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Old February 15th, 2008, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default What Vitamins and Minerals Do You Take Daily?

What vitamins and minerals do you take every day?

I recently started taking the SuperNutrition Opti-Pack high niacin, no-iron vitamins, and I'm wondering what other people think of them. They have extra high (over the top) levels of many vitamins and minerals. Do you think those levels are safe? If I don't eat before I take them I get that weird niacin flush, which is another thing that makes me wonder if those vitamins are safe.

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Old February 15th, 2008, 04:18 PM   #2
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gnc megamen's sport
gnc triflex vegetarian version < i'm allergic to shellfish, and this has glucosamine derived from plants, instead of shellfish > and i believe i'm gonna go buy some protein today, but i'm not too sure
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Old February 15th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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I dunno, Kathie. Wish I did.

I take a magnesium/zinc supplement whenever I remember. That's about it for me.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #4
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Way ta go girl!! You are doing the right thing and those are excellent. One thing though, you should always eat a little before taking a multivitamin. One of the best things, believe it or not is some apple with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter on it. That is of course if you are not allergic to nuts and not the nuts on your forum.

Also, you may do this already but when taking niacin, which by the way is a great artery scrubber, you should be drinking a good amount of water throughout the day.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 09:21 PM   #5
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I take a multivitamin/multimineral with dinner, a few flax oil capsules each day (good for heart health, supposedly), and a whey protein shake in the morning (I'm a vegetarian). I don't believe in taking a lot of supplements -- scientists understand very little about how nutrients act in isolation, so it's far better to get your nutrients by eating whole foods.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 09:45 PM   #6
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All GNC:
Active Multi
Calcium chew
Triflex
Flax Oil
Immune Defense

Twinlab DMAE
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Old February 15th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #7
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it's far better to get your nutrients by eating whole foods.
I agree with this, though I don't follow it very well. I take a lot of supplements. The best ones could be considered whole foods. I'd highly recommend everyone have krill oil every day. It's effectively a bio-available form of fish oil with an anti-oxidant. It provides omega-3 fats which many people are deficient in. In the winter I take cod liver oil, another source of omega-3 with vitamin D, which people become deficient in when they don't get enough sun exposure.
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What vitamins and minerals do you take every day?
I take Century and ThermaGram multivitamins. Take one of them a day, nothing fancy.
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I take a multivitamin/multimineral with dinner, a few flax oil capsules each day (good for heart health, supposedly), and a whey protein shake in the morning (I'm a vegetarian). I don't believe in taking a lot of supplements -- scientists understand very little about how nutrients act in isolation, so it's far better to get your nutrients by eating whole foods.
I do like Cowbell do, almost.
  • Multi-Vitamin
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • Calcium tablet on days wehn i don't drink my usual 5 cups of milk

Thant's all she wrote, folks, though my list of health conscious foods (i.e. "superfoods") i eat everyday is scary. But supplements - 'forget about it!'
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I take a multivitamin/multimineral with dinner, a few flax oil capsules each day (good for heart health, supposedly), and a whey protein shake in the morning (I'm a vegetarian). I don't believe in taking a lot of supplements -- scientists understand very little about how nutrients act in isolation, so it's far better to get your nutrients by eating whole foods.

i realize this as well, but at the same time, because of my very high level of activity, i began to use supplements. i noticed great changes in my ability to perform during my workouts, and during my martial arts classes. my diet is very good to start with, but my intake was not balanced with my body's consumption. made a world of difference in my case.

also i think you only absorb 20% of the nutrients obtained from a vitamin, the rest is passed in your urine.
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"GTFO!!!! I'm not gonna make a banana-bread, pastrami, cottage cheese sandwich!!! It will severely ruin my reputation!!!"
Do you have the recipe?
But seriously, you gotta be kidding me, right!
You wouldn't alter your diet based on what people think, tell me you wouldn't.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #12
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My list is simple these days:
- Centrum multivitamin
- Vitamin C 500mg (or Ester-C 500mg when I can find it)
- Papain chews after a big meal

I also used to take L-Carnitine and Chromium Picolinate regularly.

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One-A-Day Men's Health Formula, and a whey protein shake after a weights workout. i also try to eat healthy most of the time, only water, juice, milk for liquids, wheat over white when possible, eggwhites over yolks, etc.
seems to work out ok.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 02:38 PM   #14
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1000mg vit. C
vit. B complex
fruits & vegetables, fish
sometimes whey protein
I'm looking into the vegetarian lifestyle, my main concern is getting enough protein.
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Knight rider, there is PLENTY of protein in many veggies out there. Do some research. I have also wanted to go Vegetarian too and still looking into it. GOD I love baked Salmon though!

I take the "Advocare" line of products with awesome results!!
www.advocare.com. Although I'm a distributor I don't sell it, just take it!
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Do you have the recipe?
But seriously, you gotta be kidding me, right!
You wouldn't alter your diet based on what people think, tell me you wouldn't.
It's his signature, and I think he's quoting a friend who worked at a sandwich shop. He's had it since he got here - it's not a reaction to this thread.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #17
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Best nutrition on the market, we sponsor the US cycling team!!

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Old February 20th, 2008, 07:17 AM   #18
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It's his signature, and I think he's quoting a friend who worked at a sandwich shop. He's had it since he got here - it's not a reaction to this thread.

its a quote from mitch hedberg's 'mitch all together'
and bill's correct in his statement that i've had it since i joined

and no i wouldnt change my diet based solely on what folx think... but i'm not
dumb enough to not consider sound advice.
the fact of the matter is that you have find what works for you, and go for it.
ive pretty much found that, but there are always opportunities for improvement, and some sound advice based on empirical evidence is generally worth trying, and i'd be stoopid for not at least considering other people's ideas.

also, there are some forms of protein not available in vegetables... the lack of these proteins dont really affect an adult, but they can, in some cases, inhibit brain development in children.... read that from some nutrition magazine long ago... just thought i'd throw that out there...
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