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  • Vitamins are a waste of money... right?

    So, I am a multivitamin-every-morning kind of person but my husband and I got into a debate recently about it. I nudged him to take his (which he usually forgets to do). He said that he read vitamins were a waste of money and don't usually do much of anything. After I did a bit of research on my own, I'm feeling like I've wasted a bit of money on a daily multivitamin - probably about $120 per year.

    Any thoughts on this? Is there any benefit behind taking a multivitamin (or any other vitamin) or am I just wasting $120 a year?

  • #2
    Here's my take as a physician.

    I'm not convinced that a multivitamin is completely worthless. For example, I can tell you that never, not once in 26 years, have I ever seen a patient with a normal Vitamin D level unless they were already taking a supplement.

    I'm also not convinced that expensive vitamins are necessarily better than cheaper versions.

    You're spending $120/year. I take a daily multivitamin also. I spend about $12.00/year, just under $1.00/month. I'm willing to do that and hope that they are doing at least some good for me. They certainly don't do any harm but I wouldn't spend much more for them.

    FYI - I take the Target brand version of Centrum.
    Steve

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    • #3
      each morning, I eat a chocolate donut and a vitamin pill to spell it off. Seems to be working. I am not a doctor, but I used to play one on TV.
      How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TexasHusker View Post
        each morning, I eat a chocolate donut and a vitamin pill to spell it off. Seems to be working. I am not a doctor, but I used to play one on TV.
        Um...are you kidding about the doughnut part? I get the impression you're a healthy, fit energetic person.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by TexasHusker View Post
          each morning, I eat a chocolate donut and a vitamin pill to spell it off. Seems to be working. I am not a doctor, but I used to play one on TV.
          Funny enough - my grandfather did the same. Played tennis and was extremely fit up until 3 months before he died (at age 84). He died from a brain tumor, but the donuts definitely didn't have an impact on that haha.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
            Here's my take as a physician.

            I'm not convinced that a multivitamin is completely worthless. For example, I can tell you that never, not once in 26 years, have I ever seen a patient with a normal Vitamin D level unless they were already taking a supplement.

            I'm also not convinced that expensive vitamins are necessarily better than cheaper versions.

            You're spending $120/year. I take a daily multivitamin also. I spend about $12.00/year, just under $1.00/month. I'm willing to do that and hope that they are doing at least some good for me. They certainly don't do any harm but I wouldn't spend much more for them.

            FYI - I take the Target brand version of Centrum.
            Wow! That seems like a good deal! I seem to get a month's worth around $10. I may have to try a different brand... I'm glad to know I haven't been wasting my money completely buying vitamins though haha.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post

              Um...are you kidding about the doughnut part? I get the impression you're a healthy, fit energetic person.
              I am fit as a fiddle. I have a massive muscle topped with my belly button that is gradually getting bigger in preparation for an extended winter.
              How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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              • #8
                Doughnuts are the bomb.

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                • #9
                  I don't deal too much in multis, but I can say that taking extra protein definitely helps in the gym. Recovery and strength levels seem better when I get more protein and calories in general.
                  Not sure if that's good or bad. It's just my take.
                  Brian

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bjl584 View Post
                    I don't deal too much in multis, but I can say that taking extra protein definitely helps in the gym. Recovery and strength levels seem better when I get more protein and calories in general.
                    Not sure if that's good or bad. It's just my take.
                    Ah - an interesting point. You know I've been on a bit of a weight loss journey. I was chatting with a nutritionist who said getting those nutrients from food is better than a supplement, or in this case, a protein shake. But is it realistic to think we can get all our vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat all the time? I definitely feel better when I get my 4-5 small, yet nutritious meals a day, for sure... and cut down on my caffeine.

                    I still take this multivitamin daily and fish oil (that is supposed to help with inflammation from the gym, etc. but I'm not sure how much I believe it. At the very least, it has increased my hair and nail growth).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post
                      Doughnuts are the bomb.

                      Those look delicious! Now I don't care about vitamins... and just want a donut LOL

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                      • #12
                        I'd say it depends. I used to think they were a waste of money ... until I got older--And, also I have been doing low carb-ish diet for a while, so I think a multivitamin can maybe help in case something is missed. I think older people (I'm "older" ) have trouble adsorbing Vitamin D, too. Anyway, I decided to start taking vitamins and I have feel like I have more energy. ( I had a recent blood test that still showed vitamin D deficient and low B12, so I probably have to beef up the dosage. ) ... Maybe the donuts would make all the difference?
                        Last edited by Like2Plan; 06-10-2019, 11:56 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Took multi vitamins for a long time, ran out and quit taking them. It's been a couple years now and I've not noticed anything, blood work still fine at check ups, etc.
                          Probably won't buy them anymore unless my doc recommends it.

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=amastewa93;n704067]
                            I was chatting with a nutritionist who said getting those nutrients from food is better than a supplement/QUOTE]

                            I agree 100%. Always better to get things in their natural form rather than from a manufactured source.

                            A big part of the problem today is that people will take a handful of supplements every morning but then eat an Egg McMuffin for breakfast, order a pizza for lunch, and throw in a TV dinner at night and then wonder why they aren't healthier. Supplements should be just that. They should supplement a healthy, well-balanced diet. They do not replace the healthy diet.
                            Steve

                            * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                            * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by amastewa93 View Post

                              Those look delicious! Now I don't care about vitamins... and just want a donut LOL
                              what I do is crush the vitamin pill and then sprinkle it onto the donut with some candy sprinkles. You've essentially converted junk food to health food. This isn't that hard.
                              How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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