- Multi Vitamins/mineral tablets
If you go down the multivits route, keep aware of how you feel. I have taken multivits (one a day) on 3 different occasions and each time I had to stop after 2 or 3 weeks as I started feeling 'not right' and then ill. I know another person who found this too. I will never take them again unless told to by a medic. I presume I was overdosing on something in them or allergic, though I used different brands to try this out and it made no difference.Posted 8 years agowalla24Member
yes you can take too much zinc…but i think you need quite a lot
have a looky on the WHO's (not the band's) website for quideline/max amounts to consume of things.
remember if you are getting 100% from a tablet, any extra in your diet puts you over….saying that i take a morrisons own brand multivit every other day just to keep levels up while im at uni. Tescos own brand are also quite good, include obscure (yet massively! important) things like selenium which many brands dont.
cod liver oil most days too omega 3 for the heart
zinc i take when im injured for skin recovery
oooo and echinacea if you get a cold…beasly good stuffPosted 8 years agoskidartistMember
Prevention better than a cure and all that.
The health benefits from vit c and zinc in relation to coughs and colds tend to be quite heavily overstated. Its measureable across a population but not in a way you'll actually be able to perceive yourself. It won't stop you getting a cold, the duration of the cold might be shorter, but only as an average across all the colds you and other people get, and not by much.
I prefer to keep vitamin deficiencies at bay by living in the early 21st century. If I wanted to meet people with scurvy or beri beri I'd need a loan of someone time machinePosted 8 years agotinsyMember
I have a pretty good diet but I am convinced multi vits aid your immune system… I can't remember the make but I take, but theyre flippin huge things I got from my local health food shop, they make my pee smell and its really green, I just see this as an amusing side effect.
They are considerably stronger than the likes of Berroca etc, in the region of 700% of RDA for most things, pretty sure I could fill myself up on cardboard and remain quite healthy with them. 🙂Posted 8 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
The statement that brings it home to me is:
(On vitamin adverts)…
'MAY be of benefit to children, pregnant women and the elderly'.
Which pretty well much says that if you are an adult you will get the vitamins you need from the food you eat and it is only possible, with no medical/research proof, that they may benefit others.Posted 8 years agowoffleMember
We have a dietician / nutritionist at work (not sure what the correct term is, he's the one that's actually got qualifications rather than the Ms McKeith strand). He gives advice to a number of international sports teams (UK and otherwise) as well as individual athletes.
I trust his advice and take a selection of multivits based on that (I'd describe him as a fan of supplements but under advice / targeted rather than general if that makes any sense)…Posted 8 years agoSillyoldhectorMember
My multi vits cost £7 for a months supply. Im not gonna cry if its proven that they have no benefits whatsoever, but in this day and age of processed food and transported goods etc they just seem like a supplementary insurance that I am indeed getting all the required vitamins and minerals needed for this 21st century lifestyle.Posted 8 years ago
I don't get the insurance thing, I ensure I'm getting the vits I need by eating a balanced diet cooked from raw materials. I'm not apparently suffering from some big loss of anything and I function fine. I find when I'm ill I tend towards different foods. I presume this is my body showign me what I need, but other than that I can't see the point in them. But if it floats your boat, fine, enjoy!Posted 8 years agoHeather BashMember
>I have a pretty good diet but I am convinced multi vits aid your immune system… I can't remember the make but I take, but theyre flippin huge things I got from my local health food shop, they make my pee smell and its really green, I just see this as an amusing side effect.
They are considerably stronger than the likes of Berroca etc, in the region of 700% of RDA for most things, pretty sure I could fill myself up on cardboard and remain quite healthy with them. <
Balanced diet / everything in moderation. It really is as simple as that imo.Posted 8 years ago
the assertion that eating food supplies our bodily needs seems reasonably well established
strangely enough, no it isn't !!
The nutritional content of foods Vs RDA for those nutrients is an area of much debate.
Areas of doubt include:
regional/temporal variations in source
changes from harvest to point of use due to preservation/storage
method of cooking/preparation
proportion of available nutrients actually absorbed
methods of analysis used on food
Add in all the 'human factors' associated with the individual eating the food and the picture is far from clear !Posted 8 years ago
Beware the 'catch-all' answers from the men in white coats, sometimes you need to rely on your own experience even if it is only 'anecdotal' eveidence in the eyes of some 😉
and yet it's mostly the people who can't get enough food that die early
The fact they're usually the people with limited access to clean water, good hygiene and basic medical care may also be involved……..
…bottom line, no-one can say with any certainty at all that they 'know what they are eating' unless they are on a chemically defined diet (aka lab rat food) – the food you eat may be contaminated, wrongly described, poorly produced, inappropriately stored and badly prepared/cooked not to mention downright McCr@p 😉Posted 8 years agoLex87Member
I know what it's like. "Eat healthy" they say.. But there's only so many hours in a day to prepare and consume food.
Personally I like to keep some Boost in the fridge for days where I'm late and have no time. It's essentially a multi-vitamin and an appetite suppressant all in one easy to drink on the go solution.
I also stock specific vitamins for colds and other illnesses but they are too expensive to depend on day-to-day. This is the best site I've found for discount vitamins. After shipping and such you'll only save a bit, so the best savings is really a proper diet. 🙂Posted 8 years ago
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