Do you take a daily dose of vitamins and minerals?

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As the temperature drops and coughs and colds spread, shops are filling up with vitamin tablets and adverts promising they will boost our immune systems and protect us from getting ill. 

But how effective are these supplements?  None of us really know the answer to that question. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which provides national guidance on health and social care, said that certain people who are at risk of deficiencies should consider taking supplements.

What are your views on taking daily vitamins and minerals?  How do you know if your diet is deficient?  Do you eat enough fruit and vegetables to maintain a healthy lifestyle or do you take supplements to be on the safe side?  What health improvements have you noticed by taking vitamin or mineral supplements?

Do you take a daily dose of vitamins and minerals?

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14th Feb 2016
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Used to have vitamin E & C but just eat lots more fruit nowdays
16th Jan 2016
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I bought some specifically for women as I know my diet is sadly lacking but I cannot swallow them. They are huge.
11th Jan 2016
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I sometimes take Glucosomine for joints and if I feel a bit jaded I will take vitamins for over 50s but I believe a good diet of oily fish, vegetables, nuts, pulses, white meat, olives and such like are better than pills. I occasionally have a steak to boost my system and I am lucky because the mediterranean diet is easy for me to follow
10th Jan 2016
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I have taken supplementary most of my adult life, it has worked for me, how well I guess I will never know, but I am well and still mobile at almost 78. so I do still take them.
8th Jan 2016
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I only take the Vitamins prescribed for me, and don't take anything over the counter, in view of any interactions that might occur with my other meds. My Consultant issued me with the prescribed vitamins, according to the results of blood tests. I'd find it hard to know which ones to take, or not take, so prefer to go on the professional advice. For most people it isn't a problem to use the OTC medications and vitamins, which is very good and so much easier than the problems I have.
8th Jan 2016
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I take vitamins daily, I only assume they benefit me because I am still here able to share my views.

Holland and Barrett seem to be the best value, they appear to have vitamins for any contingency.
Jo Kingham
6th Jan 2016
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Vitamin D3 for overall immune system and B12 becuase I'm a vegetarian,. The rest I hopefully get from the food I eat..
5th Jan 2016
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I take green lipped mussel extract to keep my joints in good working order and cranberry extract to try and prevent UTI's. I agree a balanced diet should be all I need but I do not like beef, pork or lamb ( no I am not a vegetarian, I just don't like them). I am probably lacking in a few other nutrients because of this but I have no issues with cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity or diabetes (so far) so I must be getting most of what I need to get by.
4th Jan 2016
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why would you ?! if you eat a balanced diet , there is NO need , you are just wasting money "down the loo " .
4th Jan 2016
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I don't think that they do any good.
4th Jan 2016
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Although eating a balanced diet, I do, for a medical condition, have to take vitamins A,C,D and also minerals. These, supplied by the NHS, I have every confidence in. I am not sure that over the counter products have the necessary strength to be that effective.
4th Jan 2016
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I go through phases .. I recently bought some Glucosamine & Chondroitin for my joints ... I took them for about a week, and now they are sitting there looking at me in my kitchen, next to the kettle to remind me to take them in the morning!! Actually the dose is 1 capsule 3 times per day - I find this too much of a commitment for some reason. Does anyone else buy vitamins or supplements and then the novelty wears off, or is it just me? I got a Nutribullet for Christmas so I am planning to increase my vitamin intake through diet rather than vitamin supplements, with lots of extra vegetables and fruit.
4th Jan 2016
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I used to take cod liver oil tablets every day as I thought they were good for me until I read one of the National Papers that too much cod liver oil can possibly cause prostrate cancer in men. I also used to take vitamin C and E tablets but have stopped these as well. I think if you have a balanced diet with enough fruit and veg you do not need all these supplements.

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