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Hi All,

I was just wondering if any of you are taking any particular vitamins, either for health in general, or aimed at your copd in particular. I have made vague attempts at incorporating certain vits into daily life, but I tend to miss days and eventually give up.

I am now looking into it all anew as part of my overall strategy in fighting the progression of this disease and gaining the best health possible in the circumstances. Problem is it can be an expensive game once you start taking a number of vits on a regular basis.

Since starting my serious exercise routine and diet, I had been taking a good multi vit and mineral (that dissolves in glass of water to make an orange drink) and 5,000 iu Vit D3 daily.

I know scientists have / are doing a lot of research into vits A (as retinoic acid/ retinol) and vitD3, and their effects on lung health, and I'm sure they look at other vits too. I know a lot of Americans with copd are advised by their pulmo docs to take D3 too. I also think Co Q10 is good for aiding oxygenation of blood /tissues - but good quality and strength Co q10 isn't cheap! In fact, most decent vits cost a fair bit. I would NOT waste my money on a certain high street 'health' store vits (H and B) as you may as well swallow cardboard for all the good they do you.

Anyhow folks, what do you think? Are you taking anything? Do let's discuss this. - Look forward to reading your thoughts on it, Love Vanessa smile

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    Hi Van,

    I don't take vitamin tablets as such but do have a very healthy diet (verified by a health advisor). I make sure I get at least 7 portions of fruit/veg a day, a portion of oily fish three times a week and I also make sure I take a good amount of calcium (via milk and cheese) and potassium (mainly via bananas) to counteract meds that make me short of calcium and potassium. I had never really thought about a set of vitamins to fight the COPD. Interesting idea though. Will be open to hear any positives/advice you find.

    Jacee.

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    I also have a good diet but just recently decided to take a good multivit with 1,000 iu of Vitamin D as have just had my levels checked and I am low.

    I'm also prescribed calcichew + D3 Forte to help bone health. I think the multivit will help calcium absorption too. Steroids and high doses of corticosteroids can cause bone thinning as I'm sure you are aware.

    It's always worth checking with the doc or health food shop if you are on other medications and want to take herbals, homeopathic remedies or vit supplements to make sure these do not interfere with the workings of prescribed medicines.

    Re Vitamin A this can be toxic and can be dangerous as a supplement so need caution with this. You might want to check out the Food Standards Agency website about Vitamin.

    Keep healthy and enjoy the weekend all.

    V

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    Hi Vanessa,

    I have taken vitamins for many years eg- Redoxon vit c slow release capsules, Multibionta multivitamins and minerals plus vit E 800 iu. Vit E I take for dry skin and the rest for common cold prevention. Two years ago I wondered if these were doing me any good and i stopped taking them for a period of time. After going cold free for years I took a very severe dose of the cold and noticed my skin a lot dryer than usual. Went straight back onto vitamins again. All I can say is that this was my experience. That being said, in the Autumn of 2009 I had gotten very badly run down after having Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety and depression which lead to numerous abscesses vertigo and a number of bad chest infections and a deterioration in COPD. I still take the vitamins and don't think I will stop taking them. Most vits I buy out of Boots who usually sell 3 for 2. Don't know if this is any help to you.

    Regards,

    Robert.

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    Hi Vaessa,

    I swear by Brewers Yeast and B Complex. If I'm feeling run down at all I'll take them by the handful on the basis that you can't od on these, they'll merely pass through in your urine. I have them on the kitchen window and on dressing table and just take them whenever I notice them - all very unscientific, I know. I buy the cheap generic ones, 99p for 30 from the chemist.

    On the other hand, I shy away from A and D because you can overdose on them and I'm not sure how you tell when you're having enough.

    As with Jacee, I have a good diet, lots of veg and fruit - but I still notice a difference when I'm taking the vits and brewers yeast.

    Stitch

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    this is something i will be doing with the vitamins supplement, stitch, sounds really good,and

    hello everybody, I am a bit confused here as emma has introduced herself recently as administrator/moderator on this forum, there was a star alongside name etc.

    star is now missing

    has anything changed, I have had no notification, I have also pm. messaged emma, just left wondering ?

    hope she is alright

    xx

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    waterman or robert , so plesed to see a man on the forum, i have just started anti depressants tablets, i cant sleep at night mostly, and i am going to take them vits that stitch is on about
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    Hi Eddy,

    Sorry to hear that you cannot sleep and that you are on antidepressants.

    Lack of sleep, concerns, and anxiety, about our health and life itself, can all get us down into a depressed state of mind. Major traumas in my life over the last few years caused me a great deal of anxiety, doubts and underlying depression along with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. I felt as a bible believing Christian that I shouldn't feel so bad about things and didn't talk about the problems and doubts that haunted me on a daily basis.

    I believe that it is important to acknowledge and talk about how we feel. If I feel irritable after sleep deprivation and not sleeping too well, then I tell those closest to me that I feel really irritable so that they can be aware of what's going on with me. If I have flashbacks to traumatic experiences then I share that so that people know what is going on. If I am feeling down then I share that too. It is not a sign of weakness to admit how we feel but I think that we are weak when we cannot admit to ourselves and others how we feel. Be sure that when you share you do it with someone you can trust. Thank God I have such people in my life.

    As for sleep, at the minute I have had two nights in the last month where I have slept not too bad. Usually when I try to relax, either sitting or standing, my oxygen level drops and makes me feel quite ill. Tomorrow I go to clinic and will see what they have to say about me and if there is anything they can do for me.

    At the minute I cant go to Pulmonary Rehab as I am waiting for the all clear from heart specialist but I believe that exercise is very important for COPD and a depressed state. Try to keep active and go easy on yourself for a while. Try and do more of the things that you used to enjoy doing and try some new things without taxing yourself too much.

    Regards,

    Robert.

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    Hi All,

    Just a little correction on my last post. Usually when I try to relax, (sitting or standing) should read, 'sitting or lying'.

    Regards,

    Robert.

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    stood corrected robert, no worries that you sleep standing up, good to hear from you and it is nlce to chat with you,thank you for any advise on how to cope
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