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#1 Old 01-21-2009, 11:40 AM
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I've now been vegetarian for around 11 months with no ill health effects. I don't know how healthy I am, but I haven't had any big illness nor do I feel any worse health wise than I did when I ate meat. I don't eat meat right now but I do sometimes still eat milk/eggs/cheese etc.



I'm 14 years old and people keep suggesting to me that I should be taking vitamin pills, because as a teenage vegetarian it's hard for me to get everything I need. Of course, I've been shrugging that off because I'm fine, and I've read that you don't need to take supplements, especially if you're still eating dairy products.



I eat a pretty balanced diet and we try to eat healthily, although, being a teenager, I admit to sometimes eating some junk



Although I have it in my head that I do NOT need vitamin pills, I'm getting a little unsure now and just want to ask other people...



Do you take vitamin pills? Do you think it would be beneficial for me or unnecessary?
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#2 Old 01-21-2009, 11:42 AM
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My family was very big on taking vitamins so I've taken them all my life. A balanced diet is the best thing but a good multiple vitamin will give you that extra insurance just in case you aren't getting enough of something.
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#3 Old 01-21-2009, 01:00 PM
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I agree. There's a lot of controversy about vitamins, but I think that as long as you are using a vitamin that doesn't contain animal products (like fish oil, etc.) and the vitamins seem to be doing some noticeable good, they can't hurt.



I,for one, take a daily energy vitamin pill which contains all my B vitamins (because I know I'm not getting enough in my diet). I always feel more exuberant and energized on the days I remember to take it.
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#4 Old 01-21-2009, 01:08 PM
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I think it is a good idea to take a vitamin as it is really hard to eat the right foods all the time. I know I really eat poorly a lot of the time just because it is easier sometimes to eat "junk food." We take VegLife vegan one multiple which we get at the health food store.

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#5 Old 01-21-2009, 01:09 PM
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It would be a good idea to get some bloodwork done next time you go in for a checkup, then you'll know for sure. Tell them you are a vegetarian and concerned about your nutrient levels and they'll run all sorts of tests. Even taking a good multi I was very close to the "low" cutoff for iron and my doctor had me start taking a separate iron supplement as well.

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#6 Old 01-21-2009, 01:18 PM
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See I am the opposite. I hate the thought of taking something that I don't need.... so unless I find out from a blood test that I'm not getting enough of something I won't take a supplement. But I guess thats just my personal choice, as I believe that if you eat healthy you should be getting everything you need. By taking a vitamin I almost feel as if I would be giving myself the chance to eat unhealthily.



The only exception to this is B12 for vegans, I am working towards veganism and as soon as I make the full transition I will be investigating B12.



If you are worried I agree with Vigilant - go see a doctor and ask for a full blood work up. That way you can see what you are low on if anything. Then once you know you can either take a supplement for that thing or try and increase it in your diet. Whichever you prefer!
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#7 Old 01-21-2009, 01:24 PM
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I take B12 as I'm vegan (you don't need to take this if you still eat some animal products) but that's it, I try and eat the right foods for everything else. I don't know if I always succeed at getting all my right nutrients every day, but at least I'm giving it some thought and I eat more healthily and probably eat more nutrients than I would if I was an omni. Just because you don't exclude anything from your diet doesn't mean you're automatically consuming all the nutrients you need.



Having said that, I get the impression that people in other countries are bigger on vitamin pills than here in Britain, I don't think multivitamins and such are so common here.
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#8 Old 01-22-2009, 11:39 PM
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No not really but I used to...My Guy is really worried about me getting the right vitamins from food ect...and he got me some Veggie Vitamins from GNC and they had this horrible smell....and I tried to take them for the longest time...and they made me feel worse so I stopped.



I have anemia so I take an iron pill...sometimes...when I remember...lol



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