Vitamins

***Disclaimer: Please check with your physician if any of these vitamins are right for you or can have interactions with the medication you're taking. These are opinions based on my experience.***

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Vitamins, vitamins and more vitamins. Sometimes I think I take too many vitamins, but I love them and they really do make a difference for me. I started with Omega 3, and now am taking 4-5 different vitamins daily. This is my vitamin schedule:

  1. Omega-3: HUGE vitamin for brain health. I had a bit of a frustrating journey trying to figure out the right dosage for me. My physician recommended 6 tablespoons of the liquid Omega-3. That was a nightmare, I felt so sick all the time somedays I couldn't even leave bed. I decided for myself that I would take the pills, and ended up sticking with NutraSea HP Omega-3 Extra Strength EPAwhich is almost 5000mg of EPA + DHA with 4 capsules a day (the bottle recommends 2, but I take 4 a day.0 This really worked for me and I saw a slight difference. It DID NOT get rid of my headaches, but definitely helped.
  2. Magnesium: I noticed a decrease in headaches even more than the Omega-3 with magnesium vitamins. I take 250mg of magnesium citrate twice a day. If I have a bad headache or a migraine, I go up to 3 times a day. Magnesium citrate is also a good vitamin for managing pain. Be aware, slowly work up to a few times again because this vitamin can cause loose stools. Ew.
  3. Multi-Vitamin: This is just a given, everyone should be taking this daily. If you have all the vitamins you need daily in your body, you're more likely to feel better and less headaches.
  4. Folic Acid (for women): I'm not sure of the effect this vitamin has on brain health, but I take it because of my seizure medication. Seizure meds might cause birth defects if you were to get pregnant, so this decreases the risk. 
  5. B vitamins: This vitamin is a huge help for fatigue, headaches and nausea. I take B6 because my doctor recommended that B vitamin for me, but I haven't noticed a huge difference with these symptoms. It might work better for you, it's worth a try.

It does take a few weeks for the effects of vitamins to be noticed, so give it some time. You also need to take them consistently, not necessarily every day, but at least every second day minimum. You should also read the label, some vitamins can't be taken within hours of medication and some should be taken with food.

Always check with your doctor before starting a new vitamin. I would say it's worth the discussion to see what works for you.