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Great article..I am taken vitamin B12 at the advice of my Doctor. I am not allowed to take any meds over counter because of my kidney failure. Report
Good article. Report
Thanks! This is why the nutrition tracker here at SP is so excellent of a tool--track, and supplement only when needed. Report
I think I might need a little bit of supplements but need to study on it more Report
I tried supplements for awhile, but I found they made me feel bad. Why do that? I think I can control my vitamins & minerals so much easier with my intake. Report
Anecdotal evidence is meaningless; your supplement probably "works" for you because you believe it does.
Having said that, since I started tracking everything on SP, I saw that I am deficient in iron and potassium. The potassium has alleviated my issues with water-weight gain due to the normal monthly stuff, and also recurring ovarian cysts.

And can we ban the Shaklee pyramid-schemers from this site, please??? Report
"...Since it is natural you won't expect any harsh side effects." As a professional chemist, let me remind all readers that arsenic, mercury and lead are also completely "natural." The word "natural" is not a guarantee of safety. Report
I could not agree more. Continuous exercise and proper diet can help lose weight safely.

Supplements are not bad at all but then we need proper education and information on a particular supplement first before we even try it.

I do not know if anyone tried Bella Amp'd but it is one of the good diet pills stuff out there. At least based from my experience. But before I tried that or any kind of pills, I try to find more about the product first, especially its side effects.

So far the insane amp'd diet pills side effects are not that of a big deal. Since it is natural, you won't expect any harsh side effects. I guess, it pays to look for what's included in the pill before taking it.
I was always told, "Let food be thy medicine" Healthy nutritious foods can heal and improve your body overall. Report
I havent' taken any since I was a kid. Report
I am not an expert at all. I took vitamins and mineral supplements as I need them without advice from doctors and nurses. I took potassium due to low amount in my blood test. Thank SP nutrition tracker for helping me to see how much all vitamins and minerals I ate my meals. With the kind of help, I had cut down on certain vitamins like not taking vitamin C pills or potassium if the food have good source of whatever it have. I am doing good for few days with my diet plan and trying to get in good shape on fitness. Report
I am not an expert but I do take vitamins and a supplement for hot flashes. I do believe our soil of yester years has changed alot. I believe there are less minerals in the food and don't even mention the chemicals add to our food and meats. So I will continue to take my vitamins and supplement. I do not go very board with them. But it good to have info guiding us and even warning us of over use. I have many health challenges this is just one way I can help myself. Report
I strongly feel that Becky has no knowledge of Shaklee Corp., where the science, safety and efficacy are proven to be there. I further disagree that we get all the nutrients from our food. That was the case once, but not anymore. Too many chemicals used deplete the nutrients in the soil in today's farming, thus depleting the nutrients in the foods grown. There is little or no rotation of crops to replenish nutrients the way there once was. Heavy and wide-spread use of chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers,etc., and GMO (genetically modified) plants/foods are another fact of life in farming today, The only safe and nutritious foods are those grown organically and "usually" locally on smaller farms where the rotation is done and the chemicals and GMO practices are not used.

Those of us familiar with Shaklee and who take their supplements and herbs, know that Shaklee already proves the efficacy, safety and science behind all of their products. This company has almost 100 clinical studies to back up those claims - more than the next 4 or 5 competitors put together. Money cannot buy those studies! And the studies prove that what is stated is not only in the products, but that they work.

In my humble opinion, most of the statements in this particular article are too broad and simply not the case with every single company. Sadly, it is true of way too many of them. You have to do your homework and research the producing company. You will also, sadly, find that most will not respond and almost none have published clinical studies that prove what's in the products and prove that the ingredients are organic and that they work. Celia (comment on 5/24/09) is on the right track, although there is no mention of where she gets those few, specific supplements. To your health - Louise Report
It was precisely SP's nutrient tracker that showed me my deficiencies in iron & selenium. I take a selenium supplement now. And to put in a good word for biotin supplements: as I aged, one of my nails started chronically splitting, until I started taking a "hair/skin/nails" multivitamin that contains a good amount of biotin as well as calcium & iron. Now my nails are healthy & unsplit. My doctor recommended a calcium/vitamin D supplement once I was in my 50s. I also still take glucosamine/chondroitin on my former doctor's recommendation; I've read that research does not support their effectiveness, but my body tells me they work to diminish pain in a few arthritic joints.

I'm a very healthy person & take care to eat nutritious foods, but these supplements seem necessary as well. Report

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