What’s your take on Multi-Vitamins?

Hey MFP Fam!

What do you think of Multi-Vitamins? Are they an important part of your health and wellness journey and if yes, what do you take? And if no, why not?


  • Crochetluvr
    Crochetluvr Posts: 3,143 Member
    I take a gummy vitamin. It can't hurt. But I don't take a bunch of supplements. However, my opthomologist wants me to start taking Presservision. Again, its a can't hurt situation.

  • apullum
    apullum Posts: 4,838 Member
    I don't take a multivitamin because my doctor told me it was not necessary. I do take a B12 supplement because I'm a longtime vegetarian who doesn't eat many foods with B12 in them. That's necessary for my specific diet and is generally not necessary for people who routinely eat animal products.
  • sam_juggins
    sam_juggins Posts: 45 Member
    I take a multivitamin and a cod liver oil everyday but only a "no frills" own brand. It cant hurt.
  • Bendiz_
    Bendiz_ Posts: 278 Member
    edited August 2018
    The supplements I take is a vitamin B12 shot every month and folic acid every day, because my doctor prescribed them to me. The only reason I need supplements is because my body doesn't pick up enough of these vitamins on its own (because of a disease). If you get your dose of vitamins from varied foods you shouldn't have the need for multi-vitamins. It could have a negative impact on your health. If you are unsure about your vitamin levels, you should get your doctor to test them before you self-medicate :smiley:

    Here's a good article on the matter:
  • VUA21
    VUA21 Posts: 2,072 Member
    I take a multi with iron, a vitamin D, and a calcium supplement as per my doctor's recommendation. He also recommended the store brand ones as there's very little (sometimes none as they are the same manufacturer) difference versus name brands other than price.
  • ceiswyn
    ceiswyn Posts: 2,256 Member
    I take a multi with iron every few days, because I'm a vegetarian who as heavy periods and gets anaemic occasionally. I eat a pretty good diet so I doubt I need any of the non-iron bits, but I may as well be sure.
  • Deviette
    Deviette Posts: 978 Member
    I don't take anything because tbh, I did at one point, and I don't think it made any difference.

    Although at one point as a teen I was taking iron during my period as I was so exhausted all the time. I was tested for anemia, but the results came back negative (although it wasn't at my time of the month, so I've no idea if that would make a difference) so I don't know if it was really that much help, or if the placebo effect was in play. However since going on birth control my periods are much more reasonable and I stopped taking them and haven't taken any since.
  • TheMagicOneMikeD
    TheMagicOneMikeD Posts: 94 Member
    edited August 2018
    Depends on your diet. Like I pretty much only eat either boneless skinless grilled chicken breast or grilled tilapia with rice and a little avocado oil to get the fats in, so for me I pretty much need a multivitamin. I also keep potassium on hand because if I get dehydrated, or consume a lot of salt or caffeine it quickly depletes my potassium levels (or overpowers it in the case of sodium) and I start having issues if I don't take some potassium. For people who don't eat like I do (so I can tweak the macros better) but eat more balanced foods they're probably not all that necessary.
  • bjess8411
    bjess8411 Posts: 68 Member
    I feel better when I take vitamins but I had gastric sleeve surgery. I am deficient in some things too, like vitamin d.
  • ExistingFish
    ExistingFish Posts: 1,259 Member
    I take one most days, as well as D3 and Fish oil. D3 and Fish oil come highly recommended by almost every weightlifting/bodybuilding people, they are cheap enough.

    If I don't take it for a while, sometimes my tongue gets tender. Dr Google says it's could be a vitamin deficiency (iron, folate, B12, something), whichever it may be, taking my multi makes it go away.

    Also I'm breastfeeding, so my body will pull from my nutrients to make my milk perfect, which is why I think it is so easy for me to have vitamin deficiencies despite eating a fairly varied diet.
  • purdynerdybirdy
    purdynerdybirdy Posts: 20 Member
    I take a prenatal, vegan vitamin D3 (AA are often times deficiency) and Vegan DHA/EPA (algae oil). Mainly to prep my body for conception.

    Prior to, I just took B12 as "insurance" because I'm vegan. Although, I do eat a lot of b12 fortified foods.
  • ccrdragon
    ccrdragon Posts: 3,371 Member
    I take D3 (family history of low D values) and fish oil (supposed to help with HDL - also a family history of low readings).