Supplements and Vitamins

Do you use supplements and vitamins? Which are your favorites? What positive effects have you noticed?

Of course, everybody is doing Vitamin D these days but what else do you like?

15 thoughts on “Supplements and Vitamins”

  1. I have used many different vitamins and supplements over the years to varying effect. I exercise a lot and get depleted–even though I eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. My chiropractor gave me a new supplement this week called Acnutrol by “Designs for Health”. I can tell already it is helping me have more energy. My practitioner does “muscle testing” to see what the body really needs and it has been a much more fruitful approach versus the way I used to take vitamins (whatever was on sale at Walgreens).

    There was a PBS special a few years ago that showed how most vitamin supplements were really unhealthy and/or had inaccurate percentages of actual nutritional qualities. To the extent that vitamins for babies were making them sick or poisoning them. The FDA is a joke so you can’t really know what you are getting.

    D and zinc are the Covid vitamins but we probably need them any way. A good multivitamin is always helpful. And then there are the people who swear by Juice Plus vitamins. Though I’ve never tried them.

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  2. Free medical advice:

    Most over-the-counter supplements are a WASTE OF MONEY that most people don’t need and shouldn’t self-prescribe. Any benefits that the user believes he/she is experiencing from them are almost always “placebo effect.” Excessive doses of certain supplements
    can have toxic effects on the body, and the supplements may also interfere with any actual prescription medication that the individual is taking.

    If you think a certain supplement might be good for you, discuss it with your doctor before starting it! (This includes vitamin D — if you believe that you aren’t getting enough of it because there isn’t much sun where you live, or you’re getting older, or whatever, ask your health care provider and let him/her recommend the dosage.)

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  3. Iron (mine tends to be low), SAM-E (antidepressant, but at least it doesn’t have anywhere near as many side effects as prescription ones)

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    1. More free stuff that I used to get paid for:

      Low iron levels occur in some pre-menopausal women because of their period flow. It’s unusual in men unless their diet is poor, OR those men are borderline anemic, OR have micro-bleeding from their gut into their feces. Ironically, taking excessive iron supplements can make individuals’ low iron levels WORSE by eroding the lining of their intestines, causing increased loss through micro-bleeding that may not be noticeable in their stool.

      Before anymore starts taking iron supplements, he/she should have the doctor do two blood tests:
      First, do a direct test for “Fe” (iron) levels in the bloodstream.
      Then do what is called a “complete blood count,” a comprehensive test that determines multiple vital issues, which are: If the patient has the normal level of red blood cells (which carry the body’s iron and oxygen through the bloodstream), if their hemoglobin level (an indirect measure of red blood cell content) is high enough, if their hematocrit (a measure of the proportion of red blood cells to other types of circulating blood cells) is neither too low nor too high, and if their red blood cell’s “mean corpuscular volume” is large enough to rule out anemia.

      Then let your physician decide whether or not you need iron supplements, and if so, in what dose.

      You’re welcome.

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      1. My iron levels have been tested and were low (although it was a while ago.) My brother has the same problem; he was turned away from donating blood because of it at least once.

        Weirdly enough, men in my family are also prone to osteoporosis, which is rare in men as well.

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  4. I periodically use a liquid mineral supplement. It doesn’t turn me into superman, but it makes the tapwater taste good (I think it’s the magnesium?) and my teeth feel nice.

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  5. Something like (daily) vit B complex, vit C 1000mg, vit D3 2000-3000IU, zinc 7mg, magnesium 50mg plus double dose of a multivitamin (they’re usually underdosed in Western nations) plus daily yoghurt if I bother to make it for the sake of the immunoglobulins & probiotics is standard.

    I can’t comment as to efficacy because I don’t/didn’t have any health complaints, and so didn’t notice anything change.

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  6. A B C D, calcium/magnesium and fish oil. Dreidel may or may not believe me but doctors and dentists said what did you do, how did you stop your problems? And it was this.

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    1. My grandpa was a physician and he swore by vitamins A, B, C and fish oil. Unusually for a Soviet doctor, he was into alternative medicine. He even created the only water birth classes in the whole Soviet Ukraine that I know of. Of course, he was fired for that.

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      1. Without being unduly fussy, there is no such thing as ‘alternative’ medicine. It’s either medicine, or it isn’t.

        Also your grandfather sounds like he was actually worthy of the title, unlike most businesspeople or social climbers with a degree in medicine these days.

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        1. I meant alternative to the Soviet version. Which was quite inhumane. Soviet doctors believed, for instance, that children didn’t experience pain. I have quite a memory of getting a tonsillectomy without any anaesthetic.

          There was also a firm belief in separating mothers from newborn babies at birth and only allowing short sporadic access for the first week. It did wonders for bonding.

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          1. Oh well that makes sense. By the way, after reading your posts for a while, I have changed my mind quite a bit about the proficiency and competence of all sorts of professionals in the Russian language world. They seem a lot more idiotic than I had thought.

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  7. Taking vitamin K2 helps vitamin D work better for protection against infectious diseases, both from what I read in the alternative medicine press, and my personal experience.

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      1. In case you’re interested, there are a few different varieties of K2. MK-4 is the naturally occurring animal form, but in supplements it’s synthetic. MK-7 occurs naturally in fermented soybeans and is also used in supplements– it’ll say “nattokinase” or “derived from natto” or somesuch on the label.

        I take the MK-7 variety, plus Vit A and Vit D3 currently, but only because I’m breastfeeding, and they all support good bone and teeth development for the little guy. Once he’s weaned, I’ll probably go back to not taking vitamins.

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