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Old 06-19-2018, 07:08 AM   #1
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What dietary supplements do you take?

What dietary supplements do you take? And more interestingly, why? And do you have any evidence to support your reasons?

I take several supplements. If there are others that have good evidence for them, I'd like to know about them.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:15 AM   #2
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I take a daily capsule of Lutein, Meso-zeaxanthin and zeaxanthin. These natural pigments accumulate in the macula at the back of the eye, and have been shown to improve contrast detection, and might protect against macula degeneration.

I take a daily Vitamin D tablet, as recommended by the UK government (especially as I work inside all day).

I take a daily B vitamin supplement along with Omega-3 capsules, since the combination may protect against dementia, although there are some meta-analysis that dispute this.


Oh - and I take iron supplements as I give blood regularly, and a couple of times I've been refused because my iron levels were just too low to be allowed to donate.

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Old 06-19-2018, 08:07 AM   #3
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None. In theory, I think I should take a multi-vitamin in case there's a gaping hole in my nutritional profile; in fact, I've never developed the habit. As for additional supplements, my feeling's always been that once you get started, you end up taking handfuls daily. Right now I take no pills or supplements at all and that seems easiest and cheapest.

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Old 06-19-2018, 09:31 AM   #4
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Vitamin D3 - prescribed by my doctor. I usually buy it from Amazon but during the summer the heat in my mailbox makes the soft capsules stick together so I buy it from Trader Joe's.

If I'm outside a lot during the summer I'll take Med-lyte electrolyte tablets (calcium, potassium, magnesium). Today it's supposed to be 96 degrees with a heat index of 100. Also I take these when I'm doing a very low carb diet and I'm peeing a lot.

Oh, and Centrum Silver (age 50+) for Men multi-vitamin.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:35 AM   #5
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Nada. Imo, most are 21st century snake oil giving those who take them expensive pee and thin wallets.

Many studies support this view. Hubby takes a men's multi vitamin.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:42 AM   #6
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Fish oil, turmeric complex, and vitamin D, none of which are vitamins. Gave up on iron pills and had an infusion. Most vitamin supplements are useless for people who can eat and absorb nutrients from a varied diet.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:51 AM   #7
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Calcium with Vitamin D.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:46 AM   #8
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Most vitamin supplements are useless for people who can eat and absorb nutrients from a varied diet.
I tend to agree. But despite this, I've come across enough evidence to convince me to take some.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:57 AM   #9
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I'm taking Vitamin D3 + K2 (MK4 + MK7 mix).

A Japanese study of 4,000 people with osteoporosis found a 50% drop in fractures at extremely high dosages of K2. D3 and K2 seem to work synergisticly together. There are suggestions that K2 reduces calcium transport for arteriosclerosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5494092/

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Old 06-19-2018, 12:16 PM   #10
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I try to get as much as I can from my diet: foods high in antioxidants (blueberries, cacao nibs), omega 3s (flaxseed, chia, walnuts), fermented foods/drinks (yogurts kefir, kombucha) for probiotic purposes, raw apple-cider vinegar (for several reasons, but primarily for it's blood-sugar lowering abilities and improved insulin function), etc...

But I DO still take a multi-vitamin, a fiber supplement, and practice an enteric low-dose aspirin regimen.

You know... the usual.

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Old 06-19-2018, 01:04 PM   #11
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I take a Flinestone vitamin every other day and Iron supplement on the days I don't take the flinestone and three times a month a B12 supplement.

I have Anemia (Iron & B12 deficiency)

I also take probiotics. They help the gut and sinuses.

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None. In theory, I think I should take a multi-vitamin in case there's a gaping hole in my nutritional profile; in fact, I've never developed the habit. As for additional supplements, my feeling's always been that once you get started, you end up taking handfuls daily. Right now I take no pills or supplements at all and that seems easiest and cheapest.

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If you eat a balanced diet and don't have any special medical conditions you are probably fine. I know I often don't eat right so I take a multivitamin. I also take calcium because I don't eat dairy products due to lactose intolerance.
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We do keep acidophilus on hand, the live culture type you store in the fridge. Hubby occasionally needs to be on anti-biotics, and he takes the acidophilus during and after to help restore needed bacteria for digestion.
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Multivitamin for +50 folk, B-2 for migraine prevention, Vit. C & E, folic acid, aspirin. All recommended/ordered by various docs for migraines, brain health, and anti-coagulation.
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I'm taking Vitamin D3 + K2 (MK4 + MK7 mix).

A Japanese study of 4,000 people with osteoporosis found a 50% drop in fractures at extremely high dosages of K2. D3 and K2 seem to work synergisticly together. There are suggestions that K2 reduces calcium transport for arteriosclerosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5494092/

Thanks! I'm already taking Vitamin D (as D3), but I'll certainly look into K2.
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