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Forum topic by Ted posted 11-18-2012 07:13 AM 1947 views 0 times favorited 50 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2012 07:13 AM

If so, what do you take, why, and does it seem to make a difference?

I’ve never been one to take vitamins on a regular basis, and I don’t know much about what vitamins I should take, if any. But I smoke, drink lots of coffee, don’t eat right, and I will turn 54 this January. I’d like to learn a bit more about nutritional supplements and I think the best, most unbiased way, is to ask you folks what you take and how much a difference you feel it makes. Thanks in advance for your input.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 08:46 AM

1 – centrum silver for men (fills the gaps in bad diets)
2- vitamin b12 (for pep)
2- aspirin for blood and aches
1- neproxine sodium (wal-mart ‘aleve’ knock-off) minor pains


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#2 posted 11-18-2012 10:17 AM

Ted, as you get older, your system often does not “make” enough of the good stuff to keep itself fed 100%, so taking a supplement is a wise thing to do. If you have a physical, your blood test will reveal which items need a boost, if no blood test, then a general wide spread vitamin is advised. The advantage of having your bloodwork done is that it will reveal your PSA reading – prostrate number, which can warn of possible prostate issues that be attended to before they become a problem.

As David noted, Centrum is a good broad based multi-vitamin.
A Child’s dose Aspirin (81mg) each day acts as a good blood thinner and helps against heart attacks.
Drinking water is also good.
Ask your pharmacist for vitamin supplement recommendations.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 12:20 PM

I deal with doctors, nurses and pharmacists almost daily (I work in a hospital 33 years). Unless your doctor tells you you need anything special, multivitamins daily is probably enough. The children’s aspirin is not a bad idea as you get older, especially if you have any family history of heart problems. I take an additional iron and B12 per doctors orders because my body doesn’t absorb it enough from the normal foods I eat.

Here’s the part that will cause a lot of arguments. Most of the “Nutritional Supplements” that are sold provide no benifits at all. Anything that says “clinically proven” is questionable. Most of them rely on making you think you feel better. Go to the Mayo Clinic website or any other major healthcare provider and get information from nutritionists not from product websites promoting their own.

I see people take special vitamins and supplements by the handfuls daily. According to the people I work with, the only ones actually benefitting from that are the companies that sold them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 01:43 PM

Not a vitamin, but have found this to lessen the severity of headaches and migraine headaches which I suffer from a lot. I take Omega 3 once a day. While it doesn’t completely stop the headaches it does make them more bearable and they don’t seem to last as long as if I don’t take Omega 3.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 02:01 PM

My body is a temple and I only put nicotine, caffiene, alcohol, salt, sugar and what ever other chemicals that are put into our foods. A temple may be stretching the truth a little, maybe more like an ancient ruin!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 02:03 PM

At my age, Urinozinc or Saw Palmetto helps. It was recommended by the doc.
Lots of water, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 02:15 PM

You’re already killing yourself with tobacco; vitamins ain’t gonna save you.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 02:32 PM

The best thing you can do is quit smoking! Then a multivitamin.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 11-18-2012 02:36 PM

coffe, diet coke, then 2 jumbo jacks with chesee then a pack of Marlboro red 100’s then for dinner i get whatever my girlfriend cooks me.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#10 posted 11-18-2012 02:50 PM

Besides a list of daily prescribed meds, I take:

  • MSM & Glucosamine— This really does work on joint pain and eases joint discomfort and that crackling. One of the few that has changed the way I live.
  • St John’s Wort—don’t take any more but worked well for self-treating ADHD and allowed me to focus more. Worked for me for over 15yr. Only about 40% of the population, maybe less, get any benefits from this, so you will see/hear many skeptics.
  • Daily Senior multi-vitamin
  • Magnesium—I don’t eat enough veggies.
  • daily single aspirin

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 11-18-2012 02:56 PM

Don’t know if it helps or not but I take a tablespoon full of honey every morning. Can’t hurt anything anyways.


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#12 posted 11-18-2012 05:34 PM

Clint, your comment says more about you than anything else. Please keep your self righteous attitude to yourself.

Bruce, thanks for the tip. I was hesitant about mentioning that I am a smoker because of the inevitable comments like Clint’s, and because I don’t want to argue with people who might never understand how difficult it is for some people to quit. But then I decided I should mention it, since other smokers may have something to add. I did not ask if smoking is bad for me or if I would benefit from quitting… I’m not stupid… I already know the answer to that one. That’s why I didn’t ask.

Thanks everybody else for sharing your input. In the spirit if “something is better than nothing”, I’m going to get some multivitamins, B12 (or B complex) and fish oil as my daily regimen. Does anybody know the name of that popular lemon flavored fish oil?

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#13 posted 11-18-2012 06:07 PM

I take fish oil and St Johns Wort twice a day.


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#14 posted 11-18-2012 06:23 PM

Mike, Glucosamine really works, doesn’t it. I have no problems with joint pain (yet) but, our dog did. A friend, who is a formulating pharmacist for vet medications, suggested we try Glucosamine when the dog started showing signs of hip problems. We found a liquid form and added it to his food. It really did the trick for the old boy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 11-18-2012 06:42 PM

Rich, I could probably benefit from St John’s Wort. I’m going to look into it.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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