daily i take:<br><br>
glucosamine, chondroitin, msm combo<br>
the gluc/chondr/msm REALLY helped my knees from NOT aching after long runs. It took about 6-8 weeks, but it was HUGE. I have been taking it for 3+ years.
I take a multivitamin and gluc/chondr/msm once (sometimes twice) a day for healthy joints and such. That's it. I eat good, so that helps. Lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, fish, lean meats, and some sort of red meat twice a week (runners need a good dose of iron and red meat), plus calcium-rich foods (cheese, yogurt, kefir, milk, etc.). And I eat something "forbidden" (ooohhh...scary junk food!) every day. Hey, it's all about balance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Studies show that our bodies more readily and effeciently absorb and use vitamins and minerals from foods, rather than from supplements. Of course, supplements can't hurt, either. But a balanced diet is really the best way to go.
I actually just went to a nutritional clinic last night and learned about supplementwatch.com Played around on there a bit today, some really good info if you are curious about different products.<br><br>
But hahaoya is right, our bodies would much rather have the real stuff vs the synthesized version!!!
Thanks for all the great responses everyone!<br><br>
I know diet is the best way, we try to eat right, but sometimes it just doesnt happen, so I want to try and fill in the gaps somehow.<br><br>
I'll check out that link Beaker!
I take a multi and eat a mostly low-processed, whole foods diet. I think I need to add a calcium supplement since I eat very little dairy.<br><br>
I'll check out that supplement watch. Center for Science in the Public Interest has a great article on what to look for in supplements, too. If anyone is interested in it, PM me and I can e-mail it to you.<br><br>
The AMA now recommends a multi-vitamin for the general population due to how frequently people eat fast, convenient, or processed foods.
Nothing... I take chewable vitamin c pills if I feel like I'm getting sick. It seems to help, but it might be in my head. But the chewables taste good, so I don't care. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
I take calcium, Vit D and Flax Seed Oil capsules. I know I don't eat enough calcium so I need to make sure I take a supplement. Vit D because I take calcium and Flax Seed Oil for the Omega 3s (I don't eat any seafood)