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PostSubject: Need multivitamins advice   Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:59 pm

I have looked all over the Internet for a specific answer, but found nothing useful. I have been taking multivitamins for a couple of weeks and now I am planning to switch to Opti-Men multivitamins. Has anyone ever noticed any difference in energy when taking different multivitamins? Want to know your views and advice before start taking Opti-Men multivitamins. Recommendations for other brands are also welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Need multivitamins advice   Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:47 pm

basic from

Alpha male:

or I would just go with basic multi-vitamin they got all the same really.
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PostSubject: Re: Need multivitamins advice   Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:17 am

If you want to supplement for a vitamin deficiency brought about by disease or illness. In this case it is worth consulting a physician and nutritionist together .
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PostSubject: Re: Need multivitamins advice   Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:45 am

I take Deva iron-free multis (and a separate iron tablet with cofactors including B12), which I'm fairly happy with except for the zinc oxide. I'd prefer zinc amino acid chelate because zinc oxide is so poorly absorbed its almost pointless taking.

Alpha men isn't vegan because it contains royal jelly.

If you notice a change in energy levels when taking a multi it will likely be because of 2 things - either you were deficient in one or more vitamins/minerals and so feel healthier when the deficiency is addressed or because the multi contains stimulating herbs such as ginseng, as does the Opti-men.

Also, the Opti-men isn't vegan as it contains Cholecalciferol which is vitamin D3, which is only found from animal sources. Vitamin D2 or Ergocalciferol is vegan.

I think everyone should be on a multi, sort of as an insurance policy, but its even more important for people who weigh more or exercise more than the average person because they will obviously have higher requirements.
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PostSubject: Re: Need multivitamins advice   Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:24 am

Energy levels shouldn't be affected with a basic multi vit (except as court said below) - you may also get some increase indirect energy increase if you take higher levels of B12 as that can increase appetite (most often noticed if you inject B12, I've not seen it with pills myself). Pills are basically an insurance policy. If you are suffering low energy I'd consider your actual diet first. Food is your fuel source, so low energy means that you are probably not eating the correct stuff you need. Look at your diet, look at your water intake, look at the amount of rest you are taking each day.
I take a cheap, basic multi from healthspan nothing world shattering. I take other stuff separately, but that's purely an option I choose to take.
If your energy is low cover the basics first, here's what I'd suggest you look at:

Total calorie intake - make sure you are eating enough

Ground flax (or other omega-3 essential fatty acid every morning)

Green leafy veggies at least 2 meals a day

Coloured veggies at least 2 meals a day

Whole fruit daily

Try to get most calories from whole food as you get a lot more nutritional density from unrefined foods

Try to cut down on sugars & white flour products as these can cause sudden drops in blood sugar levels, whole foods will do you much more good

If you're training consider where you are getting your protein from, consider having a protein shake if necessary (soya, pea, rice, hemp, or whatever you prefer)

Make sure you are getting enough water, although I can't give you an exact figure (as situations vary), here's a very rough guide:

Sedentary cool 2-3 litres
Active cool 3-6 litres
Sedentary warm 3-5 litres
Active warm 5-10 litres

Ultra-endurance or people training or working for many hours may also need to think about adding electrolytes to that intake so you don't urinate/sweat them all away!

Hopefully check that will help you find a solution?
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