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Vitamins everyone should be taking according to Dr. Oz!


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Just in case anyone is wondering what vitamins we should be taking... Dr. Oz suggests the following (This is what I take.. and believe it or not, I have felt sicknesses coming on, but I never get sick!)

Multivitamin - for men and women post-menopausal - get one with no iron and less than 2500 IU of Vitamin A

For women that are pre-menopausal, we need a multivitamin with iron and less than 5000 IU of Vitamin A. 

DHA Omega-3 - There are versions of this pill that say "no fish taste".  Mine do not give any fish aftertaste, but I am not able to burp, so I cannot comment on whether or not burps will taste like fish.  Either way, Omega-3 is vital for brain function.

Vitamin D - You can get vitamin D separately or see below.

Calcium and Magnesium Combo - I get a calcium and magnesium with Vitamin D added so that I have less pills to take.  It is important to take calcium and magnesium as one pill, otherwise (according to Oprah) you will have constipation so badly that you will think you are delivering a baby if you do not take them together.  So get the combo!

Fiber - Last, but not least, a fiber supplement.  I use benefiber (or Kroger brand...it's the same thing but cheaper).  This may not be a vitamin, but it just as important!  Just mix the fiber in your water (or any other drink) and it vanishes.  I then use this water to take all of my vitamins so I don't forget anything!

Hope this helps!

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Personally I think Dr Oz should have advised people to eat a balanced diet that contains enough fibre. I highly doubt I need a fibre supplement as I eat a range of fruit and vegetables every day, which provide so many benefits that fibre alone does not.

I never touch supplements and never get sick.   If you're under 50, not pregnant, sick or nursing you can get all the nutrition & fibre you need from a balanced diet with plenty of variety.   Most supplements end up in the toilet bowl... massive waste of money

I'm surprised he doesn't recommend to take more than that considering how badly Americans eat. Americans are really against taking vitamins but lots of countries around the world take them regularly. The Japanese are known to regularly take CoQ10 for the heart. There's lots of contradictions out there like drink milk for vitamin D, but milk doesn't even have vitamin D in it naturally it's fortified with the same vitamin that you can get in a multi-vitamin, but yet I still hear don't take vitamins drink milk to make sure you get enough vitamin D. Also the quality of the food grown is getting worse, considering that farmers spray all our food down with Raid. 

The only supplements I take are iron, calcium, potassium (prescription because I take diuretics) and magnesium.  Multi vitamins and those fish oil or flax oil supplements block the action of my medications, as does grapefruit. 

I don't need an artificial, chemical based fiber supplement because I eat a high fiber diet every single day.  Why pay for something that is so easy to get in your food?

Dr Oz always makes those blanket statements without explaining that for some people there might be negative consequences. 

Well, as a very small sample I'm not American, and neither is gi-jane. Laughing In my experience many Americans are pro-vitamins, because it means they don't have to pay as much attention to a balanced diet. I'm sure there are people in both groups.

ETA: was responding to inkblue.

Does Dr Oz get paid for suggesting multivitamins? I just read on another thread that he suggests Metamucil wafers, which kind of implies he's on the Metamucil brand's payroll.

First of all... with the fiber...  I have some problems Cry so if I don't take it, you don't even want to know! 

Second, the quality of our food has decreased and continues to decrease.  Even a well balanced diet will not get you all of the vitamins you need.  And unless you eat fish regularly, you do not get enough omega-3's which are vital for brain function. 

To each his own.. but if anyone was wanting to take vitamins and was wondering which ones to take... this is a good list.  For those of you that do not wish to take vitamins... that is fine too.  I only just started taking them a few months ago myself!

I was just trying to let anyone who was questioning know what has worked for me.

And Dr. Oz never mentioned any brand of vitamins on this specific episode of Oprah, so I doubt anyone paid him to mention vitamins without their brand name, but who knows.

I take vitamins but I am 99% sure it's psychological. I heard Americans have the most expensive urine as all the vitamins we take are just excreted out into the toilet as surplus!! With a good diet, in theory, we shouldn't need any excess vitamins - though I think folic acid and iron is good for women in childbearing years.

Original Post by rachelbenoit:

Even a well balanced diet will not get you all of the vitamins you need. 

I disagree. I think the issue is that fewer and fewer people are actually eating balanced diets, not that a balanced diet is insufficient.

ETA: Although I'm sure the pharmaceutical industry would love to beg to differ. Undecided

Original Post by gi-jane:

I never touch supplements and never get sick.   If you're under 50, not pregnant, sick or nursing you can get all the nutrition & fibre you need from a balanced diet with plenty of variety.   Most supplements end up in the toilet bowl... massive waste of money

^^What she said. According to CC I get 100% + of all the nutrients listed in the OP from my diet. I average 60 grams of fiber a day, I can't even IMAGINE the effect a fiber supplement would have on me, lol.

I like Dr. Oz, he's a pretty down to earth guy and mostly gives great advice, but I agree with the poster who said he'd be better to advocate a healthy whole foods diet than supplements.

 

ETA: I'm American, but I don't eat a typical American diet by ANY stretch of the imagination.

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