Out of curiosity, mostly. I take two Vitamin C tabs and two Tums every morning. Tums are a great source of calcium, and since I'm lactose intolerant and developing arthritis in one of my knees, so I'm trying to get more calcium into my diet.
The Vitamin C's are for the fall and winter time, in hopes to build resistance to colds and illness. So far so good.
I used to take a daily multivitamin, but I started feeling ill when taking them. Damn horse pills. If only they were chewable ones like the Vitamin C's.
How about everyone else? What's your vitamin intake?
You can get adult chewables now (Centrum has one)there's even gummies (you just have to take enough for an adult dose which is generally safe if they don't have added iron, which being male, you shouldn't need anyway)
You should also try different multi-vitamins until you find one that agrees with you. Different things work for different people, and getting queasy is pretty common, but one with a different mixture isn't likely to give you the same problem.
I take a lot of vitamins. A multi-vitamin that fits my needs and doesn't make me puke, a CoQ10, Vitamin D, magnesium, Mercury free fish oil, calcium, and a shelf-stable probiotic. I think of it as extra insurance. I based what I take on a list of things doctors report taking themselves, and then ran it past my own doctor.
Originally posted by DrDirtNo. The evidence on vitamins being helpful is mixed at best with many studies showing that for most people they do nothing and in fact may even hurt.
Part of this may be due to the fact that almost all food processed in any way is enriched.
There are exceptions though where they are quite helpful.
By the way, there are many foods extremely rich in calcium, if you like or can tolerate them
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Do tell, good Doctor - what foods are high in calcium?
Here's a few: Broccoli, boiled serving, 85 g Watercress, raw small bunch, 20 g Curly Kale serving, 95 g Okra, stir fried 8 medium, 40 g Red kidney beans, canned 3 tablespoons, 105 g Chick peas, boiled 3 tablespoons, 90 g Green/French beans serving, 90 g Baked beans serving, 135 g Almonds 12 whole, 26 g Brazil Nuts 6 whole, 20 g Hazlenuts 20 whole, 20 g Sesame seeds 1 tablespoon, 12 g Walnuts 12 halves, 40 g Tahini Paste 1 heaped teaspoon, 19 g Sardines in oil, tinned portion, 100 g Whitebait, fried portion, 80 g Salmon, tinned average portion, 100 g Fish paste small jar, 35 g Pasta, plain, cooked portion, 230 g Rice, white, boiled portion, 180 g White bread slice, 30 g Wholemeal bread slice, 30 g Muesli, Swiss style portion, 50 g Apricots, raw, no stone4 fruit, 160 g Figs, ready to eat 4 fruit, 220 g Currants 2 tablespoons, 50 g Orange peeled, 160 g Tofu, soy bean, steamed 100 g
I take a capful of this gunk called "liquid life" - I'm sure it does nothing useful, but I feel better. Clearly, it doesn't hurt, anyway.
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I take multivitamins only in the winter when the fresh vegetable selection in New England is not very good.
The effectiveness of synthetically produced vitamins is highly suspect. In short, vitamins are complex molecules, of which various stereoisomers (versions) exist. The human body cannot absorb and use some versions. The versions present in food are the ones we are evolved to work with. The FDA does not require stringent enough testing on the vitamins to conclusively determine what versions are present in synthetic vitamin products. Thus, unless your multivitamin is 100% food-based, you are likely not absorbing very much, if any, of the vitamins.
(Source: my wife, from nutrition courses; my brother and my sister-in-law, who are MDs; many peer-reviewed scientific articles such as this one (dx.doi.org))
Nature's Way (naturesway.com) brand "Alive!" multivitamins are a good food-based multivitamin which is widely available. I buy mine at CVS, Whole Foods, or Stop & Shop supermarket.
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