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I've been reading about multivitamins, fishoil, and calcium pills. I don't like taking pills. Do others take these types of pills?

Fri. Jun 1, 8:09am

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I take a 1-a-Day Women's mutivitamin and also a chewable vitamin C, almost every day. My doctor told me that I should be at least taking a multivitamin, particularly because I plan on having children. Not soon enough to need to be on prenatal vitamins (probably 5 years away), but I assume those wouldn't hurt either (instead of the multivitamin), except that the bottle would totally freak out the hubby! Oh, he takes a multivitamin and a chewable vitamin C every day too. We just like the chewables better; they taste like candy!

Friday, June 01, 2007, 12:39 PM

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I personally don't take any supplement in pill form because for some reason they really mess with my hormones, causing breakthrough bleeding and acne. Weird. I feel that it's a good idea to do your best to get vitamins and minerals from food, but if that fails, try to take the supplement in the purest form possible.

Try your local health food/vitamin store, or even better your doctor, and ask what they would recommend.

Saturday, June 02, 2007, 12:21 AM

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If you are basically healthy and want to cover your bases stick with a basic multi that isn't over the top in RDA values (side of bottle)...steer clear of things that are 3000%. I'd also ask an MD or a registered nutritionist or dietition and steer clear of health food store people when it comes to advice. They are people who want to sell you vitamins....

Also read some good nutrition sources like Sally Squires nutrition column in the Washington Post. You can google it and read it on-line. It's called the "Lean Plate Club" . I've learned a lot there. She also answers questions from on-line postings.

Walter Willet MD is also great resource. His book is called Eat Drink and be Healthy

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 10:17 AM

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Well, I don't know how beneficial dietary supplements are(I'm not sure anyone really does). I am a personal believer in the power of real nutrient rich food over isolated vitamins, but that's just me.

Anywhoooo that's not the reason for my post....

The government runs a search-able database which will bring up Scientific studies related to whatever you run the search for

Supplement:Fish oil research category: addiction

The database is called CARDS(Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements). If you want to explore it. Click the link


Sunday, June 03, 2007, 12:17 PM

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i've worked for the vitamin shoppe for over 2 years...i have no motives to sell to you i promise lol. but honestly, i would look for a whole food based multivitamin. whole food supplements are nutrients cultured from fruits and vegetables so it's like you get the nutrients from a healthy diet and the RDAs are lower than regular supplements. you can even take them on an empty stomach b/c they're so gentle. new chapter oragnics or megafood are my favorite companies.

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 11:09 PM

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i agree with 11:09, i take and buy vitamins and never felt pressure from any saleperson to buy vitamins. i guess i am lucky

Monday, June 04, 2007, 9:56 AM

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the best way to get the vitamins and minerals a body needs is through a balanced diet. but, many of us do not always eat the way we should. I take a multivitamin a day. If you have questions about what would be best I would contact your doctors office. depending on your age, etc. they might suggest you take a calcium and vitamin D supplement as well as a multi.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 11:08 AM

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interesting: i read in women's health this month that increased calcium and vit. D can reduce stress fractures. as a runner, i have had one before, and it is frustrating. i take a women's multivitamin since i am anemic, i am going to increase calcium and D as well.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 1:40 PM

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