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When my wife was pregnant, she was taking these "Prenatal Forte" multi-vitamins. They seemed to be loaded with stuff, including lots of B12, so I started taking them, they ran out awhile ago, and I was thinking of ordering some more. However, there are so many multis out there, I don't know if that is the best.<br><br><br><br>
What do you use?
 

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this is one of those topics that springs up a lot. i take just a plain multi that's iron free and vegetable-based. but someone at the health food store recommended i try to get one that includes "greens" as well i guess because it contains more natural sources. however the one she pointed out does not say veggie caps or suitable for vegetarians so i'll have to look around for one that does.<br><br>
she did give me this chart of all the RDA's of vitamins and minerals specifically needed by women. so i compared those numbers to the amounts in my vitamins and a few things fall short.<br><br><br><br>
i think the best way to figure out what type and brand is best for you is to find a good chart of what's needed by someone of your gendre and age and take it to the health food store and compare numbers. but also take into account things you get lots of in your diet already. for example my vitamins are a little low in beta carotene but i eat a lot of carrots and bell peppers so i know i don't need to run off and buy a beta carotene supplement. B12 however, i don't get in my diet obviously as i'm not in the habit of eating dirt, so i'm considering getting a seperate B-complex to take alongside my usual multi.
 

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Should I worry about getting too much of certain vitamins. For example, I have heard that too much vitamin A can cause blindness.
 

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all i take is a vitamin B12 supplement.<br><br>
i try to get as many vitamins and minerals from fresh organic produce <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
sorry, can't offer much more advice about multi-vitamins.
 

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I alternate between 2 multivitamins myself - the VegLife one and the one available through <a href="http://www.pangeaveg.com" target="_blank">Pangea</a>. I've heard All One supplement powder is good (never taken it myself).<br><br>
It is possible to overdo certain vitamins & minerals.. I don't know much about this though. I do believe you don't have to worry about overdoing vit. A if you take it in beta carotene form.
 

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Ah, Obsidian said it before me, you can take Vitamin A in beta carotene form and not worry about overdosing. But be careful of Vitamin A (non beta-carotene form), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and selenium in mega-doses.<br><br><br><br>
I'm taking a Prenatal supplement since I'm expecting and you need much more vitamins/minerals. Your body also depletes pretty quickly after giving birth and breastfeeding, so you need to replenish yourself during and afterwards. I wanted a good multi-vitamin in a hurry, as I read it's best to take a supplement when you're pregnant, even if you eat alot of foods with the vitamins in them. So I went to the nearest health food store, and asked for a good recommendation for a good vegan supplement. They gave me Enzymatic Therapy's Doctor's Choice Prenatal Formula. I really hope it's vegan (modified cellulose, cellulose, modified cellulose gum, titanium dioxide color, magnesium stearate, lecithin, and carnauba wax). I have to take 4 a day, but due to my diet already filled with good nutrition, I only try to take 2 a day. Here's a link: <a href="http://www.enzy.com/products/display.asp?id=521&cpmid=593" target="_blank">http://www.enzy.com/products/display...=521&cpmid=593</a><br><br><br><br>
If you have further questions, you can ask me, I was vitamin obsessive last year and bought 10 books on vitamins/minerals, lol.<br><br><br><br>
One more thing, it's always good for women of child-bearing age to have lots of folic acid, as it is extremely critical for the unborn baby. It's best to take this many months before you conceive. Then, if you accidentally get pregnant, you'll be prepared.<br><br><br><br>
As for the RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances), they were formed before we knew about the protective antioxidants found in foods, such as Vitamin C, E, and selenium, or lycopene, etc... I think eventually these will be revised and people will be encouraged to take more of these anti-cancer protecting vitamins/minerals/phytochemicals...<br><br>
 

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DND, you are full of great info, i'm glad you're here to educate us all :-D<br><br><br><br>
I take a multi-Vit 'for women' that i bought at my HFS, but it makes feel like i want to hurl if i take it on an empty stomach; so i make sure to take it after a large meal. It also has some chinese herbs in it too.
 

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i try and remember to take calcium most days. and i take a b12 supplement once a week or once every ten days or so. but i eat a helluva lotta nutritional yeast so i'm usually ok with the b12. i eat tons of nori and sea veggies so i'm good with iron . the only thing i really watch is the calcium.
 

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I take VegLife (100% Vegan, the package says--it's got the Vegan "V" symbol on it) Vegan B-Complex. I also supplement my diet with Barlean's Flax Oil form omega-3 and lignans (1 to 2 TBS per day, drizzled over food or mixed up in soup or whatever).
 

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I take "One Daily Multiple" - vegetarian tabs. It's made by Co-Op Markets, but I don't think they have them anymore (by me, anyway). It has 200% RDA of b-12.
 

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really? i had no problems finding one. hmm.<br><br>
look for Organika brand or<br><br>
*runs to the kitchen to read label*<br><br>
Solgar. formula VM-75. comes in a brown glass jar with a gold label that has a big letter V on the front. these are the ones that were recommended to me by the guy who works there (Nutrition House). the label says suitable for vegetarians but if you read the back most of the stuff has the source listed in () and it all looks vegan to me
 

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I just got a new one today. It's made by Pioneer ( <a href="http://www.pioneernutritional.com" target="_blank">www.pioneernutritional.com</a> ). It has 1667% b-12! It also says vegetarian on it, but on the label it also says, "contains no milk, eggs, or other animal products" etc. I think they just use vegetarian because it's more familiar to people.
 

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Sorry to say but Solgar VM 75 isn't vegan.<br><br>
They contain D3. ....calciferol.<br><br><br><br>
The (european) bottle states"suitable for vegetarians" while vegan product say "suitable for vegans".
 

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mine's not european, it's made in the US but i'll double check that. it doesn't say D3 on it anywhere, i checked for it. what's calciferol made from? the bottle does say vegetarian as well as does not contain dairy, so unless that's derived from egg which it likely isn't, i think it's fine.
 

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D3 is also called cholecalciferol, so if it says that's the form of your vitamin D...then you know it's not vegan. That would suck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
D2 is the vegan form and is called ergocalciferol.
 

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Have any of you ever had an alergic reaction to a multi vitamin?<br><br>
the other day I bought Flora Multi Caps and after taking them got a rash, it was no fun, does anyone have any idea what ingradient may have caused this?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by LadyFaile</i><br><br><b>it doesn't say D3 on it anywhere, i checked for it. what's calciferol made from?</b></div>
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That fooled me the first time too.<br><br><br><br>
D3 is made out of wool fat or fish oil.<br><br>
(source: becoming vegan)<br><br><br><br>
I use Ultra Freeda (iron free version) from veganessentials.com
 
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