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    Do you take supplements?

    There's so much controversy about adding vitamins to your diet through supplements. Some people claim they don't work, some swear by it.

    Controversial supplements:
    • Omega 3 and fish oil
    • Vitamin D
    • L-tyrosine
    • B complex vitamins
    • Protein powder
    • Collagen
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    Those are just ones off the top of my head. A while back I read an article that said that the modern western diet contains enough protein from meat so we don't need extra protein. And the body metabolized collagen to protein so the body doesn't recognize it in its initial form, but I had an old co-worker who swore by collagen. And I also wonder if the people who publish these articles against supplements have something to gain from the pharmaceutical company.

    So what say you, do you believe in it? Do you take vitamins and supplements? I've been taking vitamin B complex, iron, collagen, vitamin a and omega 3 with vitamin d. I tend to just eat the same stuff. I've been on a pasta kick ever since I saw that viral baked feta pasta on Instagram lol.

    #2
    I’m a “let food be thy medicine” type of person. I think supplements are beneficial for people with a specific nutrient deficiency or a specific goal-like an iron deficiency or vitamin D deficiency. Or if you’re pregnant and need to guarantee you’re getting certain vitamins and minerals. Otherwise, I tend to think they are a bit of a scam. A lot of them claim to contain certain ingredients but when they are actually tested they don’t contain what they say they do. So I’m skeptical. I’ve tried lots over the years and haven’t stuck with any in particular. Otherwise, I try and just eat a varied diet and haven’t had any issues.

    but fundamentally they seem innocuous or helpful. So maybe it’s worth the financial gamble? You don’t have a ton to lose.

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      #3
      Now I want feta and pasta. Never heard of that but it sounds good. O.o

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        #4
        Youfreeme I'm trying to find a good link to instagram lol
        Last edited by Verbe; 05-12-2021, 02:12 PM.

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          #5
          Youfreeme okay this is the one
          https://www.instagram.com/p/CKwofkfA..._web_copy_link

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          • Youfreeme
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            Aye Dios mío! That looks bomb. feta is the best

          • Verbe
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            Youfreeme I only tried it because I had the ingredients in my fridge and it turned out to be life changing lol

          #6
          Fish oil
          zinc
          testosterone
          muti-vitamin

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            #7
            Originally posted by 6-eyed View Post
            Fish oil
            zinc
            testosterone
            Do you have low T?

            ive heard zinc is good if you are about to get sick. I’ve tried it a few times and I can’t tell?

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              #8
              Originally posted by Youfreeme View Post

              Do you have low T?

              ive heard zinc is good if you are about to get sick. I’ve tried it a few times and I can’t tell?
              I did for a while. The supplements brought it back up. You can tell your hormone levels by getting endocrine lab work done.

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                #9
                Originally posted by 6-eyed View Post

                I did for a while. The supplements brought it back up. You can tell your hormone levels by getting endocrine lab work done.
                Feels like you are so young for that! Glad it worked out though.

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                  #10
                  I've heard that men decrease production of testosterone as they age but idk how it affects them

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                    #11
                    Originally posted by Youfreeme View Post
                    I’m a “let food be thy medicine” type of person. I think supplements are beneficial for people with a specific nutrient deficiency or a specific goal-like an iron deficiency or vitamin D deficiency. Or if you’re pregnant and need to guarantee you’re getting certain vitamins and minerals. Otherwise, I tend to think they are a bit of a scam. A lot of them claim to contain certain ingredients but when they are actually tested they don’t contain what they say they do. So I’m skeptical. I’ve tried lots over the years and haven’t stuck with any in particular. Otherwise, I try and just eat a varied diet and haven’t had any issues.

                    but fundamentally they seem innocuous or helpful. So maybe it’s worth the financial gamble? You don’t have a ton to lose.
                    What about people who aren't getting a balanced diet (🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️)? The goal is to hit your vitamin max every day but I don't think a modern human diet accomplishes that. That's why I mentioned the protein thing, that's on the assumption that you're already eating a surplus of meat. I don't really eat meat (just don't feel like eating it?) so it makes me wonder. I know that you are getting too much vitamin b when your pee is bright yellow-green so I have been playing around with that lol

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                      #12
                      Originally posted by Verbe View Post

                      What about people who aren't getting a balanced diet (🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️)? The goal is to hit your vitamin max every day but I don't think a modern human diet accomplishes that. That's why I mentioned the protein thing, that's on the assumption that you're already eating a surplus of meat. I don't really eat meat (just don't feel like eating it?) so it makes me wonder. I know that you are getting too much vitamin b when your pee is bright yellow-green so I have been playing around with that lol
                      Well I think if you aren’t getting a balanced diet then supplements might be needed. I guess I would get a blood panel and check for specific deficiencies.

                      I love reading about health and nutrition. My understanding is that most people in the first world are overnourished. But if you have a limited or restricted diet, you’re at risk.

                      I haven’t eaten meat for a decade and have never had a problem with protein. I never think about it because just about every food you eat contains protein so if you eat enough calories then you are likely getting what you need. This can obviously change if you have specific fitness goals-like if you really want to pack on the muscle I guess you could take extra protein. But for casual exercise and other activities of daily living, you’re probably fine.

                      I will say though that vitamin D is a common deficiency if you don’t spend a lot of time outside or you live in a cold climate, since you get vitamin D from the sun. Not enough Vit D can cause fatigue, anxiety/depression, muscle soreness, joint pain, etc. And 1/3 of Canadians and almost half of Americans are deficient!

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                        #13
                        When your pee is dark its possible that you are dehydrated..

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                        • Verbe
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                          Give a cheer if you're peeing clear : D

                        #14
                        Originally posted by Youfreeme View Post

                        Well I think if you aren’t getting a balanced diet then supplements might be needed. I guess I would get a blood panel and check for specific deficiencies.

                        I love reading about health and nutrition. My understanding is that most people in the first world are overnourished. But if you have a limited or restricted diet, you’re at risk.

                        I haven’t eaten meat for a decade and have never had a problem with protein. I never think about it because just about every food you eat contains protein so if you eat enough calories then you are likely getting what you need. This can obviously change if you have specific fitness goals-like if you really want to pack on the muscle I guess you could take extra protein. But for casual exercise and other activities of daily living, you’re probably fine.

                        I will say though that vitamin D is a common deficiency if you don’t spend a lot of time outside or you live in a cold climate, since you get vitamin D from the sun. Not enough Vit D can cause fatigue, anxiety/depression, muscle soreness, joint pain, etc. And 1/3 of Canadians and almost half of Americans are deficient!
                        What do you know about vitamin d? Because it's kind of confusing. From my understanding, vitamin d helps to just get things moving. It's like a transporter for other nutrients. I think it has something to do with dopamine too? Something like that. There's a strong correlation between lack of vitamin d and Alzheimer's disease, I mean.. I think I've mentioned it before but I think as humans our mental state has been on the decline ever since the industrial revolution and we were all kind of forced inside. That's just what I can surmise, anyways

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                          #15
                          I take several supps, as I don't always eat perfectly, and a retired nutritionist (my neighbor) told me after the stroke that I needed extra vitamins, and I do feel more "with it" when I do.

                          GNC Multivitamin
                          Osteo Bi-Flex for my joints (they got some abuse in my 20s so I try to take care)
                          Omega-3
                          Turmeric (yes it does help)
                          CO-Q10

                          and a teaspoon of olive oil first thing when I wake, for heart/artery health

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