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MEMYSELF2011 Posts: 638
10/24/12 3:43 P

I take a good multivitamin every day. And if I didn't get my dairy/calcium in the day before, I also take an extra calcium supplement.

Covers bases.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,176
10/24/12 8:02 A

In general, I think if you're eating a well-balanced diet, you don't need to take vitamins and supplements. Theoretically, you'd be getting everything you need from your food.

That being said, people can be picky about what they'll eat. I do not care for milk and only keep it in the house, to splash a bit into my coffee in the morning. (So I can cool it down enough to snort a whole cup at one go and get that caffeine flowing.) Oh sure, I could get calcium from yogurt and cheese and there's probably calcium in some vegetables or whatever. Will I bother to figure that out? Or just take a supplement and call it a day?

Rather than examine their diets and look to see if they're meeting their minimum requirments on all the various vitamins and minerals, I think perhaps people pop a multi-vitamin to cover the bases and just go on. One could argue that we should all be more aware of what we're eating and how it affects our bodies and our health-- but when you've got a job and a house and kids and community activities yada yada yada, a valid argument could also be made, that there are only so many hours in the day. People who are cruising the drive-thru windows for supper to save time, are probably not going to spend any time figuring out if they got enough vitamin c that day.

So I don't reckon you should need a prescription to buy multivitimins and supplements.

At the same time, it seems like maybe there are lots of things being marketed in the vitamin aisle that may or may not be "good" for you. Some herbs and "natural" supplements can be detrimental, depending on what medications you're on. Just because it says "natural" doesn't mean it's benign and/or beneficial. It seems to me that more doctors these days are specifically requesting that you bring a list of all the medications AND vitamins and supplements you take, with you for your office visit. Do people actually tell their doctor what-all they take? IDK Do they discuss the possible benefits of extra C or E or whatever? IDK

There's a line somewhere, between allowing people to make decisions about their bodies and what they want to put into them. And on the other hand, policing every little thing they do and don't "need". In this country, it seems that mostly we err on the side of allowing people the maximum amount of personal autonomy, until we run up against a definite red flag.

just MHO.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
10/24/12 6:37 A

i think they should be more heavily regulated by the FDA, but I don't think they should be available by prescription only.

I find it pretty hard to believe that if you're a basically healthy person and eating a perfect diet, you would need to take your nutrition in pill form. That's just my opinion based on common sense, though. Because I'm healthy and my diet exceeds all nutritional guidelines, why spend the money on something that's not very well regulated and is even doubtful that the body uses it very efficiently?

Now if I were bodybuilding, I would probably use supplemental protein, but I'm not.

10/24/12 5:59 A

Frankly, I don't think vitamins should be regulated or under prescription. Most general practitioners aren't up on that literature, and besides, some of us only go visit doctors when we truly presume we need to. That being said, I think there's a good place for vitamin D3 in our lives, especially if we don't get out doors much mid day (due to work, etc.) Other needs will depend on diet (vegetarians and B12 for instance), etc. Not much time right now for a longer response...

Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 10/24/2012 (06:01)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,165
10/24/12 5:31 A

If a person does not get proper nutrition vitamins can be a good way to insure that. Diabetics are usuallly low in Vitamins D, the B vitamins and magnesium. Tests determine what the doctor will prescibe. Water soluble vitamins cant hurt you.

B-Complex High Potency
B-complex helps break down the fats and protein and is especailly good to relieve stress. B complex is especially good for pre-diabetics and diabetics because it lowers a sulfur containing amino acid and will assist in lowering blood levels. The B-complex vitamin consists of eight vitamins that assist in energy production through enzymes and is a rich source of all the B vitamins. All of the B-complex vitamins are water soluble which means they dissolve in water and are not stored in your system. They can not hurt you. Natural Sources: come from Meat , Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Milk, cheese, grains, Legumes, Vegetables, Fruits

Vitamin C with Rose Hips 1,000 MG
Vitamin C is the most easily destroyed vitamin, but probably one of the most helpful to us. This vitamin helps us keep blood vessels strong and elastic, may reduce some cancers, may reduce sorbital and reduce urinary protein loss in people with diabetes. Rose Hips are a natural source of vitamin C. Helps transport fat in our bodies to maintain energy. People who smoke of drink deplete their vitamin C more rapidy. Those that suffer with bouts of gout should take vitamin C. Vitamin C may prevent cataracts. So many more various illness can benefit from this vitamin. I take two 1,000MG a day, 1 in the morning and 1 before bedtime to keep uric acid level down.
Natural Sources: Green Peppers, Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, red potatoes, spinach and sweet potatoes

Vitamin D 1,000 IU
Vitamin D assists in bone health and joint pain. Good for the immune system and is needed to maintain adequate levels of blood insulin. The pancreas produces insulin and is beneficial to anyone who is Pre-diabetic, diabetic or suffering from fatigue.
Natural Sources: Fish, egg yolks, milk, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and strawberries, blueberries, wild salamon, cod liver oil, sunshine

Folic Acid 800 MC
Promotes heart health and energy. It is effective in fighting depression and those suffering from Bi-Polar disease. Folic Acid is part of the family of B vitamins and helps the nervous system, and often lacking in our diet. It is needed for cell growth and may even help in memory loss.
Natural Sources: Broccoli, Spinach, almost all leafy greens, Asparagus, Lima and Pinto Beans, mushrooms, nuts sunflower seeds, lentils, oranges, avocado

Magnesium with Cheleated Zinc 400 MG
Many of us are low in magnesium, especially diabetes and those with Bi-Polar disease. Like a magic bullet it helps in the digestion of sugar and stablizes blood sugar levels, as well as,producing energy.
Natural Sources: Wheat Bran, bran flakes, Spinach supplies over half your daily requirement for Magnesium, Whole grain bread

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10/24/12 3:42 A

I have a doctor that has prescribed me vitamins and supplements depending on my condition. Very few doctors go this route. After I had my Thyroid taken out the Doctor prescribed a medication, or so i thought, the insurance would not pay for it since this was vitamin D. A pretty expensive pharmaceutical vitamin D at that. Since then he has been giving me advice on vitamins to take and what to look for on the label. This has worked out quite nice for me.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/24/12 1:23 A

Anyone could write a thesis on that, though.

Personally, I find I'm much more inclined to respond to quick-question type threads. This is way more in-depth and I felt I wasn't inclined to give it the full attention and time it would take to respond.

Maybe go lighter? Just post "Do you think supplements should be regulated? If so, why?" and see what you get to that, instead of this whole rather long bit with quite a few points to consider?

LSHARP02 Posts: 84
10/23/12 9:25 P

emoticon I am beginning to believe I am talking to God. What happened to the camaraderie of the SP community?

LSHARP02 Posts: 84
10/17/12 10:08 A

Should Vitamins/Multivitamins and Supplements be Regulated or Prescribed?
My question this morning was do I, do I not ask about this subject since the experts are “in charged”. I’ll try.
After reading comments on SP one would tend to determine that they are not necessary and a waste of money, or perhaps that one multi a day is all that’s needed.
There are a many supplements available for a variety of uses. Are doctors trained to help patients determine which one is/are needed and for how long in their particular situation since every patient is different? If not doctors there must be, if not there should be experts in this field that are educated and trained who can help us determine.
As we celebrate this growing community I personally cannot continue to say the pirate PW – Yo ho ho in order to decide which vitamin I can take today.
I do know that some are helpful and that some may hurt in the long run. There! Your comments are appreciated. Thank You!

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