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Does anyone take vitamins?(28 posts)

Does anyone take vitamins?manicoti
Dec 11, 2002 4:59 AM
If so, what kinds and what dosage, if you know. I take a generic centrum and a few extras, and was just wondering. I will post exactly what and the dosage tomorrow. Tis is in addition to a balanced diet. Not in my case, but maybe in yours. Also, what is the reason for the vitamins you take?
I take a daily multi-vitamin as well...Cima Coppi
Dec 11, 2002 5:05 AM
I take One A Day multi's with what I try to maintain as a balanced diet. I find that the vitamin does keep me energized and immune to the common colds that are going around during this season. So while all of my co-workers are getting sick and hacking up their lungs, I remain perfectly healthy and able to continue with my exercise routine. I know the vitamins are a great help to my body.

re: Does anyone take vitamins?GileyD
Dec 11, 2002 5:13 AM
I've had quite a stressful year (2nd child born in Jan, moved house in Feb, look after two young kids while wife is at work, busy job etc..) and having been healthy all my life have found I seemed to have a near-permanent cold / cough.

Started taking 1000mg of Vit C a day plus a Cod Liver Oil / Garlic & various vits combined tablet. Started taking these about 3 months ago, and after no noticeable difference for a month or so now feel a whole lot better and havn't been ill at all in that time (even though family & work colleagues have been dropping like flies).

Can't say it is totally down to the vitamin tabs, but there's no doubt I will carry on taking them longterm. My diet is ok, just think I need a bit extra sometimes.
re: Does anyone take vitamins?bsdc
Dec 11, 2002 5:20 AM
I'm a certified clinical nutritionist. After all my education, I'd like to sum it as "take a multi" and "try to eat right." I've found you've got to keep things simple for people. So why should you take a multi? Your body needs all the various vitamins and minerals to function properly. These vitamins and minerals work together so I generally don't recommend taking mega-doses of any one vitamin. In a good diet, much less an average american diet, you are not likely to get all the various vitamins and minerals you need. So taking a multivitamin is a good idea. What dose? Remember it's not a meal replacement, it's a supplement. Take one or two a day.
re: Does anyone take vitamins?manicoti
Dec 11, 2002 7:47 AM
I don't do it, but what about Linus Pauling taking mega doses of vitamin C, and isn't vitamin C water soluble? I heard it remains in your body only 12 or so hours, is that true? And what about the guy below taking all the "natural" supplememts? Don't some of the pills react with other pills and prescription and over the counter drugs on some occasions? And I don't believe that these drugs are regulated by the FDA as most normal vitamin supplements are. Do you recommend taking any of these?
I'm just being inqusitive and playing Devils Advocate, too.
always get "timed release" vitamin c--be careful of Vit AColnagoFE
Dec 11, 2002 8:09 AM
The cheap stuff just get peed out. Timed release is designed to deliver the dosage over a longer period of time. It's also desirable to get the kind with biofavinoids that aid in C absorbtion. Some types of vitamins (some sources of A for example) are not water soluble and can build up to toxic levels if you take too much. The other problem you see is that there is little to no regulation of supplements and the purity, and even the actual content is suspect in some supplements. As far as synthetic vs natural I don't see what the big deal is. A good synthetic will be just as good if not better (more pure) than the natural equivalent IMO.
re: Does anyone take vitamins?bsdc
Dec 11, 2002 11:02 AM
Here's what I hate about nutrition. There is just way too much "information" about all the various details. People read or hear something and get hung up on it. They hear a friend of a friend of a friend knew someone who choked and died on a vitamin so they'll never take one. "I get all the nutients I need from beer and pretzels!" Then there's the lady that comes into my office with a box full of individual vitamins, minerals and herbs and tells me all the ways she learned that she needed each bottle. "Why does my poop have yellow and purple swirels?"

The point is: Keep it simple. Don't get overwhelmed in all the information and misinformation that is out there.

Linus Pauling made a religion out of vitamin C. It's a great vitamin. Maybe if I was on a deserted island with only one vitamin, I might pick vitamin C. The point is it's just one of hundreds of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that we need.

Some vitamins and minerals do have a relatively short life in our system. Some build up in our system and can create toxicities. Companies alter the dose of individual vitamins and minerals to account for this.

As for "natural" supplements, thats a real lose term. I recommend going to a health food store. There are good and bad sources of some vitamins and minerals. Cheaper vitamins tend to use cheaper source and have poorer quality products. Without going into going into each brand, I generally find health food stores carry quality products.

I am aware of no drug interaction with regular vitamins and minerals. A drug shouldn't interact with supplement anymore than food.
JAMA recommends vitamin supplements...coonass
Dec 11, 2002 6:46 PM
and I certainly agree with a good diet, but I'll challenge anyone; doctor, nutritionist, etc. to tell me when they had 3 well balanced meals a day and that they obtained all the MDR of Vitamins and Minerals for that day....IT'LL NEVER HAPPEN.....AND, if so, their calorie count went out of the'd have to quit your job just to establish menu preparations to obtain your 'Recommended' MDR for each day...It is a supplement; and remember that the RMDR was established in 1941, based on a 23yo female housewife, doing moderate housework, and without stress....duhhhhhh! (Sounds like June Cleaver) Has the times changed in the last 60 years; I think they have just a little??? Mega-doses are not recommended, but do your homework for your specific needs...a cyclist, pharmacist, computer hacker, lumberjack, engineer, or a housewife all have different needs of specific V&M & dosages....(Yep, I'm a V/M/Herbs junkie) A good layman's book on VMH is "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Blach...judge for yourself...and don't forget Dr. Michael Colgan's site. Am I wasting my money on 'expensive urine'....that's just my barometer of telling me that I've maxed out my needs, and am rejecting the remainder...
The pharmacy is open...brider
Dec 11, 2002 6:31 AM
Okay, so maybe not a pharmacy, but the list is big. Virtually all the supplements I take are plant-based, and include the phyto-chemicals that aid in their absorption.

multi-vitamin / multi-mineral
1500 mg vit C
Vit E (don't know dosage off the top of my head) that combines selenium
Vit A (again, don't know dosage)
Vit B complex
multi-carotene complex
bilberry & lutien
glucosamine / boswellia
siberian ginseng (occasionally)
powdered alfalfa
saw palmetto & knettle
Vitex (cycled)
Flax oil

I also occasionally do a cycle of milk thistle for liver detox, and thyroid support.
re: Does anyone take vitamins?No_sprint
Dec 11, 2002 7:32 AM
Yep, I took a series of clinical diagnostic tests after a physical exam and a lifestyle analysis. They issued me a great report. Part of that was to analyze what vitamins I tended to be deficient in over time. They now issue me a custom blend multi packet made for me. One packet (6) per day. I also have an occasional use set. I swear by them.
I guess they saw you coming! (nm)53T
Dec 11, 2002 10:45 AM
I went to them. I was tired of spending blindly.No_sprint
Dec 11, 2002 12:15 PM
I was very tired of spending huge amounts on quality supplements, and spending blindly. I like others in this thread had a huge cupboard full of expensive stuff. I probably spent over $1500/year. I had no idea what my body really needed or what it was deficient in naturally and what I used up more than the average Joe in my workout and racing routine.

So after my full Docs physical, my exercise research labs free full workup, I had a full round of blood, etc. based clinical diagnostics run. I was able to get them done for about $80 whereas a local private physiology lab was going to be over $500. I'm happy and now spend less than $40 per month for a blend made for me. That's less than 1/3 what I used to spend.
Centrum Performance...biknben
Dec 11, 2002 7:42 AM
I can't say I notice anything different but I've been taking multi-vits for a long time. Maybe I'd notice it if I stopped.

I just take them for what they are, suppliments.
Hint: get Target brand - EXACTLY the same, half price. (nm)RhodyRider
Dec 11, 2002 9:20 AM
A select few, yestheeatkins
Dec 11, 2002 7:50 AM
I take a multi-vitamin with zinc. My reading indicates that zinc can help with stress. I also take a 500mg vitamin C to help ward off colds, and 1000mg vitamin E to help everything in general. I have found the biggest detriment to my health is not enough sleep.
My schedule dictates I get up at 3am. It's still tough after years of doing this to go to bed on time.
Understand the lack of sleeptmotz
Dec 11, 2002 9:21 AM
after 10 years on third shift started second shift this week.I already notice the difference,on thirds I never that enough sleep.My coworkers stated I even look different.Rest is where its at.
re: Does anyone take vitamins?ColnagoFE
Dec 11, 2002 8:03 AM
I take a "good quality" multi (to insure I get all the nutrients I need even when I dont eat well)...1-2k mg Vitamin C a day (general health and keeping my immune system in good shape) as well as some milk thistle capsules daily (I like beer and this is supposed to help protect, repair your liver somewhat).
You need to cycle off that milk thistlebrider
Dec 11, 2002 9:10 AM
Most herbals lose effectiveness over time. Things like echinacea and milk thistle should be taken for no more than 4-6 weeks at a time, with at least equal time off.
Dec 11, 2002 9:21 AM
I have head that about echinacea and only take it when I feel a cold coming on but hadn't heard that about milk thistle.
Yup (list included)eyebob
Dec 11, 2002 8:32 AM
Humongous multi which includes the usual suspects along with lots of plant extracts. It's called Green Source from

Grape Seed Extract (potent anti-oxident)
Co Q10 (suggested to help blood pressure)
Ghinko (improves blood flow Does it help with cycling induced "dysfunction"? Don't know)
Groud Flax seeds (really helped to lower my cholesterol)

During the Winter at night I take an Ocuvite for extra anti-oxidents for the extra C.

I did a bunch of research on this before I decided to take what I do. I remain a bit skeptical about some of the proposed benefits but I think that the emerging evidence suports the use of all the stuff that I take.

re: Does anyone take vitamins?jmr986
Dec 11, 2002 9:14 AM
Yep take a generic multi-vitamin and generic glucosamine sulfate with chondroitin. May start taking some Omega-3. Mutli just because, GSwC for a sore knee (getting better), and Omega to clean out the arteries.
Yup ...Humma Hah
Dec 11, 2002 9:20 AM
2 GNC MegaMen multi-vitamins
400IU natural E
2 grams fish oil (for cholesterol)
1200/1500 mg glucosamine & chondroitin (arthritis)

The vitamins are just for insurance. It always makes sense to strive for a balanced diet. The last two supply things my diet is not rich in, which definitely help the two conditions listed.
Omega oil questionColnagoFE
Dec 11, 2002 10:00 AM
Other than the obvious of taking it with meals how can you minimize the "urp-factor" from taking fish oil supplements. I'm burping up fish all morning if I take one of these. Sometimes it also really upsets my stomach. Any hints for taking this stuff?
Omega oil questionbrider
Dec 11, 2002 10:50 AM
Eat them BEFORE the meal. Keep them in the refridgerator. Take them late in the evening (you'll still burp up fish, but you'll be asleep when it happens -- fine for you, but maybe not fine with SO. Also watch for cats on your chest in the morning).
get your omegas from designer eggs insteadlonefrontranger
Dec 11, 2002 11:38 AM
Fish oil is indeed nasty. You can spend more on Nature's Source, an algal oil supplement (the natural source for the O3 in fish) or simply look for Gold Circle Farms eggs. One egg has the equivalent and tastes much, much better - they feed the chickens the algae meal.
Just before bedtime, and before you kiss the wife ...Humma Hah
Dec 11, 2002 12:29 PM
I have the same problem with it. The reason I take fish oil tablets is I can't stand the taste of the the oily fish that are good for you.

What makes me put up with it is the results from my cholesterol tests. When I'm taking it, the doctor is delighted with my HDL/LDL ratio. On the couple of time's I've run out and not been taking it, the ratio has degraded to levels that got him upset.
Switch to flax seeds or flax seed meal. It's very inexpensiveeyebob
Dec 11, 2002 2:00 PM
and it doesn't upset the tummy or leave a bad taste. You need about 1 table spoon full per day. I usually sprinkle it on whatever I have for brekky. Tastes sort of nutty and has really helped the total cholesterol count.

flaxseed is omega 6, not omega 3 thoughlonefrontranger
Dec 11, 2002 2:08 PM
it's the DHA (docosahexanoic acid) in fish oil that gives you the most benefit, and that comes direct from the algae in the food chain that they eat, either directly or indirectly. EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) found in vegetable seeds / oils is beneficial but not as widely proven and the studies have not shown such a profound widespread result. DHA is the single most unsaturated essential fatty acid. You obtain little to no DHA from seeds or other vegetable sources. The only reliable natural vegetarian source of DHA is the Crypthecodinium cohnii strain of algae.

Can quote studies if desired, need to call the Ph.D. I worked for tho.