Best quality Vitamin/Minerals?

Hi, am hoping for some help in determining which are the best vitamin/minerals?

I started taking Pro D3 2500iu but within a couple of days, started to get quite severe headaches. I don't remember who or where I saw or heard it, but Magnesium Citrate was suggested to help with absorption, has anyone else tried this? How did you get on?

I also need to supplement B12, Folate, Vitamin C, and probably a few others, as my diet for the last few months has been virtually none existent, and wondered if people could recommend good quality products?

I have tried researching this information, but there are so many conflicting articles as to which are the best quality, and which are cheap (waste of money) alternatives, it started to make my head hurt..

Please if anyone can suggest good quality products, let me know..this would be very much appreciated.

Thank you..

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  • chelle1 Is this the Pro D3 you are taking

    prod3.co.uk/index.php?route...

    Looking at the ingredients list, there are quite a lot of excipients. Compare them with these

    bodykind.com/product/2463-b...

    which contain only cholecalciferol plus extra virgin olive oil.

    I use magnesium citrate but not to help absorption of any supplement, it's the form of magnesium best suited to my needs as it can provide help in the bowel department (and I need as much as I can get :) ). A good magnesium citrate powder is Natural Calm - original, not flavoured, as it has no extra ingredients.

    B12 you can't go wrong with Solgar sublingual methylcobalamin lozenges. Let them dissolve under the tongue to get directly into the bloodstream. B12 should be taken sublingually as stomach acid destroys it.

    Folate - as part of a B Complex to balance the B vits when taking B12 - Thorne Basic B.

    Vit C - do you want a tablet, capsule or powder? I have digestive issues with capsules so I keep them to a minimum and use powders to make a drink or liquid where possible. For Vit C I use Nutribiotics L-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is the best form, most Vit C supplements use a different form of ascorbic acid. If you can't tolerate ascorbic acid there is sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, mixed ascorbates.

    Don't bother buying any supplements that are supermarket own brand, Boots own brand, Holland & Barrett own brand, anything cheap, they're cheap because they put the cheapest and wrong form of ingredients in.

    What to look for - food state, bioavailable, Wholefood, bioactive.

    Good brands - Cytoplan, Nature's Own (same people as Cytoplan) Lambert's, Nature's Best (same people as Lambert's), NutriAdvanced, Doctor's Best (some), Jarrow (some), Viridian, Healthy Origins, Life Extension (some).

    Look for as few ingredients as possible, just the main ingredients not loads of fillers.

    Anything specific you want help with?

  • Hi, yes those are the vitamin D tablets I was taking. Magnesium Citrate I have just bought some Solgar Tablets, as I was told they were a decent brand? I just need help with choosing good quality products. I have to get B12, Vitamin C, (powder sounds good) B Complex. and Vitamin D, I was prescribed Adcal, would you know if that is any good?

    Thanks for helping me, means a lot..

  • chelle1 Adcal contains Calcium carbonate 1500 mg and vitamin D3 400 I.U. and it's usual to take 2 daily.

    Were you tested and showed a need for calcium supplementation.

    The amount of D3 daily would be 800iu which is nowhere near a maintenance dose for someone within the recommended range. 2000iu daily would be more like it.

    I have recommended brands above for what you've mentioned.

    As for Solgar, some people rate them, some wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. I use their sublingual methylcobalamin lozenges currently. Their magnesium citrate tablets do contain bulking agents etc. I prefer to avoid unnecessary ingredients hence I take the Natural Calm original powder which is just magnesium citrate and nothing else.

  • I had a vitamin D test done but that's it as far as I am aware..vitamin D was pretty low at 16..I will look into getting what you have suggested for me, and once again, thank you for taking the time to help me..

  • Vit D 16nmol/L is what my level was. I took 40,000iu daily for 2 weeks as a loading dose then reduced to 5000iu daily. It went up to about 190 within 2.5 months so I then reduced to 5000iu alternate days.

    Calcium shouldn't be supplemented unless tested deficient. Supplementing with D3 aids the absorption of calcium from food. We need to take K2-MK7 tomdorect the calcium to bones and teeth rather than arteries and soft tissues where it can get deposited and cause problems.

  • Adcal as a maintenance dose sent my calcium over range and it also has Soy in it which is not good for us. I had been on Pro 3 20,000iu one day a week for 12 weeks as my booster dose do I now take Pro D3 1000iu daily plus K2 and my calcium is now in range.

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