Vile-tasting vitamins

huge number of different pills such as aspirin, vitamins, Panadol, Viagra

Partner and I go into GNC once in a while, and we both get carried away with all of the healthy stuff, and we invariably buy things. Partner came out last year with a box of mega-vitamins which happened to be on sale. “Do you want these?” he said not long ago. “I don’t think I’m going to take these. They don’t appeal to me.”



“Fine,” I said.



I opened the box. Inside were thirty nice little foil packets of six pills each. Each pill was about the size of a piece of driveway gravel. Two were vitamins, minerals, etc.; two were various botanical extracts – dillweed, ginkgo, etc.; and the last two were various amino acids (citrulline, arginine, and glutamine).



Healthy, eh?



Then I opened the first packet.



Jesus, the smell! It was sort of like a chemistry lab, or a fire in a pesticide factory. And they tasted as bad as they smelled.



I’ve been taking them for about a week now. I do believe I feel a bit better – maybe a bit more energetic.



But every day I have to choke down these repulsive horse pills that taste like dirt-flavored cyanide.



Maybe I’m healthier. But is it worth it?



About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

7 Responses to Vile-tasting vitamins

  1. I’ve been reading disturbing articles about the value of supplements being debunked. Don’t want that to be true.

    • Most are fine, I think. I’ve found over the years that some mineral supplements actually made me feel worse – chromium and selenium, specifically. Probably I was getting enough of both already, and I was tipping the balance too far.

  2. starproms says:

    Ha ha indeed. My other half takes all those things. I couldn’t believe the number of pills Americans swallow. The biggest one is a fish oil pill and it is ginormous! I couldn’t swallow that if I tried. I’d choke on it for sure. He swears by them but me? I’m not so sure. I don’t take anything like that but I do eat plenty of nutritious things, like food!

    • I always wonder if I’m getting enough of the right nutrients. And, believe it or not, a friend just told me today that he went to his doctor with some odd symptoms – hair loss and some aches and pains – and his doctor found that he has a deficiency of vitamin D. Rickets! In this day and age!

      • starproms says:

        I think I’m right in saying that a vitamin D deficiency is caused by a lack of sunlight – something we have to watch over here in England. Or was it vitamin K? Anyway, yes, as we get older, we notice things about our bodies that we didn’t notice when we were young. When I went through the change, I noticed my hair changing. It was getting thinner and softer – oh hell, that was a shock. To cure that I went on hrt to counteract the loss of oestrogen. Now that’s something you can’t have but there are things that men need to do too. My husband does them and it seems to work for him. I’m not yet convinced about vitamins but I’m thinking about them.

      • A multivitamin can’t hurt; I take one most days, and I like to think it balances out the days when I don’t eat as healthily as I should.

        The D deficiency is definitely caused by lack of sunlight; my friend told me that he very consciously avoids the sun, because “it’s bad for you.” Aha.

        My hair is thinning too. I’m not balding – just not quite as thick as it used to be. All part of getting older . . .

      • starproms says:

        A multi vitamin! What a good idea. Why didn’t I think of that, d’oh.

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