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Whole food multi-vitamins

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JackS, May 24, 2007.

  1. JackS

    JackS Member

    Does anyone here have any opinions, recommendations or links on the subject?
  2. BigDog

    BigDog Active Member

    My recommendation: Flintstones.
  3. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    The problem with vitamin supplements is that most of the good stuff is lost when you pee. Americans have the richest urine in the world.

    Better to get it through unprocessed food. Foods that are fortified, such as cereal, have the vitamins sprayed on. There's no guarantee if the vitamins are even useful at that point, and the cereal companies won't talk about it.
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Is that why my cats drink out of the toilet?
  5. JackS

    JackS Member

    That's why I was asking about WHOLE FOOD multi-vitamins. Does the same thing apply, or are you just talking about multi-vitamins in general?

    I already quit the synthetic multi-vitamins about a year ago. I want to know if the whole food ones are any better.
  6. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Seriously, you're just better off eating food.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

  8. Forget the whole-food vitamins and go with whole-food supplements. Much better for you. Those multivitamin pill are overrated and pretty much ineffective because of the chemicals used to make them. Jack, if there is a Whole Foods Market near you, they'll definitely have them.

    Forget the food route. You can't eat enough to get the proper nutrition you need, and for a couple of reasons:
    1) If you are not eating organic fruits and veggies, the stuff you are buying now has almost zero nutritional value because of all the chemicals used. You would seriously have to eat 25 "regular" apples to get anything out of them.
    2) Even eating organic fruits and veggies has a catch. They have to be eaten raw, nothing frozen or canned. Also, and this goes for the regular stuff, because the soil is so depleted, it's still not the same. Anyway, if you really want to get as much nutrition as you can from your fruits and veggies, eat three big salads a day with a lot of raw veggies in it. I know that is nearly impossible and expensive, but there are a lot of people (probably not many journalists) who can afford it and swear by it.
  9. JackS

    JackS Member

    Glad to finally have a serious answer. Thanks. I'm a little confused though. See the link below.


    Would something like this be made with chemicals? If so, any link to something you think is better would be appreciated.

    And as for your take on the food, that I already knew. I do eat well, and lots of organic, but I know it's impossible to get all the proper nutrition that way. So now I at least know I'm talking to someone with some knowledge.
  10. Took a look at the link. The ingredients seemed to be fine, but I'm still always a little uneasy with taking vitamins, etc because of the crap used to make them. But I did see a section for natural food supplements there. And the best stuff about it, it's cheap.
  11. I've actually been looking into this vitamin thing for a few months. I asked my doctor, who I've decided is an a-hole, and his answer was to "Just pick one ... Pick Centrum." And there's so much information out there. One doctor (a specialist I saw ... just chatting with the guy) said he takes a Multivitamin from GNC and extra Vitamin C and 400 IUs of Natural Vitamin E supplements a day because the Vitamin E helps get "free radicals out of your system." I guess free radicals can lead to cancer and all that good stuff. So I was going to do that, but there's another study out there that says too much Vitamin E actually harms you rather than helping you.

    All that ended up being moot because I'm on Lipitor for high cholesterol and I found out that taking more than the recommended daily amount of either C or E reduces Lipitor's effectiveness.

    So ... today, I called and scheduled an appointment with a dietician at the hospital. It'll run me $94 out of pocket, but my goal is to put together an eating plan that will get me all the vitamins and minerals I need through my diet without taking a multivitamin, get me off the Lipitor (which is expensive as hell) because I'm actually eating "heart healthy" and help me loose a few pounds in the process. It's easy to say, have five servings of fruits and vegetables every day and three servings of fish a week. But I'm a picky eater so I'm hoping this dietician can help me set up a plan based on my food preferences and what's available in the local grocery stores for me to buy. I don't live near a port, so it's not like there's a fish market in town where I can necessarily get wild salmon or whatever fishes are recommended. Anyway, it should be interesting to see what she comes up with.
  12. JackS

    JackS Member

    I concur with your goal to do all you can to get off Lipitor. Given his advice, I also agree with your assessment of your doctor. Keep researching and check in with what you find out from your dietician or anywhere else. And Lipitor or not, I don't think loading up with huge amounts of single vitamins is wise.
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