I have always been a slacker when it comes to vitamin taking. I don't sweat it.
|ConsumerLab.com selected more than 20 brands of multivitamins to be tested by independent laboratories. Here's a partial list of how some of them fared:|
Multivitamins that met standards:
- Centrum Silver
- Member's Mark Complete Multi
- One A Day Women's
- Flinstones Complete
Those that failed:
- The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Especially for women: Contaminated with lead
- Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears: Had twice the labeled amount of vitamin A
- Nature's Plus Especially Yours for Women: Took twice as long as allowed to disintegrate
- AARP Maturity Formula: Took nearly twice as long as allowed to disintegrate
- Eniva VIBE: Had only 54 percent of claimed vitamin A
- Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin-Mineral Supplement for Dogs: Contained lead
|According to a new report by Consumer Labs, several popular brands of children's chewable multivitamins have too much of a good thing -- namely Vitamin A (as retinol).|
The culprits were: Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears, L'il Critters Groovy Gummy Vites, and Trader Darwin's Children's Chewable Vitamins.
The Institute of Medicine recommends an RDA of 1,300 IU of Vitamin A for a child 4-8 years old, and an upper tolerable limit (UL) of 3,000 IU. Some of the vitamins tested contained 5,000 IU.
Originally Posted by Norasmomma
I just have read so many studies on omega 3 and how my own body feels from taking them, but I also am of Norwegian descent and so cold water fish is part of my family diet historically, but I don't get to eat it often enough because of my DH not exactly enjoying it.
My diet is not perfect, but we eat mainly whole foods, fruits and veggies. We do eat some processed stuff, but not enough to be alarmed about.
I just know that iron is incredibly important the last few months of pregnancy because the baby making it's storage of iron for the first 6 months of life. I also know from first hand experience that my DD was much more aware than most newborns that we have encountered, I believe that it was from my intake of omega 3 fish oil. My Dh's family commented on how alert she was and while yes my evidence is purely anecdotal I believe it helped herand myself immensely. I just am basing what I am saying on how I feel, I seriously started taking them again awhile back and within days I just felt different, I felt like I was calmer, had my sex drive back and numerous other things, this is just of course my personal experience.
I just also always find that there is one study to contradict another, so I kinda just go with my gut and what my body tells my I need. I am hitting 3.5 months and all the sudden crave milk, so I am going with that.
Originally Posted by firewoman
I think what it boils down to is the bodies ability to assimilate the "nutrients" that are in most multi-vitamins. I therefore prefer organic whole food vitamins like New Chapter or a high quality green superfood like Dr Schulze Superfood. Both are recognized by your body as food. For iron you can't beat Floradix. It is also a food supplement. Some people need more than the recommended daily allowances. Those recommendations are somewhat arbitrary and are also usually the minimum required intake. As far as vitamin A goes, most supplements contain a beta carotene which is just a precursor to vitamin A and is not going to cause an overdose. Vitamin A has received a bad wrap in my opinion. For more on that read Weston A. Price's site. Vitamin D received a bad wrap for the same reason (it is fat soluable and possible to get TOO much) but now people have cut back so much many of us even in sunny climates are seriously deficient. Add to that the lack of nutrients in the soil and you can see why many pregnant women NEED vitamins. I like to eat eat fish but I'm fussy about it being wild caught and fresh and I can't eat most of oilier fish because of mercury contamination. It is a crapshoot. I'm sure you will be fine, especially considering his is your first baby and you eat well. The more we breastfeed and make babies the more necessary it is for some of us to supplement.
|Originally Posted by Pandme|
Eating the fish instead of taking the pill IS solid advice, but with the way our fish is contaminated