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Author Topic: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?  (Read 135 times)

Bran Mak Morn

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Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« on: February 08, 2017, 12:32:12 PM »

I injured my ankle about 10 years ago & it's never healed fully.
Every few months I get a sharp nagging pain that takes days to subside.
The doc says it could be arthritis setting in.

So the chick at the pharmacy gets me to buy multi vits, fish oil capsules, magnesium/citrate & glucosamine/chondroitin pills.

I've been swallowing 12 pills a day for the past several weeks & have no idea if they're actually effective or not.
Even my doc suggested they may be a waste of money...

Anyone else popping pills?
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 01:13:59 PM »

I've seen conflicting research on glucosamine sulfate tablets for joint recovery. It has worked for me.
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 01:27:27 PM »

What were the notable changes to know it worked & over what time frame?
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2017, 01:31:47 PM »

I have arthritis and it helps but that is different than an injury. The problem with supplements is that its a completely unregulated industry and a good portion of supplements aren't even what they say they are. What you think you are taking isn't what you think you are taking.

Of course you're in Australia so maybe the regulations are different. You should look into it.
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2017, 01:50:56 PM »

I'm pissing bright yellow everyday.
Kinda juz makes me think all the supplements I'm taking is juz being wasted away.

Yeah I'll definitely look into the regulations here. Gut feeling says they're a lot more stricter here.
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2017, 02:14:08 PM »

What were the notable changes to know it worked & over what time frame?
I hurt my knee going down some stairs. There were seed pods or something and they rolled when I stepped on them. I was carrying a box down and strained it pretty bad. I wore a compression sleeve and took it easy for a couple months, icing and doing basic stretching but it didn't help.

Friend of mine plays hockey and had bad knees from a hyperextension when we were kids. He started taking it and his knees don't hurt any longer. I gave it a try and within 2 weeks I was doing back squats and deadlifts again. At a lower weight, but progressing again after months of babying the knee.
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2017, 12:18:53 AM »

Yeah when my son was 2 he would  stand on my right foot, gripping my leg & we'd run down the corridor...something strained pretty bad.
X-rays couldn't find the damage, physio helped a little but I more or les had a limp for 6 months.

These days the pain comes & goes. Usually I wake up to a sore foot & then the pain intensifies to sharp spasms then subsides a few days later.

I guess time will tell if all those sups I'm taking will make a difference.
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Re: Are Vitamins & Supplements Effective?
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2017, 01:11:46 AM »

A few tricks

1 - Brand makes a difference. Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM are proven effective. The trick is getting the right dose and from a brand that actually has the amount advertised on the label. You can check out US consumer reports to see what supplement companies are delivering as promised. Those 3 supps were developed for arthritis, they should help joint pain.

2 - Some research shows that hydro aleuronic acid is very effective in lubricating joints (and is great for skin care). I'm not sure what supplements have it, but google and check. It will help a ton.

3 - If you're peeing bright yellow it usually means protein or other waste products are being excreted. Check my #1 tip and make sure the supps are right. Are you using any protein supplements? Other kinds - that will affect youtr pee as will your general diet. Too light could mean a lack of hydration
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