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vitamins and constipation


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Ever sicnce I quit smoking on New Years I made a few other changes like quitting the bc pill, started exercising, eating right, drinking tons of water and taking vitamins. Ever since then I've been constipated. I totally thought it was because of quitting smoking. Since it persisted, I started doing research on causes of constipation and its all mostly the same. Unless you have another medical condition they say its because of dehydration, inactivity, diet lacks fiber, or avoidance of bowel movements. None of these things pertain to me.

Yesterday I was looking this up again and stumbled across something else....sometimes iron and/or calcium supplements (found in multi vitamins) can cause constipation!  Well I have been taking multi vitamins and was unaware of this. I'd like to keep taking them but I think I'll quit cause I'd rather not be constipated. I hate it!

Has anyone else experienced this?

Are there other multi vitamins out there with everything else except iron and calcium? I get plenty in my diet, but I could use everything else....

Your thoughts please!
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Yep...When I was pregnant and started taking a prenatal multivitamin, I also became very constipated.  The best advice I can give to you is to find a multivitamin that does not contain iron (but make sure you get the daily recommendation from your daily food intake) or do as I did, and start taking metamucil twice a day in a cup of juice - once in the a.m. and once in the p.m.  I know that GNC sells a multivitamin for women that does not contain iron, as I'm sure other vitamin stores do as well.  Hope this helps!!!
GNC, ok I will have to check it out thank you :) that helped.
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my nutritionist told me that if i take magnesium pills (the ones without the added calcium), along with the regular multi-vitamin, it cancels out the calcium so you wont get constipated.

hope this helps :)
interesting you say that debbb13 because I certainly was taking magnesium at the same time cause I heard that tooo...now its been a couple weeks without taking a multi, and I've been pretty regular so I'm sure it was the vitamins.
My doctor has me on iron supplements, and ugh...they definitely constipate.  Some medications do as well, and it's one of the possible side effects listed for wellbutrin, which I also take...hmmm...depressed and anemic or constipated...decisions, decisions...

I joined this site just to tell you your #5 answer above cracked me up. I couldn't stop laughing.. I just came online looking for reasons for constipation...felt like i was trying to **** a Boeing 747...and you made it funny for me. thanks babe

Unless you're pregnant, over 50 or in poor physical health you probably don't need supplements at all.   A varied and balanced diet with plenty of things like fruit and vegetables & wholegrains etc., plus a good intake of fluids will meet your needs and also keep your bowels regular.  If you suspect taking supplements is contributing to the constipation problem then why not simply stop taking them all together?

I am sixty-one and my diet is impeccable....alot of the supplements i take were recommended by those Oprah doctors..forgot the website, but they do an analysis of your personal details..several years ago....they conclude what supplements you need. due to low HDL, I have been taking omega 3's..I take wellbutrin for depression, I take calcium with d because I am sixty-one and have osteopecia (was a smoker)..   I had issues with constipation before in my lifetime and had a laxative addiction problem. when I started being a vegetarian an drinking massive amounts of water. at least ten glasses a day, the problem stopped. it just started again, so it hasd to be either the glucosamine supplements (joint problems begin at sixty..oy), the CQ10 I heard was great for heart....or the new brand of calcium..

 

I think, however, for a week, i will take nothing and stee what happens.... There are many schools of thought on whether supplements are needed. his name is Dr Oz..forgot his website, but they do an evaluation of all your blood work, age, and various life factors, and determine what supplements you need (no, they do not sell supplements). anyway, thanks for your input. 

Hello!

             I'd like to say that more important than taking vitamins are the kind of vitamins we take. First of all always go for the best absorbable forms. Some of the best absorbable forms are citrates, gluconates and chelates. So while, for example iron gluconate will probably cause you no problems, iron sulphate will constipate you and so will iron oxide. When a multivitamin its composed almost solely by sulphates and oxides just throw it away because its a waste of money. Citrate, gluconate and chelates are much more absorbable. Most sulphates and stuff have the nasty tendency to cause constipation and other problems.

        With some research is possible to get to know exactly what to take in the right amonts. And for those who claim that a  balanced diet is enough, I'm sorry but that is not true anymore. Actually in nowadays thats nothing but a myth. If you consider that today we are exposed to pollution, stress, decreased nutrition in food and etc even if you are eating healthy, balanced foods,your body is still almost certainly lacking vital nutrients. The idea of a  balanced diet was true one hundred years ago but not anymore.

 

I suffer from chronic constipation and it is not easy. I basically have to schedule my life around it. But i am working on it. I also have a very healthy diet w/lots fo fiber, drink plenty of liquids, exercise 4-5 days a week for an hour + (run a few times a week), so none of the standard advise applies to me because i'm already doing it!  thanks for the information of the multiple vitamin. And as for smoking, i quit almost two years ago after smoking for almost 30 years. evertime i'd try to quit in the past i'd get so badly constipated i thought i'd go insane, so definately understand cshammas thinking this was her situation. I'm so glad i quit, i feel so much better, now if i could only $^!+ regularly lol.

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I have a thyroid problem and I'm 55 yrs old and I still smoke. Started on new dosage of synthroid and Vit D 2000 iu's a day. In about 4 days I started getting constipated. I didn't know which was causing it, so of course I stopped the D. My doctor said it can cause constipation. I then went on Centrum Silver. I had swelly belly and was completely miserable. I decided to stop all vitamins and now I'm back to normal.  Who would have thought vitamins would cause me to get backed up? I need to call my doctor and ask him what to do now. Everytime I try to quit smoking, my thyroid goes haywire too.

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I have always had trouble with constipation, but through trial and error have been able to find a way to avoid it. That is untill my ofthalmologist put me on a diet of fruit and vegetables, supplemented by omega 3 and a multivitamin which is supposed to protect against degenerative eye disorders. And suddenly I am back at square one. The ironic thing is that I visited him after a vein burst in my eye, which, according to him, could have been caused by straining from constipation. I knew that was definitely not the reason. When he suggested that I start eating lots of fruit and veg, he joked that it would also help for constipation. Then the complete opposite happened. I haven't been constipated for years, but as soon as I started eating lots of fruit and veg and taking the vitamins, I have been suffering from it again. By the way, it does not contain iron or sulphates. The only ingredient that I can connect with this forum's advice, is Q10. It also contains vit D3 and calcium (24mg) and magnesium (18mg). I take 4 pills a day. Can somebody give me advice, please?

Dr. Oz is a nut. half the crap on there is inaccurate with many fad diets and such. Nutrition is a balance and many times supplements are necessary but i suggest taking them at different times because some vitamin compliment each other... such as vitamin D and Calcium.. or iron and vitamin C... or fats with Vitamins A, D and K... others are the exact opposite and slow absorption... and apparently considering this post... can cause other irritating side effects

And this post is exactly correct =] Original Post by anaisabell:

Hello!

             I'd like to say that more important than taking vitamins are the kind of vitamins we take. First of all always go for the best absorbable forms. Some of the best absorbable forms are citrates, gluconates and chelates. So while, for example iron gluconate will probably cause you no problems, iron sulphate will constipate you and so will iron oxide. When a multivitamin its composed almost solely by sulphates and oxides just throw it away because its a waste of money. Citrate, gluconate and chelates are much more absorbable. Most sulphates and stuff have the nasty tendency to cause constipation and other problems.

        With some research is possible to get to know exactly what to take in the right amonts. And for those who claim that a  balanced diet is enough, I'm sorry but that is not true anymore. Actually in nowadays thats nothing but a myth. If you consider that today we are exposed to pollution, stress, decreased nutrition in food and etc even if you are eating healthy, balanced foods,your body is still almost certainly lacking vital nutrients. The idea of a  balanced diet was true one hundred years ago but not anymore.

 

 

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