Disclaimer: I neither endorse nor am affiliated with any of the products mentioned in this post. Additionally, I do not own a location of "The Generics Pharmacy." I am neither a physician nor a medical professional.

1) Multivitamins

Working at night caused my health to rapidly deteriorate. I also observed that I suffered from fevers and colds every two weeks. After spending an excessive amount of money on Decolgen and tissues, I decided to visit the doctor.

The doctor went on to say that night shift employees are typically ill due to sleep deprivation and poor nutrition. Since I did not have any allergies or health conditions, he confirmed that I should take multivitamins because they are extremely beneficial for the immune system.

I then posed the age-old question, "Which multivitamin is the best?"

And he responded, "whatever you prefer"

I then asked the doctor, with patience, to just recommend the best multivitamin bran. Then he responded, "There is no such thing as the best multivitamin, as multivitamins vary in composition, but taking any brand is preferable to nothing."

Then, I went to a local drugstore and examined the packaging of Clusivol, Centrum, Enervon, Revicon, Stresstabs, etc. Each multivitamin brand appeared similar, but the amount of vitamin mg varied. The average price per capsule was 9-11 Pesos, but Revicon Forte won the "cheap" award with a price of 7 Pesos.

I decided to take Enervon-C because the slogan "More Energy, More Happy" was running through my head.

How about Generics?

At my next appointment with the Doctor, I inquired about generic multivitamins. He stated that generic vitamins were acceptable so long as they came from a reputable pharmacy; therefore, do not purchase generic vitamins from some shady and unknown drugstore.

The physician also noted that generic multivitamins may be less potent than brand-name supplements. I then went to The Generics Pharmacy to purchase Clusivol's generic version. I examined the package insert (a small piece of paper containing vitamin information) and discovered that the original Clusivol contained higher vitamin "C" and "B" doses.

But in the end, any multivitamin, whether generic or branded, is preferable to none (for me at least). If you take more than one capsule per day, you risk destroying your kidneys/liver. If you have medical conditions, consult your doctor first; otherwise, you could die and blame me.

2) Ascorbic Acid

The Dietary Reference Intake for North America recommends 90 milligrams per day, with a maximum of 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) per day. C

Unless your multivitamin already contains a substantial amount of Vitamin C (such as Clusivol Power-C), you can still take a vitamin C supplement (as long as it is within the proper dose).

Vitamin C can aid the body in numerous ways, including the treatment of infections and the prevention of contracting certain viruses. However, as with all medications, this should be administered with caution. Taking too much vitamin C can lead to diarrhea and kidney stones if you're not careful. As usual, consult your physician first.

I take a 250 mg vitamin C tablet daily in addition to my multivitamins. I use the Mercury drug brand Rhea. Only 150 pesos are required for 100 Tablets.

In addition, there are Vitamin C supplements that are not acidic (like Fern-C, Bewell-C, etc)

3) Sleeping supplements

A coworker informed me that Sleepasil (Melatonin) worked miracles for her. I became curious and asked the most intelligent individual I know if Sleepasil was beneficial or not. Google immediately informed me that Sleepasil is a non-addictive and non-habit-forming melatonin-based sleep aid.

I then visited Mercury and purchased a Capsule. I took Sleepasil as soon as I got home. After 30 minutes, I was so sleepy that I literally fell to the floor and slept like a baby. Six hours later, I awoke feeling oddly more refreshed than usual.

I became more curious about this drug and conducted additional research.

Wikipedia informed me that Sleepasil contains melatonin, which is a natural hormone in the body that signals when it's time to sleep. Natural Melatonin appears to work miracles, as it allows the body to rest, enhances memory, the immune system, etc.

Nevertheless, I asked my doctor about it. He stated, "Melatonin should be produced naturally by the body, and he discourages the use of anything unnatural." He informed me that Sleepasil was safe because it was merely a dietary supplement. But he did mention that taking a drug you don't need is not a good idea, so I should only use it when absolutely necessary."

Therefore, there is no point in taking Sleepasil if you have no actual sleeping issues. I only take this supplement if I am extremely sleep-deprived.

(4) Additional Food Supplements

I've tried numerous dietary supplements, including Abs, Cran Uti, Circulan, and Memo Plus gold. According to the commercials, each product has its own miraculous claim. Some supplements are beneficial, while others are ineffective. The idea is that supplements are used if you lack these minerals - but if you have the proper supply in your body, then there should be no need for them. 

The point is that even if you take all the supplements in the world, nothing beats eating right, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, controlling vices, and exercising regularly, in my opinion.

Hope this helps you have some insight to multivitamins.

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