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Poll: Do you regularly take vitamins now and did you do so as a child? (127 votes)

Yes now and yes as a child 20%
Yes now 24%
Not now, but yes as a child 27%
No, none of the above. 37%

I don't think I've ever taken a vitamin supplement.

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#1 Edited by Aegon (7241 posts) -

Uh, this wasn't meant to be multiple answer, but whatevs.

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#2 Edited by geirr (3350 posts) -

My mom force fed me fruit and fish. :C

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#3 Posted by CaLe (4757 posts) -

No, unless Omega-3 is a vitamin. I don't like fish.

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#4 Edited by SuperSambo (3100 posts) -

They do pretty much nothing, other than your omega 3 tablets.

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#5 Posted by jiggajoe14 (1781 posts) -
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I loved these as a kid. Now I'm just lazy and never take them.

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#6 Edited by FunkasaurasRex (854 posts) -

@cale: I'd say Omega-3 qualifies. I take that and B complex. I should probably take D as well.

My parents had me take chewable multivitamins as a kid, but I hated how they tasted so I wasn't particularly consistent.

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#7 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

No. I have had bad heartburn all my life and as a result taken many calcium antacids that are kind of like Vitamins, but that's as close as I got.

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#8 Edited by Nekroskop (2831 posts) -

Omega3, since it's been a tradition in my country for nearly 150 years.

C vitamins, multivitamins and D vitamins(especially during the winter when there's little to no sunlight)

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#9 Edited by Icemael (6861 posts) -

Never. Unless you have a really poor diet or some specific medical reason it's a complete waste of money.

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#10 Edited by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

Supplements? No. I did as a kid, yes. Very very picky eater as a kid and needed them as I wouldn't eat many things that I needed to have nutritious diet.

@geirr said:

My mom force fed me fruit and fish. :C

One day I discovered finely chopped carrots in my spaghetti sauce. I never trusted mom after that incident. D:

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#11 Posted by development (3013 posts) -

@icemael said:

Never. Unless you have a really poor diet or some specific medical reason it's a complete waste of money.

Yeah. If you eat well and go outside a little bit you'll be perfectly fine.

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#12 Edited by bennyboy (342 posts) -

As a vegetarian, I try to take B12 vitamins daily. Especially since lately my hands have been itching a lot, which may be a sign of Palmoplantar Pruritus which can be caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. But I think it might also just be an allergic reaction to petting my roommate's corgi a lot...

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#13 Edited by Ryuku_Ryosake (417 posts) -

No generally healthy person without major medical problems should take any kind of supplement. They are at best a waste of money and are likely even dangerous. All vitamins come in two categories. Fat soluble and water soluble.

The water soluble kind are harmless and in supplement form they barely even get absorbed at all and just come out in your urine. So yes you are literally pissing your money away.

The fat soluble kind are the dangerous kind. You will absorb them but with any first world diet you probably have all that you need. Since these vitamins usually come at high doses that means they your body will start storing them as mineral deposits in your joints and eyes. Yes minerals in your eyes. That is a pretty big health problem.

I do take Vitamin D supplements on occasion as my doctor tells me to because my digestion system is all kinds of messed up. I also have to get Vitamin B-12 shots on occasion despite them selling B-12 pills because they are the water soluble kind and injecting them into your fat is pretty much the only way to keep them in your system long enough to absorb them.

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#14 Posted by Brendan (9083 posts) -

We all got Flintstone vitamins as kids but I just get the good stuff from food now.

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#15 Posted by YoungFrey (1363 posts) -

I took mulivitamins as a kid, but as an adult I know there is zero science supporting their value.

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#16 Posted by Animasta (14904 posts) -

I started taking them now because my diet is poor (as is my health)

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#17 Posted by Kidavenger (4206 posts) -
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I take this daily when I remember (can't stand most green vegetables)

I don't know if it's doing anything, but I do seem to dream a lot more when I'm using it.

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#18 Posted by MattyFTM (14807 posts) -

Unless you have an absolutely terrible diet, or have a medical condition that necessitates it (an actual diagnosed condition, none of this self-diagnosis bullshit) there should be absolutely no need for vitamin supplements. And if you do have an absolutely terrible diet, no amount of vitamin supplements are going to make you healthy and stop you from ending up in an early grave.

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#19 Posted by thatdutchguy (1301 posts) -

Vitamin C tablets when i'm feeling a bit tired.

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#20 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (7153 posts) -

Off and on when I was a kid. Not really now.

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#21 Posted by myketuna (1893 posts) -

I used to take the Flintstones vitamins as a kid. Now I just take a Centrum. For no reason, really. Force of habit.

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#22 Posted by CynicalBuzzard (254 posts) -

I took vitamins as a kid and I still take them as an adult.

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#23 Edited by pyromagnestir (4470 posts) -

Sometime last summer I went to the doctor and my white blood cell count was low so he told me to start taking Vitamin D. I've been taking it every day since.

I didn't get out much at the time. It's a little less of a problem these days, maybe I could do without them, but whatever.

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#24 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

With a diet consisting entirely of pizza, chick fil a, and fast food breakfast sandwiches I figure it's probably a good idea to take them.

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#25 Posted by audioBusting (2525 posts) -

Not really, but I do like those tasty vitamin C drinks.

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#26 Edited by AMonkey (117 posts) -

I've taken them at some point in the past but my belief now is: They are pointless at best and at worst harmful.

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#27 Posted by Jrad (638 posts) -

They probably aren't harmful, but to anyone whose diet consists of something more varied than bread and water, they absolutely aren't necessary (unless you've been diagnosed with a deficiency!). For the average person, they're a complete waste of money.

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#28 Posted by Asurastrike (2305 posts) -

I take protein, but never vitamins.

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#29 Posted by WarosVenus (13 posts) -

Like many people in this thread, I took those Flintstones vitamins as a kid, but I pretty much don't take anything as an adult now. Occasionally, when I feel like I should pretend I want to be healthy (although it seems vitamins are fairly useless?) I'll buy a bottle and take most of it before forgetting it exits.

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#30 Posted by Imst (65 posts) -

Im taking it now because i need it at my work :D

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#31 Posted by ajamafalous (13531 posts) -

Took Flintstones vitamins for a while as a kid. I was taking a multivitamin daily for the last couple years but my living arrangement has changed over the past ~4 months and I haven't restocked. Been meaning to, though.

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#32 Posted by sixnahalf (51 posts) -

Yeah i always took flinstones also the vitamins for kids. :D now multivitamins daily and ascorbic acid also :D