I have been wanting to write this post for a while now because I want to get some honest opinions of what you guys all use as far as supplements and multivitamins. I keep wanting to ask my PT each time that I go but suddenly when I am there amongst the weights, and stretching, and riding bike, it somehow slips my mind.
My go to vitamins have always been the Vita-Fusion Gummy Vitamins. I have tried the Women's One a day multivitamins but they were too large (they were not gummy) and I had a hard time swallowing them. I found that about an hour later they often made me sick. So now I only do the Gummy ones. It sounds childish I know. I've done that Vita-Fusion multi-vitamins, and the Vitamins for women. I've notice the Women's ones have a bit more "rubbery" of a texture but in the end they both work and I don't mind them. In fact, I know the dosage is only 2 but there are times I will take 3 or 4. Yea, they are that good!
I am now taking the Centrum Gummies that I got in my Smiley 360 box. I have to say that these rival the Vita-Fusion Gummies. The flavors taste like the real fruit gummies that are in the fruit snacks and are not rubbery at all. The flavors are Cherry, Berry, and Orange. These Centrum Gummies are great for energy, and to boost immunity and metabolism (contains vitamins D, E and B12) yet I feel maybe I should be taking something else in addition to this multivitamin. To be honest, they taste so good that I feel like they are almost a treat!
Recently I decided I should start taking some additional Calcium. I checked out the Vita-Fusion calcium blocks and they are like candy. They even look as thought they are sugar coated. Yea, I ate these like candy too until one day I thought about how sickening sweet they were and then I just stopped. I take one every couple of days now. I am thinking about trying the chocolate ones. Anyone ever had those?
I am now on the hunt for something for arthritis. I do not have full blown arthritis (yet) but my doctor (who prescribed the MRI) said it looked like I had a bit of it in my knee. Even though I feel like my healing is progressing, I still have pain right on my knees when sitting, standing, and squatting. perhaps I can take something to make this pain go away, or at the least prevent it from getting worse in the future.
Another thing I want to start doing is adding more protein. I have been making protein shakes after my workouts. I always knew that it was important to replenish after a workout or run, but I never really did it with protein. I thought as long as I drank enough water I was good. I have used a couple different brands (samples that I got) and I enjoy the ones that are chocolate. Can you recommend a brand that you like that I can easily purchase at a store?
As a runner, or just as a women, what supplements should we be taking? Do you have anything you'd like to recommend to me? Thanks -M
This post was NOT sponsored by any of the above vitamin brands.