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Vitamin supplementation, does it make sense ?

Answered on February 28, 2014
Created February 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM

It seems like there is an endless list of articles and research saying the most of the vitamin supplementation are useless and increases the risk of certain diseases.

Contrary to this there seems to be a lots of anecdotal evidence in favor of vitamin supplements.

Any long term reliable studies on vitamins?

What is the strongest evidence in favor of supplementing with vitamins ?

47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

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on February 28, 2014
at 12:00 PM

That's right about calcium but it's in a natural form with trace elements and more %DV of magnesium, so maybe the supplement isn't that bad.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 28, 2014
at 11:55 AM

We shouldn't supplement with calcium, because it can lead to CVD. We also get plenty of calcium from leafy greens. Magnesium can help with sleep.

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on February 27, 2014
at 08:24 PM

They mainly function as placebos. There will always be someone peddling snake oil (or is that "High Omega-3 Snake Oil"?) and people who buy it wanting to believe that it works.

47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

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on February 27, 2014
at 08:23 PM

About the multivitamin, octacosanol is almost certainly a scam:

http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/The_Cholesterol_Times-Issue-9.html

It's ingredients are poorly dosed and it has aspartates. Still may be one of the best I've ever seen.

How can that coral calcium can bring amazing dreams ? I'd rather try that for enamel strengthening.

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on February 28, 2014
at 01:45 PM

Supplementation prevents overt vitamin deficiency, and not much more. Food is a cocktail designed by nature containing 1000s of chemicals, some we've identified as essential to human biology, but many we haven't identified uses for yet, that doesn't mean they don't have a purpose, likely to modulate and effect the known vitamins.

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47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

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on February 27, 2014
at 08:30 PM

Different conditions require different things so before supplementing you should consider every area of your health including your diet and every link between your conditions and the ingredients of the supplements. This is probably neither accurate nor helpful when accurate all the time but this gives a clue to how different needs can be:

http://www.acu-cell.com/dis.html

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on February 27, 2014
at 08:01 PM

Wellness Resources has good quality supplements. Their daily vitamin pack is good:http://www.wellnessresources.com/products/daily_energy.php

L-Carnitine is good for fat metabolism.

Some good supplements for brain performance: L-Phenylalanine, Alpha-GPC

A good stack I get from Peak Nootropics: Piracetam, Aniracetam, Alpha-GPC

For amazing dreams at night, I take a little coral calcium before bed:http://www.wellnessresources.com/products/coral_calcium.php

47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

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on February 27, 2014
at 08:23 PM

About the multivitamin, octacosanol is almost certainly a scam:

http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/The_Cholesterol_Times-Issue-9.html

It's ingredients are poorly dosed and it has aspartates. Still may be one of the best I've ever seen.

How can that coral calcium can bring amazing dreams ? I'd rather try that for enamel strengthening.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 28, 2014
at 11:55 AM

We shouldn't supplement with calcium, because it can lead to CVD. We also get plenty of calcium from leafy greens. Magnesium can help with sleep.

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on February 27, 2014
at 07:27 PM

When you come from SAD and/or you have ailments, you might need D, Magnesium, K2, and CoQ10 (along eating wild salmon/sardines for more O-3 instead of getting pills for it). I needed supplementation to go around my extensive ailments.

But after these bottles are emptied, then you don't replenish. That's the key in the whole debate. You use vitamins in the beginning to help you kickstart your body again, but not sustain you for the long run. Good food and sun bathing will do the rest.

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