I think there are alot of different opinions about how to take Vitamins and Minerals. So, I give you my opinion: A One a day Vitamin of any brand just can not have enough unless you eat an extremely good-well balanced diet--- which most of us just don't do. Dr. Andrew Weil,MD thinks you should eat correctly and take very few vitamins. But, to eat like his books say---it would take alot of time and effort ---many are not willing to DO!!!
I think a good Vit/Mineral supplement is Daily Two caps by Twinlabs with Iron if you need it or without if you don't. Of course there are alots on the market that are Good ---you generally get what you pay for http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif
[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 08-26-2001).]
One a day is another brand name of a vitmin that has little or no use in the body. If you check the ingredients and what you are actually getting and compare it to what you need daily, you will find that the 'multi' had a miniscule amount of most of the vitamins, In order to have ALL of what you need in a day, you would need a vitamin about 6 cm long by 3 wide...cigar sized almost. You would be better to find out what vitamins you are missing in your diet and supplement from there.
Note that even if you eat a GREAT diet like I do (mostly organic, all natural foods) you may still not get enough of some vitamins. According to the Canadian food group, I eat just about everything on the list, daily, and I still need vitamin B and C, and a Zinc supplement daily!
You should see a nutrition specialist or dietician...write down everything in detail that you eat in a 2 week period before going...this will give a good cross section of your eating habits. By the way in detail means with ingredients ( a past dinner does not come from a box of craft dinner!)
On average, only 9% of all North Americans consume three or more vegetables and two or more fruits daily, as recommended by the government. Therefore, it's not hard to see that most of us lack the optimum daily dosage of vitamins and minerals. We must therefore introduce supplements into our diets.
For a basic daily supplement, you want a pill that contains 100% of the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) for all vitamins and minerals. That's it. Any vitamin that supplies this is just fine. Fancy vitamins with high price tags are a rip off.
Its a good practice to take 1 multivitamin every 12 hours, which is 2 a day.
The reason for this is that some of the importaunt vitamins you intake, like VitC and VitB, are all water soluble (stay in the body for less time before being eliminated) and have a half-life in the body of about 9 hours. So after that they are pretty much used up.
Regular multi's like centrum will be fine, but if your a hard working athlete, bodybuilder or have a very active lifestyle then you can opt to use some of the more complete and potent packs like, universal animal pak or GNC megamans, they are generally higher in the energy vitamins as well as some others.
I take the GNC Ultra Women multi w/iron. 1 serving, is two vitamins, so I take one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. It also has a lot of added extras for women... I enjoy it,but take it with a little food....
As you can see, it depends on who you ask as far as how many and which kind of vitamins per day to take.
My family dr. and I had a lengthy discussion about vitamins; he's very health conscious himself. He recommended that I take 2 multivitamin tablets a day (I take Physcian's Formula brand), one in the morning, and one at dinner. I also take Omega 3, Vitamin E and Calcium (when I don't have enough servings of milk products per day). But, I also eat a healthy diet (most days)...2-3 fruits, 3-4 veggies, 2 servings of milk, yogurt, etc., 6 oz. lean chicken or beef, 3-4 servings of whole wheat products, and 2 servings of additional fats, such as olive oil or natural peanut butter (good fats). I think it varies per person what you should take each day, and whether or not you have any medical problems or are in good health.
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Re: Is 1 Multi-Vitamin Enough?
i am taking a whole of host of supplements but i'm thinking of changing. theres been a lot of talk on the boards of how many brands of HIGH STRENGTH vits are not absorbed by the body. so i reckon it may be better to take a basic multi-vit and mineral twice a day and then supplement through whole supplements like spirulina, brewers yeast, wheat grass powder. these contain a variety of nutrients in high amounts but are very easily absorbed as they are foods but superfoods. also, by drinking raw juice you can ingest a very large concentration of micro-nutrients in one pint. a pint of veg juice for me usually consists of 4 carrots, a pepper, 2 celery sticks, half a lemon, large cube of ginger and an apple. stripping the veg to its juice allows this and it is again very easily assimilated. sprouting food is great too as it increses the nutrients dramatically. spend your money on this rather than expensive supplements that i believe cannot really be used by the body effectively.