OT- What vitamins do you take?

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    OT- What vitamins do you take?

    This is way off topic, but I am wondering what vitamin supplements, if any, you girls take. I recently had a conversation with my girlfriend about this and learned that she takes Vitamin D, B, Folic Acid and Fish Oil. I just take a regular old Daily Vitamin that has extra Iron, because at my last physical in 2009, my Iron levels were low.
    I feel like there is all this rave about Folic Acid and Fish Oil. Should I be taking it? I don't have my next physical until March, which at that time I will ask my PCP, but in the meantime, I would love to hear your opinions.
    And for the girls who are TTCing, I know you take different types, like pre-natals, ect.
     
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    I have heard that all of those are very good for you, especially vitamin D.  There is all this new research about the benefits of vitamin D.  I have heard they are thinking about changing the daily recommended value from 200 (mg or whatever unit!) to 1000, maybe even 2000. 

    I take a Women's Multivitamin that has all the normal stuff, plus it has 800 of D, which I think is good.

    FI is all into herbs/vitamins and stuff.  He takes fish oil and gives it to me once in a while.  My mom sent me bottles of folic acid and a B supplement, but I just forget to take them!  Funny, my friend noticed the folic acid and asked me about it in a funny way.  I think she thought we were TTC!   HAHAAHA!  Not anytime soon, thank you!

    I have also heard lots of good stuff about spices lately, they are loaded with antioxidents.  Indian food uses lots of tumeric which is supposedly a fantastic anti-inflammatory agent.  I don't eat as much Indian food anymore, but I drink chai every morning (an Indian drink, basically tea with lots of milk) and I started putting in tumeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves which are all supposed to be really good for you.  It is very yummy!

    We also drink lots of green and oolong tea, which is also supposed to be great for you.  FI is obsessed with Teavana tea, which is REALLY good but so expensive

    There are so many recommendations out there, you just have to fit the ones in that work in your lifestyle!
     
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    Peonie, Are you sure your friend isn't TTC because folic acid and fish oil are both recommended :o)

    In the past, I only took an iron supplement due to slightly low iron.  When we started TTC, I took a daily multivitamin from CVS, as well as the iron.  Now that I'm prego, I take the CVS prenatal, as well as DHA (which I guess has omega 3 like the fish oil?).

    Now that I'm in the habit of taking a daily multivitamin, I'm going to take it indefinitely.  I definitely do not eat enough fruit for one thing!  I'm working on that.
     
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    I used to take a multi vitamin for women from trader joes. Oh and before the wedding I took biotin, to help my hair and nails grow longer and get stronger.  

     Now that DH and I are TTC I take the TJ's prenatal.  I really should start taking fish oil for the omega 3's and have wanted to for a while, but I am not sure I can handle it.  I heard that you can burp and that it has a fishy taste (um gross, no thank you) but that there are new pills that don't do that, and don't have the fishy smell to the pill.  Anyone taking fish oil that can recommend a pill that they like, with no, uh, unwanted side effects? 
     
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    Ajuly, I had the same concerns about the fish oil.  I bought the Nature Made brand from CVS...they have odorless fish oil pills that eliminate the "fish burps."  Haven't had any issues yet!  :)

     
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    Fram, she is single, so I am pretty sure she is not TTCing.. ;)

    I have heard that about fish oil pills as well, gross! Pugs, maybe I will try that brand you use. Also, maybe I will switch to a women's daily vitamin rather than just taking a regular daily vitamin. I eat a lot of veggies, but for some reason the only fruits I like are bananas, cherries, plums, and grapes. So, that is definitely not enough!

    Ajuly, GREAT suggestion about the biotin! The woman I nanny for is actually taking that because once she gave birth (5 months ago), she started losing her hair, as most women do post-birth.
     
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    This is way off topic, but I am wondering what vitamin supplements, if any, you girls take. I recently had a conversation with my girlfriend about this and learned that she takes Vitamin D, B, Folic Acid and Fish Oil. I just take a regular old Daily Vitamin that has extra Iron, because at my last physical in 2009, my Iron levels were low. I feel like there is all this rave about Folic Acid and Fish Oil. Should I be taking it? I don't have my next physical until March, which at that time I will ask my PCP, but in the meantime, I would love to hear your opinions. And for the girls who are TTCing, I know you take different types, like pre-natals, ect.
    Posted by Peonie


    I take prenatals w/ an iron supplement, calcium, B complex, acidophilus [probiotic] and fish oil.  I also take 2 allergy pills. I rattle in the AM.  :-)

    I have taken these for years, way before TTC.  Of course, before TTC I would just take a multivitamin rather than a prenatal. 
     
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    I take the gummy fish oil chews for kids at trader joes.  I take more than what they recommend for a child.  They had a little bit of a fishy taste, but are way better than the alternative. 
     
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    I don't take vitamins(although I really should) but I have heard if you put the fish oil pills in the fridge that will eliminate the burping issue
     
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    One should take Folic Acid way before beginning TTC...most multi vitamins have it.  I now take the Whole Food Prenatal vitamins along with calcium and vitamin D.
     
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    Honestly, vitamins are overrated, so don't worry if you're not taking them. I don't mean to sound cynical, because it's important to have good nutritional habits, but it's MUCH better to get DHA (fish oils) from eating the proper fish (wild salmon, not farmed) rather than taking a pill. Similarly, it's better to eat a healthy, balanced diet with fruits, vegetables and whole grains that naturally contain vitamins B, C, calcium, etc. than trying to swallow half of GNC every morning.

    If you're taking calcium, make sure it also has vitamin D, or you won't absorb it. Similarly, some vitamins counteract each other, so you're not necessarily getting everything listed in your multivitamin at those levels. Look at the Office of Dietary Supplements website for more info (seriously, there's some good stuff on that website).

    The best vitamins to take are definitely folic acid/prenatal vitamins before you become pregnant, and probably vitamin D (esp in the Boston winter), and iron only if you need it.

    Sorry for the rant, but I really feel that people take too many pills, and we can get all the nutrients we need by eating a balanced diet instead (of course with the exception of people with certain dietary restrictions)!
     
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    Epigal, I completely agree that the best way to get your vitamins and minerals is by eating foods rich in them.  Personally, however, I don't know how anyone could eat all of the servings that are suggested for one day, so a vitamin helps me in that area.  How much food do they think a person can eat in one day? 

    Also good advice about certain supplements interacting with others.  Vitamin C helps you process Iron.  Calcium and Iron interfere with each other, so best not to take them at the same time.  So complicated!

     
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    I take a multivitamin that has A, C, D, E, Iron, Folic and the B vitmains.
    I don't take fish oil, but I give my dog an Omega-3 fish oil supplement to help with his allergies and it does wonders for him!
     
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    Speaking of calcium, my doctor recommended that I get 5-6 servings a day now since I'm pregnant.  I'm doing my best, but it's a struggle since I can't even think of eating cheese or yogurt or drinking milk lately with the nausea.

    I've been drinking orange juice with calcium and I try to sneak some milk into my cereal in the morning if I can handle it, but can anyone recommend any other good sources of calcium that I may be overlooking?
     
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    I've been taking viactiv (multi vitamin, not the calcium supplement) which has been doing good things according to my annual tests.  Now, however, I'm on 3 uber-iron pills daily for anemia, the multi (which they have changed recently, so I may be looking for a new one), allergy pill, bc & prilosec.  I also buy the omega fortified smart balance dairy & peanut butter.
    DH is gloating because I take more pills than he does now.  He even gave me one of his weekly dispensers. Joke's on him though, it's really handy (boy do I feel old!)

     
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    Try leafy greens - spinach, broccoli. Even some beans have calcium, like peanuts and tofu, and fortified cereals. Not sure if I'm allowed to post this, but I'll try:

    http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/appendixb.htm

    It has non-dairy sources of calcium.

    Fram - I agree that if you go by the recommended daily servings it seems like a lot of food, but if you see how much of a certain nutrient is in a serving, you don't always need the 5-6 servings of vegetables (or whatever they recommend) to read the recommended daily intakes of some nutrients. Besides, it's a sad fact that the dietary pyramid and dietary recommendations are influenced a lot by lobbyists - you don't really need all the dairy they recommend in a day! It's all so confusing and complicated!
     
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    Re: OT- What vitamins do you take?

    There's no reason to take folic acid unless you're planning to have a child in the semi-immediate future.  If she's not TTC, she's either taking advice from someone who is, she just doesn't know better, or she's one of those people who believes that the female body is always in a pre-pregnant state and thus, all women should do everything they can to prepare the body for the inevitable child.

    Of course, if she drinks and/or smokes, she's not one of those people, so she might as well stop taking it.  The only other reason I can think of for her to take folic acid is that it happens to be contained in a multi-vitamin that's cheaper than one that doesn't have it.
     
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    Lucy, I honestly don't know....She is also 120lbs and on Weight Watchers?? I don't get that at all..

    Epigal, getting in 5 servings of veggies a day is so hard! I try to eat baby carrots or celery sticks with my lunch and a veggies (broccoli, spinach, green beans, etc) with dinner, but other than that, I really don't.
     
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    lucy- folic acid can help prevent osteoperosis, heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer and lots of other things we all want to avoid. It's not just for people who are TTC. I've also heard it can help with weight management.
    plus it works in cooperation with all the other B vitamins to do really good things for you.
     
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    Yeah, I have also heard that folic acid is good for you, not just if you are pregnant or TTC.
     
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    Re: OT- What vitamins do you take?

    I take a multivitamin (CVS brand for Women) that has all the usuals, plus Folic Acid and Calcium and Vitamin D.
    Funny you should all mention Fish Oil, I recently started taking it. In the span of 2 weeks, I had three professionals recommend that I start taking it (my NP and my annual exam because my HDL was too low, my facialist because my skin is too dry and my Opthamoligist because my eyes are really dry). I decided that they couldn't all be wrong, so I went out and bought the CVS brand Odorless fish oil capsules. It says to take 3 per day, but I'm taking 2. No fish taste or gross burps, and it's been about 2 weeks...
    I try to eat a salad every day, mostly for lunch, sometimes for dinner. I try to get my vitamins from food sources, but I feel that a multivitamin covers me on those days when I can't get it all. 
    Of note, I have always bought CVS brand medications. My health insurance (Tufts) gives me a 20% discount on any CVS brand medications, and I've always had good luck with them...
     
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    Katel, interesting. I just got back from CVS and bought the Natures Bounty odorless Fish Oil, I couldn't find any CVS brand odorless. I always use CVS brand medicine, always. Cheaper and works just the same. I, as you, use the CVS brand multiple vitamin for women's health.

     
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    Re: OT- What vitamins do you take?

    Epigal, more great points!  Maybe I get more fruit/veg servings than I thought based on the fact that I'm eating more than the recommended size.  (Although I couldn't guarantee that!)  Also a great point about the whole dairy thing.

     
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    Epigal, I completely agree that the best way to get your vitamins and minerals is by eating foods rich in them.  Personally, however, I don't know how anyone could eat all of the servings that are suggested for one day, so a vitamin helps me in that area.  How much food do they think a person can eat in one day?  Also good advice about certain supplements interacting with others.  Vitamin C helps you process Iron.  Calcium and Iron interfere with each other, so best not to take them at the same time.  So complicated!
    Posted by framerican51008


    I agree, Fram! Plus the nutrition facts are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Not everyone needs that many calories, and some need more. And seeing as how veggies lose a lot for their nutrients when cooked complicates matters. When's the mast time you saw a nutrition label on a bunch of asparagus or an orange? I try really hard to only eat things that don't come packaged or labeled (for dinner anyways) so it's tough to tell if I'm getting what I need.

    I don't think people *need* to take supplements, but it's safe and has been shown to be effective, so why not?
    I also think it's important to remember that supplements don't replace a healthy diet. If you eat junk 24/7, that multi-vitamin isn't going to help very much.
     
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    Re: OT- What vitamins do you take?

    Those things are not hype; they are the real deal and we should all be taking them.  That being said, out of pure laziness, I haven't been.
     

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