Do you take supplements?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Blue Velvet, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I do, just a plain-label multivitamin and broad spectrum mineral supplement in periods where I know I'm not eating well, say 1 or 2 weeks in every month... that's about it. So it's not every day and I do try to eat a lot of raw foods now and again...

    But Hilary Swank also takes supplements, 45 tablets a day. :eek:



    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/wellbeing/story/0,,2229223,00.html


    And I've recently been looking at ads on the trains on the London Underground, some for the most pseudo-scientifically named supplements that claim to do all sorts of magical things for eyes, skin, hair etc... have we gone too far?
     
  2. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I take a generic-brand multivitamin everyday.
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    The only thing I ever take are Vitamin C tablets if there's a nasty cold doing the rounds at work, in the vain hope it might afford me a degree of protection.

    But 45 tablets a day? That's mad – the lass must rattle a bit. :eek:
     
  4. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Yes, I think we have--especially in Swank's case! 45 tablets?!?! :eek:

    I do take a multivitamin each day--the Centrum "From A to Zinc" one, even though I do try to eat reasonably well.
     
  5. skunk macrumors G4

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    Only those of us who take the stuff. This is, after all, nothing new: tonics and snake oil have been around since the time of the Pharaohs.
     
  6. GoodWatch macrumors 6502a

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    I also take multi-vitamins but only during winter time. I take one a day and try to eat fruit every day, usually an apple or two mandarins or clementines.
     
  7. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    I take a multi-vitamin (if I don't forget on the way out the door with the young 'un in the morning) and some Vitamin C when I start to feel sick.

    Looking to Hilary Swank for supplement advice though... I don't think that's the best way to approach the issue.
     
  8. 119576 Guest

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    I take Vitamins A, C, D and E :)

    I tend to just try to maintain a stable and balanced diet, however.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    just a multivitamin since i know my diet is less than stellar. as a result i noticed that i've been able to return to my more 'normal' weight. when i wasn't taking them, and eating the same, i gained extra pounds. who knows if they were the reason or not or just a passing correlation.
     
  10. Queso macrumors G4

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    I take one of these a day. Serious overkill really. As a veggie I only need B12 as a supplement, and a glass of Ribena will give you that :eek:

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    Oh yeah, these things turn your pee bright fluorescent yellow, which is a bit weird until you get used to it :D
     
  11. EMU1337 macrumors member

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    I take a multi-vitamin as well as a vitamin B complex to give me a little more energy for work outs.
     
  12. skunk macrumors G4

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    Do any of you find they actually have any effect?
     
  13. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I usually do a Jamba Juice (a smoothie chain here in the States) once a day. They load them up with vitamin supplements. I sometimes will take zinc if I'm feeling run down.
     
  14. Queso macrumors G4

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    If I've been drinking definitely. They lessen your hangover somewhat. Otherwise probably not, although I would get anaemic without that B12.
     
  15. 119576 Guest

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    I couldn't say; I'd have to stop taking them in order to compare...
     
  16. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, my mummy used to give me orange-flavoured Vitamin C tablets. :eek: :D
     
  17. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    I've actually tried to tell, and I think with taking them I have a bit more energy and am a bit more resistant to illness. It's not a night and day difference, and it could be either a placebo effect or simply my subconsciously wanting there to be SOME difference.
     
  18. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I take a generic multi-vitamin as well, along with a large glass of OJ.
     
  19. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Nope. I won't take something unless my doctor tells me to (with the exception of things like Tylenol as needed), and he's never said I needed them, so, I don't. I just don't like putting random crap into my body
     
  20. GoodWatch macrumors 6502a

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    Ehhhh. If they have any effect that also means I have to take them every day. Which I don't. [Staring into mirror to check eyes and tongue....] Help!
     
  21. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I've taken a multi vitamin for years but recently tried this when staying with a friend last weekend. Really liked it and am awaiting my first shipment.
     
  22. mahashel macrumors 6502

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    I have digestion problems. (years of stress.. boozing it up.. and mediocre diet)
    My options were to take some crazy prescription meds for it ($150/month), or to take supplements.
    I chose the supplement path. ;)
    2 capsules of multidophilus and 2 capsules of psyllium husks (fiber) each day. Keeps everything working great!
     
  23. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Vitamins aren't what I would call random crap. ;) Over-the-counter and certain (not all) prescription drugs are random crap.
     
  24. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    I take a multivitamin, two flax capsules a day. I take ring-stop to help with the ringing in my ears, and I also take ginko boloba.

    I think in total, it's like 6 pills a day.
     
  25. annk Administrator

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    I've experimented a bit, and found that the following actually do make a difference in my energy level and immune system:

    1000 mg vitamin C
    Multivitamin
    Vegetable-based oil including Omega 3, 6, and 9 (Udo's Choice)
    Q10

    I've gone through periods of not taking them, and taking them in lesser and greater combinations (= not taking all of them at once), and I really do feel a difference. I sleep better, digest my food better, get sick less often, and generally have more energy (and am therefore easier to live with! :p).
     

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