Can anyone suggest a brand of vitamins which include everything you need for general health?
Generally, if you say of a brand, it denotes a certain premium product.
Anyway, there is no one product or brand that is suitable for everyone. Reason being not all of us are the same, i.e. we're different. Even if we consume the same food, again our body make-up is different. Therefore, the answer is NONE. It all depends on what you eat and how is your body functioning. I still remember, during my school days, I had a male teacher who only ate an apple for lunch. He still looks plump. He is a Scoutmaster and I would call him active. He was trying to lose weight but, could not. This might be due to his body metabolism.
Do you have any health issues?
Thanks for the advice lokeman50. I don't have any health issues as such. I do have really bad eczema, asthma, and hayfever (lucky me!) I'm just trying to keep super healthy at the moment so I thought maybe taking vitamin supplements for general health would help. There are so many different multi-vitamins out there that claim to be the best, making it hard to know which to reach for.
Map your core diet and then see what your not getting. Its not branding as mentioned before, its what you need.
As above, you'd be better addressing your diet. Vitamins and minerals are intended to be eaten in their natural forms, in the correct balance. Adding a multivitamin to your diet won't necessarily help, unless your diet is so bad it's deficient in almost everything.
It's like with fortified foods, either you strip the natural vitamins and minerals out and add the incorrect ratio of micronutrients back into it, white rice for example. The alternative is you eat the brown variety that hasn't been refined and still has it's nutritional profile intact. You can also take a product that's lower in vitamins and minerals and add stuff to it to increase the nutritional value (fortified cereal for example) but it's not necessarily better than a wholegrain, unrefined breakfast.
The nutrients in supplements aren't necessarily the best for health or balanced correctly against each other. (Another example) calcium carbonate is not naturally present in foodstuff but it's added to 'fortified' foods to boost calcium intake. It's not easily digested or absorbed and can cause long-term health problems (physical and mental) if over-consumed.
Working out your optimum diet isn't always easy. It's a constant learning process. Avoid the supplements unless you've been told to take them for medical reasons.
I too suffer from eczema, hayfever and asthma, and IBS too, so I can see why it's easy to be drawn towards a 'solution' such as multi-vitamins, as it's understandable to think that by boosting your body's nutrients you will be a healthier person. It is so hard though as we're all different so there is no right or wrong thing to do- I wish there was a miracle cure for these ailments though!
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Have you tried taking omega 3 oils (fish oils)? They are supposed to be really good for ezema and I read somewhere that they can cut hayfever symptoms by half. Apparently they can also help with asthma.
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Thanks Hannah_mc - I'll give them a try!
Oily fish and crushed linseeds/flaxseeds will also provide you with omega 3's... plus protein, fibre and nutrients that are also beneficial for health.
I personally haven't found them much help with my asthma (severe), but my muscles are generally less sore, my digestion improves and I feel generally 'well' when I'm eating plenty of oily fish and linseeds.
If you get supplements, just get the omega 3 ones. Not the mix. Omega 6 and 9 are more readily available in a wide range of foods.
I found that my general health (asthma, skin, hair etc) improved considerably when I cut most processed foods out of my diet. That had a bigger effect on my health than any vitamin supplement that I ever tried.
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Nice one SuperCaz! I've noticed the same. I've been having really natural foods and my skin has improved and I'm feeling much less sleepy all the time. I think healthy, natural eating is the way forward!
This is true!
I always eat healthily. When I eat something high in sugar, my stomach gets bloated and I feel so poorly after
I eat healthily most of the time, but I think because of this that I am really hard on myself when I have some chocolate or miss a gym session... anyone else feel like this?
I do definitely, especially when I am 'on a roll' with a health kick! It always feel quite satisfying when I can just have one square of chocolate (for example) and have control, rather than eating all 6 squares and feeling guilty!
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My boyfriend bought a box of 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the weekend and we ate them between us in one day! Compared to this kind of behaviour, you should all be proud of yourselves! Felt so rubbish and guilty after it, so I'm on a healthy eating binge today. Got my fruit laid out on my desk and a large glass of water
Sometimes a binge definitely helps get you back onto healthy eating. I tried a Kirspy Kreme doughnut for the first time yesterday. What's the best flavour?
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