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Old 12-14-2012, 12:21 AM   #16
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I take the following:

B12 injections. I was on B12 supplements (5mg) but we just discovered that my level has plummeted again even on the supplements so I am starting injections next week. We have no idea WHY I'm not absorbing B12...but I'm not.

Magnesium: I get migraines. But...we think the low B12 might be contributing. So once my B12 level goes back up, I will go off the magnesium.

Vitamin D/Calcium: I have a famiy history of osteoporosis. I am also sensitive to dairy so that eliminates a huge source of calcium. I also always wear sunscreen adn dont spend much time outside b/c I'm fair skinned so my levels are normal, but low norma.

Folic Acid: 4mg everyday. I'm on methotrexate which can deplete folic acid levels

Biotin: can help counteract side effects form methotrexate
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:38 AM   #17
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:32 AM   #18
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My son who is a weight lifiter also recommended a magnesium-zinc-calcium supplement to me (all in 1 pill).

And sometimes I take salmon oil.

I am curious as to what others take, because despite my supplements, I came down with gout in August. Would love to know what people take OTC to prevent gout.
Baking soda. Really. My husband gets gout and the thing that clears a flare up almost immediately (within the first day) is taking a tsp of baking soda in a glass of water (doesn't have to be a lot of water, in fact getting less water means you can "shoot" it and get it over with). It tastes AWFUL. But it works, so he does it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #19
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I do agree with all of this however, it doesn't account for those of us who take other meds that deplete what we'd naturally be getting from foods, OR we are taking medicines that hinder the absorption of nutrients we SHOULD be getting from food.

A good example of what I'm talking about is vitamin D and calcium, and how they should be taken together. Another example is I would normally be getting plenty of calcium in my diet but due to stomach acid reducers I don't absorb what I take in through my foods, thus I pump quite a bit extra calcium on a daily basis.

Natural foods are indeed the best but there are sometimes problems that make getting all our nutrients through them.
Exactly. And it's definitely been shown that fruits and veggies these days don't have the same nutrient content they used to. The nutrient content (and flavor) has been bred out of them in order to make them prettier and more shippable.

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I take the following:

B12 injections. I was on B12 supplements (5mg) but we just discovered that my level has plummeted again even on the supplements so I am starting injections next week. We have no idea WHY I'm not absorbing B12...but I'm not.

Magnesium: I get migraines. But...we think the low B12 might be contributing. So once my B12 level goes back up, I will go off the magnesium.

Vitamin D/Calcium: I have a famiy history of osteoporosis. I am also sensitive to dairy so that eliminates a huge source of calcium. I also always wear sunscreen adn dont spend much time outside b/c I'm fair skinned so my levels are normal, but low norma.

Folic Acid: 4mg everyday. I'm on methotrexate which can deplete folic acid levels

Biotin: can help counteract side effects form methotrexate
Do you have stomach problems? I do. As people get older they quit making the intrinsic factor that helps the absorption of B12. Sometimes if you have a particularly acidic stomach, you are unable to make that intrinsic factor even in your youth. That's why you aren't absorbing the B12.

I take:

B12 shots.
Iron (low b12 usually leads to low iron since b12 is needed to help absorb iron. It also helps with my RLS.)
Prenatal vitamin (still breastfeeding, but it's also just a good multivitamin)
Cal-Mag-Zinc (keeps me regular and helps with RLS)
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:33 AM   #20
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I used to take a multi-vitamin, fish oil and vitaimin D until I came down with some odd symptoms last spring. Then a few weeks ago, I did some googling and discovered it could be the supplements I was taking, specifically vitamin D, so I quit taking them all. Unfortunately, it can take months for the levels to drop so now I'm just waiting to see if that is the culprit.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:10 AM   #21
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Lots of meds and lots of supplements (trying to reduce the need/dependency on the meds):

Cranberry, Probiotics, Cinnamon, Vit D, Vit B, Ginseng, sometimes Iron, and I probably need to start some Calcium again.

My problem comes in with what I can take when with and not with my medications. It becomes a bit of a tight walk.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:21 AM   #22
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #23
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Exactly. And it's definitely been shown that fruits and veggies these days don't have the same nutrient content they used to. The nutrient content (and flavor) has been bred out of them in order to make them prettier and more shippable.



Do you have stomach problems? I do. As people get older they quit making the intrinsic factor that helps the absorption of B12. Sometimes if you have a particularly acidic stomach, you are unable to make that intrinsic factor even in your youth. That's why you aren't absorbing the B12.

I take:

B12 shots.
Iron (low b12 usually leads to low iron since b12 is needed to help absorb iron. It also helps with my RLS.)
Prenatal vitamin (still breastfeeding, but it's also just a good multivitamin)
Cal-Mag-Zinc (keeps me regular and helps with RLS)
I do have stomach problems but I do still make the intrinsic factor according to my GI. And I actually dont have an acidic stomach (shockingly). Ive had the full GI workup (plus some). And I had issues with B12 before I had stomach problems.

And B12 is my ONLY issue. I dont have issues with any other nutrients. And its not "low"...its on the lower end of normal, but too low for my neurologists comfort and its dropped a lot so they are doing something about it.
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I should and have them - fish oil, calcium, b12, etc. but the only one I take consistently is Flax Seed.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:39 AM   #25
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I am on a Multi Vitamin and a Prenatal Vitamin.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:45 AM   #26
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My eye dr. has suggested taking Omega-3 to help dry eye. My concern is that is seems to be quite a large dose. It's 2668 mg. per day. Two capsules in the morning and two at night. Does anyone else have experience taking it for dry eye?
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:06 AM   #27
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I take B-Complex, Calcium Mag + D, Fish Oil, and CoQ10. Multivitamins make me puke.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:13 AM   #28
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This is going to sound wacky, but...

Dark chocolate, a little bit. Good antidepressant.

Green leaf salad. Excellent sedative and hypnotic.

Otherwise I could recommend artificial light boxes in the winter months to compensate for the lack of sunlight; it lifts the mood more than people think (it combats S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder).
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:17 AM   #29
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Do you find any health supplements helpful? I take a multi-vitamin and some times vit. D.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:18 AM   #30
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I take a multi, krill oil, CoQ10 and a baby aspirin.
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