View Full Version : Save your money and ditch the vitamins!

26 Feb 2015, 07:09
Seriously, you don't need them. (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/experts-decisive-against-multivitamins-stop-wasting-money/282440/) (Unless you have a medically identified deficiency)

Doubling down on the claim. (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/)

Tripling down with an interview. (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/02/vitamin-bs/386126/)

(I take 3 dietary supplements--iron (I have iron deficiency anemic) with vitamin C (helps absorb the iron), calcium with vitamin D (osteoporosis runs in my family and because of my vitiligo I have to be careful with sun exposure, making me vitamin D deficient), and B-12 (I'm borderline for pernicious anemia).

26 Feb 2015, 13:24
Haha you sound like me. I also ditched my vitamins, except for those ones. Though, I only take the iron when I get low on blood iron (I swing between anemia and too much blood iron, for some reason, so I have to watch it) and I only take vitamin D in the winter (I'm out in the sun loads in the spring and summer...it's just the winters that are an issue because it's so dark and grey here and I rarely leave the house).

26 Feb 2015, 13:29
I've actually been hearing, and repeating, this for ages.

Save your money, buy books and food instead!

I should probably take some calcium though, since I'm pretty vulnerable to osteoporosis down the line due to my small stature, gender, and genetics.

26 Feb 2015, 17:18
I ditched them too. Except calcium. My gyno told me to take them. Word. I needs it.

27 Feb 2015, 21:54
I have diagnosed deficiencies in both iron and Vit D, and at my last blood test my B12 was borderline (though it's been normal in the past). So I take Iron and Vit D and while I'm on them my bloods are normal.

I've never taken a multivitamin though, because I don't believe in taking vitamin tablets except to treat deficiencies or as complimentary neutraceuticals in certain disease states. It's possible to over-supplement fat soluble vitamins and cause deficiencies in other areas, while the body will excrete excess water soluble vitamins so they aren't doing anything anyway.

Cynica the Ageless
14 Sep 2015, 19:27
I haven't taken any vitamins or supplements in years. Even the whey protein went out the window!

It's nothing but crushed garlic, chopped onions, a tablespoon of honey everyday, tea, black coffee and clean drinking water for me. :)