What’s in a Vitamin?

If you stroll down the “vitamin” aisle at Whole Foods, you are sure to be overwhelmed by the immense plethora of options that await you. Supplements, replacements, too many pictures and claims to health to shake a stick at. I went in with the goal of finding some pills that would support immune system health and coordinate with the pills that I already take for this. I also picked up some fish oil pills, on a rec from one of my co-workers. She thought it might help with some of the aches in my knee joints that stem from old soccer injuries and occasionally flare up when I’m running at the gym.

My morning pill-taking routine this week looked something like this:

This is only meant to be taken for a week or two at a time, but since Husband was sick, I had been sick and I have some travels coming up, I figured it would be a good time to try it out.

I’ve been taking these for a while – incidentally, I’m also on the hunt for a multivitamin to take along with it. Usually when my parents go to Costco, they pick me up a huge bottle … too bad they’re going to Spain for a week ….

I read an article in Women’s Health Magazine that recommended taking a daily Probiotic pill for general overall health. This one seemed like a good option (although there were about 300 at Whole Foods).

This is the fish oil pill that my co-worker recommended. Figured I’d give it a whirl!

The moral of the story is that there about a zillion different options in terms of pills and supplements, and the research about which combination is best for whom is constantly changing. The other obnoxious thing about it is that while you are dishing out plenty of money for these products, there’s really no way to tell if any of them, or all of them, or certain combinations of them are having any tangible effect on your health at all! Take them and pray, that’s the best way to do it πŸ™‚


2 thoughts on “What’s in a Vitamin?

  1. if you take a multi vitamin you shouldn’t also be taking vitamin c, unless you are sick, like the echinacea, the vitamin c should be taken when illness is coming on or you are sick. i would probably suggest a calcium pill with vitamin d, i take oscal which is really good. that may help your knees. also you should read up on when to take the supplements and with what. some you should take in the morning, some at night, some with food some with water/juice. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! Actually, most multivitamins (including the one I used to take) have very low levels of Vitamin C, so it has been recommended to me by multiple sources to do both, particularly during the winter, since I work in an office that is FULL of germs, and travel all the time.

      I will definitely look more into when to take vitamins and with what, and also the possibilities for Oscal … Thank you!

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