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      02.02.2009 12:17

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      My views on vitamin supplements

      In todays hectic life style there are not many of us that manage to maintain a healthy balanced diet all the time. The pace of life takes its toll on people these days, especially me for one. I am not the type of person to take vitamins and minerals for the sake of it. I do try my best to have a varied diet and to be healthy, but there just isn't enough hours in the day sometimes to fit in cooking a nice healthy dinner for the family. I am pregnant at the moment, so I am trying extra hard to eat sensibly. I am carrying twins, and so am being drained twice as much (well thats how it feels to me). I have discovered a vitamin supplement called Pro natal by Sanatogen. It is great. Designed especially for pregnancy and breast feeding. It contains Folic acid as well as all the other vitamins and minerals you need to keep you healthy in pregnancy. These include vit D, E, C, B12, Iron, Zinc and many more making a total of 18 in all. They cost me £4.88 from Boots and were on offer for 3 for 2, bonus!! They are not ridiculously sized so are easy to swallow. They put my mind at ease that I am gettng all that I should be during my pregnancy. I would recommend these!!

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      04.03.2008 14:37
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      fight the fat!

      Ok so iv been trying really hard to cut out the rubbish i eat and eat little more healthy.

      ok so the 5 a day doesnt work for me as i seem to be working all the time, but i know i need something!

      i did have a gym membership, but to actually get my butt down there and do the excercise doesnt make me want to go. even my mates wont do a session or 2 with me.

      iv just bought some slimming tablets - metabo extreme - beigey brown colour capsules, 60 (lasts approx a month) and im hoping these will work!

      so far its day 1, and iv taken the 2 im meant to take at breakfast and lunch. not allowed to take them after 4pm so it works fab for me.

      i know im only a size 8-10, but sometimes i see my thighs wobble, or my bum wobbles when i walk! but hey, lets hope i get rid before the summer.

      if anyone else has tried slimming pills with good results or no results, please let me know!

      il keep this updated as i go. :)


      Metabo Extreme (60 tabs) - available on ebay for about 6 pounds.

      Ingredients:
      Guarana - one seed contains more than 3 times as much caffine than in a coffee bean
      Bee Pollen - some people are allergic, can cause headaches
      Ginseng - resistance to stress levels, and is an antioxident
      Ginger - treats nausea (from treatments)
      Lecithin - removes fatty acids
      Sarsaparilla - reduces endotoxins in the body
      Golden seal - boots medicinal effects of other herbs
      Nettle - unknown properties
      Gota Kola - reduces cellulite, increases circulation in the legs
      Gymnema Sylvestins - rids suger urge, sugary foods become flavourless

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        23.10.2003 22:55
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        It was a silly thing to do! Last autumn, whilst stripping the drooping leaves from my Yucca trees sitting either side of the rose arch in my garden, I yanked too hard and fell down three stone steps resulting in a nasty collision with the steps and my right knee. At first I was only concerned in cleaning the wound and soon forgot about the incident as the scab gradually disappeared. It was in early spring this year that alarm bells rang. My right knee flared up, became swollen and hurt me. Going up and down stairs was very painful. I was forced to make a very rare visit to my GP. He examined the knee and prescribed me non-steroidal anti inflammatory prescription drugs. I certainly wasn?t cheered by his comment that as somebody gets older a damaged joint such as this can set up a chain of events and trigger further inflammations in the joints. Deep joy! However, I was relieved to take them as the swelling reduced and the pain diminished. Sadly, this only lasted for as long as I took the two-week course. Within a few days of completing the course all the painful symptoms returned with a vengeance. In all I had three repeat prescriptions but something else was happening. I had a severely upset stomach. What a choice! If I took the anti-inflammatory drugs my knee was better but I had to be within ?convenient? distance from the toilet. At least I could get there quickly. But I wasn?t happy with this. I Googled into some reliable medical websites asking for possible side effects from taking these drugs-and yes-there it was in black and white, up to 40% of those taking these drugs had side effects including, amongst many others, chronic diarrhoea. Resultantly I had to be prescribed Imodium to cure my stomach complaint and I obviously refused to take any more anti-inflammatory drugs, but although my guts gradually recovered, my knee was just as bad as before-and then I got an ache in my left buttock. Sitting, standing, walking, lying down, no matter which position
        I was in my butt ached as well as my knee. My GP?s gloomy prediction seemed to be materialising. I did wonder if I had altered my posture to accommodate my painful knee and this could be causing my aching butt. No matter what the cause, I was now in more pain than ever. I?m not a great follower of alternative medicines but compared with the disillusionment I naturally feel about prescriptive drugs I was driven to my local health food shop and asked the assistant what she recommended for inflamed and aching joints. She asked if I was allergic to shell fish and seafoods, if I was diabetic and added that the side effects were to be welcomed-glossy hair and stronger nails. These are side effects I can handle! I reluctantly handed over £20.00 for a jar of 120 capsules containing Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, Glucosamine Sulphate and Chondroitin Sulphate. I?d already handed over more than £30.00 in prescription charges for drugs that had only made me worse and hadn?t cured my originals complaint, so hopefully this was good money after bad? Nevertheless, before I took my first dosage I Googled again to read what the medical websites had to say about Glucosamine Sulphate and Chondroitin Sulphate. All the information on these reputable medical sites pointed to an improvement in aching joints, whether caused by an injury or due to just getting older, when taking these supplements. Glucosamine, made from shrimp and crab shells, and Chondroitin, a major constituent of cartilage, lubricate the ?joint oil? that has dried up around the cartilage, as the body?s natural response to an injury is to become inflamed around the damaged joint as a protection when ?joint fluid? dries up, but this in turn causes more inflammation. So, after one week what is the result? The suggested daily intake on the particular supplement I bought instructs Day 1: 1 Capsule. Day 2: 2 Capsules and so on until Day 5 and five capsules. Then to continue taking five capsules per day f
        or ten days and then to take as appropriate to suit the individual (usually 2-3 capsules per day). Of course if the sufferer were to stop taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin then the symptoms would return but as there was no proof of any side effects then this is acceptable to me. It?s only my fifth day of taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin and so far the respite from the ache in the butt and the pain in the knee (plus the swelling-on my knee and not my butt) is remarkable. I feel like skipping with relief at my total lack of discomfort, after all it was a year ago when I fell and hurt my knee. At the time my GP suggested physiotherapy and made me an appointment at my local hospital. I arrived for my appointment only to find it was an appointment to make another appointment with somebody who would assess my injury and then make me a further appointment for appropriate treatment. Please! If my progress continues as it is and I have to take three capsules of Glucosamine and Chondroitin a day to maintain ?joint fluid? then the cost per day for the 120 capsules will be fifty pence. If you do suffer from joint pains, be it through an injury or just normal wear and tear, then these food supplements certainly seem to help in the healing of joint injuries and the degeneration of the connective tissues that comes with age. If you have a friendly local health food shop then pop in and ask them about Glucosamine and Chondroitin or if you prefer shopping online just paste the supplements into a search engine and see the offers as long as you believe they are a reputable online shopping site. I am very optimistic about my newfound pain free energy, as one of the biggest giveaways about somebody?s age is the way they get out of a chair, creaking and groaning-or with a lightness of body and spirit.

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          30.03.2002 23:36
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          Close to 60% of people will pop a multivitamin/mineral supplement today, and for the most part, thats smart. Doctors agree its hard to get all the nutrients we neen every day, and among other things, studies suggest women who take a multi daily for 15 years have a 75% lower risk of colon cancer. I was surprised when my doctor told me, that taking the wrong multivitamin can have health risks, leaving you vulnerable to depression, weakedned bones and even a highter risk of heart disease and cancer. To make sure you are getting all of the benefits from your multi and none of the potential hazards. Make sure it: Has a safe dose of vitamin. Vitamin A is crucial for keeping your eyes, skin, bones, and immune system strong, but experts say getting too much can cause headaches, skin problems, bone loss and even liver damage. And if you are taking other supplements that include vitamin A, you could easily be getting a toxic dose. And be sure to check labels carefully. If your vitamin doesn't disintegrate fully within 20 minutes in half a cup of finegar, it may not be breaking down fully in your body, either and could be shortchanging you of nutrients, especially the B vitamins like folic acid known to help stave off heart disease, colon cancer, depression and even birth defects. One a day vitamins and Your Life brands, along with many drugstore multis, have been tested to disintegrate quickly, and all chewable vitamins do too. If you're past childbearing age, you don't need the 18mg of iron some women's multivitamins contain and getting too much can encourage plaque buildup in the arteries. If you've stopped menstruating, you need only 8mg of iron daily. And that's easy to get without a multi if you eat two servings of iron-rich foods like meat and iron-fortified breads daily.

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            18.03.2002 17:09
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            I have always been a keen sportsperson and have dealt with sports coaches and nutritionists galore to try to improve my performance. I have taken all sorts of legal performance enhancing supplements, and I have found no great improvement with any of them. While I would never consider taking steroids or any other illegal substance to improve performance, I think that anything we are actually allowed to take seems to have a minimal effect. For years, I put myself through the torture of drinking something called maxim, which is supposed to be a liquid food to keep up energy supplies during training. While this is a good idea for anyone who is likely to suffer from energy loss for whatever reason, it is just not suitable for everyone. Personally, I could not stand the taste of the stuff, and it didn't seem to do much for me anyway. Another girl was very unfortunate, becoming practically addicted to it. She put on an obscene amount of weight which caused her performance in sport to get worse, and she consequently gave up and has never shifted the weight. A more useful sports supplement is a drink called isostar, which is an isotonic drink that rehydrates you after severe physical exertion. This tastes better than maxim, and can be very useful, but only in moderation. It is quite expensive, but worth it for the odd occasion when you become dehydrated. There are also some more natural methods of recovery after sport. For example, putting a small amount of salt into a drink after physical exertion can prevent dehydration and cramp, as the body's mineral supplies become severely drained. Also, I tend to eat an apple after every training session to replace complex carbohydrate. This is also a very healthy and tasty snack, rater than eating a mars bar which is recommended by many coaches. This is used more prior to a race, but personally, it always made me feel bloated and had an adverse effect on my performance. With regard to
            non-sports supplements, the only things I rely on are vitamin C and multivitamins with iron. I seem to pick up colds all the time if I stop taking vitamin C, although I have a healthy diet. Infact, I am out of it at the moment and have picked up an awful cold. Ecchinachia seems to get rid of colds quickly, this is becoming quite popular. As far as multivitamins go, I take sanatogen multivitamins for vegetarians, as I know I miss out on some essential vitamins and minerals being veggie, especially iron.

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              04.01.2002 17:11
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              Vitamins It is thought that food is not absorbed properly by those suffering from ME, so vitamins and mineral supplements can help to replace some of the lost nutrients. They should not be a replacement for food though and a balanced diet is still important. I take Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Calcium and Evening Primrose Oil. I have just started taking Garlic capsules, but do not know if there is any benefit from them yet. Sometimes I swap the Vitamins B & C for a general multivitamin. I do feel that I get some benefit from taking these vitamins. It is not a cure, but well worth a try. Most chemists and supermarkets sell general multivitamins quite cheaply, be careful with ones containing iron as this can cause constipation. If you have particular symptoms that bother you, you may want to try specific vitamins that may help with the symptom. Vitamin A Eye and skin problems Vitamin B Fatigue, loss of muscle tone, anaemia Vitamin C Immunity problems, poor healing Vitamin E Weak muscles, poor circulation Calcium Weak bones and teeth Cod Liver Oil Joint stiffness Garlic Capsules Poor circulation, raised cholesterol Evening Primrose Hormone problems. NB You should always get symptoms checked out by your GP and take there advise when trying any new medication.

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