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Daily Vitamins/Supplements

ArteEtLabore14

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When I was younger (see: <1 year ago) I had trouble swallowing pills. I've gotten over this and would like to start taking vitamins to improve my general health.

What do you recommend?

I'm 22, 6'0", 160 lbs, physically fit and reasonably active. I go to the gym ~3 times a week and am currently trying to get rid of some fat and put on some lean muscle. Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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You don't need any vitamins or supplements. Just eat a balanced diet and don't easte your money on this stuff unless you have an actual deficiency.
 

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I agree, as long as your diet is balanced you don't need any supplements. Supplements by definition are intended to balance out your diet. My personal diet tends to lack selenium, calcium, and zinc so I take those.

I don't believe in those whey protein shakes and the 100s of supplements being marketed. I used to take whey protein, stopped taking it, and have seen only a minor difference if any as long as I eat healthy. 3 truly nutritious meals a day are better than eating junk food and supplements. Unless you're already maxed out on what you can do with your meals, I would start there, but at the same time, everybody's body is different.

I'm 6', 145lbs., 11% body fat.
 

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I take (almost all Solgar brand):
  • Iron free multi (every other day)
  • B Complex
  • D3
  • C
  • Selenium
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • MSM
  • Omega 3-6-9
  • Folic Acid
  • Green Tea Extract
 

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Eat more red meat. If you're still young don't worry about gaining weight. You may also just be genetically slim. You don't need any of those minerals and in fact by taking them you may throw off the balance of others.
 

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what I recommend is:
- a good mutlivitamin
- 10-15g fish oil
- green tea extract
- zma
- digestive enzymes (particularly betaine hcl)

also:
- glucosamine, if you have achy joints like myself
 

Don Carlos

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Originally Posted by mrchariybrown
what I recommend is:
- a good mutlivitamin
- 10-15g fish oil
- green tea extract
- zma
- digestive enzymes (particularly betaine hcl)

also:
- glucosamine, if you have achy joints like myself


Ten to fifteen grams of fish oil? That's a lot of fish oil. Sounds like a recipe for some smelly burps and possible diarrhea, if you ask me.
 

Becks23

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3000 IU of Vitamin D
3 g of fish oil
AnimalPak x 1
 

mrchariybrown

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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
Ten to fifteen grams of fish oil? That's a lot of fish oil. Sounds like a recipe for some smelly burps and possible diarrhea, if you ask me.

I guess I should have specified "if your stomach can handle it"

I know some guys that can't do over 5g/day and I know some guys that breeze by 25+g a day.
 

Don Carlos

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Originally Posted by mrchariybrown
I guess I should have specified "if your stomach can handle it"

I know some guys that can't do over 5g/day and I know some guys that breeze by 25+g a day.


Yeah, I'd recommend that most folks ease into fish oil before ingesting that sort of quantity. Different people's very different GI responses will indicate tolerance or lack thereof.

But fish oil is freaking awesome. Omega-3 is the best supplement to take, period. Other than a multi, perhaps, if warranted.
 

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