Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:54 PM
After taking several large and long courses of Rifaximin and herbal antibiotics (like oregano oil etc.) in 2015, my SIBO (which was slowly killing me) was gone. I haven't had any symptoms of SIBO since the last course. That's the good news. My gut health is overall very strong now, and I can eat whatever I want (which is both good and bad!).
However, the bad news is I (for the first time in my life) slowly developed a severe B vitamin deficiency. It took around 2.5 years, but over time I developed a folate and thiamine deficiency. These deficiencies were extremely difficult to correct. Thiamine deficiency is the hardest, and I suspect most people couldn't correct severe thiamine deficiency without an experienced professional helping them through it. I was taking a basic multivitamin during this time, but it just wasn't strong enough.
Anyhow, the gut microbiota produces vitamins and other compounds for the host. If your gut biota becomes compromised or killed off, your body will eventually run short on key nutrients such as B vitamins. It won't matter how well you eat normal foods. Be sure to take a good multi, and/or a B complex, and possibly extra folate (or methylfolate) and extra thiamine (such as benfotiamine of allithiamine) if your gut health isn't good.
I would ignore anyone who says that vitamin supplements are useless. (Of course they are if you are a totally healthy 20 year old college student, which is what a lot of trials and studies use.) If you have gut problems you need extra nutrients to stay reasonably healthy.
Posted 04 September 2019 - 12:01 AM
I agree. Everyone should take a multi-vitamin even if they are healthy.