I need advice on vitamins and supplements.
July 6, 2009 2:04 PM Subscribe
The vitamin/ supplement aisle of Whole Foods scares the hell out of me, I'd like some advice please!
posted by Ponderance to health & fitness (29 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so, you are not my nutritionist or doctor, but hopefully someone can help clear up a few things, or point me to something that does.
So I am deep in the throes of getting healthy (see prior question -http://ask.metafilter.com/122702/Help-a-vegetarian-lose-weight). I was at whole foods yesterday and stopped in their vitamin aisle, and was overwhelmed at all of the stuff that they sell, and my cynical self thinks “How much of this herbal/vitamin stuff is real, and how much is snake oil crap” and despite that I bought some flax oil, as I keep hearing about how great fish oil is, but I don’t eat fish, and I’ve been told that flax oil is a close second.
Also, I’ve been convinced that I should be taking creatine as I don’t get any, not eating meat and all. So I bought a bottle of that which seemed awfully expensive.
SO, what, you may ask, is my question. Here it is in 3 parts:
What is a well reasoned, legitimate resource that details the pluses and minuses of vitamins and supplements?
What supplements, herbal products, etc, from your experience, are useful/helpful?
What should a 37 year old, type A, vegetarian, trying to lose weight, and be healthier, be taking?