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Monday, March 17, 2008

What makes multivitamins gendered?

I recently ran out of multivitamins. When I went to re-up my supplies (which I wasted no time on, because everyone I know is crawling with sickness these days), the Target brand women's multivitamins were on sale. I thought, hey, why not. I'm a woman. Sign me up! Then, for the past two weeks, I've been feeling all nauseated after my morning pill-swallowing party. Then I thought back and remembered why I haven't been taking vitamins special for femmiladygrrrls all this time. Because they've always made me sick. A couple years ago, I actually thought I was knocked up for a few scary days, because I was throwing up every morning. Switched back to non-gendered multivitamins, and presto! No more sickness (and, ya know, no baby).

So my question is this: what are they adding to my lady vitamin? And why does my stomach hate it so much? Googling just gives me a vast selection of lady vitamins to buy. But what is it that's making me feel queasy?

7 Comments:

Blogger Norf said...

They add more calcium, 'cuz women got dem weak bones...
Calcium is hard to process by itself though, and is better ingested as a part of some food product, mostly dairy. If you drink plenty of milk or eat lots of cheese, you probably don't need the women's vitamins. I think brocoli is a good source as well.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

I wouldn't be incredibly surprised if they packed some of those things with phytoestrogens, either, to further girl you up. And that stuff can play havoc with your digestive system, which is surprisingly packed with receptors for all kinds of things.

But Norf's suggestion sounds more likely.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I think its because women's vitamins contain folic acid. When I was taking pre-natal vitamins, the nurses always told me to take them at night because the insane amount of folic acid in them generally made women feel sick. I know that women's vitamins contain folic acid because its supposed to be good for reproductive health, but they should really warn us that it makes us want to puke!!!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird -- found this blog my chance while googling to figure out why my multivitamin makes me feel nauseous in the morning.

For what it's worth, I think one of the main differences between men's and women's multivitamins is the iron. I'm looking at the back of my men's multivitamins right now, and it's got 0.25mg folic acid and 100mg calcium. There might be more of both of those in women's multivitamins, mind you.

What my multivitamin has absolutely none of is iron -- and women's multivitamins are chock-full of the stuff.

Next time you're bored in the drug store, waiting for a prescription to be filled or something, take a look at the labels on a few multivitamins. After a while, your head will spin, but there's a crazy amount of variation between brands, and if there's something specific that you're looking for, make sure that you're getting enough in your chosen brand.

Oh, and from the googling, I've found that both iron and zinc can upset your stomach. Since my multivitamin has no iron, I'm leaning towards zinc.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Ariel said...

The selection of multivitamins depend up on the nutritional requirement of our body & it may vary from person to person.

2:41 AM  
Anonymous buymultivitamins said...

In what taking multivitamins suplements, opinions are diverse. Some say that they are healthy, some say not, We will never reach an agreement and that means that everyone will live their life as they want.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous AllDietBooks said...

Taking multivitamins is essential when keeping a diet. I've read some books on this matter that were very claryfying to me.

8:06 AM  

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