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#1 Karlie93

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Posted 20 January 2021 - 03:49 AM

Sorry if this has been asked/is a stupid question. 
 

basically I have a list of vitamins I believe I need - vit d, c, b, collagen, omegas, calcium. I eat approx 1200 cals a day and I know I’m not getting enough of these in my diet. I found a subscription website that will send me all these vitamins monthly for £50. But I don’t know if it’s worth it? Is that a standard price for these vitamins? I’ve looked at other websites and it’s roughly the same price. 
 

but also when we take these supplements, do they actually work or do we just end up with expensive pee?
 

again, sorry if this is a stupid question, I’m just trying to get my head around it all before I go and splurge on supplements. 
 

 



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Posted 20 January 2021 - 03:53 AM

how many pills do they give you?

that's super expensive, esp for what I'm assuming is a run-of-the-mill multivitamin. some of these companies spend all of their money on marketing and the product is way overpriced for what it is.


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Posted 20 January 2021 - 03:58 AM

don't use that company- £50 is WAYYYYY overpriced for vitamins omg

 

get them in bulk packs of 60 or 120 pills from Boots or superdrug, it will be much much cheaper and will do the same thing. you don't need designer vitamins, they're all the same stuff.

 

https://www.boots.co...s/multivitamins

 

you could probably get 2-3 months of everything you need for under £20


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Posted 20 January 2021 - 04:03 AM

i spend about $100 every three months for iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, vit e, probiotic and inositol. i also take those protein shakes meal replacements that has all the multivitamins and minerals from time to time. I dont live in the UK so cant comment much about the price differences, but 100 pounds seem a bit much... if its too expensive, you could try taking those meal replacements shakes that has all the vitmins and minerals first before supplementing?


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Posted 20 January 2021 - 04:08 AM

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Posted 20 January 2021 - 04:08 AM

be careful of the servings/ dosage. no need to take 1000% of a particular vitamin or mineral... 100% is more than enough. if you believe that you have a deficiency, 200 to 400% in one tablet is MORE THAN ENOUGH. check carefully and get tested for deficiencies first if you can afford it. there are side effects for over supplementing on minerals and vitamins.


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Posted 20 January 2021 - 06:16 AM

Thank you all so much for your replies! I’ll ditch that company and do more research and buy in bulk instead. 
 

thanks again!



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Posted 20 January 2021 - 06:36 AM

The reality is that we pee out the majority of multivitamin content, but it does help a bit. That being said, those prices you listed are ridiculous. Just get a generic multivitamin from Boots or whatever, and it'll give you the same vitamin benefits as the fancy company.


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Posted 20 January 2021 - 08:52 AM

£50 is insanely overpriced

You can get basic multivitamins from Savers/Poundland/Wilko for a couple of quid

Holland & Barrett are pricier, but they have the penny sale on every few months so it works out cheaper than Boots

I use Perfectil Platinum, but only because I got a load of boxes reduced to £3 each in the bargain bucket at my local Boots
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Posted 20 January 2021 - 11:47 AM

The reality is that we pee out the majority of multivitamin content, but it does help a bit. That being said, those prices you listed are ridiculous. Just get a generic multivitamin from Boots or whatever, and it'll give you the same vitamin benefits as the fancy company.

This is true for those who do get enough of their vitamins from food, but if one is consistently only getting 50% and their multi has the remaining 50% (like a good multi should, no multi needs to have 100% of everything) you will not pee it out. Additionally, Vitamins A, D, E, and K will not get peed out as they will be stored in ones fat stores. Most people here don't really eat a lot, so the assumption of a healthy, vitamin rich diet cannot be applied. 

 

 

Sorry if this has been asked/is a stupid question. 
 

basically I have a list of vitamins I believe I need - vit d, c, b, collagen, omegas, calcium. I eat approx 1200 cals a day and I know I’m not getting enough of these in my diet. I found a subscription website that will send me all these vitamins monthly for £50. But I don’t know if it’s worth it? Is that a standard price for these vitamins? I’ve looked at other websites and it’s roughly the same price. 
 

but also when we take these supplements, do they actually work or do we just end up with expensive pee?
 

again, sorry if this is a stupid question, I’m just trying to get my head around it all before I go and splurge on supplements. 
 

@ OP, check carefully on your calcium. Most studies that recommend 1,200mg are flawed and we really only need 500 to 700mg depending on certain factors like sex, weight, age, and activity level, and too much can be harmful. You probably get enough if you drink any sort of milk (fortified if plant). Focus on Vitamin D instead getting 800 IU to 1,000 IU per day.

 

And to answer your main question. Yes, supplements work as long as you actually are experiencing a vitamin/mineral insufficiency of deficiency. There are also lots of off label usages, however this isn't the question you had so I will not be going into much detail about that, but I feel it is important to explain. Basically, unless you are trying to treat a condition that uses a vitamin/mineral in a separate way than the general use of the vitamin/mineral in the body. For example, Vitamin B3 (Niacin) can be effective in correcting abnormal levels of blood fats, however this requires at least 500 mg or more to correct. In contrast, we only need 14mg with an upper limit of 35mg per day when not using it to correct blood fats. The reason we are able to use niacin to correct these issues is because the risk/benefit analysis is in favor of too high niacin levels vs too high blood fat levels. You usually only need 100% of your vitamins/minerals and extreme excess could be harmful and sometimes fatal.

 

Basically, taking supplements should only be used for supplementation and when taking them, we need to use the minimum dose necessary to fill our nutrient gaps. 

 

And that is insanely overpriced. I got a 3 month supply of 1000 IU vitamin D for 4£ and that's a pretty average amount of money to meet your RDA/AI, however some might be up to 9£ or down to 2£


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Posted 02 February 2021 - 11:51 AM

I don't live in the UK but I am sure you too can get vitamins in a cheap price range at the supermarket and in pharmacies.



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Posted 08 February 2021 - 10:14 PM

Sorry if this has been asked/is a stupid question. 
 

basically I have a list of vitamins I believe I need - vit d, c, b, collagen, omegas, calcium. I eat approx 1200 cals a day and I know I’m not getting enough of these in my diet. I found a subscription website that will send me all these vitamins monthly for £50. But I don’t know if it’s worth it? Is that a standard price for these vitamins? I’ve looked at other websites and it’s roughly the same price. 
 

but also when we take these supplements, do they actually work or do we just end up with expensive pee?
 

again, sorry if this is a stupid question, I’m just trying to get my head around it all before I go and splurge on supplements. 
 

 

It's definitely worth is esp if you know your diet is lacking. Not only for your long term health, but to avoid joint pain, bad skin and hairloss. Not to mention, if you are deficient in some nutrients, this can slow your metabolism.


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Posted 10 February 2021 - 07:41 PM

Hiya lovely, yes vitamins are defo worth it. Try forceval capsules, they're amazing and have so many vitamins and minerals in them



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Posted 10 February 2021 - 07:48 PM

A blood test is the only surefire way to know what supplements you need. I could've sworn I was deficient in everything and it turned out I only needed vitamin D3 and B12. 

Taking supplements when you don't need them can cause side effects as well. 


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Posted 16 February 2021 - 04:01 PM

yes its worth it 



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 06:10 AM

Why not? Taking vitamins if you have a deficiency is necessary. But first, it's better to have a blood test and consult a nutritionist in order to choose the best and needed food supplements. I take vitamin C, D, B12, zinc, Omega-3 every day and I have to admit, I am feeling excellent. If you don't know where to buy good vitamins, I recommend Canadian pharmacy.



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Posted 22 February 2021 - 07:24 PM

I'm not sure. But besides eating beef liver (it's gross but liver is THE superfood! 140 cals/100g and 20g protein and cheap!!) once or twice a week, i take cod liver oil for omega 3s + vit D. Then I take MSM for hair growth ( with lemon juice). Those are my essentials




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