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post #31 of 35
Check to see just how much iron/calcium you're getting out of those vitamins. My Costco variety gives me about 50% of my DV for iron, 14% for calcium. Depending on your body, higher intakes of either of these can be causing your unplanned bathroom hiatus. The solution is relatively simple: up your fiber intake (more whole grains, veggies, etc.) or stop the pills.
post #32 of 35
What some have mentioned about multi-vitamin pills being a waste is true. For two reasons: One, those pills are created to last as long as possible on store shelves. They are mostly fillers and glues to hold them together, and then shellacs and waxes to keep moisture out. Because of these precautions by the manufacturers they don't get broken down well. Secondly is bio-availability. Your cells can't absorb the nutrients from vitamins if they are too big. The vast majority of vitamins have particle sizes 1000 times larger than is absorbable by the body. The nutrients may get taken in to the blood stream after being digested, but can't be used by the individual cells because the particles are too large.

I used to take a lot vitamins but hadn't for a couple years. A few months ago during my summer job I started taking a liquid multi-vitamin called Vibe. Because it is liquid it doesn't need to be digested and it is put through special processes to ensure that the particle size of the nutrients is small enough to be absorbed. A co-worker had started taking it and offered me a few samples. I was in an accident a little over a year ago that put me in a coma, and ever since I have needed about 9 or 10 hours of sleep a day to function properly. As soon as i started taking this i went down to 6 hours of sleep a day. Besides the energy i haven't really noticed any other changes, but for some people I know who are taking it, it has made dramatic changes in their health to have a vitamin that is absorbable.

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post #33 of 35
This Vibe looks like a network marketing ripoff a la GNLD. It sounds good, but if it is really so good, why isn't it available at stores? Why do you have to become a distributor to even buy it?
post #34 of 35
I was skeptical at first as well given that I have had friends in MLM's a la Usana and I have no interest in or time for that. I was told that's fine. There's no cost to join, you never carry product (not a distributor), all you do is simply buy what you you want from the company. My coworker put it to me this way. He gave me samples and said "Try them. If it does nothing for you you haven't lost anything. If it does, great." They've worked for me at least.

Back to the topic of the thread, the general problems of vitamins in pill form are well known. This is a potential solution, there are others as well. My advice, before you start taking anything do your research. Supplements are not things to play around with and take randomly. As my co-worker did for me, get samples of whatever you are interested in. Then find something that works for you.
post #35 of 35
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Originally Posted by denning
Secondly is bio-availability. Your cells can't absorb the nutrients from vitamins if they are too big. The vast majority of vitamins have particle sizes 1000 times larger than is absorbable by the body. The nutrients may get taken in to the blood stream after being digested, but can't be used by the individual cells because the particles are too large.
Not to come down on you too hard, but do you even know biochemically what a vitamin is? Seriously, without googling it up right this second? Bio-availability varies from product to product depending on time to dissolve not absorb. Imagine a multi-vitamin as a tall building and your body needing to take a wrecking ball to it to absorb the individual bricks. Enzymes in your body then turn these "bricks" which are actually vitamins into coenzymes needed for biochemical functions such as carbohydrate metabolism (B12) and amino acid metabolism (Folic Acid). A multi-vitamin doesn't create some super-duper sized Vitamin C "particle" that the body can't "absorb", rather, it might have difficulty breaking down the vitamin as a whole. Even this whole "bioavailability" argument is one most often mentioned by alternative vitamin companies that offer "natural" versions of vitamins. At a price, of course. The problem is that "bioavailability" vastly depends on the person's digestive system. Babies/pregnant or nursing mothers are often given a specific kind of multi-vitamin which does break up more easily because a baby's digestive system has a harder time processing such things. But for the average adult? Not that big of an issue. Most people, however, can literally see their vitamins working when their pee comes out bright yellow because of the excess B2 in their blood. If Vibe works for you, by all means, keep using it. But the science behind your explanation needs a touch more refinement.
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