Sheldon (as Penny selects vitamin supplements): Oh boy.
Penny: What now?
Sheldon: Well, there’s some value to taking a multivitamin, but the human body can only absorb so much, what you’re buying here are the ingredients for very expensive urine.
Penny: Well, maybe that’s what I was going for.
Sheldon: Well then you’ll want some manganese.
(from The Big Bang Theory: Series 1 Episode 04 – The Luminous Fish Effect)
In an effort to try to take care of myself, I’ve started a new vitamin regimen. I’ve taken a multivitamin most of my life (mother’s orders) but I never felt like it was doing much. I’ve been diagnosed with iron and B12 deficiencies a few years ago, so I migrated to iron supplements and then just B-Complex. The problem was I was very inconsistent. I didn’t like taking them in the morning, because then I would need to eat to get the pain in my stomach to stop. I tried to take them at dinner, but more often I would just forget.
This was until I did some research into natural treatments for depression. I found a couple things I was willing to try, and could easily get at a drugstore. so I bought everything I needed, including a weekly pill case. Half my problem was I hated going through 4 bottles every morning for one pill in each bottle (i am that lazy).
Here’s my daily intake:
- Zyrtec (2x day, for allergies)
- Multivitamin (once daily)
- Vitamin B complex (once daily, helps with nosebleeds. I haven’t had one since I started)
- St. John’s Wort (“mood stabilizer”, twice daily)
- Chromium Picolinate (also for depression, and according to wikipedia, stifles carb craving associated with depression)
I came across St John’s Wort and Chromium Picolilate while looking at natural antidepressants. I’ve been feeling pretty good since I started the regimen a few weeks ago. I definitely feel more emotionally stable. I’m well aware this is more likely to the placebo effect, but I really don’t care. I’ll take any help I can get.
So I pop all the pills after dinner and overall this seems to help, and I will continue until it becomes more of an annoyance than it’s worth. But I could well be buying very expensive urine…