How do you know when you’re addicted to supplements?

protein shake

I don’t really know the answer to this, but looking at the huge pile of supplements I take daily I’m starting to wonder if I am a little obsessed with them myself. Let’s look at the evidence.


On a daily basis I take:

– 1 multivitamin and iron – because running can leave you anaemic.

– 1 x calcium and vitamin D – for bone strength.

– 1 x yohimbe HCL – mild antidepressant and for fat loss.

– 1 x l-arginine – for its anti-anxiety properties.

– 1 x conjugated linoleic acid – to increase lean muscle mass.

– 2 x glucosamine and MSM – for joint health.

– 1 x green tea extract – to increase metabolic rate.

– 1 x cissus – for ligaments.

– 1 x Omega3 fish oil – overall health.

– 3x HMB 3x a day (when I remember!) – increase lean muscle mass.

I also have a protein shake after every workout. Now that is a LOT of supplements!

Do you take any supplements? If so, which ones do you take?


11 thoughts on “How do you know when you’re addicted to supplements?

  1. I take fish oil, magnesium, agnus castus (for hormone balance ie PMS & pimples :|), probiotics, sometimes zinc, vitamin d in the winter. I don’t think it’s too much 🙂

  2. I fluctuate between not taking many and a whole truck load (I’ve got a draw full of them!) – currently I take the occasional magnesium if I’m doing high intensity exercise, and I’ll start taking vitamin D daily once it starts to become less sunny… To be honest though, I don’t really feel too much different from when I’m not taking anything, I think whether my diet is balanced or not is the greatest factor 🙂

  3. My grandmother used to dole out about 15-20 vitamins per person when I was growing up. I remember taking E, C, and a multi, among others. As I’ve gotten older, my stomach really can’t handle them, though I will take a chewable C if there’s a lot of colds and illness going around. I think if you maintain a healthy diet, there’s really not a lot of need for a lot of vitamins and supplements, and I’ve felt pretty good. But, it’s whatever makes you comfortable.

    • I agree – you shouldn’t need them. I do think there is a place for iron supplementation for women in sport though and vitamin D in the winter or for people who stay out of the sun, but everything else you can get from a healthy diet. I’m just hoping taking them can’t hurt and there’s a small chance they may help, even if it’s a placebo effect.

  4. I am a fluctuater too. I tend to have a really bad diet from time to time, so I think I am justified in the multivitamin. I take Omega 3/6 and a Vitamin B supplement , because I understand they might help with depression which I suffer from. But I can be forgetful and stop taking them for weeks at a time.

    • me too – i am not great at taking my tablets. i’m back on them again now but no doubt when work get busy again and I have to commute i’ll forget. 🙂

  5. I don’t take any supplement or protein powder! I’ll occasionally take a multivitamin if I’m really tired or getting sick a lot in the winter… And I watch to make sure I get more than enough iron in my diet since I struggled with that before…
    Is that another picture from your photo shoot? They all look great 🙂

  6. I should use the word ‘addiction’ advisedly. You are only addicted if you can’t function without something. If you don’t take them on a regular basis and can function without something without getting ‘cold turkey’ then you are not addicted. As a scientist you know that we all metabolise differently, even differently between sexes – men rarely suffer from anaemia, but then they don’t have monthly cycles – not the hormonal kind anyway. I’m concerned about any chemicals which increase muscle mass or type because the body will automatically increase these types of muscles dependant upon the type, duration, etc. of use. Diet is important in any healthy lifestyle, whether exercising or not. The gene pool is also a huge factor. We are what we eat, but we are what we are – no amount of supplements will change this.

  7. I take a multi-vitamin and B-12 on advice of my doctor. I also take Omega-3 but it has not done anything for me. I have had other people tell me it changed their lives. Maybe I wasn’t as deficient as they were.
    I used to take glucosomine. Then a friend of mine who is a research biologist told me about a study she conducted on glucosomine that showed less than 1% of the glucosomine ended up in the joints. Most was just flushed from the system.
    I’m trying to put fewer chemicals into my body, so I stopped the glucosomine and will probably stop the Omega-3 once they run out.
    I know a lot of people use supplements, but a good diet is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs. Our bodies adapted to absorb nutirents from food where there are other chemicals/nutrients that may aid in absorbtion of nutrients.

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