Is something wrong with me? Every multivitamin I try just puts me to bed and just exhausts me for some reason. I tried Animal pak, just one pak a day and I had to stop after a couple days because it was making me so tired. So I stopped taking a multi for awhile and was fine. Just the other day I started taking Mega Men from GNC and all over a sudden i'm always exhausted.
Multivitamins are killing me
Thread: Multivitamins making me tired?
07-20-2006, 08:07 PM #1
Multivitamins making me tired?
07-20-2006, 08:14 PM #2
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07-20-2006, 08:21 PM #3
Thats odd. I feel tired if I forget to take Animal Pak. I definetely have more energy with it . My friend cant go without GNC Mega Men, says he feels run down without it. I mean those are both concidered good multis. There may be a cretain ingredient in vitamins that your body reacts strangely to but I would guess multiple factors are involved, diet, sleep, stimulants, etc.
07-20-2006, 08:47 PM #4
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07-21-2006, 06:44 AM #6
I've been taking the standard creatine/fishoil/no2 stacks. I got off of them for awhile to make sure it wasn't the other supps the multis still made me so tired. I just don't understand it D=.
I don't just mean tired either, I mean really tired. The point where i'll have to laydown and take a nap because I don't think i have the energy to even leave the house. It's so bizare.
07-21-2006, 07:22 AM #7
07-21-2006, 08:30 AM #8Originally Posted by nukLhed
VERY possible...vitamin a retinol has been proven to cause headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, joint pain and several other ailments. What does your vitamin a intake look like? Vitamin A is found in things like liver and fortified milk, but also do not overlook beta carotene, which are converted to vitamin a when ingested by humans. Beta Carotene is found much more commonly in things like carrots, broc****, and other vegetables. If your consumption of these are too high, stop taking the multi for a period of time and let the excess vitamins/minerals deplete from your system.
Also, are you on any meds that could be reacting with the multivitamin?
07-21-2006, 08:31 AM #9
07-21-2006, 12:50 PM #10
I'm not on any meds. I've been doing two cytogainer shakes a day recently, and am on citruvol, NOW salmon oil, and kreaceps. I took the mutlivitamins after getting off the supplements and i was still tired all the time. =\
I don't usually drink things with caffeine in them. I drink tons of water, I get atleast 8 hours of sleep every night. MY BODY IS BROKEN
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8:30 - Meal 1 : 3 Full eggs scrambled =), cup of oatmeal, full glass of milk.
- 2 Salmon Oil Gel Capsules
11:30 - Meal 2: Full can of tuna with 2 slices of wheat bread, banana.
12:40 - Citruvol and Kreaceps - I went with 4 Citruvols and all 6 Kreaceps pre-workout.
-Post workout whey shake.
6:00 - Meal 4 - Chicken Parm Sandwich, water water water
9:30 - Meal 5 - Cream Cheese bagel, banana, water, Salmon Oil
11:30 - Meal 6 - Glass of OJ, Reduced fat chedder cheese and wheathins
--Just pulled it off my last log. I've gotten off the vitamins for awhile, and then got back on them and had the same results. So maybe I should just try taking less? Like one pill of mega men instead of two. I guess it's worth trying.
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09-05-2009, 07:36 PM #20
I realize this thread is old but its the longest one on the vitamins making you tired ordeal.
I was curious (to the OP) what the results were?
vitamins dont make me sleepy like centrum and all that, but minerals make me so tired. my newest multivitamin is an organic "from all natural ingredients" that I got at wholefoods for Men's daily and when i take it i get really tired/relaxed/sleepy/lethargic. Before when I took it, I knocked out like a bat for hours and had crusty eyes and the whole shebang (which I guess is a good thing if you are sick, meaning your body is in repair).
the only reason why i worry is because I dont want to be taking a vitamin thats making me sick or tired (it can be a sign that Im allergic or something is causing my body to be tired). If theres no damage, im fine with it since I can take it before I go to bed.
The other hypothesis is that I have is that multivitamins and minerals are making certain people sleepy because they are unhealthy. I am sick and have been for a while and so to me, its either one of 2 answers. 1) my body is sick. putting in loads of vitamins and minerals are making my liver and body go into overdrive, making me more tired and sick. NOT GOOD. 2) my body is lacking of vitamins and minerals, which is why I am sick. therefore when I eat multivitamins and minerals, my body is reacting positively to them and making me go to sleep to REPAIR.
I guess the answer would be simple. Try it for a week and see. if i adjust and get better, it was #2, that my body was sick. but right now, i have mono and cant even drive or walk very far so experimenting with my own body kind of is out of the options.
Did the OP (or anyone with similar symptoms) figure it out yet?
10-28-2009, 10:48 AM #21
I have the same issue with the multis (all brands I have tried). I am in very good shape, but if I take a multivitamin for three days in a row, I begin getting the overwhelming wiped out feeling. I am thinking it could be chromium because I experienced the same effect when I tried Natrol's carb blocker. When I stoped taking the vitamin or the Natrol, my energy rebounded within three or four days. Most recently I have stopped taking the multi all together and switched to supplementing with just Vitamin-C, B-complex, fish oil, and COQ10. Seems to be working pretty good.
07-29-2010, 10:07 PM #22
But absorbability isnít the only issue with the nutriceuticals. What you donít absorb well, you donít excrete well either. Rock calcium for example can stick to the arteries, form stones and spurs, and be a building block for fibroids and cysts. These highly potent substances can be hard on the digestion and on the liver. If youíre taking supplements on an empty stomach, you havenít had a chance to start the digestive process, you havenít broken it down with your teeth and saliva. Even when you take them with food, if you have any kind of digestive challenge at all, which most people over the age of 35 do, supplements can take an enormous amount of energy to process and you can feel really tired after you take them. Then the liver has to process them and that can also make you tired. When people see me for the first time, they often arrive with a couple bags of supplements. In most cases I immediately take them off 95 percent of them. They return a week or two later and their energy is way up, just because they stopped taking all those supplements!
With food-based supplements, you can take a lot less, you absorb them much more readily, and you excrete them more effectively. With the synthetic supplements, you have to take high dosages because your body isnít using them efficiently.
Ascorbic Acid by Itself can Suppress the Immune System
Letís take vitamin C as another example. Ascorbic acid, typically known as vitamin C today, is really one form of vitamin C, made famous by Dr. Linus Pauling. Ascorbic acid is a good example of being on the right track but on the wrong train. Ascorbic acid is typically made from high fructose corn syrup or some kind of sugar, and acetone. Ascorbic acid in its natural form does have an acidic nature, but its acetone form is much worse. So what science has done to make ascorbic acid less acidic is buffer it with some type of rock like calcium carbonate. Ascorbic acid plus calcium carbonate is the idea behind Ester C. Now we have a chemical buffered by a rock to make something thatís not as detrimental to the body. The problem is that itís still just one isolated form of vitamin C. A lot of people take vitamin C as ascorbic acid for their colds or flu, which can actually suppress immune function and make them feel worse. Itís the bioflavanoids, the rosehipsówhich are foodóin the supplement that can actually help the immune system. Even better, if you eat an orange, youíre going to get many forms of vitamin C packaged with hundreds or thous ands of other beneficial phytochemicals.
The vitamin industry hasnít embraced food-based supplements more enthusiastically for a couple of reasons. First, theyíre more expensive to make and rocks are incredibly cheapóthe typical markup on a rock mineral supplement is 1000 percent, and it can be as high as 2000 percent. Second, the American public is convinced that more must be better, so if you see a 1500 mg calcium supplement for $10, and a 100 mg calcium supplement for $15, which are you going to choose? Unless youíre a very sophisticated shopper, youíre going to choose the cheaper, higher potency calcium.
Less can Be More
High potency can often be equated with potential toxicity. If you think about it, we have evolved over millenia as a species eating simple foods with relatively small amounts of nutrients per serving. We arenít equipped to process highly potent chemicals every day, even if they are essential vitamins and minerals. Ideally you want to aim for getting the most results from the least amount of supplement, because the less energy you expend on digesting and processing a nutrient, the more energy you can spend on repair and regeneration. Research has shown that in cultures with a low incidence of osteoporosis, people typically consume about 300 mg of calcium daily from vegetables.
Iím not saying that the nutriceuticals have no benefit, they certainly do have their place. For example, itís hard to get L-carnitine and CoQ10 from food, but both can be very useful nutrients for building and supporting good health.
The Sensible Approach to Good Nutrition
The best way to approach good nutrition is to first eat high quality foods that are pesticide free, hormone free, ripe, and organic if possible. Thatís number one. Then you want to avoid the poisonsósugars, highly processed foods, white bread, pasta, things from a can, a package or a box. Next you want to make sure youíre digesting what youíre eating. In my practice I primarily use plant enzymes to support digestion, and then use food-based supplements if needed.
For women concerned about bone loss, I use the NTx urine peptide test, which actually shows us bone that weíre urinating out of the body. Weíre always losing some bone as we build new stronger bone, but we donít want to be losing more than weíre building. So if you use the test and find youíre losing bone, you can add nutrients and do the test again six months later and find out whether itís made a difference. The DEXA bone scan is useful but it doesnít measure the current rate of bone loss, it measures bone density long after the bone has been lost. I also use the Metabolic Urine Test to zero in on the possible reasons why someone is losing bone."
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01-30-2011, 12:13 PM #23
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06-17-2011, 04:25 AM #25
I suspect my 'one a day' multivits which i take after brekkie, too are making me feel exhausted and depressed.
I'm on cheapo ones from Biotech, and can't afford to experiment through trial and error. Is there a way to figure out which vits and minerals we need?
Is taking them with my before bed meal a bad idea?- i'm already taking bunch of vit6 and zinc then.