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Recommend a good vitamin

I have been feeling run down and constantly tired (even after a full nights sleep) for probably a year now. I just dont feel well anymore. Im thinking I need to take a good vitamin but the problem is they make me constipated (TMI, i know)which is why i dont really take them but now i feel i need soemthing. Can anyone recommend a good OTC vitamin or one that has a stool softener in it?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:22 PM on Feb. 20, 2010 in Health

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  • Looks like cafemom has already given you some good advice. Is it necessary for you to take iron on a daily basis? It is for me because I'm anemic. Yes, iron can cause constipation. Try taking it with orange juice, or some other vitamin C drink, it helps to metabolize the iron. Also all of the B vitamins are great for energy. If you are not lactose intolerant, drink plenty of milk as well as water. Replenish you anti-oxidants and electrolytes by drinking Gatorade and vitamin enhanced water helps as well. Echinacea is good if you are feeling run down from symptom of a cold, preferably as soon as you feel a cold coming on Echinacea is great. Of course, you should visit your doctor for a complete check up to rule out any inner goings ons as to why you are feeling tired so much. How much exerciese are you getting? I know, who feels like exercising, it increases endorphins, gets more oxygen to heart/lungs=feeling better!!!

    Answer by warmcoffee at 2:48 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • The constipation is probably from the iron in most multivitamins. Try to find an iron-free multi, or just get separate supplements like a B vitamin, folic acid, D, C, E, that sort of thing. You may also talk to your doctor about what they recommend, and what to do if vitamins don't help. The run-down feeling can be a symptom of lots of different things. Last time I went to the dr feeling icky he ran a complete blood panel just to be sure, and told me to drink more water, eat more fiber, and take vitamins.

    Answer by preacherskid at 2:19 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • Vitamin B12 promotes the production of red blood cells, which helps enormously to fight fatigue.


    Answer by beeky at 2:40 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • try to eat food regularly...every 3 hours is good for lots of veggies, a bit of fruit, whole grains and be sure to be well hydrated. try to get outside for a little bit every day too.
    if you must do a vitamin go to a health food store and look for a food based multi.
    the b12 is a good one too
    you may want to consider a greens powder too.
    do you exercise at all?

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 5:44 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • I do exercise regularly, i drink lots of water and only drink green tea instead of soda. I try to eat healthy with lots of yogurt, fruit, some cheese and a normal dinner. So i figured I need a vitamin. I dont have insurance and feel fine otherwise so i was avoiding going into the doc.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:27 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • Just wanted to add that it is really good to get some fresh air when you are feeling tired a lot. So even if you do not feel like going anywhere, just poke your head out of the door or step out on the porch for a few minutes and breathe deeply (bundled up of course) . Because of indoor heating, being indoors a lot can cause one to feel run down and just simply 'blah.' So add fresh air to the above recipes, take all of the B vitamins, not just one, see your doctor, he can also prescribe vitamins and hopefully you'll be on the road called ENERGY is no no time!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Answer by warmcoffee at 2:54 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

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