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Old 09-12-2006, 08:10 AM   #1
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combination of supplements

Hello. I have recently started taking a male vitality supplement which contains (in addition to herbal ingredients): 30mg of Niacin, 30mg of Zinc, and 4mg of copper. Could I still continue taking my daily multivitamin in conjunction with this other supplement. The multivitamin contains 100% of the daily value for niacin, zinc and copper and I just wanted to make sure that I will not be taking an excess amount of these vitamins.

 
Old 09-12-2006, 02:57 PM   #2
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Nickjams.....There's two supplements that i never would go over the RDA and thats Iron and Copper. Although Copper is needed for Zinc absorption it is highly oxidizing in the body.The RDA is 1.2 mg daily so your at 4 mg plus add on the multvitamin's Copper. Well thats not good so my advice is to lay low on Copper....
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Old 09-13-2006, 06:52 AM   #3
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Re: combination of supplements

Thank you for your reply. As you can guess, I want to keep using the enzyte to see if it works! I don't suppose there are any multivitamins without copper are there?

 
Old 09-13-2006, 01:15 PM   #4
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There are... but this rational is now only catching on. Life extension mix has a copper free formula but they are expensive..There some other brands out there on the web so do a ''multivitamin without copper'' search and may help....
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Re: combination of supplements

Thank for your insight. I have one more question. I found a multivitamin called "Added Essentials" by Douglas Amni at the Vitamin Shoppe. It is without copper. However, I also noticed exhorbitant amounts of certain vitamins (based on my very limited knowledge). For instance, it has 100mg of thiamin, 190mg of Niacin, 50mg of B6, etc. Multivitamins such as Centrum usually have 100% of the daily requirement. However, this product seems to have WAY more than 100% on certain vitamins. Should this be a concern or is this normal for "high performance" vitamins. I am a pretty big guy who is athletic so would I need these higher performing vitamins?

 
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NickJames...The amounts you mentioned on the B's are high but keep in mind that they are water soluble and the body only absorbs so much at a time so most will be excreted in the urine. It will probably be bright yellow or greenish but thats just the kidneys doing their job. 10 to 25 mg daily of B's are a good fit for most.
For me personally i won't take any copper do to the research i've read about over the years but if you have to take it as most supplements have it then you'll be o.k. Its more a long term damage to the body than short term damage.
And for athletics and vitamins they probably are overated as the main fuel for energy is Glucose from Complex Carbs (oatmeal,brownrice,berries etc..) but vitamins provide the raw materials for cells to do their job......
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