Which types of vitamins work best for your body?

United States
August 24, 2007 10:45pm CST
I've always taken multi-vitamins. And, the year before I got pregnant, I added a folic acid supplement to my daily routine. Those two vitamin/minerals have always served me well. And, a couple months before my daughter was conceived, I started taking a Vitamin C/Vitamin E combo gel vitamin. Actually, that's what I credit for my pregnancy. Not sure if there's any proof that the combo of vitamins improves fertility, but I suppose it's possible. Anyway, now that I'm getting older I'm concerned that perhaps a multi-vitamin might not be enough for an aging body. I've noticed dry skin on my face and body already and I've heard that can be a sign of vitamin deficiencies. Plus, I don't feel as energetic as I did five years ago. Needless to say, I haven't been eating as well as I should, so I'm sure that I'm missing out on some much needed nutrients. Which vitamins and minerals have you found that work best for you? Which ones work best for better skin and glossier hair? Could you make any recommendations on vitamins or nutrients that might improve energy? Would appreciate some suggestions. Thanks!
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I to use multi vitamins but I've been trying the multi vitamin w/ECG(green tea). I've noticed that it help me get energenic along with losing a few pounds. and the reason I say this is because when I ran out I've noticed a big difference in my daily activity. I was tire all the time I gain the weight I did lose back and my whole attitude in general change. But I also take B12(500mg) with them also now and I'm finding that along with trying to eat right(NOTICED TRYING to eat right) I'm returning to myself again. Plus I don't know if this is really adding to it I eat alot of bananas.
• United States
25 Aug 07
Yes, bananas are full of really good minerals like potasium which keeps blood pressure low. So, it's never a bad thing to have, even if you can't always eat the right foods. Just adding a few good foods sometimes makes a world of difference. Thanks for the tip on the vitamins. Sometimes I shop Puritans Pride vitamins online because they always have something on sale, and I've seen the green tea you're talking about, but didn't know if it really worked. I'll have to try that. Plus, I know I should be taking more B vitamins, I've heard they can help keep the gray hair away. Not sure if it's true, but I'm going to try that too.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
25 Aug 07
Potassium is also good for cellular function and you'll feel it if you have a deficiency. Usually the muscles are the first to feel funny/numb.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
That's interesting that you mention it. Sometimes my legs and feet get that feeling. I will try more potassium then. Oh, I've heard that orange juice has lots of potassium too for anyone that doesn't like bananas. Lots more sugar, but still good source or potassium.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
25 Aug 07
I see , u need something , what can improve your energy.try to drink green tea, it helps me to have energy for all day.I am drinking 8 glasses a day and feel very good.It concits antioxidant, what is really good for your body. From vitamins or minerals I will recommend magnesium.When I had pain in my bones and cannot moved, it helps really much. I hope it will help you too.
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
25 Aug 07
I have an condition that includes anemia, so I take Iron, B-6. B-12 and folic acid.Usually a B-complex just so i don't have to worry about buying 4 or 5 jars ,or that I'll forget one or the other.
@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
25 Aug 07
The best vitamins for my (and i believe most peoples) body is sure the ones you get naturally. I mean through a healthy diet plenty of fruit, vegetables and corn. That always worked for me.
• United States
25 Aug 07
Well, first of all, I want to say that taking whole food vitamins is the best thing for your body because you can actually absorb them. Synthetic vitamins (most vitamins at regular retail stores) are not whole foods, they are chemical "look a likes" that your body can only absorb with food, and even then, you get very little benefit from them. The best brand of whole food vitamins is New Chapter and if you have a local Vitamin Shoppe around, they sell them there. Otherwise, you can order from their web site. Secondly, as we get older, our bodies do change, therefore, I would suggest going with a vitamin that is formulated to that effect. New Chapter does indeed have a vitamin they call Every Woman's One Daily II. It is for women forty and over. They have different ones for prenatal, etc. Their vitamins are a little more expensive ($32 for 60 pills) but if you look at it, that is $.50 a day...not bad for something you actually can absorb. I will also warn against paying too much attention to mg and mcg counts on synthetic versus whole food vitamins. Why? Because whole food vitamins usually have less mg or mcg than synthetic but that is because of two things. #1 - mg and mcg are merely measures of weight, not potency. 25 mg of whole food calcium may be more potent than 1000mg of synthetic calcium. #2 - when you have more absorbability of the vitamin, you don't need as much of it and you will find that a lot of vitamins you can only absorb so much a day..your body passes the rest. (Ever notice how your urine changes color when you take synthetic vitamins?? You aren't absorbing them, just passing them through the kidneys.) I know that was a lot in reference to your question, but as a natural health professional, I try to be sure to cover all the bases so everyone knows where I am coming from...it is a habit. HOPE THIS HELPS!!
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
25 Aug 07
I often worry about the same thing. I know as moms we are often so worried about making sure our family is fed that we forget to care about whether or not we are eating nutrisiously. I know I am the worlds worst about skipping breakfast. The only vitamins I am taking right now are a multi vitamin and a calcium supplement. I am on the birth control shot which can cause bone deterioration so it's important for me (especially since I'm already short) to get as much extra calcium that I can. I would love to know which vitamins are good for giving you more energy. Between the heat and working and taking care of the family I've been feeling pretty drained lately.
@andrejuly84 (1047)
• Romania
25 Aug 07
whe i was pregnant i was taking muli-vitamins called prenatal specialy for that period.they were fine for me!
@trickomm (309)
• Hungary
25 Aug 07
Do you know who discovered vitamin c? One of the most important vitamin and it discovered by a hungarian person called Albert Szent-Györgyi. So that's my best worker vitamin. I need lots of vitamin C 'cause I smoking and that get off the vitamin C from my body. For the hair as I know vitamin E can help. Anyway, I always use multivitamins - mostly Supradyn.