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MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,165)
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12/1/12 3:11 P

I second the idea of finding out if you really need a mutivitamin by consulting a doctor.

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12/1/12 2:58 P

I don't know what your costs are to get your bloodwork done and see a Dr, nor do I know what the costs are for the supplements, BUT, if COULD be cheaper in the long to go to the Dr run IF it turns out you don't need the supplements.

Just a thought!

Kris

SUZIEAJ Posts: 174
12/1/12 12:59 P

Thanks for the suggestion, that is an idea but I have to have insurance first. Looking in to it right now but I have to see if I can afford it.

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11/30/12 9:08 P

I agree with Kris - see your doctor if you can, and have him/her do some blood work, and go from there. I've been meaning to do this for the longest time. Might as well take advantage of the opportunity while I'm still covered under my parents' insurance plan.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,614
11/30/12 7:40 P

Check out this SP article for some buying tips.
You will see that it is good to look for the USP logo on the label. This organization monitors supplements for purity, accuracy of content, absorption, etc.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=400


SP Dietitian Becky

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11/30/12 4:07 P

Why not see your Dr and have some bloods done to see if you need supplements. Some people take iron supplements when in fact their iron is already pretty high. Too high can lead to problems, just as too low can.

My son at one stage ate virtually just wholemeal bread until dinner time - no butter or margarine, no peanut butter, no nothing on it. The Blood Bank had gone to his school for blood donations. I would have thought my son's iron level would have been rather low, but in fact it was almost too high. He was quite pale. My daughter also had a really high iron count and got tested for Hemochromatosis ( iron overload) in her late teens. She had a 'pale olive' complexion. Neither of them had ever had supplements. High iron doesn't run in the family either - I don't know of anyone else in either hubby's or my extended family who had this.

Kris

SUZIEAJ Posts: 174
11/30/12 1:03 P

My friend did some research on the comments and quoted it that someone had an X-RAY done and there was an undissolved GNC tablet in their intestine. She tested 3 tablets at home in water &vinegar, saliva and something else. After 24 hours the tablet was still hard as a rock.

Yeah, I go over my Vitamin C intake a lot. I think I need Iron though, but I am worried about my upset stomach.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,614
11/29/12 6:59 P

I am not sure what your friend means by "not that great".???

Since the supplement is called "ultra mega active"---I assume you were getting higher than 100% for some of the vitamins and minerals. Greater than 100% is not necessary and a waste of your money--and at times can be dangerous. It may also contain other ingredients that you really don't need either.

I would suggest a reguar centrum or similar store brand.
If you are eating fairly health, a children's supplement will probably be just fine---and you may tolerate it better.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 11/29/2012 (18:59)
CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,689)
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11/29/12 4:52 P

I take the kids chewable multivitamins (Flintstones or store brand) and they never make my stomach hurt. I always take them after eating. You can't get gummy vitamins with iron, if that's what you're looking for.

SUZIEAJ Posts: 174
11/29/12 4:47 P

I orginally was on GNC's Women's Ultra Mega Active. Though a friend of mine did some research and found out it's not that great. I'm considering gummies, but it doesn't look like the One A Day Vitacraves has some of the vital nutrients I need. Though, honestly I don't really know because I haven't been to a doctor in almost 2 years.
I have to be careful with iron it seems because everytime I take it my stomach hurts.

Anyways, advice/suggestions?

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