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DAVEED Posts: 2,956
1/28/14 10:15 A

I take multi with iron pills

GONNALOSE5 Posts: 975
1/28/14 1:27 A

I do not take multivitamins, however I do take supplements.

JOHN_SKIM Posts: 216
1/28/14 1:24 A

True. Sometimes I write too fast. One more time:

If you eat veggies etc. etc. you do not need multi vitamin. It is a waste of money. Even the goverment finally admits that.

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1/27/14 1:46 A

Multi vitamin

JOHN_SKIM Posts: 216
1/27/14 1:45 A

If you eat veggies etc. etc. you do not need multivamin. It is a waste of money. Even the goverment finally admits that.

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,526
1/26/14 9:53 P

I take a multi vitamin every day; if you just needed a vitamin or two I would take them individually but its easier for me this way~

Edited by: KAYAHSLOANE1 at: 1/26/2014 (21:53)
ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,727
1/26/14 7:25 P

Latest thinking is, you can just skip them altogether.

1/26/14 6:25 P

the problem with taking multivitamins or individual ones is that the vitamins A, D, E, & K are fat soluble .... meaning they stay in your system much longer than the water soluble vitamins.

You really need to know the typical amounts of nutrients you're consuming over a period of time as there are toxicity concerns with the fat soluble vitamins .... which is as bad as being deficient for a quite awhile.

There are upper limits for every vitamin .... going beyond that isn't good. I wouldn't be as concerned with the expense of buying individual supplements as I would be about my overall health needs.

SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
1/26/14 3:31 P

I take a multi vitamin each and every day. I take half in the morning and the other half with my dinner. I couldn't think of taking all those individual vitamins each day. Eating healthy is also in my regiment so I feel I'm doing the right things.

Edited by: SUZZQ4LIFE at: 1/26/2014 (15:32)
SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/26/14 2:53 P

I prefer a multi a few days a week. I would take a individual vitamin only if my doctor told me I was deficient in a specific vitamin and do so at his recommendation.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,902
1/26/14 2:32 P

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1/26/14 12:34 P

Yes to both, if you need them. Plan your supplement intake to your needs. In general, a good multi vitamin formula for women is a good idea if you are on a weight loss plan or maintenance plan that keeps your caloric intake restricted. The next key is to track your food and nutrition intake for at least 10 days to establish a reliable pattern. Tracking will show where your food intake is not meeting your recommended vitamins minerals and nutrient daily needs. Add in the percentages your multi vitamin contributes to where your food intake falls short. The remaining vitamin, mineral and nutrient insufficient levels that are unaddressed are what you can add as individual supplements. In my case, my eating plan of a max of 1550 calories will not meet all of my daily vitamin, mineral and nutrient needs. Even with the "complete" multi vitamin, I was still falling short on taking in enough protein, calcium, folate, iron, vitamins B12 (BLOOD TEST SHOWED VERY DEFICIENT), and D. My needs required a multi vitamin for menopausal women, I take an omega 3 fish oil supplement, protein supplement, folate, iron, calcium/D3, and B12 supplements as individual, additions. When I add it all up, accounting for what I normally get from my food intake and the multi vitamin, I now hit 100% of my daily needs. It takes some time and effort to read the nutrition labels, do your tracking and combine the percentages to find where you need to supplement based on your numbers, but it is worth it. Steer clear of taking in more than what you need. Some vitamins and minerals taken in excess can cause harm, and the rest are just wasted because your body casts off what it cannot absorb. You can find out more about issues like proper amounts of vitamins, fat soluble, water soluble and vitamin toxicity at web sites like and your doctor.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
1/26/14 12:15 P

it's safer and easier to take a multi vitamin, than trying to take them separately and possibly giving yourself too much of the wrong thing. But more veggies is the better alternative

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
1/26/14 12:02 P

There seems to be ongoing controversy whether or not to even take vitamins, so I'm not sure there is a definitive answer.

I do take a multivitamin, at the instruction of my doctor. There are maybe only 5 things in the multivitamin that are concerns about not getting through my diet, but since the doc says the multivitamin is sufficient, I just take the one. I'd be really annoyed to have to take 5 pills.

SLLYONS51 Posts: 3,169
1/26/14 12:01 P

I take a multivitamin and calcium daily. I take a few other over the counters for diabetes support. I think buying individual vitamins gets to be expensive. Most of our vitamins should come from healthy eating. I take calcium because I don't always get enough dairy and I'm over 50!

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1/26/14 11:53 A

Hi i like taking vitimans but lately im wondering which is more beneficial to take a multi vitiman or buy them seperately?

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