Posted: 29/11/2014 at 09:33
Re vitamins/minerals etc. I have a thyroid condition and take levothyroxine which can contribute to osteoporosis - because of the thyroid condition I gain weight easily so I limit my dairy intake which otherwise would have contributed to my calcium intake - therefore I take a calcium supplement to protect my bones. Seems logical to me.
I am also prone to high blood pressure for which I take medication. A few months ago I started taking a supplement designed for women over 50 which, amongst other things, is designed to maintain a healthy cardio-vascular system. At my most recent BP check there was a significant improvement.
Whatever the cause, whether placebo or not, I shall keep taking the tablets unless I'm advised otherwise by my doctor.
As for Selenium/zinc etc. My daughter suffered from severe ME for a long time and this severely impacted on her education and career (as well as rubbishing her social life). After about 10 years of misery she was advised (by a new GP) to try an off the shelf supplement containing selenium and zinc amongst other ingredients. Within a few months her health had improved and it continued to do so. It worked for her