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I've been taking those fancy, expensive vegan (brand name: Rainbow?) vitamins, and they're making me feel nauseated, even when I take them with food, or just after eating.

This happens in the morning, and I don't think I have had problems at night, taking them before or during dinner.

BUT, I read somewhere that taking vitamins in the morning means your body will absorb them the most.

What specific supplements (esp for B12) have people taken?

(I mention that the vitamins are expensive, because ones I got at Trader Joe's caused a constipation situation that sent me to the ER.)
 

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For B-12, I've been using B-Fresh breath mints. Each mint contains 500% of the RDA of vitamin B-12. They're sweetened with Xylitol, which helps prevent ear- and throat-infections. I pay $2.69 for a tin of 25 mints. They taste good too. Choice of 5 flavors.

For a multi-vitamin, I keep some VegLife Vegan One Multiples around, in case I feel I need one.
 

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For B-12, I've been using B-Fresh breath mints. Each mint contains 500% of the RDA of vitamin B-12. They're sweetened with Xylitol, which helps prevent ear- and throat-infections. I pay $2.69 for a tin of 25 mints. They taste good too. Choice of 5 flavors.

For a multi-vitamin, I keep some VegLife Vegan One Multiples around, in case I feel I need one.
Wow! Very cool. I'll look into it. :)
 

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I find a new information in your thread that taking vitamins in the morning will adsorb more nutrients. I did not know this before reading this thread.
 

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Supplements

For a long time I was an avid supporter of being a NO SUPPLEMENTS person. I was even proud of it, but as they say, "I was young and stupid."

I had great logic: Wild animals don't take supplements and they're healthier than we are.

Except wild animals have a very different lifestyle and diet than we do. I outline that in detail here: http://www.raederle.com/2012/08/article-do-you-really-need-supplements.html#.VDhJNPldWPR

At this time I'm taking vitamin D2 twice a week, vitamin B12 sublingual weekly, vitamin K2 every other day, magnesium and calcium daily, probiotics daily and Inner Eco daily. That is in addition to one pound of leafy greens daily as well as 4-8 servings of fruit daily. I've never felt or looked better in my life.
 

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Kinda True. There is B12 in Aloe plant which you can eat. Also many products are fortified with B12 like Tofu.
Well aloe is a new one for me! I searched it and found this--along with many refuting it, including many reputable vegan sites:
http://www.aloecorp.com/news-release/aloe-vera-enhances-bioavailability-vitamins-b12-and-c

I did find this interesting, taken from above site:
"Irving, TX – Aloe vera is a powerful complement to other supplements, enhancing their absorbance and effects, according to a recent bioavailability study1. Both Aloe vera gel and whole leaf Aloe were tested in the randomized cross-over trial, with the gel demonstrating the strongest results in promoting the absorbance of vitamins C and B12. It only took one ounce of Aloe to have substantial effects in enhancing the absorption of a 500mg dose of vitamin C and 1mg dose of B12. "

While there are many foods fortified, I don't rely on that simply because B12 needs to taken regularly. While you only need very small amounts daily, you need far higher doses when taken further apart. Since I don't eat the same fortified foods on a daily basis I don't mess around- I take a supplement. They're the same thing anyway, I find mine more reliable
 

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For a long time I was an avid supporter of being a NO SUPPLEMENTS person. I was even proud of it, but as they say, "I was young and stupid."

I had great logic: Wild animals don't take supplements and they're healthier than we are.

Except wild animals have a very different lifestyle and diet than we do. I outline that in detail here: http://www.raederle.com/2012/08/article-do-you-really-need-supplements.html#.VDhJNPldWPR

At this time I'm taking vitamin D2 twice a week, vitamin B12 sublingual weekly, vitamin K2 every other day, magnesium and calcium daily, probiotics daily and Inner Eco daily. That is in addition to one pound of leafy greens daily as well as 4-8 servings of fruit daily. I've never felt or looked better in my life.
That's a lot of vitamin K, with the greens and a supplement! Were you diagnosed with low K? It can mess with your blood clotting if you have too much.
 

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^^^ I was wondering about that, too. I thought vitamin K would be easy to get from plant foods (but didn't know an excess could be harmful).

Anyway, I currently take a B-12 supplement. It's not expensive at all, but since each tablet provides MUCH more than the daily RDA of B-12 (I forget how much exactly), I eat a fragment of a tablet once or twice each day- I think it's absorbed more efficiently that way, but since B-12 appears not to be toxic, I'd rather err on the side of too much. I'm currently also taking a prescription-strength vitamin D supplement on doctor's orders; my level was very low at my last checkup (not surprising, because I had it in the spring, and had undoubtedly used up whatever I had made from sunlight the previous summer).
 
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like many have said in this thread, it is quite easy to get your nutrients from food, given that so many foods today are vitamin fortified for special diets (vegans included). i have no idea if expensive fancy vitamins are better than cheap humble vitamins... i wonder. vegan supplements are useful to fill holes in your diet but I personally think you should aim to get most from your food
 

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So with all this being said, what brand of vitamins are 100% vegan? I know Jameson is not tested on animals, but that doesn't mean it's vegan. Or is it impossible to find a whole brand being vegan? What is your fav vegan multivitamin.

As for me I've been trying various multivitamins. I don't like taking individual supplements. I like the ease and convenience of a multivitamin. Also chances are I'm missing some nutrients so the multivitamin just covers my .... Ummm.... Sometimes "incomplete" diet lol
 

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So with all this being said, what brand of vitamins are 100% vegan? I know Jameson is not tested on animals, but that doesn't mean it's vegan. Or is it impossible to find a whole brand being vegan? What is your fav vegan multivitamin.

As for me I've been trying various multivitamins. I don't like taking individual supplements. I like the ease and convenience of a multivitamin. Also chances are I'm missing some nutrients so the multivitamin just covers my .... Ummm.... Sometimes "incomplete" diet lol
I'm not sure where you are from, but in the U.S. there is DEVA brand which has a variety of vitamins and supplements, including D2 and a multivitamin. They are completely vegan. I have used their DHA which I ordered online through the Vegan Store. NOW also makes a few vegan versions of various supplements. I have used pure calcium citrate powder from them which I would add to smoothies and other food for a boost of calcium. I also have a brand called "Pure Vegan" B-12 which has methylcobolamin instead of synthetic cyanocobolamin. It is a spray and is certified vegan.

I personally can't tolerate any multivitamin. I have never been able to figure out what it is about them I can't tolerate but they make me quite ill. I take calcium and D due to severe osteoporosis (along with prescription med for it), and I take B12. On occasion I take DHA but not regularly. I am very very sensitive to supplements and drugs in general. Most of what I take is not in pill form except the DHA.
 

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I'm not sure where you are from, but in the U.S. there is DEVA brand which has a variety of vitamins and supplements, including D2 and a multivitamin. They are completely vegan. I have used their DHA which I ordered online through the Vegan Store. NOW also makes a few vegan versions of various supplements. I have used pure calcium citrate powder from them which I would add to smoothies and other food for a boost of calcium. I also have a brand called "Pure Vegan" B-12 which has methylcobolamin instead of synthetic cyanocobolamin. It is a spray and is certified vegan.

I personally can't tolerate any multivitamin. I have never been able to figure out what it is about them I can't tolerate but they make me quite ill. I take calcium and D due to severe osteoporosis (along with prescription med for it), and I take B12. On occasion I take DHA but not regularly. I am very very sensitive to supplements and drugs in general. Most of what I take is not in pill form except the DHA.
Hmmm very interesting, thanks! I'm in Ontario, Canada. I've written those brands down so that I can look for them when my current vitamins are done. I've had some problems with some multivitamins to. I found that sometimes I get sick depending on what I eat with them.

I think its best to just stay away from all pills but I generally feel much healthier with a multi!

If you don't mind my asking, how strong are your osteoporosis pills? My mother has a prescription.... Her pills seems so dangerously strong :\
 

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Hmmm very interesting, thanks! I'm in Ontario, Canada. I've written those brands down so that I can look for them when my current vitamins are done. I've had some problems with some multivitamins to. I found that sometimes I get sick depending on what I eat with them.

I think its best to just stay away from all pills but I generally feel much healthier with a multi!

If you don't mind my asking, how strong are your osteoporosis pills? My mother has a prescription.... Her pills seems so dangerously strong :\
I actually get an injection twice a year at the doctor's office for my osteoporosis med. It is called Prolia. Not something I took lightly. I did a LOT of thinking about it before I tried it. But my latest DEXA score was far worse than my already severe one four years ago and I am only 42 years old. I went through a long period of anorexia which made my bone density much worse over the last four years. I was scared to death of all the side effects I read about with prolia but I have been on it five months now and have not had a single side effect. In fact it has helped eliminate the chronic spine and hip pain I had all the time before. I had just chalked up that pain to constant overexercising but I really think my bones were that bad and the prolia has given me a fighting chance. I have had several stress fractures over the years already. I did not want to take any oral osteoporosis med due to GI side effect potential and I was trying to put on weight at the time to improve my situation. I was already on hormone replacement (a patch) due to losing my uterus and ovaries years ago but it didn't stop the bone loss. Prolia is a second line drug only used when first line bisphosphonates fail or a person can't take them for whatever reason. I was lucky to get the Prolia. However, I really don't like the long term effects of it. I don't want to be on it more than a few years. It's really a horrible thing to lose so much bone density so young. I am a medical coder and code chemo infusions/injections, and Prolia is also used as a cancer drug. That is how potent it is, though it is used in much higher doses for cancer patients.

I am one who used to avoid supplements and aspirin and all that like the plague. But sometimes things in life happen and you have to do what you have to do. Diet alone is not going to help my bones fast enough at this point. I am a normal weight now but still dealing with thyroid issues, surgical menopause, and the aftermath of years of self deprivation. And I still waver in my disorder, especially during periods of stress. I absolutely have to have decent levels of calcium and D in my blood and bones for the Prolia to work and to decrease the risk of calcium imbalance in the blood that can happen with the prolia shot. I am tested periodically to make sure my levels are good. Supplementing along with a healthy diet is a must for me.
 

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So with all this being said, what brand of vitamins are 100% vegan? I know Jameson is not tested on animals, but that doesn't mean it's vegan. Or is it impossible to find a whole brand being vegan? What is your fav vegan multivitamin.

As for me I've been trying various multivitamins. I don't like taking individual supplements. I like the ease and convenience of a multivitamin. Also chances are I'm missing some nutrients so the multivitamin just covers my .... Ummm.... Sometimes "incomplete" diet lol
I used to take Devas' Tiny Tablets. I liked them because they're so small- about 5mm. They also only don't overload the vitamins like so many.
They do contain 10% iron which is why I didn't get more. After going without for a couple months my iron came back at 14- right in the normal range. I do know you shouldn't get too much iron. Mine has been consistently at 14

I will admit here that I've been taking regular D3. I had been taking Deva cal mag and D2, getting D2 from other supplements, as well as many portabellos, yet when my bloodwork came back with a level of 14--which is very low, I kind of panicked and got 5000 D3. I do feel incredibly better
You can get vegan D3 which I will get next. I have to admit I'm so glad to know that's whats been causing the horrible foot pains, as well as brain fog. Now that I know D3 helps I'll be able to compare.
 

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I actually get an injection twice a year at the doctor's office for my osteoporosis med. It is called Prolia. Not something I took lightly. I did a LOT of thinking about it before I tried it. But my latest DEXA score was far worse than my already severe one four years ago and I am only 42 years old. I went through a long period of anorexia which made my bone density much worse over the last four years. I was scared to death of all the side effects I read about with prolia but I have been on it five months now and have not had a single side effect. In fact it has helped eliminate the chronic spine and hip pain I had all the time before. I had just chalked up that pain to constant overexercising but I really think my bones were that bad and the prolia has given me a fighting chance. I have had several stress fractures over the years already. I did not want to take any oral osteoporosis med due to GI side effect potential and I was trying to put on weight at the time to improve my situation. I was already on hormone replacement (a patch) due to losing my uterus and ovaries years ago but it didn't stop the bone loss. Prolia is a second line drug only used when first line bisphosphonates fail or a person can't take them for whatever reason. I was lucky to get the Prolia. However, I really don't like the long term effects of it. I don't want to be on it more than a few years. It's really a horrible thing to lose so much bone density so young. I am a medical coder and code chemo infusions/injections, and Prolia is also used as a cancer drug. That is how potent it is, though it is used in much higher doses for cancer patients.

I am one who used to avoid supplements and aspirin and all that like the plague. But sometimes things in life happen and you have to do what you have to do. Diet alone is not going to help my bones fast enough at this point. I am a normal weight now but still dealing with thyroid issues, surgical menopause, and the aftermath of years of self deprivation. And I still waver in my disorder, especially during periods of stress. I absolutely have to have decent levels of calcium and D in my blood and bones for the Prolia to work and to decrease the risk of calcium imbalance in the blood that can happen with the prolia shot. I am tested periodically to make sure my levels are good. Supplementing along with a healthy diet is a must for me.
You've certainly have had been through a lot concerning osteoporosis. Those injections have to have been extremely potent if you only required to get two shots a year.

My mother found out her bones were fragile in her mid to late 30s. Since then she has been on a number of medication s, avoiding injections. Most of the pills she has taken have proven insufficient to help her and have had a lot of side effects. I've spoken to her recently and told me she hasn't taken her prescription for months. Ironically she has other conditions that force her to take supplements and eat fairly healthy ( however she does eat meat... ). So that seems to be helping her more then the prescription pills.

I'm always interested in hearing people's stories when it comes to osteoporosis. My doctor has warned me that it is a possibility for me be diagnosed with in the future. So it hits close to home on many levels. Thanks for sharing your story and I truly hope nothing but a positive outcome for you.
 

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I used to take Devas' Tiny Tablets. I liked them because they're so small- about 5mm. They also only don't overload the vitamins like so many.
They do contain 10% iron which is why I didn't get more. After going without for a couple months my iron came back at 14- right in the normal range. I do know you shouldn't get too much iron. Mine has been consistently at 14

I will admit here that I've been taking regular D3. I had been taking Deva cal mag and D2, getting D2 from other supplements, as well as many portabellos, yet when my bloodwork came back with a level of 14--which is very low, I kind of panicked and got 5000 D3. I do feel incredibly better
You can get vegan D3 which I will get next. I have to admit I'm so glad to know that's whats been causing the horrible foot pains, as well as brain fog. Now that I know D3 helps I'll be able to compare.
Thanks for sharing. I'll have to also keep an eye out for them. Surprisingly some brands seem to include some vitamins just to say they included it and then jam pack with other ones that are so easily obtainable in nearly any diet...

Today I bought juices (100% juice not from concentrate) loaded with vitamins. I have 5 bottles hahaha. I was going to try and see if I can use them to get all my recommended daily values and just get a few supplements to "fill in the gaps". I despise the idea of more then one pill a day, but it might be the best solution!
 
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