Are all Vitamins Created Equal?

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   Posted 2/19/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to start taking some vitamins to make sure I'm getting sufficient follic acid etc. What is a good brand to get? Is the Wal-Mart Spring Valley just as good as any other? I don't want to bother with a brand that turns out to be useless anyway.
23 y/o Male; Dx Crohn's Disease in 2001 at age 14.
Lost 3 inches of colon and 7 inches of ileum in 2004 bowel resection.
CD returns in October 2008 in the Terminal Ileum.
Current meds: Humira; Imodium
Been on: Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Imuran, Entocort, Pentasa, Remicade
Kyrie eleison!

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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, like nearly everything else, you get what you pay for in vitamins.

Sources of each individual vitamin in a multi-vitamin are VERY important. Sadly, there are brands that are junk, using the cheapest sources available (vitamin E comes to mind here. The cheap one is synthetic and very inferior...shakehead ), as well as fillers and dyes. Hard to say about the one you're asking without studying the label.

I suggest getting a copy of "Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible" for an overview of vitamins and minerals. It's available in paperback for 7 or 8 bucks, or you can probably get it at your local public library.
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too. Med-free.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
A simple test for digestability is to toss the vitamin into a glass of water and see how long it takes to start to disolve. You'll be suprised, I've bought multi-vitamins that take over 6 hours to begin disolving!
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
According to Consumer Reports, the Kirkland Brand (Costco's brand) is just as good as the expensive name brands.
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