nurses vitamins

  1. hello super nurses,
    do you guys take vitamins?
    I went to the pharmacy this morning and boy
    there are tons of 'em. which brand do you guys use?
    and whats this echinacea? (did i spell that right)

    is there like a way where I can customize my vitamins?
    for example i only want B12, selenium, and folic acid.
    (all in the same bottle)
    can this be done in a regular pharmacy?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   PedsNurse1981
    Go to a health food store and by that I don't mean GNC. My dad introduced me to an excellent health food store in Asheboro NC called Samson and the Lion, the workers there are so educated about vitamins and supplements it's incredible. If you don't get a good vitamin, I'm sure you know this, but it won't be absorbed into your system. As for echinacea, I take that, as well as goldenseal, grapeseed extract and occasionally St.Johns Wort.
  4. by   Gompers
    Been proudly munching on Flintstone's vitamins for over 25 years now.

    Seriously, I'm never anemic, have a great immune system, and look forward to taking my vitamin every day. Mmm-mmm-good!

    Though I admit that lately I've been taking extra calcium (chocolate chews, of course) and folic acid as well.

    I'm sure this isn't the type of advice you were hoping for.
  5. by   yaddadoit
    Two thumbs up for Flintstones for me also. I compared them to some of the adult vitamins out there and will stick with my Flintstones....
    Yabba-dabba-doooooooo
  6. by   Gompers
    Quote from yaddadoit
    I compared them to some of the adult vitamins out there and will stick with my Flintstones....
    Exactly! I do not feel the need to take 500% of ANY daily nutrient! I'm fine taking 100%, thank you, and having it taste like candy to boot. Besides, I know that some of those big horse pill adult vitamins sometimes leave your body undigested, so how do you know if you even absorbed anything from it?
  7. by   purplemania
    remember that the store help are all salespeople. If you do your own research (and I don't mean internet search) you will see that, unless you have a vitamin deficiency or some medical problems, the BEST place to get vitamins is from eating healthy food.
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Right on, purplemania. While I do take supplements (C, E, calcium and MVI) I would not ask the health food store personnel for "advice."

    Most of us had to take nutrition. We know what health eating is; practicing it is, of course, quite another matter entirely. The important thing is not to try and "balance out" an unhealthy diet with vitamin supplements.
  9. by   alk3rainbow
    What vitamins are good for those that don't eat well balanced meals? My friend recently told me she was bulimic, but since she is not willing to recover, are there vitamins someone whos not eating well should take?
  10. by   zacarias
    I suggest doing your research before taking any herbal supplements. While I think vitamin supplements are OK (especially B-complex), some herbal supplements are ineffective or even dangerous. Check out medline for herbal info:
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html
  11. by   lsyorke
    Calcium only. Multivitamins give me spleen pain!! Don't ask I have never figured it out but everytime I tried them I had awful pain on my left side.

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