I have to admit that given my nutritional habits, I should be much better at taking vitamins than I am. I often forget to do it for a while and before I know it, I miss a few weeks straight.
But when I do remember, I take a multi-vitamin, some C, some E, some Calcium and Magnesium, fish oil capsules. That’s about it. Also, I just take a handful all at once and wash it down with my morning coffee or some water.
I’m wondering if I should be spreading the intake through the day. I don’t get an upset stomach or anything but I do wonder if I’m hurting the uptake by just swallowing the lot in one go and getting on with my day.
I take a multivitamin (centrum, or any other equivalent.)
Which gives 100% of the DV of:
Chromium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Zinc, Folic Acid, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin, B-6, B-12, C, D, and E. So it gives 100% of a good chunk of the vitamins and a good number of minerals.
I take a dietary supplement for potassium and also eat potassium rich foods to make sure I get my 100% of potassium. A lot of the other vitamins/minerals not covered by the multivitamin I get from food (vitamin A for example.)
I also take an EFA supplement to make sure I get all the alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic acid that I need.
As an FYI all my vitamins/supplements instruct me to take them with food. So I have no idea if your just taking them with water has any bad effect on the absorption. I tend to take mine with breakfast.
I generally have a nice multi which I adjust the daily amount of based on how “bad” I’ve been with my diet. All whole foods, organic type day with balanced meals? Two will do me. Pretty good but too refined-carby day? Take four. (My most common.) Fast food all day? Take six. I do two with breakfast, two with lunch if I’m slipping and two with dinner if the day’s gone to hell. My nutritionist does recommend taking them throughout the day.
I’m on the same company’s prenatal vitamin now, since I’m lactating. I do four of these, even though my diet’s pretty good right now, since I know I need extra stuff for making milk.
I also take 2 tablespoons of Brewer’s Yeast a day, mixed in hot chocolate or granola and yogurt. 30% RDA of protien and a ton and a half of B vitamins right there.
And fenugreek capsules - 6-8 per day, to increase milk production. But I doubt you’re looking for that!
I was never much of a vitamin-taker until my gastric bypass. Now I take a multi-vitamin, B-12, iron, calcium (Citracal-D), and biotin. All are required except the biotin, which I’m taking to (hopefully) combat the post-surgical hair loss. I just take them all with water, and eat my breakfast a half-hour later.
In the morning, I take green tea extract and Tums for calcium. (the green tea extract is kinda hard ont he stomach and the Tums help) Int he evening, I take a multivitamin, fish oil, and iron supplements (which aren’t recommended unless you knwo for sure that you’re iron deficient).
I take one store brand children’s chewable vitamin daily. I don’t take Flintstones or some of the other kinds available nowadays because I have way more fun with purple hippos than orange Bam-bams.
Incidentally, my nutrition teacher last year had a long diatribe about how Americans take too many vitamins. Appearantly, most of what we eat is enhanced with various vitamins anyways, so we don’t really need to take more. She warned us about the dangers of regularly consuming five or six (or more) times the amount of vitamins that we need. I still take my vitamin every morning, so the lecture didn’t have much of an effect on me, but I encourage others to do some research on the topic if it sounds like something you might be at risk for.
By the way, in case you’re wondering, my vitamin today was a pink lion.
I take Vitamin C when I think I’m getting sick, and my mother keeps telling me to take a multivitamin every day but I always forget.
I’m probably horribly deficient in all sorts of things, but I seem to be managing ok for now. I eat fairly well, which helps. I can’t imagine myself taking a big handful of pills like that every day unless it was a life-or-death thing.
Evening Primrose Oil to stave off PMS symptoms
2 Fiber Tabs till I can eat solid foods again.
I don’t eat enriched foods- I make all my own from whole grains, vegetables, and such. So no fear of over-vitaminification here. Also using Colloidal silver to get rid of an ulcer for the next two weeks.
Like what? Contamination or cruelty towards fish or environmental things? I used to be concerned about mercury until I read a Consumer Reports review of fish oil that found no mercury in any of the samples tested (which ranged from brand names to generics). I avoid shrimp 'cause of the environmental issues in SE Asia but hadn’t heard anything about fish oil.
Jesus! What’s the dosage in your multi vitamin? If you’re only supposed to take one a day, then taking six is really not a good idea. Vitamin A in particular is not a sensible thing to take large amounts of - in fact it can be harmful at as little as five times the RDA (not particulary scolarly cite)
Just be careful, all you vitamin freaks!
(For me, I take 500mg of vitamin C split over two doses, and then only when I remember)