets Amount per serving % Daily Value Vitamin A 5000 IU 100% Vitamin C 200 mg 333% Vitamin D 600 IU 150% Vitamin E 30 IU 100% Vitamin K 80 mcg 100% Thiamin 50 mg 333% Riboflavin 50 mg 2941% Niacin 50 mg 250% Vitamin B6 150 mg 7500% Folic acid 600 mcg 150% Vitamin B12 12 mcg 200% Biotin 300 mcg 100% Pantothenic acid 20 mg 200%
If Felicia took 2 caplets per day, the recommended dose, is she likely to encounter any problems? If so, what problems might she encounter and which nutrients may cause them?
Fred is 69 and has always considered himself to be very healthy. He takes pride in the fact that he eats well and keeps physically and mentally fit with various voluntary activities in the community. Recently, his family has noticed that he seems rather lethargic, less coordinated than usual, and even a bit confused. He seems too young to be experiencing age-related cognitive deficits, so they are encouraging him to visit his doctor.
- Which vitamin deficiency could cause Fred’s cognitive problems? Why might he have developed this deficiency even though his eating habits have not changed?
- What could Fred do to reverse his deficiency?