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Supplements, are they worth it?

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by vamah, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. vamah

    vamah Senior Member

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    Over the past year, I have been taking increasing numbers of supplements, which have become very expensive. At the same time, my symptoms have gotten worse. Aside from vitamin D, which I know I have a deficiency, I am wondering if any of these are worth the expense. Right now I take:

    B50
    Biotin
    Iron
    D
    ALA
    NAC
    Omega 3
    PS 100
    Isocort
    Chlorella

    There's probably more that I can't remember right now.
     
  2. vamah

    vamah Senior Member

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    Ha, also DHEA, taurine, lysine, olive leaf extract. Although I'm somewhat sporatic in my use of those last 3.
     
  3. Plum

    Plum Senior Member

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    I once took everything recommended to me. It never worked. I've found it better to spend my money are good quality organic veges and grassfed meat. I do supplement with probiotics, liver detox herbs and vit d but that's it. I spend about £20 a month on supplements.
     
  4. rosie26

    rosie26 Senior Member

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    I would continue with the Omega fish oils, if you suffer with lots of inflammation. I find they are a noticeable help especially for the headaches, I just take 2 1000mg a day.

    I am going to go onto a mineral supplement which has 26 minerals in base of sea water, as I just haven't got the head to work out taking minerals one by one and it is very expensive to do that. So at least I will get a wide variety of minerals in one go. And I will try to get my vitamins via food. Although next winter I am going to supplement Vit. D, as I always seem to be worse in winter than summer. x
     
  5. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    Taking iron when you do not need it can be dangerous.
     
  6. ukxmrv

    ukxmrv Senior Member

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    If your symptoms are getting worse you could consider stopping all the vitamins except for the ones that you have a proven deficiency in. My stomach rebels at vitamins now. It's been 25 years of taking various things and trying various protocols. I'm now down to the 2 or 3 that I take each day and others in reserve for a particular symptom that flares up every now and then.

    For years I took evening primrose oil and then out of the blue, my stomach could no longer tolerate bit. I tried it in a liquid form thinking it was the tablets and was the same awful reaction. Stopping for a long time, then slowly adding a little was possible but only over time. Evening Primrose oil was one of the few things that helped with PMT.

    Once you have stopped them, wait a couple of weeks and then write a list of things you are trying to target and slowly start adding them again. Sometimes it can be a reaction to a filler in a certain supplement that we cannot tolerate.
     

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