- Do vitamin supplements work?
The conclusions I have come to regarding this:
Do they cure disease, prevent cancer, enable you to run marathons, cure the common cold etc? No
Do the vitamins end up in your body? Yes
Are they a bit of insurance in case your diet’s not perfectly balanced? Yes
Even people who eat reasonably well may still be slightly deficient in some things, so it makes sense to me.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Interesting, I broke my arm at the end of July and did the ‘logical’ thing and bought a load of A-Z vitamin+minerals, calcium supplements, zinc, VitD, and anything that mentioned ‘bone’ in the blurb. I’ve been chronicly tired since September and my pace on the bike’s dropped considerably despite not dropping the milage (I missed maybe 2 weeks in the cast and was then straight back out). I put it down to maybe a lingering virus or somesuch, but the article specificly mentions iron deficiency in conjunction with high doses of calcium, so maybe I’m now anemic after blockign Iron absorbtion for ~6 weeks?
Time to go and bin everything (and eat some steak).Posted 4 years ago
Oh Jesus wept, not this again.
Indeed. Very recent thread on this here:
waste of money if you eat properly
Do you eat two tins of sardines a day?Posted 4 years ago
That’s how much you need to get your recommended amount of Vitamin D. 😯thisisnotaspoonMember
Do you eat two tins of sardines a day?
That’s how much you need to get your recommended amount of Vitamin D.
Or about 15 minutes exposure to the sun twice a week. Or to put it another way, sardines are clearly a rubbish source of VitD if standing in the sun whilst eating them provides more VitD than the fish themselves.Posted 4 years agoskiMember
Simple question, but I fear the answer will not be that simple 😉
I have been taking effervescent multi-vitamins daily for the last year, in the hope they might supplement my dietary needs.
So what (legal) supplements do you take daily and should I consider swapping to a more beneficial type?Posted 4 years ago
Or about 15 minutes exposure to the sun twice a week
But only April-November, in the UK… in the winter we produce no vitamin D at all. But we should have enough stores to last us as long as we’ve been out in the summertime.
Generally, when the debunkers ask ‘do they work?’ they are talking about the wild claims, like 10,000mg of Vit-C cures colds, or selenium makes your hair grow back or whatever it is. But that’s not why I take them – I take a multi vitamin occasionally just in case I haven’t balanced my diet well.
I’ve read that it’s very common not to get enough Omega fatty acids though.. but I’ve also read that taking them in the wrong ratios is quite bad for you.Posted 4 years ago
Or to put it another way, sardines are clearly a rubbish source of VitD if standing in the sun whilst eating them provides more VitD than the fish themselves.
Sardines are one of the best sources of dietary Vitamin D.
But only April-November, in the UK… in the winter we produce no vitamin D at all.
Ed-zackerly. And even in the “summer” the weather is often too crap to get enough exposure – especially if your job involves sitting in an office all day then at weekends when we do get sun you slap sunscreen on.
Hence why:Posted 4 years ago
“A recent nationwide survey in the United Kingdom showed that more than 50% of the adult population have insufficient levels of vitamin D”
Also, mild or moderate anaemia is pretty common, but people don’t realise it.
Just make a note of the days when you feel listless, crappy, lethargic or can’t concentrate. If it’s often, you MIGHT be mildly deficient in something.
Ideally, we should all be eating lots of fresh fruit and veg, pulses, meat etc, and we should try to do that, but often we fall short. I think that the levels in multivitaims are low enough to not cause a problem if you have a both a good diet AND take a pill.
if we added Vit D to biscuits we could solve this problem
They add it to milk in the northern states of the USA, and they are further south than we are.Posted 4 years ago
Is that because the fluoride and contrails have not worked 😛Posted 4 years ago
There is a limit to how much meat you should and a minimum for fruit and veg. We should not be eating lots of red meat and certainly not the processed variety.
Granted its not my area of expertise and I am not claiming a meat free diet is healthier per se – it may be it may not as you can be helathy on either diet.
Yes of course, but fresh meat in normal amounts is definitely good for you. A very important source of iron. If you’re going to be veggie you have to take a bit more to get certain nutrients I think, like perhaps iron, if you are a woman.
Conversely of course, if you are a meat eater you have to take care to eat veggies and not fill up on pies and sausages.
Doc’s advice to my wife was to try and eat meat twice a day, despite the warnings, because the iron deficiency was a more pressing problem.Posted 4 years ago
if we added Vit D to biscuits we could solve this problem
Funnily enough the other major source of dietary Vitamin D is fortified breakfast cereals 🙄
Though I guess that is good because I don’t now how many people actually follow the WHO/NICE/NHS guidance about giving all under 5s Vitamin D supplements:Posted 4 years ago
“all babies and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops to help them meet the requirement set for this age group of 7-8.5 micrograms (0.007-0.0085mg) of vitamin D a day”MacavityMember
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QjgKLQWFm6QC&pg=PA531&lpg=PA531&dq=The+Encyclopaedia+of+Sports+Medicine:+An+IOC+Medical+Commission+Publication+vitamins+ergogenic&source=bl&ots=Q-Yl08TB_7&sig=T6QzA791lti8h0tvOkHMKvtXPIg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QU1iUrTOG-qm0AW2voHoAQ&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Encyclopaedia%20of%20Sports%20Medicine%3A%20An%20IOC%20Medical%20Commission%20Publication%20vitamins%20ergogenic&f=falsePosted 4 years ago
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