Minerals, Vitamins and Supplements for Weight Loss

One thing that’s recently been uncovered in my medical mystery tour is that I need to be more consistent about vitamins. I previously would occasionally pop a daily multivite, usually a giant horse pill from Costco, and hope that would fill any glaring nutritional gaps in my diet. When my Vitamin D was tested, my levels were super low, not too uncommon for overweight folks with office jobs. The glowing light of a computer screen just can’t replicate sunshine. I added a 5,000 mg supplement per my doctor, and will have my levels re-checked in a few weeks. I also was advised to start taking daily Emergen-C packets for the anti-oxidant boost. I’ve been not doing so great on sticking to that, because quite frankly I think they taste like powdery, flat soda. So I need to get back into that habit. I take a daily gummy vitamin, probably not the best form for delivery, but I look forward to taking my “candy” everyday. I figure if it helps me remember to take it, no big deal. I also used to take gummy fiber, but I learned a good lesson about gummy fiber not being something you want to take too many of. Yeah, I went there.

Ha! I don’t believe this about myself but it made me smirk when I read it!

I’m also now getting weekly B12 shots. I have mixed feelings on the B12 shot. Some people love them, claiming to have renewed sense of energy, sparkling eyes, clear skin and a miraculous clearing of stress. Each time I’ve had them I’ve had none of the good side effects, just another pin-hole on my arm. I remember I had one done last year at a grocery store and wasn’t wowed by the results then. However, the doctor recommended we try it weekly for six weeks, just to see what happens. I’m on week three and so far no dice, but I’ll happily stick it out for six weeks in hope that I get some positive results.

I’ve been thinking more and more about supplements lately because of the various health claims that all of them have. For example, my sister bought me some Natural Vitality Natural Calm magnesium drink packets, and I tried one out of curiosity a few days ago. Magnesium is supposed to be a mineral chill pill, and after I drank it, I did feel a sense of “Ahhh” relaxation. It’s been a pretty nutty past couple of weeks with how crazy my schedule has been, so maybe it was the magnesium, or maybe it was just me deciding I wanted to believe in a placebo. I think I’ll buy some magnesium supplements and give it a go, as I could always use some “natural” relaxation methods.

I know I’ve read that I should be on calcium now to prevent osteoporosis, and that fish oil is great for non-fish eaters like myself. However, I always get freaked out by the label “no fish burps”. Even if it says no fish burps, just the idea of fish burps is enough to convince me that omega-deficiency is worth avoiding sardine stench in my mouth. Gross. I’m always on the look out for natural ways to boost my energy, as I’m feeling pretty sluggish lately even though I’m sleeping well. I’m somehow not getting the energy boost from the Metformin that I talked about last time I tried it (darn it!), and I know that both PCOS and wacky thyroid can sap energy levels. Short of guzzling coffee and amping up the exercise, what are some natural ways I can put some pep in my step?

Tell me about your vitamin and supplement routine. Do you take anything? Which and why?




8 thoughts on “Minerals, Vitamins and Supplements for Weight Loss

  1. I love how you said you would pop a multi and hope that it filled in the gaps … I’m guilty of that too. I did come in anemic a while back, so I have an iron supplement. I’m ok on vitamin D during the summer, but my doctor suggested supplementing during the winter months. Last winter wasn’t great (the start of my weight gain).

    I have to admit, I’ve fallen victim to “Slim Quick” … probably placebo, but I feel a bit more pep and a bit of an appetite suppressant. I don’t drink coffee or tea, and I’ve wondered if the green tea or coffee bean pills would add any caffeine kick.

    I just ordered some gummy melatonin as one of my munchkins has really been struggling with sleep lately. I’m hoping it will at least have a placebo affect!

    • One of my girlfriends SWEARS by melatonin… for me, it didn’t do much. But I should check out SlimQuick. I am a daily tea drinker, so that helps, at least! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. I take a multivitamin everyday after dinner and I used to take two fish oil capsules as well. I’ve been doing it since I turned 25 and I’d like to think it helps. I’ve been without for a while and I can say that-of all things- my hair is noticeably drier. I know it’s supposed to help with skin and hair so that’s part of the reason why I take it. I’d be careful with mixing supplements with your multivitamin because I did that with zinc for a few days and it made me so nauseous.

  3. We should talk in detail sometime! I work in an integrative medical center, specifically with alternative medicine,supplements,herbalism and nutrition.

    Check your vitamin D product. The strength should be measured in IUs instead of MGs for accurate dosing.

    Personally, I’m not a fan of B-12 shots. You should be covered if you’re taking Emergen-C and a multi.
    As far as an antioxidant and multivitamin (including a ton of B vitamins) I really like “Vital Nutrients Minimal and Essential” one per day. It’s a little pricey but last a long time. It’s what I personally take.

    Magnesium is great for calming nervous system and relaxing muscles. It’s often recommended to take an hour or 2 before bed for just that reason. Most people can take 500mg-1000mg daily, as tolerated (too much will cause loose stool) so increase dose slowly.
    Calcium on the other hand can cause constipation if you take too much. It is often suggested to take the two together as they balance each other out, 500mg-1000mg daily.

    Omega3’s (fish oil) plays a pretty important role, but unfortunately it does require some trial & error in finding the right one…no fish burps! Often they are have a lemon flavor added, just in case. One trick to taking them is with food as the oil gets absorbed with food and avoid taking them with warm beverages. Sometimes the extra warmth will dissolve them too quickly.

    For some added pep in your step, that can be pretty complicated finding the solution. There are SO many varying factors! This is no miracle answer, but it’s what I do daily and it gets me through most days.
    Two cups of coffee in the morning,10 minutes of yoga to get some circulation going,green tea mid morning and mid afternoon, 2-3 liters of water daily.

    Good luck!

    (BTW, I’m NOT a sales rep for ANY product, I just have a lot of inside access to products and medical professionals.)

  4. My ‘natural’ (sort of) cures:
    Caffeine and b-12 sublingual tabs for energy; kava kava root for relaxation.


    • Ahhh caffeine and b-12. This was a cocktail I learned in college when a professor brought out a bottle and started handing them around. Swear by it since.

  5. I am guilty of having 20 bottles of minerals and vitamins and not taking any. I find that if I take a vitamin I can’t actually fit any food or drink in for about 3 hours and if I take one after I eat, it makes me bring up everything! I did get the Bodytrim nutra shot down as it is a liquid, but I keep forgetting to take it. If you find a solution – let me know!

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