The article references a new study which showed no benefit in supplements, with the exception of calcium and vit D. What do you think? Are vitamins helpful? Necessary? A waste of money? Do you take vitamins yourself?
We don't take vitamins or any supplements here. I did take folic acid prior to TTC. I posted this study to my FB this morning. For us, we are confident that we can get all of the nutrients that our bodies require through whole foods.
I'm not sure that I quite believe this. Not dying and not getting a major chronic disease isn't the same thing as being healthy from day to day. And a lot of Americans don't eat healthy foods or lots of fresh fruits & vegetables. I've always taken a basic non-iron vitamin & I am rarely ever sick; DH does not take vitamins & he catches almost everything & it wipes him out. We eat pretty much the same stuff, and that includes a good amount of whole foods and fresh fruits but I do tend to frozen vegetables for convenience. IME vitamins do seem to help keep me healthy or I'd probably be as sick as often as DH. Do I believe vitamins will help me live longer? No, but I think not being sick so often along the way will make the years I have more pleasant.
I started giving vitamins to Tiven when I had stopped pumping but she was still not eating much in the way of solids. I knew she wasn't eating a well-balanced diet, despite my best efforts, and I wasn't sure her bedtime nursing was enough nutrition. Vitamins seemed like a logical thing to add, no harm no foul. They aren't getting anywhere near a dangerous dose of anything.
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Most of them are a waste we supplement if we feel off, and I have had the supplements I do take tested on me, and my body processes them well. Most tablet vits don't even get digested, so it depends on the type and your body.
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We don't do vitamin or supplements. If we, in some of the worlds wealthiest countries, can't eat a diet that meets our nutritional needs, then we are doing something very wrong. I do take folic acid pre-pregnancy and in the first trimester.
Generally, I think vit/supps are a waste of money.
We take vitamins - they might not be 100% neccessary, but they don't hurt us and we are rarely sick so I contribute that partly to the vitamins. We don't always eat a balanced meal, we try but some days it just doesn't happen.
DH takes specific vitamin and Omega-3 supplements as instructed by his doctor. Otherwise, everyone but the three youngest do not take daily vitamins. When I was TTC & pg, I did take prenatal vitamins plus iron and extra folic acid on top of what was already in the prenatals as instructed by my doctor. My youngest three do take them and they still get sick more often than anyone else. Am I surprised? No, they're young kids who put anything in their mouth.
But I do find the article very misleading. If one decides to take a daily vitamin that their body may not need that day, (provided they're only taking the recommended dosage) the worst case scenario is that it's just flushed out of their system. And if a doctor recommends for general health to take one, I see no issue if one would rather error on the side of taking one and it having no effect on them than to not take one and have medical issues later.
As for folic acid, the March of Dimes has strenuously advertised the importance of taking folic acid while TTC and pg to reduce the risk of spina bifida. When knowing two personal cases where within the past 3 years, they discovered their unborn and newly born child had spina bifida and they never took folic acid as a supplement, I am a complete believer in the aide of supplements.
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If I had to save us a few dollars, that's something I could cut, but they're not expensive enough to make it an issue.
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