questionsis there really any difference between different…

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@omnichad: "vitamin c and zinc do compete a little bit, but your body has the ability to handle that. your body will take what it can utilize. It doesnt matter what times of the day you take them. Take them after breakfast." - Mama Wootfast

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"well GNC brands are pretty good. You should be able to feel the difference between 7 and 21 days, if you dont, then thats not the brand for you. The companies that have been on the market the longest is usually what i go with." -Mama Wootfast (NPS 20+ years)

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@jha1223: Bahahaha! Love it! And it's definitely tastier than any powdered supplement. Heck you could even melt them down into a vitamin "cocktail" just in case you didn't want anyone to see you poppin gummies.

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@dmaz: Maybe those gummy vitamins are the way to go ... a gummy should be absorbed faster than a solid pill and tastier than a powder.

Gummy vitamins as an adult /facepalm

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@jha1223: Yeah, it is really expensive. That's why the only one I take is the OPC-3. I wouldn't be able to afford for my whole family (when I have one) do it though, as you can get multivitamins and vitamin c in particular for a fraction of the cost.

You could be onto something about the crushed pills though...I know they do offer pill crushing grinder thingies at some health stores. You could even snort them if you wanted for immediate bloodstream delivery ;)

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@dmaz: I was excited to have a link until I looked at the price. That is outrageous. Is it really that much more expensive or is this just a crushed version of the pill i already take? And its not double or triple, its 1200%. I mean, I'm trying to eat healthy, hitting the weights and such, but good god, that is EXPENSIVE.

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no, but opti-men > all other male multi's in my experience.

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@jha1223:

Here's a link to the ones I use. Anything with "Isotonix" in the name is their powdered viatmins :)
http://www.shop.com/Health+~+Nutrition/General+Health+Supplements-3

I was kind of skeptical of the products at first because they seemed to be distributed from something like Amway, but they've really gotten their act together with the convenience of online shopping. I've been taking their anti-oxidants for years now and I never get the flu and rarely a cold.

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@dmaz: thumbs-up because you said poop first

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Brand makes no difference - there's too much regulation. But for certain vitamins, some forms are more readily available to the body than others (called "bioavailability"). For some, calcium citrate is more readily absorbed than calcium carbonate. And taking calcium along with Vitamin D improves calcium absorption.

Taking a multivitamin has its problems. Some vitamins taken together inhibit each others' absorption. Vitamin C and Zinc interfere with each other and are best taken at different times of the day. And of course, both of these compounds boost the immune system, so alternating zinc lozenges with orange juice help me out a lot.

But I don't take any vitamin supplements most of the time. To do it right (better than a multivitamin) is too much work. So I just try to eat a variety of foods.

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http://www.naturesplus.com/sourceoflife/

These were always my fav when I was taking supplements. Now I try to get all my vit/min from food sources.

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@dmaz: Got a good link to one? When I looked at GNC it seemed like the powdered vitamins were basically protein meal replacement shakes. I'm hoping I'm just being a bit foolish, being Monday and all.

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@dmaz: Some vitamins, such as glucosamine, also come in liquid form, which increases retention. If you really want to get the most out of your vitamins you should read up on them, as taking them with certain foods or beverages can increase or decrease absorption of vitamins, even those naturally in your food. For example, tannins inhibit iron absorption. So if you wash down an iron-rich meal or an iron supplement with red wine, coffee, black tea, or green tea you are not going to get the full benefit of the iron. For example, Drinking one cup of tea immediately after taking iron pills reduces the amount of iron absorbed by more than 70 percent. The large number of people that drink coffee or hot tea with breakfast and iced tea with lunch and dinner has contributed to a lot of anemia.

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As long as they are reputable and you compare the ingredients, I don't think you are going to go wrong with Kirkland's vitamins over GNC's.

As stated above excess vitamins will be "pooped" out, but if you buy from some unknown seller who sells online, or out the back of a van down by the river... you stand the chance of maybe pooping out something that should have stayed in!...YMMV!

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In my opinion, the brands don't make much of a difference (unless of course you change country, as different countries have different "ideas" of how medicine should or shouldn't be).

What makes the largest difference is what delivery system you choose. For example, it's proven that your body only absorbs between 20 - 75% of any given pill you take depending on each person and the size/type of the pill. The rest you poop out. So keep that in mind when you're reading the label and think that you're actually getting your full daily value of all those things. You really aren't if it's a pill.

On the other hand, there are vitamins that come in powder form. Some of them don't taste the greatest, but you only need between 1 - 2 ounces of water to down each serving. Taken those, first thing in the morning, while your stomach valve is still open, will ensure that the vitamins rush immediately into your intestines, and thus absorbing 90 - 95% of what you're paying for.