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what vitaminsshould i be taking???
i have been dieting for three weeks and have currently lost 10 pounds. i jog/walk and weight lift everyday, i eat tons of protein and have cut back on carbs. i drink only water so, i have been wondering what vitamins and/or minerals should i be taking to keep my body moving forward. i just don't want to rob my body of anything i just don't know what to take,,just a multivitamin or something else?
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Hello there,

Multivitamins are ok be they usually are low on vitamins dosage which means you should buy them to get the essential minerals but you should also buy other important vitamins too.

What i suggest is someting like Centrum as a for the multi and a good vitamin C ( 1,000mg with calcium with it ), vitamins B complex in pills or liquid, vitamin D if you don't eat diary products everyday since the multi dose might be a bit low, 1,000 UI is a good dose as the only vitamin D source if you are in a area during winter with almost no sun exposure. Vitamin E is also important for body building and while doing exercise so buying a vitamin E is a good idea unless you are taking proteins powder with a huge amount of vitamin E. Vitamin A is not to be considered as the intake in multivitamins is ok.

One thing you can do is looking for Centrum Performance if you don't want to buy separated vitamins B complex but i still B are too low for someone dieting. A good B complex will give you 50 mg/mcg of each Bs and Centrum Performance will only give you from 6 to 18 in other Bs but a good 40mg Niacin ( B3 ) which is good.

If your diet is mainly vegetables you should consider amino acids supplements.

Best regards,
M4
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Wouldn't personally take Centrum -- all non-health food vitamins use non-absorbable forms of nutrients and use toxic artificial colors and fillers and binders.  The company bought Solgar, which was once one of the best vitamin companies, and destroyed it because of their ignorance.  So I'd stay away from the drug stores if you're looking for absorbable vitamins and minerals.  But the other thing is, low carb diets are unhealthy because all vegetables and fruits are carbs and contain the antioxidants that sustain life.  Doing it for a short time is okay, but not for any length of time.  So what you're really looking for in supplements on that kind of diet are ones rich in antioxidants.  Rainbow Light Advanced Nutritional Formula might be one possibility.  As for vitamin D, if you need it, eat wild deepwater fish or take a D supplement, but don't look for it in dairy -- most humans lack the enzyme necessary to digest dairy, and the vitamin D is added and not necessarily the form that humans can absorb, D3.  And as a bodybuilder, remember that excessive protein for an extended period of time can damage the kidneys, so be careful about that as well.  
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1042487 tn?1275283499
Thanks Paxiled for adding Rainbow Light Advanced Nutritional Formula. Personally i don't use any multis, so my knowledge on multis is limited and i don't personally don't like them too and thought about Centrum which everyone know. I take all my vitamins separately and other supplements, way easier to manage. One thing i'd like to add is with today's processed food and pesticide bombarded agriculture, i think no one can get all the nutriments we need so it is important to take supplements unless someone tell you that he is growing his own vegetables without pesticides in a rich ground in an adequate climate without pollution and hunting his own animals in nature far from pollution which i think is almost impossible. So it is wise to use supplements and doing your own sprouting is an awesome way to get good nutriments. Superfood supplements are great too. Product like Green+ or SuperFoodRX are great too and can compensate a bit.
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Agree.  My only doubt about the Greens Plus is that there are too many different foods to digest at once.  I tend to focus on alternating barley grass with spirulina.  Any thoughts?
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I find both extremely good superfood. One thing you should maybe consider is doing your own sprouting, I am considering it. I find Green+ very easy to digest since all the superfoods in it have their enzymes so once you mix it in a drink and digest the whole is it a very smooth process of digestion combined with your own enzymes, Green+ actually helps digestion basically. I don't take Green+ in pills is a good idea. I take the powder formula and it is great when combined with vitamins B and Ester-C's vitamin C 1,000mg with calcium. Any thoughts?
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1042487 tn?1275283499
correction

''I don't take Green+ in pills is a good idea.'' should be: I don't think Green+ in pills is a good idea.
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I have to admit, I'm too lazy about the powder, so I take pills.  I sold a lot of Greens plus to people, but came to my own conclusion that there were just too many foods in it to be of much use.  But people liked it a lot.  To each their own.  Because I'm an anxiety sufferer, I take a stress B formula daily and 500mg ester-c daily plus the extra that's in my multi and sinus formulas.  You do have to be careful about B6 -- too much can cause neuropathy, and it pops up in so many supplements.  I guess my thinking about Greens Plus is, what if you sat down to a meal with that many foods?  Would be very hard to digest.  Algaes are difficult for many to digest just by themselves, and some of those foods do better in acidic stomach environment, some in alkaline.  Anyway, as I say, if it works, it ain't broken.
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