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2/22/13 3:42 P

Dear Janus--
The site you shared is not a reliable, research, evidence based site. The article about synthetic vs natural supplements is not supported by research. In fact, the body knows no difference. The site you shared is a company that sells supplements, detox kits, etc. I check many of the articles---and found them all to be inaccurate.

In the future please provide information that is based on research evidence. A good place to search for articles is:

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

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2/22/13 1:33 P

"Many synthetic vitamins lack the transporters and co-factors associated with naturally-occurring vitamins because they have been “isolated.” The Organic Consumers Association emphasizes that isolated vitamins cannot be used or recognized by the body in the same way as the natural version."

I try to use supplements that are derived from natural source,

I think over all supplements have benefited my life with reducing anxiety, and helping with other ailments, and on the balance, have not directly contributed to my weight gain.

Now , since my anxiety is hugely reduced to, then maybe for me, I burn off less cals.

this is how I feel, and we are all unique, and react in different ways

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/20/13 10:36 P

I take creatine a supplement and no I have not had any weight gain from it.

2/20/13 8:28 P

You guys are correct---it is not a scientifically accurate statement regarding vitamins, minerals and body fat....
The closest connection would be the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K)---which do need a source of dietary fat to be absorbed proper by the body. These are not excreted from the body when consumed in excess and are actually stored in the body---which can bring about a toxicity issue.

Dietitian Becky

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
2/20/13 5:27 P

From your last post, if I was presented with that, I would request a scientific citation. It sounds straight up ridiculous.

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2/20/13 5:24 P

JANUS4899, that doesn't sound like any credible scientific principle I'm aware of. In my albeit limited knowledge, when you have an excess of a given vitamin (particularly when taking supplements) it gets eliminated in your urine stream. Your body definitely doesn't hold on to it by making more fat; fat is created by excess calorie intake.

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2/20/13 4:32 P

I saw this on web

"As for the vitamins, I spoke to my naturopath and nutritionist, and he said sometimes the body rejects certain vitamin cocktails, or has an excess of a certain vitamin already and when faced with more of teh same, protects the cell of the body by building fat around them."

I could see the logic in this ?

for myself, emm, sometimes I feel maybe taking supplements has increased appetite, there is also the theory that they can upset homeostasis.

if I look back at my weight gain, I guess there are much larger factors that have contributed

2/20/13 3:58 P

vitamims and minterals do not bring about weight gain---for they contain no calories. Someone who is malnourished may begin to gain weight when vitamins and minerals are giving for it is helping to "correct" the malnutrition problem.

The fat supplements contain calories (9c calories/gram of fat). Since these are taking in small amounts; it is usually not an issue.

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2/20/13 2:36 P

I agree that the calories in the supplements are negligible, but I will point out that, depending on the supplement, it could contain preservatives or other ingredients that cause water retention, which reads as weight gain on the scale. Also, if you're taking supplements with caffeine, too much caffeine can lead to the production of stress hormones, which inhibit weight loss.

If you are going to supplement, stick to tried-and-true things like multivitamins, calcium supplements, etc., and stay away from things like fat burners and other hocus-pocus nonsense that (a) doesn't work; and (b) is potentially harmful to your health.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
2/20/13 2:23 P

The calories and fat in supplements like the ones you mentioned is nominal at best, so I would say unlikely to gain weight with them.

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2/20/13 1:17 P


I would like to know if you have experienced weight gain by taking vitamin supplements, health supplements, omega 3 ? cod liver oil ? vitamin C ? vit B ?

anything like that


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