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10/2/16 9:23 A

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DO...However, not all multivitamins are created equally !!!!!! Please do your homework/research as to how they are made, and under what conditions...

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9/29/16 4:23 P

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I started to take B12 after reading Vegan for Life. I think that book is a good resource for understanding how to eat a healthy vegan diet.

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9/15/16 11:52 A

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I know I sound stupid when I say I've been a vegetarian my whole life and not fulling understood how important it is to take a vitamin b 12 supplement.
I'll blame it on my mother, lol. It was never stressed.
Now 55 years later, I'm being told by the doctor that my levels are way too low.
So I added it to my Spark nutrition tracker and it's almost a zero everyday. Unless I have an egg, which I am not fond of, and it's still way below the requirement.
I know a lot about nutrition but somehow b12 slipped through the cracks on my diet radar!
My gramma was a lifelong vegi and ended up with senility at the end. They called it altzhiemers but it could have been a b12 deficiency! That's a symptom of b12 deficiency.
Tiredness and lack of energy are symptoms. I'm experiencing way better energy levels since starting supplements!

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8/28/16 10:52 A

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I do take a multitivit most days.
It's "cheap insurance".

Edited by: OSONIYE at: 8/28/2016 (10:54)
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8/24/16 6:27 P

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My issue is that we have the cart before the horse, and it's really only because there is money to be made from making people fearful that they are (nutritionally) inadequate, and then selling them a Magick Vitamin Wunda Solution. That, as I said earlier, is not a solution in most cases. From WebMD:
"Vitamins and other dietary supplements are not intended to be a food substitute. They cannot replace all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods.
"They can plug nutrition gaps in your diet, but it is short-sighted to think your vitamin or mineral is the ticket to good health -- the big power is on the plate, not in a pill," explains Roberta Anding, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and director of sports nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
It is always better to get your nutrients from food, agrees registered dietitian Karen Ansel. "Food contains thousands of phytochemicals, fiber, and more that work together to promote good health that cannot be duplicated with a pill or a cocktail of supplements."

There is not much money at all to be made from raising awareness about the weaknesses in our food chain, eating habits, soil quality as you point out, etc., all of which would be much more effective at addressing dietary problems.

BTW the soil issue is one reason why I am not committed to a locavore diet. I buy and eat lots of local produce, but for nutrient diversity it actually makes sense to eat food grown in other bioregions as well.

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8/24/16 1:18 P

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Here's the real issue of our diet today. Unless you are able to get all your fruits and veggies straight from a farm you aren't getting all the nutrients that are supposed to be in the food. Plus, if the soil that the plants are grown in don't have all the minerals and nutrients that they are supposed to have then you just aren't going to get all the vitamins that you need from your food. That's even before you start cooking. And that's not even addressing the B-12 concern that can occur when you aren't consuming meat.

As someone who has been vitamin deficient and iron deficient in the past, it's absolutely critical at least for me to have a multi-vitamin because no matter how healthy I eat I just don't get everything I need from my food.

If you are able to not be deficient in any of your nutrients then you probably don't need one. It really depends on the person. Of course, certain vitamins and nutrients can be deadly if consumed too much, but others it doesn't hurt at all.

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8/22/16 8:10 P

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Medical Daily has a good run down on the negatives of vitamin overdose:
"Taking too many vitamins and supplements does have negative consequences," Puleo said. Although many water soluable vitamins are excreted when too much is taken, others remain in the body. "These vitamins can reach toxic levels and cause adverse side effects." www.medicaldaily.com/vitamin-overdos
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8/22/16 2:47 P

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I recently watched Forks over knives and from what I saw on it as well as other specials I've seen on PBS it's really not bad to give yourself more vitamins. It just depends on the ones that you need. I have a multivitamin as well as extra Vitamin D (I'm prone to having too little of this), extra Vitamin C and a couple of Omegas every day as well as more B-12 as I don't get enough of that in my current diet.

It's definitely a great documentary to watch especially if you are vegetarian or vegan.

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7/11/16 3:44 P

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I try to take one everyday. I also take a B12 everyday.

If you find that certain vitamins or minerals are consistently underrepresented in your diet, you might want to consider supplementing just that one or finding a food that can be added.

For instance, just one brazil nut provides the RDA for selenium, which is good for the thyroid.

Or you can take an epsom salt bath to increase magnesium.

Edited by: MOONBEANS at: 11/21/2016 (13:21)
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7/7/16 8:05 P

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The Spark nutrition tracker is not optimised for vegans. And more broadly you could say that it's just a guide anyway and not tailored to the needs of any particular individual. If you are tracking your food, you might as well take all that info to a qualified nutritionist to see what they say. That will give you some genuinely relevant feedback about what is right for you. There are also online coaches that can tailor food plans for you.

I don't take a multi. There's precious little evidence that consuming hyper doses of nutrients in concentrated form does any good. My focus is on fresh, whole foods from a variety of sources.

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7/7/16 6:12 P

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I eat a VEGAN diet. I eat healthy meals and snacks and supplement my diet with daily supplements. According to the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, I fall short of ALL of the recommended daily nutritional goals....EVERY DAY. (If I really concentrate, I can meet some of them daily...) My water intake is 4-5 cups of water daily....sometimes more, sometimes less. And...I drink one (sometimes two) coffees daily.

Because of this, I have been taking a daily MULTIVITAMIN, along with my daily supplements.

I have read up a lot on daily multivitamins. Much is written about that if you eat a well-balanced diet, a daily multivitamin is "a waste of money". And that, if a vegan diet is supplemented correctly (Which, mine is...I am fortunate to have a holistic pharmacist as a close friend), a daily multivitamin is not necessary. However, I have been taking one because, according to the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, I need to.

Wondering if the majority here does or does not take a multivitamin???

Edited by: BEACH_NUT at: 7/7/2016 (18:20)
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