Vitamins: What, why, where, and how?
The ‘What’ depends on your ‘Why’. Why do you want to / have to/ need to take vitamins?
- Is it GP recommended based on your last Doctor’s visit?
- Is it based on a Nutritionists or Dietitians advice?
- Do you have a prescribed medical condition which causes you not to produce/digest vitamins appropriately?
If the answer is ‘No’ to any of these, let me give you this: “Hmmmm…” (imagine I’m frowning at you too!).
The reason I’m frowning is because a lot of vitamin related purchases and ingestion is based on articles in magazines or websites (such as Blogs,,.yes, I get the irony), the latest ‘fad diet’, or what your Bestie is taking. Be mindful that each of these plays heavily on your emotions and peer pressure.
Vitamins can cost a lot of money. I mean, ‘A LOT’! I sometimes think I should sell my conscience and ethics and dive headlong into the supplement trade. I am gob-smacked when I walk into some self-proclaimed health and/or organic food shops and check out the prices of everyday vitamins, let alone the chain grocery stores who sell Coke and cake frosting in the next aisle over. You want me to pay $99.95 for a bottle of 100 tablets that promise to lower my blood pressure? Take twice a day? That’s $2 a day, or $730.00 per year. No wonder I have high blood pressure!
But putting cynical Rich aside for a moment, vitamins can be useful IF (this is the ‘where’ and ‘how’ part) :
- You have a definite deficit of one of the essential vitamins.
- It can be used along with or instead of pharmaceutical medication to provide relief from an actual chronic condition.
- You are not able to absorb enough of a recommended vitamin from your normal eating.
Let’s look at this last point. If you are eating fresh, clean, natural foods, you should be getting enough vitamins (and minerals for that matter). Eating red meat, cold water fish, and a variety of vegetables will provide most of the your vitamin needs. The problem is, we live in a crazy, hectic world where we don’t, or can’t, always eat perfectly, This is where vitamins can be of help. However, food is the way to go when it comes to ingesting vitamins naturally.
Another really important point in regards to food: A lot of vitamins can’t be transported and broken down to the parts of the body where they are really needed unless they have a protein or fat molecule to carry them along. So even if you are on vitamin supplements, try to take them during a meal
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