Why I Stopped Taking My Multivitamin

I have stopped taking my multivitamin.

For the most part I have tried to take one daily over the years. I’ve tried taking one with food, without food, in the morning, at night. Most of the time I get sick to my stomach. I’ve never thrown up from the multivitamin but I would get that nauseous feeling, stop dead in my tracks and plead for it to pass.

I don’t know why it took me so long to get fed up with this uncomfortable feeling but one day recently I went on Google and typed in “vitamin making me sick.” Within seconds I had found dozens of forums and postings where others (mostly women) talked about experiencing the same problem. It’s the iron in the pill, they said. It was too much for my system and making my stomach upset.

I didn’t want to stop with Dr. Google so I asked my family doctor recently and she immediate said, “If it’s making you feel sick, don’t take it.” Because I have a well-balanced diet and regularly eat fruits and vegetables, she said I should be fine without taking a multivitamin. Whew!


So I tossed these last night. I also realized they expired in January 2012 (whoops)! Cleveland folks will also notice that I bought these before we moved because there are no Kroger stores in Cleveland. Instead I am going to say hello to these two.


I had my blood tested this month and I was in the ‘insufficient range’ for Vitamin D. It’s Cleveland. It’s January. No shocker, my doctor said. So she did recommend I take Nature Made Vitamin D daily at least in the winter.

In addition I bought some fish oil. I’ve long read the touted health benefits of Omega-3, but I couldn’t stomach the massive liquid filled pills. I found this new product, Nature Made Adult Fish Oil Gummies, and decided to give it a try.

Do you take a multivitamin? Why or why not?


  1. says

    Fish oil gummies sound disgusting. I’m sure they aren’t fish oil flavored, but that was the first thing that sprung to mind! Anyways, I don’t take a multivitamin (except pre-natal when I was pregnant) because most of the time they seem to just give you expensive pee. Also, too much of certain vitamins and minerals is also bad for you. I think people don’t realize that it’s a balance. I would take specific vitamins if I had a deficiency, but I don’t.

    • Holly says

      I probably should have added the gummies are fruit-flavored! I actually don’t even eat fish, due to what I believe is an allergy, but that’s another story.

  2. says

    Everytime I go to the doctor I have to do a bunch of crazy blood tests and my tests always come back really good. Which is awesome because I usually eat mostly cereal and don’t take vitamins.
    However, I started taking a womens gummy multi vitamin lately. It’s my excuse to eat gummy candy. I feel exactly the same but hopefully it’s doing something in the long run.
    I’ve heard a lot of people say they get sick from taking iron. You are supposed to start with really small doses and work up to larger ones. Only reason I know this is becuase runners are known to have really low iron and take a seperate iron supplement. My iron is always fine so I don’t have to worry about it.

    • Holly says

      I think cereals are usually vitamin fortified so that has probably helped you.

      My multivitamin had 100% daily dose of iron. Apparently the normal, recommended amount is too much for me.

  3. says

    I have had the same problem with getting an upset stomach if I don’t take food with my multivitamin. I switched brands and it seemed to help. I think it does make a difference especially with the iron and Vitamin D for me because I can note a decrease in energy if I quit taking it for a few days. Must be that correlation between running and low iron.

  4. Chris says

    How do the gummies taste? I tried fish oil capsules and they gave me fish burps that literally made me gag (I don’t like fish).

    I had that problem with vitamins before, but I switched to Women’s One Food Based Multivitamin (bought at Natures Bin in Lakewood) that says it is “Gentle on the Stomach” I have had no problems.

    • Holly says

      They are fruit-flavored. Taste like a normal gummy bear or what not. No fish flavor. Thanks for sharing about the stomach-friendly multivitamin you found!

  5. says

    I do take a multivitamin about 5 days a week. Not sure why…I do eat plenty of fruits and veggies each day. I also take vitamin c each day as I’m around a lot of kids and it seems at least 1 is sick each week.

    Do your fish oil gummies leave you with fish burps at all? I took fish oil for about two weeks (and they were supposed to be burp free) and got tired of them.

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