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Multivitamins

Glirk DientGlirk Dient Registered User regular
edited February 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I am trying to find good bang for your buck miltivitamins. I figured looking around online would be a good bet as things are usually cheaper on the interwebs. Unfortunately I can't seem to find normal multivitamins. They are all for people who work out a lot, old people or women. They are also expensive. So does anyone have any good ideas on a quality money saving multi vitamin?

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Money saving multivitamins? Don't buy any and save all of your money. It isn't too hard to get what you need from a properly balanced diet and its better to get vitamins from your food that a pill (because of all the other stuff you get with the food).
    Unless you have a serious issue and aren't getting/producing vitamins, you don't need them.

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    Baron DirigibleBaron Dirigible Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Improv nailed it, but I wanted to address this:
    Unfortunately I can't seem to find normal multivitamins. They are all for people who work out a lot, old people or women.
    What are "normal" multivitamins, exactly? You're finding multivitamins for specific markets because multivitamins are used by specific markets. You'd be far better off determining where your nutritional deficiencies are and targeting them through changes in your diet, than taking some random (and, by your standards, cheap) pill. I'm a vegetarian, so I took iron supplements for a little while, but then I stopped and just started eating a lot more leafy greens and the like. In your case, it sounds more as if you've bought into the hype.

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    FantasmaFantasma Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Unless you have a medical condition, have been diagnosed Anemia or you are reaching the age of 40, you do not need vitamins.

    Taking vitamins just because some TV ad says so could be a big mistake, some are toxic in great quantities.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    What vitamins/minerals do you think you are lacking?

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited February 2011
    Unless you have special needs, you can probably just eat better. If your aim is to take multivitamins to avoid eating better, then definitely try to figure out what you aren't getting and replace it, but you probably aren't going to feel much better like you would if you just improved your diet.

    If you DO have special needs, go to your doctor and figure out what's in whatever he tells you to buy, and from there you can do a more informed search.

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    SelnerSelner Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    One-a-Day makes a Mens' Health vitamin, which I suppose is a "normal" multivitamin.
    http://oneaday.com/mens.html

    But as the others said, if you are a generally healthy person who eats well, then you probably do not need a multivitamin.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    And those websites where you input personal information and they custom make a vitamin pack for you? They're lying to you.

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    KistraKistra Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17764205
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17566547
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17332802
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17209217

    Don't bother. Eating an extra serving of vegetables each day will be cheaper. The only vitamins that routinely show a benefit in healthy people are folate (women only and unfortunately it needs to be taken for 6 mos to a year before conception for full benefit) and fish oil (but only for dry skin, not for your heart).

    Of course, ignore this advice if you were looking for a multivitamin on the instruction of your doctor, your doctor should have mentioned which component is most important to you and how much you should be looking for, just find the cheapest vitamin with that level of that nutrient. There is no such thing as a "normal" multivitamin. Multivitamins generally come in kids, adult women, adult men, older women, older men because those age groups tend to have different most common vitamin and/or mineral needs.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I think Folate is more for pregnant women than just women in general

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited February 2011
    "Women of childbearing age", because of potential "whoops's", and by the time you can possibly find out you're pregnant the stage where folic acid is so crucial has long begun.

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    Glirk DientGlirk Dient Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I was actually looking to get a multivitamin because I eat fairly frugal and healthy so some foods like fish and red meat are too expensive or too unhealthy to eat daily. I don't know a lot about nutrition but I eat a good amount of vegetables daily. I was just looking for multivitamins to round off my diet and fill in anything I was missing. Fizban was telling me he was able to find a container of multivitamins for $4 at walmart that were pretty good and lasted him a long time. At that price is seems worth it.

    As far as normal I meant adult mens. I can't seem to find that online very easily.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited February 2011
    Generic vitamins from your local grocery store or CVS will almost always work out cheaper after shipping, I think.

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    TheOtherHorsemanTheOtherHorseman Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Consider hopping on to the gubment's nutrion tracking website which gives you a decent little tool to keep a food diary and give you feedback on how well you're meeting your nutritional requirements.

    Type in a week's worth of averaging eating for you, and then go see what your intake is on vitamins and the like. This will help you target dietary modifications and, if necessary, pick supplements best suited to your needs.

    If possible, go with the dietary change though. You'd be surprised how much less you tend to get from supplements even when they have the same content as a serving of food just because of how it is presented in the pill vs. how it is presented as part of a steamed vegetable or seared cowhaunch.

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    OnTheLastCastleOnTheLastCastle let's keep it haimish for the peripatetic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I like vitamins. But then again, I take nootropics (cognitive enhancers) now too.

    The thing about them is that a generic brand will contain all the same stuff as a name brand vitamin. They're very cheap to make and high profit no matter what. Don't consider vitamin water or things like that as containing anything good though, they're mostly soda with a sprinkling of vitamins.

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    RuskRusk Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I was actually looking to get a multivitamin because I eat fairly frugal and healthy so some foods like fish and red meat are too expensive or too unhealthy to eat daily. I don't know a lot about nutrition but I eat a good amount of vegetables daily. I was just looking for multivitamins to round off my diet and fill in anything I was missing. Fizban was telling me he was able to find a container of multivitamins for $4 at walmart that were pretty good and lasted him a long time. At that price is seems worth it.

    As far as normal I meant adult mens. I can't seem to find that online very easily.

    Assuming you're still eating other kinds of meat and there aren't any other risk factors for deficiency (e.g. alcoholism), or you need them for a diagnosed health condition, I'll echo what most people said - you probably don't need supplements. The cheapest supplement would just be spending that money making sure you maintain a balanced diet. Keep buying fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meats, etc.

    If you do want to take multivitamins, just buy the cheapest store brand multivitamin you can find and avoid multiple/huge doses. You're unlikely to have vitamin toxicity, but there are a few vitamins where it's definitely possible.

    Bottom line: it's very uncommon for someone in western society (without other risk factors/conditions) to have vitamin deficiency. If you're hoping to prevent disease, there is (unfortunately) little evidence to support multivitamins for this purpose.

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    When my doctor said I needed a multivitamin, he said to just get whichever one is on sale.

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