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    Since DD is expecting, I have been looking into the prenatal vitamins they make her take. I did not know that folic acid used in vitamins is synthetic folate which one gets from things like eating greens. Sounds like it is better to eat the real thing when possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    Since DD is expecting, I have been looking into the prenatal vitamins they make her take. I did not know that folic acid used in vitamins is synthetic folate which one gets from things like eating greens. Sounds like it is better to eat the real thing when possible.
    You bring up an important point pinkytoe. The average American is so busy they don’t take any time to study what foods will supply the necessary vitamins and a real effort has to be made to shop for, prepare and consume fresh food....so the supplement industry grew out of this need to subsidize necessary elements of a balanced diet. Much of that is synthesized and not directly from the food source.

    Now if you are in the supplement business, it’s beneficial to nurture the idea that you have to take vitamins to enable the fast paced, eat on the run, fast food, junk food habit. And you sell the idea that your product is a safety net for your health. Which may be true and may not be depending. I think it makes sense to target known deficiencies rather than take the multivitamin approach where you throw everything at it and expect your liver and kidneys to process the stuff you don’t need. Seems to me that works against you in the long run.

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    My GP asked for my recipe and plans to give it to her family! That impressed me, that she was open to the elderberry. I was worried about the alcohol, but supposedly putting in very hot water makes it even ok for kids. I know someone on this site recommended it to me when I was whining about having a winter long bout of cold after cold after cold.

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    I went past a spa type place along the Boulder Mall in Boulder that Offers vitamin B-12 injections for $25. I don't know that I would do it, but it might be interesting.

    The Mayo Clinic web site has a list of supplements and any study evidence of each having benefit. I think there are a number of small risks to taking supplements and some people tend to take them without any evidence other than the placebo effect on their benefits.

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    Has anyone seen these infographics? They're really great--they show how strong the evidence is for some of the hyped-up vitamins and supplements.

    Here's the first one I saw: https://inhabitat.com/infographic-wh...are-snake-oil/

    This one is even better because you can filter it by condition/interest. http://informationisbeautiful.net/vi...ents-vizsweet/
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    I take magnesium and calcium, mainly to prevent the charlie horses to which I am prone.

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    There are four MD physicians in our family, two specialists/surgeons (ENT, cardiac), one Internist and one Pediatric Neurologist They all agree that unless you need a specific vitamin or supplement (ex. for a Vitamin D deficiency) all that vitamins result in is expensive pee. Lots of free medical advice/information. I trust them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nswef View Post
    My GP asked for my recipe and plans to give it to her family! That impressed me, that she was open to the elderberry. I was worried about the alcohol, but supposedly putting in very hot water makes it even ok for kids. I know someone on this site recommended it to me when I was whining about having a winter long bout of cold after cold after cold.
    That was me.... As noted earlier, I have been making this tincture for years. It really is WONDERFUL!

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    Frugal one , Thank you again and again. Every day I am happy you told me about it.

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    Usually I don't take them routinely. If I feel yucky I will take some Vitamin C, echinecea and golden seal. If I am depressed I will take some B vitamins and some St. John's Wort. Lately I've been doing pretty good. knock wood. When I am working hard, I will take some liquid food-based vitamins and it really and truly does make a huge difference.

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