Do you take vitamins & supplements, or do you think its a waste of money?
I try to take a multi vitamin, vitamin D (Because I am deficient), sometimes evening primrose when I am moody, lol. Sometimes vit C in winter. I've taken vit. D supplements for years, and my levels are still very low, so I don't know if it does anything. Same as a multi and Evening Primrose - I'm not sure if it really helps or not. I'm so sporadic with my use, I will take them for a month, and then forget about it for the next month. I have taken Olive Leaf Extract in the past, supposedly to help with colds/ flu, and there was no noticeable difference. I've also taken probiotics in the past. I've read before that fish oil/ omega 3's are a really important supplement, but I'm just not convinced that any of the above are needed or helpful!
I try to give the kids a probiotic and multi vitamin too, and vitamin D because I fear theirs might be low if mine is. I'm just not any good at remembering.
What is your opinion on supplements - do you take any, and which ones, or do you think it's a crock of sh#t?
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08-04-2015 20:17 #1
What supplements/ vitamins do you take?
08-04-2015 21:12 #2
I take fish oil with vitamin D as I was low in vitamin D ( am now in normal range so just take a low dosage) , a pro biotic and if people around us are getting sick we all take 500mg of vitamin c and a tablespoon of manuka honey for a few weeks for an extra boost!
You need to take your vitamin D regularly to keep your levels up - I only think vitamins are of use if you have a deficiency but I believe fish oil and pro biotics are good for everyone!
08-04-2015 21:16 #3
I think vitamins etc are helpful if you might be low. I take a bfing multi and occasionally iron (I should take it everyday but it upsets my stomach if I do). I do notice a difference if I forget to take them.
However, if you aren't low in anything and have a well balanced diet then they are a waste of money.
08-04-2015 21:19 #4
I take q10, multi vitamin and telomeres. I really think they help with energy levels and notice when I haven't taken them for the day.
09-04-2015 07:30 #5
09-04-2015 07:38 #6Senior Member
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I have an assortment of vitamins in my cupboard- I go through phases of bothering to take them though!
I have a multivitamin.
Iron + C because I was badly anaemic last year, and am only just maintaining ok levels now.
Plant sterols because I have high cholesterol (it did come down slightly after taking these).
Fish oil- for the cholesterol also, I also have achey joints.
Glucosamine + chondroitin for the achey joints also. Not sure if that does anything yet- the tablets are so ginormous that I've only been brave enough to take a couple lol.
09-04-2015 08:03 #7
At the moment, I'm taking B vitamins and a probiotic. It got too expensive but I was taking fish oil and zinc too. I take vit C when sick. The kids have a omega 3 vitamin most days unless I forget. And a multivitamin when sick.
09-04-2015 08:05 #8
I take a breastfeeding multi on the advice of a dietician and vitamin D as I struggle to keep my levels up (due to a condition I have). Fish oi is really only any good if you take it as a liquid, the capsules aren't actually very good and many tests have found rancid oil inside so I'm not keen on them. When I do take it I will take as a teaspoon of oil, again I take it as an anti-inflammatory for a condition on the advice of my dr however personally I don't think it does anything day to day, so I don't take it unless I'm becoming unwell again.
When not bf I don't take a multi. I didn't take one when pregnant either, just a folate+iodine and later on an iron supplement because I was becoming anaemic.
I don't really agree with the whole taking multis/fish oil etc every day unless there is a reason to that you have been tested for or on the advice of a health prof. Most people don't really require all these vitamins/minerals and they are also very expensive.
I'm also not keen at all on any kinds of herbs or similar that claim things like helping the duration of colds/flus, helps with PMS or depression or any other huge range of things. Herbs are one thing I do think are a crock of sh!t so I won't buy them.
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09-04-2015 09:03 #9
Fish oil, coconut oil, vit c vit d iodine a whole heap lol. For my thyroid etc.
Kids take multi vitamin plus olive leaf and also pro biotic
09-04-2015 09:12 #10
We all take a fish oil for the vitamin d component plus the omega 3 benefits, ( omega 3 great for the brain, cardiovascular and overall general health benefits, it's also known to help kids with behaviour and mood swings ) we do eat fish 3 times a week but I believe there is an imbalance of omega 6 /3 ratio so a low dose fish oil just helps any imbalances plus we don't eat any fortified foods like cereals or milk
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