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Old 03-28-05, 09:38 PM   #1
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Vitamins??

In this over 50 group, I was curious as to who took vitamins and what kind. Do they help you with working out and bike riding? My wife is on my case and says I should take them as I work out at the gym 3 times a week and then (weather & time permitting) ride bikes as often as possible. When taking them, I have been unable to tell any difference in energy levels. For me, the main difference is an increased appetite.
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I would checked with a nutritionist first for energy issues. What works for me may not be right for you. I commute 25 miles round trip and need energy for I ride hard and fast each way. I found that a nutritionist works for me. A sports doc. can help as well.
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Old 03-29-05, 10:51 PM   #3
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In this over 50 group, I was curious as to who took vitamins and what kind. Do they help you with working out and bike riding? My wife is on my case and says I should take them as I work out at the gym 3 times a week and then (weather & time permitting) ride bikes as often as possible. When taking them, I have been unable to tell any difference in energy levels. For me, the main difference is an increased appetite.

You really could use a good multivitamin, every day, also most men don't get enough vitamin C, so
you should consider boosting that as well. Do you have any osteoarthritis? If so I would suggest
glucosamine and chondroitin. Flax oil and fish oil are both good for omega 3 fatty acids.
It seems like alotta crap at first but you will noticed the difference
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Old 03-30-05, 01:51 PM   #4
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Bloody computers-- 3rd attempt to answer this without losing the link.

Sorry but If I lack a vital vitamin in my normal diet-- Then I will change my diet. In the UK there has been a great deal of publicity on vitamin supplements and the concensus of opinion is that they do not do anything to aid fitness or the body. In fact when taken to the excess- they cause a great deal of problems that would not occur if a normal diet was kept to.

Mineral deficiencies that have been medically diagnosed are a different matter, over the past few years I have had to take a few minerals to supplement my lack of them in blood tests, but this has been prescribed by the doctor, and not some "Non medical person" that does not have the conclusive results of what my body needs.

Sorry but if it ain't natural- I ain't taking it. Bet there are a few athletes around that wish they had kept to a natural diet, instead of taking that new wonder pill to boost their performance.
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When taking them, I have been unable to tell any difference in energy levels.
Vitamins do not give you energy. Some are antioxidants, some work with other minerals. Energy comes from what you eat, particularly carbs.


I take the following every day (no multivitamins!):
Vitamin A
Vitamin B12 (generally low for those who eat little or no meat)
Vitamin C
Saw Palmetto (prostate health)
Horse Chestnut (varicose veins)
Calcium Citrate and Calcium Lactate (strong bones)
Glucosomine and Chondroidin (joint health)
Hawthorn (heart health)
Quercetin (cholesterol health)
Bilberry (circulatory health)
other herbal supplements I can't remember now - I'm at work.
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I take almost exactly what Marqe does,in addition to taking lecithin, which is supposed to help,uh......oh,yeah, my memory!
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In this over 50 group, I was curious as to who took vitamins and what kind. Do they help you with working out and bike riding? My wife is on my case and says I should take them as I work out at the gym 3 times a week and then (weather & time permitting) ride bikes as often as possible. When taking them, I have been unable to tell any difference in energy levels. For me, the main difference is an increased appetite.
I can't see any _scientific_ reason to take vitamins at all (by the way, I'm 64 and have ridden bicycles since I was 5), and good reason _not_ to take the daily dose of what had been recommended for vitamin E up until a few months ago (how soon they forget). Anecdotal accounts don't carry any weight, with me, at least. Just eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily and stay away from processed foods as much as possible.

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Since I started on a regular regime of a multi vitamin every day along with vitamin A (beta cerotine sp?), C and E, I have only been sick with a cold once in the last 5 years. Coincidence or not I'm sticking to it.
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Vitamin fall in love?
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The only extra vitamins I take is the Vitamin D from these glorious sunny Carolina days...
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I take vitamin and mineral supplements primarily as insurance against deficiency, and I take various specific herbal supplements. Here's my daily regimen:
multi-B
mixed tocopherol E, 200IU (I am a big believer in antioxidants.)
C, 250 or 500mg (ditto)
saw palmetto (mentioned earlier in this thread)
glucosamine and condroitin (mentioned earlier in this thread)
kelp and spirulina (iodine)

Since I am a near-vegetarian, I occasionally add zinc, iron, and B-12.
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WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT TAKE A VITAMIN WITH IRON UNLESS YOU KNOW FROM A BLOOD TEST THAT YOU ARE IRON DEFICIENT !!! Especially if your are N. European / Celtic descent.

Too much iron, a condition known as hemochromatosis, can damage internal organs, even to the point of causing liver damage and increasing liver cancer risk! Celts run a risk of having this hereditary disease. The disease is though to have come from a genetic mutation from a single individual in N. Europe several tens of thousands of years ago.

One-A-Day Men's Formula, for example, does not have ANY iron in it. Because men generally do not need iron. Menstruating women do.
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WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT TAKE A VITAMIN WITH IRON UNLESS YOU KNOW FROM A BLOOD TEST THAT YOU ARE IRON DEFICIENT !!! Especially if your are N. European / Celtic descent.

Too much iron, a condition known as hemochromatosis, can damage internal organs, even to the point of causing liver damage and increasing liver cancer risk! Celts run a risk of having this hereditary disease. The disease is though to have come from a genetic mutation from a single individual in N. Europe several tens of thousands of years ago.

One-A-Day Men's Formula, for example, does not have ANY iron in it. Because men generally do not need iron. Menstruating women do.
Thanks for the post. Yes, I am indeed a Celt, but I am a vegetarian who donates blood periodically, so my serum iron count is consistently on the low side of the normal/average range. Hemochromatosis is definitely a MAJOR concern for susceptible individuals, but it is quite rare, even among the "at risk" population.
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