Do you have a cupboard full of Vitamins and Supplements?

@jennybianca (12918)
Australia
December 14, 2009 10:58pm CST
I do. Only one is for myself and that is fishoil capsules, the chemmart brand, which is a homebrand. I take fish oil capsules because I eat very little fish and no olive oil. My daughter is a vegan, and not a very good one. Meaning she doesnt eat a range of vegeatables. Plus she is a competitive swimmer and getws viruses easily. So we have this big range of tablets for her. This includes Iron complex, Zinc complex, B complex, Echinacea, Horseradish, garlic & C, and Executive Stress B formula. She doesnt have to take all these tablets at once, nor do they all need taking every day, with the exception of Iron. Some of these vitamins I only give her if she starts to get a virus. Echinacea, zinc, and the horseradish complex are best for preventing or reducing the symptons of a virus. I bought the B complex recently as her appetite seemed reduced. Do you take any vitamins or supplements?
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• Philippines
16 Dec 09
me too. i have lots of vitamins and supplements. i just take few tablets and sometimes i forgot to take it. anti oxidants, vitamin c, calcium, minerals, etc. but i wish i can have everything in one capsule, all in one. i know there are multivitamins but the percentage is not enough for the daily needs.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
Some minerals in vitamin tablets are very small indeed, so if you need a muliti vitamin, one needs to find a reliable brand.
• Philippines
16 Dec 09
what do you suggest?
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
17 Dec 09
Bioglan.
@snafushe (795)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
My mom is very into health, so we have a pretty impressive collection of vitamins and supplements. We have everything from vitamin A to zinc. :) Plus we had lots of natural alternatives for meds, like kava kava which is a natural form of tylenol or aspirin. We have seratonin as a natural antidepressant. We have melatonin for sleep aids. We have tons of anti aging capsules and body flushers. You should see the ammount of vitamins my mom takes in a day, it is craziness. I just stick to my multivitamin and vitamin c, it's a lot easier and seems to do the job.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
I had melatonin for years and I agree it works. Does sound like your Mum is over doing it somewhat.
@snafushe (795)
• Canada
16 Dec 09
Haha it does do the job. I don't know about over doing it, she looks great for her age. She's 60 and she doesn't look a day past 40. She isn't using western medicine, she is using natural plant based vitamins, so it's benefiting her instead of hurting her.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
Thats great then. Wish I could look 20 years younger than what I am.
• United States
15 Dec 09
Hi! I actually don't take any vitamins or supplements. I used to take a multi-vitamin but was actually getting too much of a lot of the vitamins and minerals and it simply was a waste. At times I'll take extra vitamin C if I'm getting the sniffles. As a vegan myself, I'm very sorry to hear your daughter is not taking the diet as seriously as she should. I went vegan at fifteen and it's what made me teach myself to cook. Does she know how to cook or does she even have a good, general understanding of nutrition? I've been vegan for six years and was in college for two years for dietetics. If you'd like I can get some information for your daughter to help her out. If not, that's fine too, but I hate when I see people ditch the lifestyle simply because it's harder to keep up with than the American meat-and-potatoes diet. Also, another great way to get Omega-3s is flaxseed oil (or any products with this in them, I know of some soymilks with Omega-3s) and walnuts. Both are great sources of natural Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish is kind of a second hand source, since they do not produce it themselves but actually eat it and pass it on to those who eat the fish. There's actually a really good natural margarine (that is vegan, as well, so your daughter could eat it) called Natural Balance that is made with flaxseed oil and is a great source as well. Good luck with everything...I hope the supplements work out for you and I hope your daughter can get a little more adept with her lifestyle.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
15 Dec 09
My daugfhtyer choose to be vegan at age 8, would you believe. I supported the idea, as I know how intelligent and stroing minded she is. Plus, over the last year, she became aware of animal rennet, so now I only buy cheese with non -animal rennet. I believe the vegan lifestyle can be cvery healthy. I dont see my daughter changing for anything. She will probably never eat meat. Thats fine by me. Unfortunately she developed "dislikes" over the years and it is so difficult to get her to try new foods. She knows a little about cooking , mainly cakes and biscuits though. She could look after herself with a basic diet if need be. I wouldnt mind some info for my daughter, if it is easy for you to obtain. Thank you very much.
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• United States
15 Dec 09
Those dislikes can get to anyone of any diet, unfortunately. As for the vegan cheese, have you ever heard of Follow Your Heart brand? The best vegan cheese (and it's meltable) ever. Says me. The whole rennet and casein thing was hard to accept when I first became vegan. For so many years they didn't have meltable vegan margarine or cheese...it was very hard to cook potatoes how I liked without the margarine, etc. There have been a whole bunch of new vegan foods that have come out. I can gather a few of my favorite resources and send them to you in a PM. I know of an online vegan resource store which I have bought from ever since becoming vegetarian at 13 (they carry everything vegan from supplements to shoes to chocolate and even vegan marshmallows). I'll send you a link to that as well as some websites with useful nutrition information and even some recipe websites. So at 8 years old...wow. She must have been a pretty smart kid. My parents figured it was a phase with me...years later I'm still vegan and I have a vegan husband, too. LOL. I told him when I met him I couldn't marry anyone who ate meat...within a month he was vegan and loving it. I'll get some of those resources now and send them to you.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
That would be great getting a ferw recipes and a link to a good site. She is not into very strong flavours, which is why Ive had no success with getting her to try the many vegan sausages, patties etc available. I dont know of that particular cheese, but I guess you are American & Im Australian. I found a couple of good vegan brands here. She eats lots of cheese. Yes, she is gifted and some of these children do things "differently" at a young age. I will put in a friendship request so you can PM me when you have time. Thanks a lot.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
15 Dec 09
I take a lot of vitamins and supplements. I take a multi-vitamin and then C, E, D, calcium and any others that I happen to have at the time. I took fish oil for awhile and Q something, I don't remember what it was called. I hope it wasn't for memory. I fall a lot so I always try and take the Calcium and the D (it is supposed to help you absorb the calcium). Hopefully this will keep me from breaking bones when I fall. I don't take much Iron though as it doesn't seem to agree with me. Even when I get the multi-vitamin it can't have iron.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
I know many iron tablets cause constipation. I found the Herron brand does not do this for my daughter.
• United States
16 Dec 09
I'll have to see if I can find that brand. I have never heard of it so maybe we don't have them in this area. If I can find that brand I'll have to try it because that is the problem for me also.
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@JKhan1 (20)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 Dec 09
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
14 Jan 10
Thanks. I would sure like to know of a reoutable brand of a multivitamin. Your site is very interesting.
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
22 Dec 09
I don't have a whole cupboard of vitamins. Just started taking vitamin C pastilles, which are a lot easier to eat, and a lot yummier than pills. :) Interesting that your daugther is a vegan and a competitive swimmer! I always thought swimmers had to eat a lot of meat protein to build muscles. but then again tofu has lots of protein as well. :)
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
14 Jan 10
Yes, she is both that, and would do lot better if she ate more protein.
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
17 Dec 09
We have some of the vitamin and supplements around, although we have never done a lot with that kind of thing. Actually I do good if, on occasion, I take a daily multi-vitamin.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
19 Dec 09
I found that a good quality multi vitamin did my daughter the world of good.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
17 Dec 09
Oh that's so funny. I take Omega3 Fishy stuff capsules too. The only other vitamin I take are fiber pills. Apparently I don't get enough fiber in my diet. Keep that girl of yours healthy now.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
17 Dec 09
Yes, the omega 3 fish oils are very beneficifia.. they certainly err.. help me with regular motions!! If thats not too crass.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
16 Dec 09
My cupboard is not full of them but I do have some vitamins, pain medication and supplements in my cabinet though. I do not have a whole lot of them. I need to buy some more different kinds though.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
If your health is good and your diet very good, you wouldnt have much need of vitamins.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Dec 09
not really, the only vitamins i have in storage are the vitamins i have for my kids. i am not someone who takes vitamins..i go for foods rather, i have plenty of fruits and veggies in store in the ref :D
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
A good diet is all one needs, and with fruit and veges you are doing the right thing.
• Hong Kong
15 Dec 09
Hi jennybianca, No, I do not have a cupboard that full of Vitamins and supplements. I, myself, and my family members only have a can of vitamin C with liver oil at home and that is it. We do not eat it regularly but only when we have a cold or flu. My doctor said if we have a healthy diet, we do not need to take any supplement or vitamins, as it causes damage to our body, too. Those vitamins or minerals that do not melted in water will stay in our body and harm our intestine, liver and so on. Supplements and vitamins are mainly for those who have serious sickness and cannot absorb enough nutrient from food or they even can't eat food by themselves. As a result, I only had a can of vitamin C with liver oil at home. Good health and best wishes, agonyaunt69 (11:53pm 15 Dec 2009, Hong Kong time)
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
I agree that if obne eats a healthy diet thwere is no need for extra tamins. As my daughter is vegan and trains at an elite level in swimming, she needs these extra vitamins.
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
15 Dec 09
that is very sad that you have to keep that many vitamins for your family. but i am not in that kind of condition so i dont do that.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
I think if you eat very well, there is no need for extra vitamin tablets.
@Emvy548 (387)
• India
15 Dec 09
In this age of stress and viruses, taking supplements is a necessity. I take Vitamin supplements with advice from my doctor. It is good to take vitamin C or B complex supplements to boost your immunity. On the other hand, if you can plan it well, you can consume foods rich in Vitamin C and B complex to increase immunity. Other supplements like you have stated may be used with the doctors advise and according to which ones may be beneficial to you. Care also has to be taken that the supplements do not result in an excess of a certain vitamin since it could be harmful.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
Ive emphasised to my daughter about over dosing on vitamins.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
15 Dec 09
I have a cupboard of vitamins and medicines because I easily got sick. I maintained vitamins C and Bcomplex, antioxidants and Calcium. I prepared some medicines for headache, fever and flu.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
15 Dec 09
They sound like very appropiate vitamins to have. They are very similar to what my daughter has,,except the calcuim. I think I should probably take calcuim as Im 51, dont drink milk and I have reached menapause.
@irishmist (3843)
• United States
15 Dec 09
I have at least four different vitamins in my medicine cabinet. Which I take everyday.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
15 Dec 09
Ok. Do yoiu want to mention what they are?
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
15 Dec 09
No I do not have a cupboard full of vitamins and supplements. We do take vitamins and supplements but we only take one vitamin and two supplements each day. I have to buy some about every 4 to 6 weeks it depends on the size of bottle I can afford to get when I run out.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
15 Dec 09
I tend to look for specials on vitamins too, and do vary the size I buy depending on my finances.