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#1 loof


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Posted 27 February 2007 - 12:08 PM

I had a physical yesterday and my doctor asked me if I took a multivitamin. I said no. I used to, but I don't really now. I do take 1 or 2 Emergen-C packets a day but I don't do a multi-vitamin. When I was in school for nutrition they used to tell us "food first" before supplements. Good point, and yeah I should eat more fruits and veggies than I do...but I'm thinking about going back to the multi-vitamin thang, because although i should, I don't always.

Do you take vitamins? If so, which? What brands? Are you satisfied? Or do you not bother?




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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:08 PM

I've always had the same attitude: vitamins are much better if they come from real food, so I never used to take anything.

However, I spent roughly a year slogging through all of my workouts and races and wondering why I was so doggone tired and why I never got any fitter. Finally went to a doctor and found out I was anemic in a big way. So since then, I've been taking enough iron to set off a metal detector (as one of my friends put it) and the change has been phenomoenal. I knew I was tired before, but it happened so gradually that I really didn't know just how tired I was.
I find out tomorrow if my body's been absorbing the iron, and then will likely back off the pills.

So now I find myself wondering as well. Switch to a multi-vitamin with iron? My doctor and I will be discussing this tomorrow I'm sure.

I do know that one of my old running friends from New York starts taking iron whenever he ups his mileage.

Other than iron, who knows? You have to wonder how much your body will even use of something in pill format. I've read all sorts of articles detailing how this vitamin makes it hard to absorb this other vitamin, and you should eat this vitamin with that vitamin, and so on.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE (loofahgirl @ Feb 27 2007, 12:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do take 1 or 2 Emergen-C packets a day but I don't do a multi-vitamin.
Do you take vitamins? If so, which? What brands? Are you satisfied? Or do you not bother?

I use 1 Emergen-C pack a day as well and I take a calcium supplement. Do you think my popcorn & beer can count as some sort of a supplement? tongue.png
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:39 PM

Yeah my old boss used to say all a multivitamin does is give you expensive pee. Probably a grain of truth in that. I don't take anything and as Andi pointed out there may be a limited effectiveness to a lot of it. Whether because of interactions or because the form in the supplement is not bioavailable.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:18 PM

I don't take vitamins mich anymore. If I sense a cold coming on, I might take a few Zinc/Vitamin C tabs, but that's all. I try to maintain a diverse diet that ensures I am getting all the goodies! I even quit taking glucosamine, but that's just me.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:37 PM

Loofa and co.- Vites are no doubt huge biz in the USA today both for fit and 'unfit' folks. I have interviewed approx 2300 patients in the last 10 years re. their vitamin habits. My conclusion: Folks are generally clueless. I have taken people off of as many supplements as I have put them on. ;-)

My philosophy: Syntheitc Vites (and even whole food supplements) certainly are not "food" but they are "necessary" (in modern society) and they will work better (ie synergize) with a more impeccable diet and lifestyle.

Any and all of you are welcome to use my service (see link below) to fill out a free "customized" vite/supplement assessment via Nutriscan.

Here is link. It costs nothing and I review your results at no charge and email you feedback and you can choose to pursue the service or not.


This is not a perfect assessment tool standing on its own. But, it is pretty darn good and quite enlightening and is at the very least an excellent learning resource. Did I mention it is free???!!!


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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:48 PM

I take em, not sure if they help but they won't hurt. With that, I totally agree with the food first but rarely eat as balanced a diet as I should.
With vitamins and everything else I think you get what you pay for. I personally like Metagenics but have found myself in pinch purchasing Eclectic because I can pick it up at the grocery store. I'd love to hear feedback from the Lizard doc's about iron vs. without.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:55 PM

I take vitamins when I can afford them - right now I can afford them. I used to take GNC men's multi, along with their branched chain amino acid supplement and L-glutamine supplement, based upon the recommendation of an old co-worker's brother - the brother was a personal trainer. Recently GNC released a "sport" version of their multi which has the two additional supplements added into the multi, so I just take that now.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:03 PM

I take some kind of mutlivitamin everyday, but I am not really convinced it's doing any good.

Iron supplements are an entirely different matter. When I was iron deficient (and also anemic), I had to take an extra iron supplement--much more iron than what's in a regular multivitamin pill. The iron supplements really messed up my digestion, so I was happy to stop taking them once my levels were back within the normal range. So I think the iron question is a somewhat different matter... but I'm no doc (not the medical kind, at least!), and I really only know what I've experienced here... Maybe some multivitamins do contain a significant amount of iron and I'm just not aware.


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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:14 PM

i take a multi, vit d and fish oil

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:16 PM

Hi Carin!
So, I take vitamins because for some reason, no matter how awesome I think my diet is, it doesn't match up with my activity or stress levels. And yes, buying c***py vitamins from Costco, the grocery store, etc. will just have you peeing out the money you spent on it.
I take a daily multi, iron (because I am anemic), a probiotic, and cod liver oil. As far as the multi, the best results I have had are with Women's Symmetry. You can get these at New Seasons.
Good luck with your search!

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:51 PM

Does Geritol count?
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:04 PM

John, I don't have a health provider #? (in the link)




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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:47 PM

[quote name='loofahgirl' date='Feb 27 2007, 12:08 PM' post='45188']

1. "One Daily" Men's health formula(every vitamin you can think of in there) .. with extra anti-oxidants/lycopene.. etc. Can't hurt... or piss the extra unneeded away? !! shocked.png
2. FISH OIL tab w/ Omega-3 Fatty acids. (My Dr. said a good thing to take... Cholesterol thing there).
3. an extra vitimin B-12 500mcg pill.
4. Ibuprofen... 2 a day(if aches, or my stupid ankle hurts., and ONE aspirin(heart thing?)
5. SAFEWAY ENERGY BAR!!! .59 Bakery Bagel. thumbsup.png My main day snack.
(I usually don't eat a big main meal till 6-7pm... just the energy bar till then). No breakfast guy. Rare lunch.
6. One energy drink a day.. 5pm. OMEGA $1.67/16oz. @ Fred meyers.
(run/workout daily 6-7pm).
7. Chicken or/steak or/shrimp-fish.. and salad.. portobello mushrooms...asparagus/broccolli for dinner(usually 8pm+).
8. one Melatonin(3 mg) before bedtime.

That's about my intake... 90% of the time. What a druggy. shocked.png

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 06:49 AM

I take some but not every day. I am sorta forgetful. Uh what was the question again? Oh yea

I take:

A nigh quality (i think) multi

Omega 3

Glucosamin/condroitin/someting else (I have some arthritis related joint issues. Dont know if this stuff helps but hopefully it won't hurt

Vit C

Calcium on hard or long training weeks.

Airborne when everyone around me has colds or flu. (I havent' had a cold or flu in over 2 years, knocking on wood here)


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