what are the best multi vitamins to take and stock

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cornerstone
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what are the best multi vitamins to take and stock

Post by cornerstone » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:47 pm

There seem to be so many at such different prices, so what are the best or good, separate or multi?

Thanks for any answers I really need the advice.

DoktorMeot
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Re: what are the best multi vitamins to take and stock

Post by DoktorMeot » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:06 am

I have tried posting a reply here but received an error message. I have sent an email to UKP. I hope to post my reply soon :)

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Re: what are the best multi vitamins to take and stock

Post by Stonecarver » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:06 pm

We both take wellman/woman
Seem to have all that a growing (old)body needs
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Re: what are the best multi vitamins to take and stock

Post by ukpreppergrrl » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:38 am

I guess it depends on why you are taking them. The advice is always to eat a well balanced diet and you'll get all the vitamins and minerals you need. If your doctor has advised you're low on something, they should also have advised what to take. But if you're talking about making sure you're getting everything during difficult times then I would guess a bog standard multi vitamin will be sufficient. But check on things like vitamin c and calcium content. As these tend to be bulky contents the smaller multi tablets often do not have 100% of these in them, so you may wish to stock up on those separately.

That said, it is reckoned that most British people, and particularly if you are black, should take additional vitamin D as, this summer excepting, we don't generally get enough sunshine to make enough vitamin D. (Did you know you can store vitamin D for those dark winter days? If you top up your sunshine quotient enough in the summer it can last you all winter - I only discovered this recently!) Personally I find additional B12 is helping with energy as I've got older. If you are taking calcium then you should always take vitamin D with it as it is D that helps you absorb the calcium.

The one to be careful of is vitamin A - this is not a vitamin that you just flush out of your body if you have too much (like vitamins C and B12), instead it is stored in your liver and is toxic. Similarly too much iron can cause problems.

As for which brands...I generally go with supermarket own as they are considerably cheaper. I do look at all the contents and RDA percentages on the packets and check what I'm getting with each one. As far as I can see they pretty much all use the same chemicals to provide the vitamins, so I'm not absolutely sure it makes a huge difference. Check on bbe dates as some vitamins degrade quite quickly so the fresher your vitamins the better. This is especially true if you're looking at things like Omega 3 oil capsules as they do go rancid and you don't want to be taking rancid oil. For what it's worth I have supermarket multi-vitamins (without iron) stored for an emergency, rotated out as the bbe approaches, with additional Calcium and Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Vitamin B complex

Caveats: if you're lactose intolerant then it will make a difference as some brands use lactose as a binding agent. I believe that the calcium used can vary and some people get on better with one than the other, but the only way to find out is to try them. Preferably before you're in a bunker for 2 months! Obviously if you're vegetarian or vegan you'll also want to be checking on contents and binding agents and capsule contents (e.g. the gel capsules usually use non-vegetarian gelatine)

Big Caveat: I am not a doctor, or a health care professional, or a nutritionist. The above are just my views. Take what I say with a pinch of salt (unless you have high blood pressure in which case avoid the salt) and research some more!
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