DISCLAIMER: I am not endorsing any product, nor am I affiliated with any product mentioned in this post. I also do not own a branch of any drugstore. I am also not a doctor, albularyo nor a medical professional.
Multivitamins for Parents
As parents, we take care of so many things – our kids, bills, our marriage, and everything else in between. This personally caused my health to spiral down down down. I also noticed that I got fevers and colds every other week. After spending way too much on Decolgen and tissue, I finally decided to visit the doctor.
The good doctor then mentioned that staying up late and taking care of an infant (my son is a mere 3 months) will usually cause parents to get sick — this is because we lack sleep.
He then confirmed that since I had no allergies or health conditions, I should take multivitamins since it really helps the immune system, and this was also applicable for my kids as well.
I then asked the golden question, “what is the best multivitamin?”
And he answered, “any.” – I was sincerely confused at that point.
I then patiently asked the Doctor to recommend the best multivitamin. He also patiently answered, “there is no such thing as the best multivitamin.”
The doctor explained that multivitamins vary and have different compositions. If I was a person who ate a perfectly balanced diet every day, then I have all the nutrients I need, and multivitamins would be wasted and converted to water.
The best thing I could do was to get a blood test to know what deficiencies I had. But for us who have no time and who sincerely know that they don’t eat vegetables, taking any brand is better than nothing.”
Looking for the perfect multivitamin
I then went to Mercury Drug and checked the boxes of Clusivols, Centrum, Enervon, Revicon, Stresstabs etc. Each multivitamin brand was somewhat similar, but varied with the .mg of the vitamins. Most had the average price of 9 Pesos per capsule, but Revicon Forte and Enervon won the “cheapest” award.
In the end, I decided to take Enervon-C since the jingle for “More Energy mas Happy” was running through my mind.
What about my kid?
For my kids, the doctors
prescription was Nutrilin which was a food supplement that adds appetite.
While this is generic and seems to yield results for me, you should still get your doctor to give you a prescription.
How about Generic Brands?
On my next check-up, I also asked my doctor about generic multivitamins. He said that as long as it came from a reputable pharmacy, then generic vitamins would be fine.
The doctor also mentioned that generic multivitamins ‘might’ be less potent than the branded ones, but some are good. It was once again another vague answer from my very ‘reliable’ doctor.
I then went to The Generics Pharmacy and got the generic brand for Clusivol. I checked the package insert (small paper thing with the vitamin information) and found that the original Clusivol did have higher doses for vitamins “C” and “B”.
In the end, I concluded that may it be generic or branded — any multivitamin is better than none (for me at least). Make sure that you just take one capsule a day or you may destroy your kidneys/liver. Ask your doctor about it or have it prescribed first if you have medical conditions — otherwise, you might die, get sick, and then blame me.
The North American Dietary Reference Intake recommends 90 milligrams per day and no more than 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) per day source:
That was from Wikipedia, and if it is on the internet – then it must be true. (joke)
Vitamin C is said to help the body in many ways, such as with infections, and the prevention of catching some viruses. However, as with all medicines, this should be taken with careful consideration. Vitamin C can cause diarrhea or kidney stones if you are not careful. So as usual, ask your doctor first.
I daily take a 250 mg vitamin C tablet on top of the multivitamins. I use the
brand Rhea from Mercury drug. It’s only 150 pesos for 100 Tablets.
For my kids, the doctor prescribed Ceelin plus with Iron which should help boost immunity.
A co-parent told me that Sleepasil did wonders for her. I got curious and asked the smartest entity I know if Sleepasil was indeed beneficial or not. Google immediately told me that Sleepasil was a Melatonin based drug that can enhance sleep and was not addictive or habit-forming.
I then went to Mercury and bought a Capsule. I immediately took Sleepasil when I got home. After 30 minutes, I was so drowsy that I fell down on the floor (exaggerated) and slept like a baby. I woke up 6hours after, and I felt oddly more refreshed than usual.
I got more curious with this drug and I researched more about it.
Sleepasil contains melatonin and Melatonin is a natural Hormone in the body that tells you when it’s time to sleep. Natural Melatonin seems to do wonders, it enables rest for the body, improves the memory, the immune system, etc.
Of course, I still asked my Doctor about it. He then said that “Melatonin should be produced normally by the body, and he advises against using anything that was not natural. He did tell me that Sleepasil was safe since it was just a food supplement. But he definitely mentioned that taking a drug that you don’t need is not advisable — So I should use it ONLY when I really have to.”
Other Food Supplements
I have tried most food supplements, Abs, Cran Uti, Circulan, Memo Plus gold. Each seems to have its own miraculous claim based on the commercials.
I personally believe that some supplements really do help, and some are actually useless. If you eat right with balanced nutrient-rich diets and get enough rest, then multivitamins may not be needed.
NOTHING beats eating right, getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water, and getting enough exercise.
Parents should take care of their health.