What’s In Your Vitameatavegamin?

50 years later and who isn’t familiar with this skit? While it’s showcasing Lucille’s contagious comedic aura, there still lies truth in jest.

In the Vitameatavegamin skit, we learn before Lucy does, that it contains 24% alcohol along with vitammins, meats, vegetables, and minerals. During that era, fabrication and misleading advertisments were running rampant. The dollar was achieved in scrupulous ways and the media sensationalized everything. Obviously if this were genuinely aired today, the National Advertising Review Council would be on set with red tape and profit slicing handguns.

If you’re asking yourself what the point of including this clip was, well it ties in with my information regarding supplements and how they are manufactured today.

A few years ago, I was trying to gulp down Centrum vitamin tablets with a baby lemon sour face. (After a while, the lemon face I made I swear created permanent frown lines, which I still cannot get rid of.) The solution to the problem was to purposely “misplace” them into the back of my dusty dorm closet, until the expiration served as an excuse for my lack of willpower.

As a college student, my focus kaleidoscoped on studies first, socializing second. (I’m one of the select few who would actually study on a Saturday or before I enjoyed a jungle juice-d frat party.) So considering health wasn’t even on my personal pie chart.

It wasn’t until my breakthrough discovery of how significant creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle was, that I realized supplements were very much one of the pedals of success to achieve this.

Taking advice from one of the first health books I read, (Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads) I began with a daily multivitamin, B-complex, and fish oil along with a maintaining a proper eating regimen.

The results within the first month were outstanding. Increased energy, normal sleeping patterns, and even weight loss! That winter I did not sneeze or sniffle one bit. So clearly, the power of supplements had won me over.

This brings me to the second, more cautionary part of this post…It wasn’t until about a year and a half later that I began studying what exactly made up these supplements I had been taking. Being the O.C.D. googler when it comes to health that I am, it didn’t take long for me to find the first skull and cross bones.

I had been taking the brand Nature Made in tablet form and throughout my research I found everything inside the tablet was beneficial to the body, but the fillers were harmful.(This is not to say they aren’t as effective, just leaves more waste behind in your kidneys, liver, and intestines. BAD BAD BAD!) (PS- Some tablets contain the same exact chemicals used to make CHALK!)

I previously worked at a supplement company where I was exposed to a bevy of irate callers experiencing kidney stones, IBS, and other issues all due to the supplements they had been consuming for years, so this had been another driving factor behind my own personal quest to find supplements that harmonized with the body.

Here are some fillers/binders you should consider abandoning/avoiding: talc (aluminum silicate), dicalcium phosphate, titanium dioxide, stearic acid (magnesium stearate), polyethylene glycol

I quickly made the change to capsules/soft gels, as they are more easily absorbed. However, these too, have a coating and contain chemicals like Magnesium Stereate (Stearic Acid), which over time can lead to over-accumulation in the body, and most are not vegan.

So here’s my rule of thumb when it comes to supplements:

GO VEGAN or VEGicaps

  • They aren’t made with pig/gelatin/cow (meat sources) and are generally safer for your body.
  • They don’t contain as many fillers, nor do they have artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, glutens, lactose, or yeast. (Just double check with the manufacturer to make sure they listed everything on the label.)
  • It’s acceptable to have 3-4 fillers/binders within the supplement you’re taking. (These are usually listed in the other ingredients section on the bottom of the label in small print.)
  • The more expensive the better the quality. Look for companies who have been established for a long time and give them a call to make sure they match up to their internet representation.

The brand I’m currently using is: Living Green for Multivitamins, Pure Matters caps for my Vitamin D-3, and Vitacost caps for B-complex. Liquid gluco/MSM/chondroitin, Airborne/Emergen-C on occasion. I may eventually even switch to all liquid forms of vitamins after I see an herbalist just to be on the super safe side.

Now I know we all are aware supplements ARE NOT regulated by the FDA. Make sure you conduct your own research and quality analysis before purchasing any supplements. Also, don’t always rely on a health professional to inform you of the good vs. bad, as sometimes they can be swayed with pharma kickbacks to further you into poorer health.

So now you can “spoon your way to health” the safe way.

Which kinds of supplements seem to work for you? Do you read the other ingredients label in small print before purchasing? Capsules VS. Tablets VS. Veg VS. Liquid? In general, what are your thoughts?

Peace, love, and happy peppy people!

~C.C.D.

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