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SmallArms
03-05-2010, 03:47 PM
Simple one: What in your opinion is an all round high quality multi Vit/Min to take when training hard?

MadChef
03-06-2010, 10:38 AM
For a multi-mineral, this one is the best money can buy, hands down:

http://www.nationaldiscountvitamins.com/details.cfm?group_id=38&product_id=5129


This is a good green food supplement, though there are literally hundreds on the market that are of great quality. They can be expensive, I think this is the best one for the money, probably also the most popular.
Your body will get more benefit from this than any multi-vitamin.

http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=VH-1006

As far as vitamins go... Though most of our foods are sadly depleted of the necessary mineral content, vitamins are plentiful in good whole food sources. Green leafy vegetables like kale, swiss chard, spinach, super healthy and delicious steamed with a little salt, or sauteed in apple cider vinegar. Red meat has your B vitamins, there should be no shortage of that in your diet, rich yellow butter has vitamin K2, the most necessary cofactor for bone-strength, and I could go on but you get the point. Mix up your diet and think beyond macro's. The body has a hard time metabolizing synthetically produced vitamins, so avoid non-whole-food multi's. They are, IMO, a waste of money. The best whole-food mutli-vitamins are "Alive", "Source of Life", or "Vitamin Code", I believe these are the best brands. While a little more expensive, they are worth your money. A lot of these products recommend like 6 pills a day (hardly necessary if you eat real food), I would cut that dosage in half, make it last longer.


The product linked below is GREAT for persistent tight muscles, severe DOMS, and even digestive cramping and constipation due to overeating. It's called BioCMP, (Calcium Magnesium Potassium), in their most bioavailable forms and naturally occuring ratios. If you do choose to use this product (it is among my top 5 supps) I recommend taking 6 to 12 a day, depending on how bad your soreness is. It sounds like a lot, but you only take it when you need it for a few days at a time, it works. Eliminates cramping as well, for guys who compete.

http://store.agoodvitamin.com/birebiocmp10.html