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Do you know which vitamins and supplements to take? Check out!

Posted Feb 08 2010 5:27am
What's your daily dosage of vitamins and supplements?

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a nice weekend. Let’s talk vitamins. I’m going to be honest -- the only time I ever enjoyed taking multivitamins was as a kid, when I got to chew on a different Flintstone each day…I am not a fan of pills. I never take my multivitamin regularly, and half the time, when I do take it, I regret it because the horse-sized caplet gives me gag-reflex. Gross.

But on a more serious note, I’ve been thinking about supplements and vitamins lately. I want to make sure that I’m taking in all the nutrients my body needs to work properly; and though I try to eat right, I’m sure that I’m not getting all the nutrients I need. But I’m totally clueless about how to choose!

That’s why I was so excited to come across this website, called vitaminID , earlier this week. It’s run by the folks at Nature Made , and helps you figure out what you should be taking. Basically, there’s a free two-minute, dietitian-created health survey you take, which aside from the usual age, weight, height and activity level questions, asks things like: How would you describe the level of stress in your life? And, what’s your daily fruit intake?

Then, based on your responses and your needs, it creates customized recommendations for you. You can even order a 4-week supply of daily Nature Made supplements if you like, but there’s no obligation. It costs $35.99 per month.

I took the survey, and aside from a women’s multivitamin, it recommends I take Vitamin C for a healthy immune system, Calcium with Vitamin D and K for strong bones and teeth, Fish oil with Vitamin E for heart health (I definitely don’t eat enough fish or get enough Omega 3 fatty acids), a fruit and vegetable supplement (that was a little strange to me – I think I eat plenty of fruits and veggies) and Magnesium for everyday health, especially normal muscle and nerve function. It even helps when dealing with stress.

Who woulda thunk? I had no idea. That’s A LOT of supplements for my non-pill-loving-self to be taking every day…but what if it seriously improves my overall health? I'm definitely considering it. I’ve started taking the Fish oil supplement already. It’s supposed to help with joint health, cognition and mood too.

How about you? What vitamins and supplements do you take? Or do you not take any at all? And how did you figure out what to take? Please share!

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