Does anyone use Vitamin tablets?
I’m fed up of getting man colds. Had proper flu before Christmas, and now one month after I’ve got a rotten cold.
I seem to be the only guy that catches these crappy viruses in our office, yet I’m the only one that tries to eat well, and does regular exercise!
So I’m thinking of buying some vitamin tablets to see if they work.
Any recommendations? Have they actually had any noticeable affect?
CheersPosted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
the only thing proven to significantly boost the immune system is Zinc,
as with anything its best not to overdoo them, some vitamins can build up in place you dont want them, for example you wouldnt want to piss out a vit-C tablet* would you?
*high dose vit-C is linked to kidney/bladder stones
I’ve got a bottle of multivit’s but only take them when im not eating properly for some reason, and its best to take them imediately after a big meal, otherwise your piss turning yellow is a good indication as to where theyve all gone.Posted 9 years agopk-ripperMember
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I’ll give them a whirl, can’t do any harm I guess
Have a look on the internet, and read many publications (a good place to start being sciencedaily.com) and the “can’t do any harm” thing is effectively rubbished. Short term, unlikely, long-term most probably.
If you’re going to take anything to boost your immune system, take a probiotic such as acidophilos lactobilis (or something with the lacto in it anyway), as that promotes the healthy bacteria in your gut which is a key source of immune protection. I wouldn’t bother with all those actimel / activia things – you can equal them with a good diet.
Above all, a good diet is what’s needed and should negate the need for any supplementation except at times of significant stress on either mind or body, which has been proven to weaken the immune system.
If you do want to take a vitamin, the one I would recommend is the “reflex nexgen”, as this contains the vitamins and probiotics. Equally, I would quarter their recommended dose – i.e. one a day instead of 4.
That’s my take on it, and I’ve been well all winter.Posted 9 years agoDezBSubscriber
I take Vit C + Zinc and I’ve been well all winter.
My GP told me it’s harmless to take too much VitC as you just piss it out.
I first heard about echinacea from an interview with (I think) Paul Lazenby, as the amount of training he was doing made him more vulnerable to illness. Could only get it on the internet back then, but I’ve seen it in Asda recently. (I don’t take it btw).Posted 9 years agocranberryMember
Vit C and Zinc being used here as well. Normally I am a cold magnet, always getting bad colds. However this winter whilst taking Vit C and zinc tablets I’ve had one bad cold and a bunch of what I would term near misses – I’ve snuffled/sneezed/felt shit for less than 24 hours and then bounced back to normal.Posted 9 years agoDelSubscriber
well that chap who does the training stuff in the mag suggested vit c, zinc and enchinea, and cod liver as well i think.Posted 9 years ago
i take lots of vit c when i start snuffling, and when travelling, and it doesn’t appear to do any harm, but i’ve really just followed teh advice i’ve read…johnnersMember
If your interested in evidence, check out the Cochrane Collaboration. It has this conclusion on high-dose Vitamin C for preventing or treating the Common Cold –
“The failure of vitamin C supplementation to reduce the incidence of colds in the normal population indicates that routine mega-dose prophylaxis is not rationally justified for community use. But evidence suggests that it could be justified in people exposed to brief periods of severe physical exercise or cold environments.”
And if you’re buying into the “antioxidant” industry this conclusion may be of interest.
“We found no evidence to support antioxidant supplements for primary or secondary prevention. Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin E may increase mortality. Future randomised trials could evaluate the potential effects of vitamin C and selenium for primary and secondary prevention. Such trials should be closely monitored for potential harmful effects. Antioxidant supplements need to be considered medicinal products and should undergo sufficient evaluation before marketing.”
There’s probably something on the prophylactic use of multivitamins too.Posted 9 years ago
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