Disclaimer that this article isn’t meant to be taken as medical advice, this is just my opinion and detailing my own experiences.
You should take Vitamin/Mineral Supplements. This especially applies if you’re an American. Why though? I’ve seen plenty of people within our circles scoff at the idea of taking such things. However such a thing is to be mistaken. Your average person’s diet leads to them lacking in their needed intake of vitamins and minerals. This is due to the fact that modern food sucks. It lacks the needed vitamins and minerals and tends to just be made up of Sugars, Salts and Fats with nothing else. This leads to you developing a deficiency with certain key vitamins and minerals. So I’ll go over what I take personally and why. Always research prior to taking new supplements, especially if you’re on certain medications. Let’s begin shall we?
Multi-Vitamins are pretty basic and common. They tend to cover all you’re needed nutritional needs to a point. Though usually certain vitamins/minerals within multi-vitamins tend to be cheap versions and not absorb well. This is due to maintain price point. From my experience it’s best just to take the regular multi-vitamins and add on to what vitamins/minerals that are cheap shitty versions of and take those supplements in their best forms. At least from my own experience.
Personally for myself I take the Nature Made Multi Complete Multi-Vitamins. Which can be found at pretty much every pharmacy and health foods store in the United States very easily. They tend to be $15 a bottle which last 130 days as you only take 1 a day. Though you can look at other Multi-Vitamins out there and compare. With Nature Made’s Multi-Complete. The issue is on its mineral content being pretty damn cheap and lacking. Both Zinc and Magnesium are in Oxide forms, the cheapest form and it barely absorbs. Combine this with the fact you shouldn’t take Zinc and Magnesium at the same time due to them competing with each other to absorb and you don’t get either Zinc or Magnesium in content. This can be fixed by just taking Zinc and Magnesium in their best forms and taking them at different times. Like I take Magnesium in the morning and Zinc at night. Speaking of which.
Magnesium is a really important mineral to have in your body. Especially for your mental health. In fact it’s proven that Magnesium deficiency is linked to things like Depression for example. Magnesium deficiency by the way is extremely common within American Society at large that 50%+ of Americans are Magnesium deficient. For myself I take Magnesium Glycinate. Which is the best version possible of Magnesium at absorption into your body. Though there are other types too and depending on what you’re using Magnesium for, dosage can be different. Here is a good article explaining on that by the way and benefits around Magnesium here.
As stated it’s best to research this and if you’re taking medications, talk with your doctor before taking any supplements as in some cases supplements can fuck with the medication you’re taking and vice versa.
Vitamin D3 is one of the more important Vitamins and yet despite this 42% percent of Americans overall are deficient in it. This especially comes in the Winter and Autumn when people are less outside. Thankfully Vitamin D3 can be purchased in bulk for pretty dirt cheap pricing. So problem solved. Meeting your needs with Vitamin D3 comes with the benefits of things like immune system support, heart health and calcium absorption leading to stronger bones. Nothing else to really add on to this.
Zinc is good for immune system support and Zinc deficiency is so common that it’s become a global concern. Zinc deficiency can also manifest itself in the way of things like Acne. In fact many dermatologists recommend trying Zinc Supplements due to their anti-Acne effects. Though question is on taking the right Zinc. From my own research on the subject, it’s best to get a Zinc Supplement that has Copper in it. As Zinc lowers your Copper in your body and Copper is needed for your body to function and it’s hard to get that naturally so it’s best to not cause yourself deficiency in it. Zinc like Magnesium has its various forms. Personally for myself I take Whole Food’s 365 Chelated Zinc with Copper. It’s cheaper than competitors with the same ingredients so that might be something to look into. Avoid Zinc Oxide as it’s cheap and absorbs very poorly.
As a warning, do not take too much Zinc. It can cause severe stomach pain that is just downright awful. I experienced it myself and it sucks. This can be quickly fixed by the way by just taking Tums (which is made from Calcium) and drinking Whole Milk (which has Magnesium and Calcium) and this lowers your Zinc in your body and causes the pain to stop. Since usually these stomach pains start not long after you’ve taken too much Zinc. Taking too much Zinc can also lead to Zinc Sickness which can lead to things like not being able to feel hot or cold, joints locking up and more. So don’t take more than the recommended amount ever and don’t fuck around with any Vitamin or Mineral that can cause harm such as Zinc. It’s not worth the shit you’re going to have to deal with. Watch this ChubbyEmu video on him telling the medical story of a dumbfuck boomer who had been megadosing on Zinc and getting fucked up from it. Again I can’t stress this enough, research into if this is right for you and if you’re taking medications then talk with your doctor please. Last thing I want is to have someone taking something they’re not supposed to and getting harmed from it.
In conclusion to all of this, you should look into whether or not Vitamin/Mineral Supplements are right for you. Now it’s pretty obvious that Vitamin/Mineral deficiencies can be fixed with a proper diet. The issue is, especially in American Society, such a diet is expensive compared to just taking supplements. Like I can buy a several month supply of Vitamin/Mineral Supplements for less than $60. It’d cost me that much alone for just two weeks worth of food that gives me the same nutritional value as taking those supplements everyday. This is why for example the US Military gives its soldiers Vitamin/Mineral Supplements. It’s cheaper and easier and a lot less effort under the current framework over spending lots of money for a nutritious diet that meets the same needs in a person.
Don’t listen to “TRUST THE EXPERTS(TM)” retards who claim you don’t need supplements because “lmao it’s all a scam!”. Certain figures such Adam Conover of “Adam Ruins Everything” have reiterated this claim but this claim rests on if you’re eating foods that meet your nutritional needs. Which most Americans aren’t and you probably aren’t. So those people as usual are fucking retarded. For myself since I started taking supplements, my mental health has improved, skin health has improved, hair started growing in more and especially facial hair and much more. So those retards are clearly wrong that “LMAO DUDES ITS ALL A SCAM, SNOPES SAID SO!”. If the US Military sees value in supplements then they’re clearly of some value.
I will state this again that before you take any supplements, research into this and consult your doctor if need be before going on any supplement at all. As if done wrong, this can fuck with medications you’re possibly taking and your overall health. Don’t be a retard and fuck yourself up is all I’m saying. Stay Safe, Stay Smart and Stay Healthy.