Old heart nurse here! Taking too much potassium can cause major problems with heart rhythms. In fact, IV potassium is what they use to stop hearts for open heart surgery. Potassium has the effect of slowing the heart. On the other hand, low potassium can make the heart irritable. Best not to fool around with it.
I take none. I am not sick, and thanfully I don't have any deficiencies. I prefer to spend my money on healthy food rather than giving it to the supplements' lobby.
Multi are the worst thing you could take. Do some research (look at the independant articles across the pond--not financed by this dreadful lobby) before taking any supplements without medical's supervision.
Handle supplements as you would do with antibiotics. Would you take random antibiotics because you *think* you might have this or that disease or because someone recommends it?
To my opinion, for what it is worth, a doctor prescribing a multi is a fraud, and I will suspect him to get bonus or incentice for each prescription he writes. I don't want a sales and marketing person but a doctor.
I am perfectly aware that I am setting the cat among the pigeons here, but the supplements abuse makes my blood boil.
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Take a good multi with minerals and you should be fine. Most people are low on D, but you need to have a blood test to check if you are low and you can get it from being out in the sun. Omega 3 is always good unless you are eating a lot of fish. Most of us do not and you need that to help your heart. I usually go by what Dr. Oz says on his website. He seems to know his stuff!
thanks all. My doctor does say I need to be taking Vit D3. The biggest thing I dont understand is Potassium. Spark people tracker says I never get the recommended amount and yet I have heard of bad health problems for people taking too much. But I think I will just go to GNC and get a good Multi Vitamin like you all have suggested. Thanks again you all.
Deb from Spring, TX -----------------------------------
Well, I take a senior multi, 1000 mg D3( my dr. told me to do that), fish oil( also the dr.), 400 mg mag( to help prevent headaches, and 600 mg. calcium twice a day( don't like milk and have some bone loss). I feel great and exercise at least 1 hour a day ( and I just signed up for medicare, so you know how old I am). Hope this helps, Pam
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I find that I usually prefer One-A-Day multi-vitamins (MV). If you eat a well balanced diet, then there shouldn't be much more you need. If you, for example, don't eat/drink any dairy products, you may want to add in some calcium. Also, I started taking my multi-vitamin at night (right before I go to bed), I think it works better for me. I don't "taste" it during lunch, I don't get quesy and I actually remember to take it. Other than the MV here are a few others that "they" say a lot of people don't get enough of, base it on your own needs of course: Vitamin D (if you get out in the sun at least 20 minutes EVERY day, then the MV should suffice. If not, then you may want to add some more?) Omega-3's (add if you don't eat fish 2-3x's a week?) Folic Acid (if not in MV?) Magnesium/Zinc
Anyway, I hope all that helps (and was what you were looking for). I also have friends that swear SAM-e helps them with thier moods. You may have to try a few different brands though, cause they aren't all made the same. Once you find a brand you like-stick with it. I hate taking a million vitamins so I don't take that many. I could probably stand to take in a few of the above. But what I take everyday is a MV and Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc (all in one). I plan on adding in some Glucosomine/Chondrotin again cause my joints are hurting. I know how frustrating it can be trying to figure it all out. I say just decide what it is you feel you really need everyday, which you think would benefit you the most and just take those. What do you feel you are lacking? Some Vits do double duty and there are many that "help" the same issues. For example: If you have dull hair and dry nails, I might add either Omega-3's/flaxseed oil or vitamin E. If you are feeling run down, you might look to see if you're getting enough Vit D. Keep in mind that some vitamin works great for some people and not for others. I can't take St Johns Wort, it makes me sick. And if I took all the vitamins that I thought would help me, I would be taking a large handful everyday...lol So, I just stick with the ones that I think do me the most good.
Well, now that I have written more than you probably wanted to read (LOL), I will just say...Good Luck!
I have been reading alot about supplements and the more I read the more confused I get. I was taking Natures Code but have not been feeling that great on them. I am finding from reading that they have put way too many ingredients in them. for instance Vit B-12-900 mcg. Vit c 1000 mg, Vit D-1200 IU.
So I am hoping I can get some input from some of you. Thanks Deborah
Deb from Spring, TX -----------------------------------
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