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    Default Buying vitamins/supplements?

    I was buying them at a health food store but now that we moved, I started using the Unichem pharmacy and it is cheaper (especially when they have a sale).

    This is a HUGE expenditure for us each month even though I am just buying Vit C, D, omega 3 and selenium.

    Anyone got any good discount source for vitamins? Mail order?

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    Hi Grumpy Goat,

    I have found that it pays to always shop around as a store that might have a product for a good price one month, will not necessarily be cheaper the next month. Also I have found that there is no one single store that is cheapest with everything.

    This is of course a hassle as it takes a lot of time , but it is well worthwhile because the price difference can sometimes be $10 or more per product (!), so that can amount to huge savings over the course of a year !

    Shops I like to check for the products I buy regularly (Blackmores Omega Joint, Clinicians Multi Vitamin & Mineral Boost Capsules and FibroM Support, Kordel's Cold Sore relief) are (among others):

    Nutricare
    Healthpost
    NetPharmacy

    And, on a side note, for dental stuff I just love Toothshop, great prices and excellent service !

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers,
    Silver

    PS Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with any of the stores mentioned in the above post (nor any others for that matter ) !

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    You could plant a lemon tree and chia for your vitamin c and omega 3.

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    A brazil nut a day for your selenium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENZ View Post
    A brazil nut a day for your selenium.
    I thought that they recommended two brazil nuts a day for your selenium?



    Ian

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    Okay, one or two. Here's a press release from Otago University:

    Brazil nut a day keeps low selenium at bay: Otago research

    One Brazil nut a day is enough to raise the average New Zealander's selenium intake to internationally recommended levels and eating two could lead to added health benefits, according to University of Otago researchers.

    Department of Human Nutrition Professor Christine Thomson says the new research shows that the nuts are a simple, effective and relatively low-cost way for people to boost their levels of this essential micronutrient.

    New Zealanders have a marginal selenium status compared to many other Western countries, due to soils here being generally low in the mineral, says Professor Thomson.

    "There is mounting evidence that a marginal selenium status can lead to an increased risk for a range of conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease," she says.

    At the same time, there is growing scientific support for the idea that higher intakes may provide additional health benefits, such as enhancing the body's immune system.

    Professor Thomson and colleagues carried out the first-ever study to look at how much selenium people can obtain from Brazil nuts and the resulting levels of antioxidant activity in their blood.

    Their study appeared recently in the American Clinical Journal of Nutrition.

    Over a 12-week period around 60 volunteers were divided into three groups, one of which ate two Brazil nuts a day, while the other groups were given either a 100 microgramme selenium supplement or a placebo to take daily.

    At the outset, the researchers analysed the study members' blood for selenium concentrations and the activity of a key antioxidant, known as glutathione peroxidase (GPx).

    The body's production of this vital cellular antioxidant and other important proteins depends on how much selenium is available, she says.

    After 12 weeks, the blood selenium concentrations of the Brazil nut group were found to have increased by 64.2 per cent, while blood GPx activity went up by 13.2 per cent.

    In the selenium supplement group the increase was 61 per cent and 5.3 per cent respectively.

    "These results indicate that including a couple of Brazil nuts a day in the diet could ensure a greatly enhanced selenium status without needing to fortify other foods or take supplements."

    Professor Thomson says that while New Zealanders' low selenium intakes need addressing, too much of the micronutrient can be toxic.

    "People should be careful to limit themselves to no more than a few Brazil nuts per day, otherwise selenium could potentially accumulate to toxic levels in body tissues.

    "Also, as the nuts can contain relatively high amounts of the elements barium and thorium, people should avoid eating too many as it is still unclear what intake of these elements might be harmful."

    http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/200...s_release.html

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    i've been wondering this too.. thanks silverwing!

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    I am just so thrilled that I posted this now!

    Silver--thanks--I forget about having to buy everything on sale here instead of using the discount places. It is a lot of hard work and thanks for the links. I will check them all out.

    AND

    I will switch to brazil nuts immediately. I had no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eassae View Post
    You could plant a lemon tree and chia for your vitamin c and omega 3.
    Where can I get some chia seeds? Will they grow outside here? {Or do I need a head? }

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    You're welcome , glad it was useful !

    Hmmmm, Brazil nuts you say ? Thanx, will look into that...

    Cheers,
    Silver

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