Vitamin and mineral supplements
February 3, 2017 6:18pm CST
Do we really need them? When I was younger, I didn't take any medicine. In my matured years I take maintenance meds for hypertension to keep it at bay and some pain killers for osteo arthritis. I used to play basketball when I was young and all the fingers that were injured then where I never had it looked at and fixed are giving me trouble now, but I get by ok. Arthritis developed mildly around my knuckles and movement is limited. I also take supplements like glucosamine, liver detox, magnesium, fish oil, iron tablets, vit B and flaxseeds. I feel ok taking these.. Some doctors encouraged me to take these but another doctor is discouraging me as with a balanced nutritious diet we can get all the nutrients we need. Do you take supplementary tablets to improve your well being?
11 people like this
• United States
I have to take vitamin supplements as I do not eat meat and there is just no way that I can eat enough in a day to get everything I need from food to get all the minerals and nutrients I need. I can't afford to eat that healthy even if I really wanted to. I always took vitamins as a kid. I have always been borderline anemic and ai can always tell when my levels get lower then usual as I get so exhausted and my heart beats really hard and I get winded just walking a short distance thorough the house. The only time I did not get like this was during my pregnancies she I took prenatal vitamins. I'll realized recently that my multivitamins don't have iron in them so I bought iron pills to take along with my multivitamins.
With the quality of food available these days one does need additional supplements. Even if we opt for organic food, the quality is not always guaranteed. Of course the supplement could be made from them too, but still concentration of vitamins in 1 tab will be more compared to a bowl of food we intake.
• United Kingdom
If we have a nutritional and balanced diet, there is no need to take extra vitamins or supplements unless there is a genuine medical need. Like Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory said it's just a way of making 'really expensive urine'. I (should) take iron tablets because I have an iron deficiency. I had to take vitamin D for a while because of a deficiency in that (the doctor said that most people in the UK probably should take vitamin D as it's absorbed from the sun, which everyone knows doesn't live here!) Other than when I really need to, I take no medication or supplements. There are some nutrients which are harder to get than others, so it's a good idea to take them. Or if there are certain foods you can't or won't eat then you might need supplements to make up for the missing nutrients. Otherwise, we should be able to get all we need from our food.
• Indore, India
see boycott them as mucj as possible bcoz as u hav said u hav grown up and hav stopped playing nad workout say they might get stuck in your body in excess but if there is real need if u have deficiency but if u take supplements then plz again start workout too