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05 Jan 2005

vitamins/suppliments
M34, 1.86m 116KG, started running , legntly lay off. Eating habits improving, drinking less beer, what vitamins/suppliments should I require ? Just so many around

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01 Jan 0001

Hi B

My opinion on supplements is that if your diet is good, then vitamins are, quite bluntly, a waste of money. You also find that unless there is a major food group missing from the diet, people are hardly ever vitamin deficient. That said, the cost of a multivitamin is not that great and so if in doubt, it's probably not unsafe to take one of these multivitamins. What I do think you have to avoid is going over the top - remember that the body only needs a certain amount of each vitamin. While exercise does increase what is required slightly, it's not that drastic. So, it's not as though you need twice as much vitamin B if you exercise. Therefore, if you do take a number of different supplements, what happens is that the body just excretes what is in excess, and so it has been said that you will only succeed in having very expensive urine.

Bottom line, if you eat well, vitamins are not needed, but if you are concerned, then any of the commercially available vitamins will do the trick. in my opinion, it is far more important that you just take in enough energy, and so therefore, you have to eat enough. feeling run down and tired is often more related to undereating and getting too little energy, rather than a vitamin.

Good luck
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