I recently invested nearly $400 on the three month supply of VitaLady vitamins for DSers. I'm already regretting it. That is SOOOOO many pills to take! Plus, it seems the round 3 (evening) ones are affecting my stomach so it makes me nauseated. I've tried taking them slower, one by one, and by the time I'm done and they are all ingested, I can't tell which one affects me -- maybe the combo of them all. I don't know if it's allowed on this forum, but I'd be willing to sell two month's worth. They have not been removed from their packaging. Seriously, do we really need this many vitamins? I've learned that I should have bought the one month supply and see how that worked.
I can tell you that the VitaLady vites work. I started them 30 days out, and it wasn't easy. It took me a couple of weeks to adjust to them. I had a lot of cramping at first, and some burping from the iron pills. Some of the pills are large sized, such as the mutlis, and can be crushed, and mixed into protein shakes. It will make a world of difference on your labs. A lot of her vitamin doses, such as the E and A doses, you can only get from her. Many other vitamins are oil based, which we cannot digest properly. Her iron is the only one that seems to work for many DSers short of certain prescription iron supplements. Try it if you can. I just got together with 6 other DSers at a dinner get together in NYC, and we had one ask the same question. The 5 of us who all did VitaLady, including a DSers 13 years out, said that they are the way to go. The two people who were not doing VitaLady had labs that were a royal mess. Not a scientific study, but from reading enough threads here and on other boards, VitaLady works!
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I don't think one-by-one is really going to help you figure out the problem.
You need to add one new one per night to try and figure out what is causing you distress. I'm not familiar with the pre-packed vits. How many different types are in round 3? It won't harm you to take just one type the first night then add another type each night after that.
Once you start getting your labs you may find out you can get by with less. Everyone tweaks based on their labs - either adding or subtracting.
Many of us end up buying individual vits from multiple sources, including Vitalady, this allows you to tweak amounts and to save money in comparison to the pre-packaged vits. Pre packs are a great way to go while you are learning the ins and outs of vitamins but not usually anyones long term solution.
I pack a 30 day MedCentre pill organizer at the beginnng of the month. Each day has 4 compartments and then I do the iron before I go to bed.
OK, no one is letting me off the hook on this! I will get my first labs done in a couple of weeks. So after taking these vits for a couple weeks, I should get a good indication of where my levels are with these pills. I appreciate your input on the importance of taking all of these. My NUT gave me a list of required vits, and there were only about 15 per day, so it really threw me to get all of VL's pills. And many of them are HUGE. This is also a good way to ensure I'm getting a lot of fluids.
Another vitamin that gives some people issues is zinc. If you can single that one out from the batch, and slow down on the iron, and slow done just a little on the others...let's see if it's the zinc. No pressure, but we can't let you off the hook. ((hugs)) Oh, and cut any horse pills in half and try them in a small chunk. You can do it!