Anywhere I turn in the community, it seems there's always someone complaining
about some aspect of their health. Most people would think that emotional
issues and physical health problems are part and parcel of being a vampire,
but for the most part it doesn't have to be -- you just need to know how
to deal with what comes up, and how to prevent most of it. Here is a list
of things you can start with:
Tablets and "caplets" (capsule shaped tablets) are often stuffed with indigestible fillers that will not dissolve in the digestive tract. It is quite common for vitamins such as Centrum to pass through the body untouched, thus giving ZERO benefit to the person taking it.
Capules (made with gelatin-like casings) powders and liquids are correspondingly more expensive HOWEVER they're worth the price, and are much easier to digest. Capsules and powders can be found with higher doses of the vitamin(s) they contain than liquids. (Liquid vitamins usually have sweeteners and colorings added to make it look and taste good, and thus less vitamins overall.)
Concerned about vitamin safety? Concerned that vitamin megadosing will be fatal? I hear lots of stories about how "such and such vitamin is deadly if you take too much" - but there's a curious lack of one thing: bodies. Where are the bodies? If they are that deadly when overdosed, there should a LOT more bodies. And there aren't.
This is not to say that "modern medicine" does not have it's place - accidental trauma and other things needing immediate and/or acute care should be handled by appropriate medical professionals (vitamins WILL help you recover from this, however, once you have the immediate need taken care of.)
Here are a few links to read on that very topic, as a matter of fact:
My own daily regime includes the following:
Yourself: Death By Medicine
Forgotten Research in Medicine
Yourself: Minimizing the Use of Medicines
Spot the Vitamin Bashers
Why Supplement Your Diet?
Super stress B-complex (Water soluble; capsule)
If you get the one that works best with your body chemistry (and I went
through 12 brands...) you will also find the added bonus of reduction
in Thirst. B-vitamins are rapidly depleted when under stress -- and
who ISN'T under stress these days? Your brain will function better with
adequate B-vitamins as well -- you'll notice less "fuzzy brain"
Extra Niacin/B-3 (water soluble; capsule)
This is "true" niacin, not "niacinimide" form. This helps keep mood swings, ADD/ADHD, depression and other mental issues under control. This also reduces monthly cycle bloating in women. Niacin also helps lower blood cholesterol.
Readers who have more several emotional or mental issues who wish to
try this may find they need a LOT more -- perhaps as much as 5,000mg/day
or even higher -- before there is any real effect.
B-Vitamin Reference Links:
B Vitamins Overview
Yourself: Niacin and Schizophrenia
Vitamin C (water soluble; powder)
This is the powerhouse of the vitamin world; this is good for staying healthy, getting rid of whatever cold/flu/etc. that you caught this time, and even get rid of cases of animal or bug bites/poison. The key with this vitamin is QUANTITY, QUANTITY, QUANTITY! You have to take ENOUGH of it, in a good form, to do any good.
Because of the quantities most people SHOULD be taking, it's more cost efficient to get this in a powder form. Mall nutrition stores are now starting to stock this in a powder, but you may have to hunt for it as it may be hidden in a back corner. Otherwise, you'll often find it at organic/health food stores.
Vitamin C dosing can be easily controlled by anyone - digestive saturation
is reached when you have diahrea (a/k/a "bowel tolerance").
And, you'll need more when you're sick -- you'll find you can take more
vitamin C before you reach bowel tolerance, so don't be surprised if
you find you can take 100,000mg or more without diahrea in a day when
you're seriously ill.
Vitamin C Reference Links:
Yourself: Dosage Table for Vitamin C
Vitamin C Thereaputics
Practical Notes on Vitamin C Therapy
Vitamin C Titration (long)
You should also buy (or borrow) this book:
Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins
by Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D.
an excerpt from the book
Vitamin D (fat soluble; gelcap)
I started taking this because, like most of us, I don't get out in the
sun a whole lot. I discovered a nice bonus of pain relief (the amount
of pain people experience is influenced by how much vitamin D is in
their bodies.) Vitamin D is also necessary for processing calcium that
you take in -- lack of vitamin D makes osteoperosis much more likely.
Vitamin D is commonly sold mixed with vitamin A. You'll have best luck looking in an organic food store for a vitamin D pill that is not mixed with vitamin A, or find one that has beta-carotene instead of vitamin A.
I take 1,200 to 1,600 units/day (3 or 4 gelcaps @ 400 units each)
Vitamin D Reference links:
Vitamin D Theraputics
Vitamin E (fat soluble; gelcap)
Heart (cardiovascular) disease issues are a fairly common problem in the USA. The first vampyre aging conference in June 2005 revealed that a lot of older vamps had also noticed heart issues as they got older.
Vitamin E has been used by Drs. Wilfrid and Evan Shute in the effective treatment of heart disease, at dosages ranging from 800 to 3,000 IU/day, depending on the underlying cause of the heart problems.
Vitamin E Reference Links:
Vitamin E Theraputics
The Vitamin E Story
Multivitamin (capsule; mix of water/fat soluble vitamins)
This catches all the miscellaneous vitamins and other nutrients that are not covered by what I take above. Such assorted things include Vitamin A, iron, calcium, copper, biotin, and more.
Multivitamin Reference Links:
Yourself: Why Take Vitamin Food Supplements?
Yourself: Newsletter -- August 2001
Want to know how much I take of each?
With the exception of Vitamin C, my vitamins are made by a company called Vitamer and sold through a few of my local health food stores. If you wish to use the same types I am, you'll have to look around and see who sells them in your area, or drop them an email and find out what individual stores in your area sell their products. Vitamer's labels will appear basically the same (layout and typeface) but there may be differences in paper color, as well as store logo and if they have a "store tagline" printed on it as well. Each link below takes you to a page with information about each vitamin's formulation and contents.
Stress B (capsule; water soluble)
I take 1 capsule, sometimes 2 capsules a day
Free Niacin (B-3) (capsule; water soluble)
I take 500mg/day in addition to the B-complex I already take.
C (powder; water soluble)
I take 15,000-30,000mg a day (yes, that's 15-30 GRAMS)
D (gelcap - *just* vitamin D; fat soluble)
I take 1,200-1,600 units/day (3-4 pills @ 400 units each)
E, "d-alpha tocopheral" form (gelcap; fat soluble)
I take 1,000 IU's/day
(Multivitamin) Capsule (Capsule; mix of fat and water soluble
I take 1 capsule, 3 times daily (1 with each meal).