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Me and my vitamins

My doctor tells me I'm wasting money on vitamins. He's partly right.

I do believe megadosing is a waste of money but can also be deadly. Too much of certain vitamins are toxic. Others just pass through. 

My doctor tells me I'm wasting my money. Sadly, I don't listen to him. I've been taking six basic vitamins for five years now. The doses are as prescribed and all are needed. 

They say a good diet gives us all the vitamins we need. I don't believe all of us have the right diet all the time. We might not even realize it. Some vitamin deficiencies can cause serious harm. I'm covering all my bases. 

Here's my vitamin schedule.

Equate (Walmart) Magnesium 500mg 

Webmd.com says: Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones. Magnesium is also required for the proper function of nerves, muscles, and many other parts of the body. In the stomach, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine.

It also is used for ADHD and other ailments such as cardiovascular problems, digestive issues (Remember mom's Milk of Magnesia when your tummy hurt? - white, milky and chalky tasting? - well it worked). 

Think fibre foods and eat lots of it and you won't need Magnesium. Theoretically. 

Jamiieson B12 100mg

B12 is for nerves and many people don't get enough. It makes DNA and red blood cells. Humans don't make B12 naturally so we need to eat things like meat to ensure we have enough. 

Vegans and babies from vegan mothers and heavy drinkers will have B12 deficiency without supplements. This can lead to, among other things, blindness and other nerve-related problems.

Jamieson Zinc 25mg

Webmed.com says: Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains offer relatively high levels of zinc.

Zinc plays a key role in maintaining vision, and it is present in high concentrations in the eye. Zinc deficiency can alter vision, and severe deficiency can cause changes in the retina (the back of the eye where an image is focused).

Low zinc levels can be associated with male infertility, sickle cell disease, HIV, major depression, and type 2 diabetes, and can be fought by taking a zinc supplement.

Exact Vitamin D 1000 IU   

Eatrightontario.ca says: Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium. Calcium and vitamin D work together to help you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps your muscles, nerves and immune system work properly. Recent research has shown that vitamin D may be linked to lowering the risk of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and some cancers.

This website also says adults should take up to 4000 IU per day or suffer Vitamin D deficiency. The dabate on the value of this vitamin goes on as its benefits, though well documented and researched, nobody seems too quite sure how much the average person should take daily. I'm hedging my bets on 1000 IU until the jury is back on this.

Sunkist Vitamin C 500mg  

This is one that everyone has an opinion on and the more extreme the better it seems. Some people megadose thousands of mg per day and others just eat lots of fruit. Scientists tell you anything more than just enough gets passed out of your body every day so it's a waste. 

Webmd.com says:  Some animals can make their own vitamin C, but people do not. Best is fresh fruit and usually suffices. 

Most experts recommend getting vitamin C from a diet high in fruits and vegetables rather than taking supplements. Vitamin C degrades in less than fully fresh oranges, for example. Ready to drink orange juice can't sit in the fridge or it losses it's potency.

Historically, vitamin C was used for preventing and treating scurvy which is now rare and your teeth basically fell out if you were a sailor in the British Navy after about a month with no fresh oranges. Surprisingly someone in the last stages of scurvy - it destroys connective tissue - can eat a single lemon and within hours start recovering. Shockingly after this miraculous antidote to scurvy was discovered by British scientists in the 1700s it was duly ignored by the British Navy for 200 years while tens of thousands of sailors died on ships from the disease. 

Like many vitamins, some people assign cures to Vitamin C that are debatable. Such things as curing the common cold. How much of that is the placebo effect and how much is simply that colds cure themselves within days making Vitamin C's curative qualities debateable. Nonetheless, I take it daily. It is harmless even in large doses and what benefit it provides, I accept. 

Jamieson Mult-Vitamin - 1 tablet per day

This is a wide net cast to make sure I'm covered by all the necessary vitamins and supplements most humans supposedly need. 

They say the vitamin industry is worth billions and some claims about the benefits are grossly untrue.

For me, common sense prevails by taking safe doses in quantities that most scientists and specialists agree we should be getting anyway. I'm hedging my bet that my diet doesn't always give me enough of them. And that they're wrong that some vitamins don't give you more benefit in slightly higher doses. With these six vitamins I get one more as bonus. The placebo effect. They say that's the most powerful medicine of all. 

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