It’s been a while since I did a happiness experiment. Far too long really, I think that happiness experiments have become an important part of my self-discovery.
As always, these experiments are performed on myself and I tell you the results of how I feel. I don’t recommend undertaking them without talking to your Doctor. So, without further ado, here is experiment 41:
Should I take Vitamins?
I’ve asked myself this question many times in the past. I’m far from a religious taker of vitamins, but I’ve purchased bottles of multivitamins in the past and taken them, but been indifferent about the results.
Now, with my experiment on Eating the Rainbow in my past, I wondered if I would get somewhat similar results. After all, the end goals of the two projects are the same – ensuring that you get vitamins and minerals your body needs that you might not be receiving in the standard diet.
I’m lumping this experiment into a single post, because frankly, I can’t imagine anything more dull than me writing about taking a multivitamin once per day for a week. Really, it makes paint drying sound downright exciting by comparison. However, diet can be boring but it is a necessary part of life.
For the purpose of this experiment, I bought a package of generic, store brand adult multivitamins from my local pharmacy. I took one per day for a week, following the instructions on the label.
Meh? If the results on Eating the Rainbow were a bit hard to pin down, this was almost like ghost hunting.
Did I feel better than before taking the multivitamins? Slightly. I received a more noticeable benefit from adding variety to my diet, which likely exposed me to a wider variety of micronutrients, so that makes sense.
So, should I take vitamins?
I’ve heard of people seeing more benefits with targeted vitamin regimes where they take specific vitamins to deal with health, diet, or other concerns. In the case of an off-the-shelf generic store-brand multivitamin, it hasn’t hurt me, and I might see a longer-term benefit. So, I’ll continue taking these vitamins I have, but I won’t spend a large amount of money getting another bottle when this one is empty without first talking to a specialist who knows more about vitamins than me.