Out of Magnesium and roaming the vitamin aisles with a friend looking for just my usually prescibed 64mg since I was in a different part of town it hits my friend and I both -- more may be more, since we couldn't find the 64mg what then would be the harm in a slightly higher dose?
While we were roaming we managed to pick-up all kinds of things we weren't in the market for, but at the time seemed terribly necessary -- like the women's vitamin pack which was complete with fish oil, a multivitamin, vitamin D, something else I can't recall but what sold us both was it came with cranberry. (I still bought the 1000mg of vitamin D + a super B-complex also prescribed, just in case).
It took me a moment to want to leave the aisles, what if we forget something and oooh this one stops ringing in the ears and that one stops leg cramps at night... whereas so many of them said fruit + veggie vitamins. Now, I knew it was high time to just ignore and start leaving. After this past July I try not to take anything unless recommeded or prescribed.
Case in point, last July, I landed in the hospital very sick and at one point they asked me if I had taken any iron pills. Now, my sister had been diagnosed as enemic and said you could take a few iron pills and when I started to bleed -- I'll save you the details, that's exactally what I did... only when questioned by the hospital I was far too embarrassed to be stairtfoward -- that yes, I had faithfully taken iron everyday.
I could have died -- which is not to say that all vitamins are bad. It just needs to be treated like any other prescription and if you have not met with your physician who has recommended a dosage -- it's best to ignore the vitamin aisle altogether. More is not always more.
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