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Old 04-08-07, 12:07 PM
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Vitamins and Supplements

I understand that this should probably go in the nutrition section but I wanted the opinions of other road cyclists. What do you folks take for vitamins and supplements? I'm looking to maximize my performance though healthy eating habits and the use of supplements and vitamins. I don't want to make a mistake and mismatch or misuse and potentially hurt my body. Feel free to post what you take and maybe a schedule of how often you take them. Thanks
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I take Target brand Viatamin pills everyday for my health, but that is the only thing I intake besides just healthy food.
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I just started taking Calcium Magnesium pills with Vitamin D. I bought a bottle at the health food store and the pills have all three in one. I read the label of the Sportleg pills which has the same ingredients, just different dose levels. Hopefully it works.
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I've read a lot of great literature on Vitamin D. A ton of people are focusing research toward this and they have already linked it to some really cool health benefits. They say that our brains have vitamin D receptors that increase the release of endorphins making us happier. This seemed to explain the rising amounts of people who go tanning, and why they seem to get "addicted" to it. They also say that vitamin D has a lot of performance based effects.
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Multivitamin, fish oil, and glucosamine chondroitin every morning.
Siberian Ginseng about an hour before my hardest workout of the day.
Glutamine after.
Blood-booster at night (just started this one, so I don't how well it works yet).
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I take calcium so my bones don't go brittle and magnesium for my tinnitus. Other than that, a multi vitamin once a week or so. I have about a pound of 5-6 different types of fruit (pound total, not each) a day so I get a lot of crap right there.
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IMO,
a good multi helps, get an iron free one of you're a guy and not a vegetarian.
Omega 3 caps are good, but all of this depends heavily on you, your age, sex, activities, etc.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I take calcium so my bones don't go brittle and magnesium for my tinnitus. Other than that, a multi vitamin once a week or so. I have about a pound of 5-6 different types of fruit (pound total, not each) a day so I get a lot of crap right there.
if I remember correctly from a nutrition class i just took, men stop depositing calcium into their bones in their late 20's and women stop in their early 20's so hopefully you are in that range.
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I just eat right, and get my vitamins the old fashioned way.
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1 multi vit, one C, and one baby aspirin daily.
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Originally Posted by late
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a good multi helps, get an iron free one of you're a guy and not a vegetarian.
Omega 3 caps are good, but all of this depends heavily on you, your age, sex, activities, etc.
Actually, iron is good for endurance athletes, even guys. If you train hard enough, you'll run down your hematocrit numbers during the season and iron will help keep it up so that you don't plateau. Make sure not to take calcium at the same time though, since calcium and iron block each other from being absorbed.
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Drake
I just eat right, and get my vitamins the old fashioned way.
That's the ticket. If you have a well-balanced diet, you're getting enough vitamins already. A simple multivitamin won't hurt but large doses of vitamins does no good and may do some harm.
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Originally Posted by entukay
if I remember correctly from a nutrition class i just took, men stop depositing calcium into their bones in their late 20's and women stop in their early 20's so hopefully you are in that range.
mid 20's.
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I've been using Optygen and Sportlegs this season. Still can't prove that it's not placebo, but I think the stuff might actually work.

http://www.firstendurance.com/optygen.html
www.sportlegs.com

Note that I'm not recommending either of these products as a physician. I just use the stuff for cycling, and I can't say conclusively that the stuff will help. All I'm going on is my own good experiences.
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TwinLab's Dualtabs multivitamin. It's a high quality, aimed towards athletes type of multivitamin. Also has a layer of essential minerals. The label says take 2 each morning, but one is more than enough. I also take ZMA (zinc and magnesium) along with all the other supplement's I use for lifting (Superpump, SizeOn, Muscle Milk protien and Plasmavol). Yup...my cabinet looks like the store's shelves.
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Originally Posted by GatorFL
Multivitamin, fish oil, and glucosamine chondroitin every morning...
Ditto that plus calcium and a children's aspirin.
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Do any of you use Endurox or accelerade or both? I ordered a small container of each to try them out, any opinions on them? As for the vitamins that I already take, I take one 1000iu vitamin D tablet each morning, it's probably placebo but I've felt better, all day, ever since I've started taking them. I also take a multi once daily. I've been wanting to try Hoodia(sp) I have some health nut friends who swear by it, do any of you have any experience with it?
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Originally Posted by GatorFL
Actually, iron is good for endurance athletes, even guys. If you train hard enough, you'll run down your hematocrit numbers during the season and iron will help keep it up so that you don't plateau. Make sure not to take calcium at the same time though, since calcium and iron block each other from being absorbed.
Hi,
which is exactly why I suggested that it depends on who you are. I am not an endurance guy, but
I ate tons of beef, and many vitamins with iron in them (all multis used to have it) plus the iron
they put in flour and rice for a half a century. I figure I got enough iron in me to build a bridge.

There is something called a lifetime dose, meaning you never need to take in more. I figure that's me.
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Originally Posted by Mcurrier1241
Do any of you use Endurox or accelerade or both? I ordered a small container of each to try them out, any opinions on them? As for the vitamins that I already take, I take one 1000iu vitamin D tablet each morning, it's probably placebo but I've felt better, all day, ever since I've started taking them. I also take a multi once daily. I've been wanting to try Hoodia(sp) I have some health nut friends who swear by it, do any of you have any experience with it?

"Do any of you use Endurox or accelerade or both? I ordered a small container of each to try them out, any opinions on them?"

Sport drinks are a great idea. Never used that brand, but they have a good reputation

"As for the vitamins that I already take, I take one 1000iu vitamin D tablet each morning, it's probably placebo but I've felt better, all day, ever since I've started taking them."

Could be you were deficient. That is not likely to be true now; and you can get what you need from a multi. If you think you have a problem that requires the extra D, I strongly suggest seeing a Doctor to see if you are right.

"I've been wanting to try Hoodia(sp) I have some health nut friends who swear by it, do any of you have any experience with it"

Ever since a Doc prescribed diet pills for me 3 decades ago, I have watched diet pills. They follow a predictable arc. The stuff is discovered, it works, people jump all over it. Some people get sick, a few die; and people lose interest. A few months later a new drug or herb is found and people jump all over it.

Sounds like trouble to me.
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I take sulfur pills just before I go out on rides so that I can produce foul smells for all those who hop on my wheel and don't do any of the work.
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I use Endurox R4 as a recovery drink and I think I can tell a difference. I feel great several hours after my rides when I drink the R4 right after my ride. I also use the Clif Electrolyte replacement drink in crisp apple during the ride. I take my CalMag+Vitamin D pills based on the Sportlegs suggestions.
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Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc pills 3x daily
Vitamin D 1x daily
Vitamin C 2x daily
Glucosamine/Chondritin 6x daily

Hammer E-Caps in varying amounts on longer workout days.

Seems to be doing what I want it to do...I've had two knee surgeries, among other crap - and am recovering well. I also don't have trouble with allergies like I used to.
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multi
b-complex
b-12 cobalamin (few times a week)
C
E
calcium
glucosamine/chondroitin complex
psyllium fiber

sometimes niacin to get a flush rush!

sometimes 81mg aspirin

milled flax in oatmeal

sometimes whey protein
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Originally Posted by mx_599
multi
b-complex
b-12 cobalamin (few times a week)
C
E
calcium
glucosamine/chondroitin complex
psyllium fiber

sometimes niacin to get a flush rush!

sometimes 81mg aspirin

milled flax in oatmeal

sometimes whey protein
Damn...and I thought I was going to be the #1 pill popper here.

I suppose I could add in tylenol/ibproufen as 'supplements' too
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
Damn...and I thought I was going to be the #1 pill popper here.

I suppose I could add in tylenol/ibproufen as 'supplements' too
oh, it looks worse than it is...
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