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3/5/13 2:35 P

That said, I can't really see any harm in taking a "one a day multivitamin."

Yes, it would be great if we got all the nutrition we needed directly from the food we eat - but it's a little complicated when eating only 1200-1300 calories-worth of food in a day!

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3/5/13 2:01 P

Don't use your nutrition trackers here to diagnose nutritional shortages. A lot of entries DO NOT include complete nutrition information, and as such, you should be checked by your doctor before you decide to take supplements to treat a problem such as a medical shortage.

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3/5/13 12:58 P

I take a basic multi vitamin (Multi Vites Gummy Vitamins for Adults, can't deal with swallowing big pills), and then a calcium chew with added Vitamin D. I don't drink milk so I was always low on calcium, and my mother was just diagnosed with osteoporosis so I really have to watch it.

I put them in my tracker so I can keep an eye on what I'm taking in. I don't track all vitamins but the ones I do track, calcium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C, the only one I ever go over the recommended amount on is Vitamin D. I am prone to be a bit depressed, especially in winter, so I don't see going over as a problem as Vitamin D helps with that, and also Vitamin D helps the body absorb the calcium. Also calcium and Vitamin D help with PMS symptoms, which I have issues with. The vitamins, combined with starting hormonal birth control, have really helped to keep my PMS and mid-month mood swings in control... they used to be terrible.

I just track Vitamin C because it helps to keep me from getting sick. My SO has a bad immune system due to a medication regiment he is on for his Crohn's, so it's important I stay healthy so he doesn't get sick. A 3 day cold for me lasts 2+ weeks for him.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 3/5/2013 (13:00)

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3/5/13 12:19 P

I take a standard multi vitamin every OTHER day.

I wont take it every day as I often do meet some goals, so I figure this makes up the difference without having anything too much.

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3/5/13 12:09 P

I used to purchase lots of different ones over my life. I felt like I foolishly wasted money as I saw no benefit.

Then I found A MD who does phone consults for free. I also see her in person. She did lots of labs to test what I was low in to see where I needed supplementing. Then she placed me on a special program sold through her office, not typical health store grade.

I made dramatic health improvements using her stuff. I would of saved tons of money had I of known about her years ago and improved my health.

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3/5/13 11:57 A

I've noticed in my nutrition trackers that I consistently come in under the recommended amounts for the major vitamins and minerals. Sometimes I get just half of what I should be getting! Because of this I have been considering adding a daily multi-vitamin, but I have heard that these are not always beneficial.

What are your thoughts on multi-vitamins? Do you take one or no, why or why not? If you have started taking one, have you noticed any physical benefits?

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