Fitness Minutes: (34,225)
22,349 2/3/14 6:28 P
I take supplements, BUT they are ones that my Dr has put on my prescription. With some supplements, ometimes the 'safe' OTC ones aren't as therapeutic as the prescription ones .... at least in NZ.
Fitness Minutes: (4,386)
76 2/3/14 5:07 P
I prefer to take my vitamins thru my nutrition and food as well. But i do sometimes take probiotic, omega 3 and 6, Vitamin B complex, or just a regular multivitamin. I do drink whey protein, but that is more like a meal replacement (or in my case snack replacement), also not everyday.
The only thing I would really consider as a supplement is Vitamin D, if I lived farther north and didn't get enough sun. And even then, it's more of a peace-of-mind thing. For the most part, it's turning out that vitamin supplements don't work the way foods containing those vitamins work. Researchers are starting to think that most vitamins and minerals need tiny amounts of other types of nutrients to really work, and we might not even know what those other nutrients are-- they're still discovering stuff.
On top of that, in the US, supplements aren't regulated or tested for safety and quality. MOST supplements for sale in this country don't contain what they say they contain in the amounts they say they contain. Some are just filler with no real nutrients, some have dangerously high amounts, and a scary percentage have been found to be dirty or contaminated with things like lead and mercury. If you do take a multivitamin, buy a well-known name brand from a regular retail store like Walgreen. They're more careful because they have a reputation they can lose. Small "specialty" brands, if they're caught doing something potentially dangerous, can just change their name and start right back up again.
Basically, there's no proof that supplements help and there's some possibility that they could hurt you-- so why not save the money and use it for better-quality food?
Fitness Minutes: (10,063)
1,164 2/3/14 3:11 P
I'm like Dragonchilde here. I eat mostly whole foods and find I don't suffer from deficiencies at all. I was going to pay to eat anyway so why not let that be my expense there vs multivitamins etc.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 2/3/14 3:08 P
I prefer to get my nutrition from whole foods. Supplements are an inferior, expensive way to get what your body can get much better on its own if you provide it with the right fuel.
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