Tuesday, February 13, 2007


I've never really taken nutritional supplements, subscribing to the theory that if you eat your vegetables, you don't need them. (And I love vegetables, almost all kinds.) Besides that, they're expensive.

But I'm beginning to wonder if my daughter would benefit from them. She is sick way too often, and she doesn't like vegetables very much (except broccoli and carrots and corn).

Anybody know anything about supplements and could make a recommendation? (Although if you sell them as a side job, I might look at your advice with a jaded view :-)


Rachel said...

Don't give people false impressions about me-I really do to like veggies. The only difference between me and you is that I don't have the energy to fix them everyday.

Thainamu said...

You want to go out for salad lunch today?

Melchizedek said...

Barring any specific deficiencies, a one-a-day multivitamin is probably all people need. And they're not that expensive, I have a name brand bottle that has a 120 day supply and it only cost about $8.

charischild said...

This is something I've thought about because I also hate taking vitamins. My escape is the kelloggs or albertsons bran flakes, which are deliberately fortified with 100% of about 12 different important vitamins ($2). I'd way rather eat 3/4 cup of cereal than swallow a couple of pill monsters every day.
Having said that, though, the med school profs STRONGLY recommend taking calcium tablets daily, and outside sources have recommended the fish oil/ vitamin E combo as immune boosters.

Ma Hoyt said...

I buy cheapo Equate brand from Wal-Mart...
--Vit C,
--Garlic (really good for the immune system),
--Calcium with Mag and Zinc and taking that right before bed (I take it 4x daily) is excellent for any kind of "restless leg" feelings.
--Loren buys this Salmon Oil from Vitamin Shoppe, the only expensive stuff we get
--B Complex

Does all this stuff work? I don't know, but I'm afraid to stop!

I do think the garlic helps. And I was the only one in our family who didn't get sick this last time, and it was a rough virus.

Also, since Rachel works around kids so much, I would heartily recommend keeping Zicam and zinc lozenges on hand.

But the very best thing to have is a little bottle of hand sanitizer in her purse.

Any doorknob, any grocery cart, any elevator button is a potential host of virii.

We use the stuff liberally in our house.

But all the above is for naught if someone doesn't get enough sleep.

My kids can attest to the fact that I hardly ever stay up late any more, I am so afraid of getting sick.