A few weeks ago I was incredibly tired and bruising ridiculously easily. Being female and a vegetarian I suspected that I was low on iron. I decided to take some supplements and see how I felt – if there was no improvement I would go to the doctors. I did some research online in an attempt to find some vegetarian vitamins. The information was so confusing and there is a lot of speculation over whether or not multi-vitamins even do anything for you. In the end whilst food shopping I came across the supermarket own brand – they were vegetarian, multi-vitamins and included iron. They were also a bargain at £3 for 180 tablets. I decided I had nothing to lose (other than £3 but that was a bargain compared to the others I had been looking at).
The Sainsbury’s Multivitamins and iron have the following in them:
- Vitamin A – 800µg RE – Vitamin A supports your immune system, helps vision in dim lighting and aid the health of your skin and lining of your nose.
- Vitamin D – 5.0µg – Keeps bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
- Vitamin E – 12mg α-TE – Maintains healthy skin, eyes and strengthens the immune system.
- Vitamin K – 75µg – Helps blood to clot.
- Vitamin C – 80mg – Helps to protect cells, maintains healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage, helps wounds heal.
- Iron – 14mg – HElps to make red blood cells which then carry oxygen around the body.
The below vitamins are all Vitamin B.
- Thaiamin (Vitamin B1) – 1.1mg – Releases energy from food and aids the health of the nervous system.
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)– 1.4 mg – Aids the health of the skin, eyes and nervous system and releases energy from food.
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) – 16mg – Releases energy from food and helps to keep the skin and nervous system healthy.
- Panetotehnic acid – 6.0mg – Releases energy from food.
- Vitamin B6 – 1.4mg – Helps the body to store and use energy from protein and carbohydrates. Aids the formation of haemoglobin which carries oxygen around the body.
- Folic Acid – 200µg – Helps create healthy red blood cells and reduces the risk of central neural tube defects in unborn babies (although I note that the bottle states that these vitamins are not suitable for pregnant women)
- Vitamin B12 – 2.5µg – Makes red blood cells, keeps the nervous system healthy and releases energy from food
- Biotin – 50µg – Breaks down fat
*The information about which each vitamin is can be found on the NHS website.
Having just researched the different vitamins I have discovered that many of the vitamins exceed my daily necessary intake and this excludes any vitamins and minerals that I am gaining from the foods I eat. There’s a lot of debate over whether vitamins are good for you. I could tell from the way that I was feeling I needed a boost. I doubt I will continue to take them for years and years but for now I believe they’re helping me. I may do some research and perhaps try and get some vitamins for women as they will contain the recommended lower doses. For now though, I believe these Sainsburys own ones will do.
Multi-Vitamins and Anxiety –
I believe that multi-vitamins have helped me with my anxiety.
They have improved my physical health which in turn means I am in a better position to consider my mental health. I’m not as tired as I was and I have more energy and so I believe that the vitamins are making a difference to me. I guess it could be a placebo affect but I am happy with how it is affecting me right now. Vitamins have indirectly helped me with my anxiety and they have ensured that I am feeling strong enough to tackle it.
If you’re interested in how your diet can affect your mental healthy then I did a collaboration post which can be found here.
Taking supplements is a very individual thing but perhaps if you’re feeling a little bit lacking then it might be worth trialling some vitamins for a few weeks to see whether they make any difference.
Does anyone take vitamins? What is your experience?