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Offline Alyssa Autopsy

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What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:48:35 AM »
I am currently using  The Vitamin Shoppe's brand One Daily Multivitamin Women's. I got it because it has extra folic acid for heart health (I have 2 heart disorders) and magnesium (i'm a smoker, though have been tyring to quit for a long time).

I could list out the vitamins on my bottle, but I thought it would be easier to ask: What vitamins should I be looking for to help me on my Paleo Lifestyle?

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013, 06:58:52 PM »
Welcome to the site.  I hate to sound crude, but I'd put 110% of my efforts toward quitting smoking before worrying about an optimal multivitamin!  The cost savings alone will be significant, plus your health.



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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 04:10:06 PM »
Welcome to the site.  I hate to sound crude, but I'd put 110% of my efforts toward quitting smoking before worrying about an optimal multivitamin!  The cost savings alone will be significant, plus your health.
I've been trying to quit smoking for years. I even quit for over a month this year. But the cravings don't stop. I was getting to the point where I wanted to cut if I couldn't get a smoke. I'm seriously addicted and i've spent HUNDREDS of dollars trying to quit, it's simply not working. I KNOW smoking is horrid, that is not the topic of this thread.

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 05:10:10 PM »
Actually some research shows that some people get addicted to nicotine a lot more easily than others.

Having willpower is hard, I know.  I have dermatillomania, it comes and goes related to my anxiety, and everyone just says 'why can't you just not do it?" but it's not that simple.  It takes such insanely strong will power to overcome the craving - much more than for a regular person

Multivitamin -

Anti oxidants - A, C, E, Selenium (I take these as an extra)
Vit D, Magnesium, Calcium, ?zinc (I take these as an extra too)
omega3 (again I take as an extra)
Iron
K2
?Iodine (I don't take this because I eat seaweed quite regularly)

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 05:17:25 PM »
I understand the topic of your thread, but I'd have a similar response on an auto racing forum if you asked what the best tires for Indianapolis Motorspeedway are and also mention you mix sugar into your gasoline.


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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013, 09:39:28 AM »
Actually some research shows that some people get addicted to nicotine a lot more easily than others.

Having willpower is hard, I know.  I have dermatillomania, it comes and goes related to my anxiety, and everyone just says 'why can't you just not do it?" but it's not that simple.  It takes such insanely strong will power to overcome the craving - much more than for a regular person

Multivitamin -

Anti oxidants - A, C, E, Selenium (I take these as an extra)
Vit D, Magnesium, Calcium, ?zinc (I take these as an extra too)
omega3 (again I take as an extra)
Iron
K2
?Iodine (I don't take this because I eat seaweed quite regularly)
thanks

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 09:39:59 AM »
I understand the topic of your thread, but I'd have a similar response on an auto racing forum if you asked what the best tires for Indianapolis Motorspeedway are and also mention you mix sugar into your gasoline.
dude
i can't quit
i tried
multiple times
just answer the question
or get off my thread

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2013, 05:20:42 PM »
A.)  This is my site.
2.)  If you eat a solid diet a multivitamin is a waste of money.  Targeted supplementation is more useful wherever you have weak spots (Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Magnesium)
c.)  You're routinely ingesting 4,000 chemicals with every cigarette, so I wouldn't stress about your macros or vitamin intake.  Actually, recent good research indicates cigarettes are actually radioactive.  Consult the following then adjust your attitude: 

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There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 50 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and other places they are found:

Acetone found in nail polish remover
Acetic Acid   an ingredient in hair dye
Ammonia a common household cleaner
Arsenic used in rat poison
Benzene found in rubber cement
Butane used in lighter fluid
Cadmium active component in battery acid
Carbon Monoxide released in car exhaust fumes
Formaldehyde embalming fluid
Hexamine found in barbecue lighter fluid
Lead used in batteries
Napthalene an ingredient in moth balls
Methanol a main component in rocket fuel
Nicotine used as insecticide
Tar material for paving roads
Toluene - used to manufacture paint

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 06:05:32 AM »
So just because you run the site you're allowed to rag on me about my addiction? Don't you think i'd like to quit, before I get a hole in my throat or lung cancer or leg/finger amputations? I know what's happening, I understand it, that was not the topic of this post.

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2013, 02:21:04 PM »
A multi needs to come from whole-food (or at least natural sources) or your body won't utilize it. Vitamins need to be protein bonded for the body to absorb them, and synthetic vitamins (ie, the cheap ones, Centrum, One-a-day) are not protein bonded. The easiest thing to do to see if you have a quality product is to read the label. If everything is chunked together, Like most synthetics this is harder. You want to ensure that they come from natural (not synthetic) sources, to ensure absorption. Easiest way to do that is read the label and make sure your vitamin E is d-alpha tocopherol (not dl-) and that there're bioflavonoids present as well.

In all reality, Multivitamins are useless if you eat normal and could be over-nutrition if you eat healthy. It's better to get all you're vitamins from real sources. Multivitamins have been researched and there's a huge divide on the effects on them. Some researchers claim Multivitamins could cause cancer, and linked several cases of cancer to multivitamins and some claim it prevents cancer. The fact there's still a debate over multivitamins and it's health effects linking to cancer is a red flag to me. Better safe than sorry, I'd wait till more research gets done till I'd start using multivitamins again.

However, you can do what you want. I'm sure a few multivitamins a week won't kill. Maybe take one on a bad day, or when you're on vacation for example but some of the brands out there that tell you to take 3-6 a day is just playing with fire to me.

Simple answer, just eat healthy and don't worry about multis.

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 04:14:23 PM »
A multi needs to come from whole-food (or at least natural sources) or your body won't utilize it. Vitamins need to be protein bonded for the body to absorb them, and synthetic vitamins (ie, the cheap ones, Centrum, One-a-day) are not protein bonded. The easiest thing to do to see if you have a quality product is to read the label. If everything is chunked together, Like most synthetics this is harder. You want to ensure that they come from natural (not synthetic) sources, to ensure absorption. Easiest way to do that is read the label and make sure your vitamin E is d-alpha tocopherol (not dl-) and that there're bioflavonoids present as well.

In all reality, Multivitamins are useless if you eat normal and could be over-nutrition if you eat healthy. It's better to get all you're vitamins from real sources. Multivitamins have been researched and there's a huge divide on the effects on them. Some researchers claim Multivitamins could cause cancer, and linked several cases of cancer to multivitamins and some claim it prevents cancer. The fact there's still a debate over multivitamins and it's health effects linking to cancer is a red flag to me. Better safe than sorry, I'd wait till more research gets done till I'd start using multivitamins again.

However, you can do what you want. I'm sure a few multivitamins a week won't kill. Maybe take one on a bad day, or when you're on vacation for example but some of the brands out there that tell you to take 3-6 a day is just playing with fire to me.

Simple answer, just eat healthy and don't worry about multis.

Appreciate the input buddy.  Welcome to the forum!

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2013, 07:01:32 PM »
A regular multi. Antioxidants are really good for your heart, especially if you love meat.

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2013, 07:38:52 AM »
I agree with @Timmsks. I use a multi that has antioxidants and all natural ingredients in it and i absolutely love it.  It's called ActiVit by beachbody.  You can order it online here: http://www.beachbody.com/category/supplements/best_sellers.do

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Re: What should I be looking for in my multivitamin?
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2013, 09:49:57 AM »

End of story.


2.)  If you eat a solid diet a multivitamin is a waste of money.  Targeted supplementation is more useful wherever you have weak spots (Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Magnesium)