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Would you take a "paleo"-labeled multivitamin?

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Created January 07, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Would you take a "paleo"-labeled multivitamin?

I ask this not because i am in the business or would take one myself, but because with all the paleo leaders and brands out now, and continually coming out, i think its only a matter of time until someone makes a multivitamin focused at the paleo crowd.

In my head it would focus on the vitamins that we focus on: magnesium, D (with the appropriate D:A ratio), zinc, omega 3s, etc etc.

I don't take any multi vitamins. I only supplement with Natural Calm for magnesium and Acetyl-L-carnitine (thats not really paleo-related perse, if such a category exists).

I know that many in this community strive first to get everything from food, which i believe is an excellent default mode. But there are still products out there like Sisson's protein powder thing, etc. (Not to knock that, btw: I think its completely fine for one to use their marketing and product-development skills in any way.)

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on January 07, 2011
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id love to see a documentary or anything researched about the original manufacturers of all the stuff thats in the vitamin pills on the shelves. Like electronics, etc i assume that there a select few big ones that tons of middlemen companies then source and make the actual stuff we see on the shelves.

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on January 07, 2011
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Well, my fitday numbers came back at 300-400% of RDA for zinc, but I still tested deficient using the taste test. So I figured I should supplement. http://paleohacks.com/questions/7774/reliability-of-zinc-tests#axzz1AMwxku1R

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@ Jae, recently ive been thinking of my zinc intake, too. I havent run a fitday or anything to get any kind of estimate but i think i could prolly use more. especially with an increasingly heavy weight training schedule. Course i'd like to get it all from food but im pretty clean and good with food as it is so i have been kind of thinking about a capsule.

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on January 07, 2011
at 04:14 PM

This. My supplementation changes daily based on stress, workouts, what I ate, etc.

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on January 07, 2011
at 04:06 PM

No. It's easier to control dosage, timing, and quality sourcing if you mix and match your own, rather than looking to a multi. Some people don't want to take excess n3, especially if they eat mostly grass-fed meats and significant amounts of oily fish. Some people don't want to take vitamin D, at least year-round, especially if they get lots of sunlight. Or eat lots of liver.

My supplementation evolves, and I tinker with it once in a while. That is harder to do with a multi. I'd like to decrease my zinc dosage and increase magnesium and see what happens....

That said, I understand the convenience factor, and that will be enough to sway some people. (I take whey protein now, for example, not because I think it's good for me, but because it's convenient.) But personally, I don't plan on ever buying a multi.

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on January 07, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Well, my fitday numbers came back at 300-400% of RDA for zinc, but I still tested deficient using the taste test. So I figured I should supplement. http://paleohacks.com/questions/7774/reliability-of-zinc-tests#axzz1AMwxku1R

00fe9c58f7020500007bd5f9638747fa

on January 07, 2011
at 04:14 PM

This. My supplementation changes daily based on stress, workouts, what I ate, etc.

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on January 07, 2011
at 04:34 PM

@ Jae, recently ive been thinking of my zinc intake, too. I havent run a fitday or anything to get any kind of estimate but i think i could prolly use more. especially with an increasingly heavy weight training schedule. Course i'd like to get it all from food but im pretty clean and good with food as it is so i have been kind of thinking about a capsule.

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on January 08, 2011
at 02:31 AM

I don't expect to see a multi for paleo eaters for several reasons. One is that we get plenty of most vitamins. There would only be a few we might potentially need to take, but that would not be considered enough to quality as a multi in my book. The second is as already mentioned, each paleo eater will have different needs. I only take magnesium regularly and then only because I feel current dietary sources available are probably deficient due to soil depletion and the only way for me to make up for it would be to spend a lot of time basically targeting my eating towards magnesium intake. Other stuff I take is intermittant, maybe a bit of D in the winter, but no need for it in the summer, for instance. So I don't want all my vitamins combined as that would not allow me to tailor my intake. In fact, I make a specific efforts to NOT buy combo vitamins. I don't like taking vitamins so that last thing I want to do is be taking some I don't even need in the first place.

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on January 07, 2011
at 06:18 PM

I would go for a line of vitamin products under the paleo name, simply because it's so much work to verify that all my supplements are "kosher" to me (no soy, no gluten, no starch, no sugar...etc.).

As others have pointed out, I want the ability to experiment and use feedback to alter what I'm doing and control dosages of certain individual nutrients.

I like the Freeda people because they've basically done this (although soy will crop up in some of their products). I do use a multivitamin maybe 3 times a week and Freeda is one of the few brands that meets my criteria and does not cost $40/month. (The paleo vitamin would have to be inexpensive for me to consider it!)

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:44 PM

No, personally I'd assume they were lying or it was marketing mumbo jumbo. Simply because the vitamins/minerals are all sourced from very few massive companies and it gets mashed together as it goes down the chain. NO ONE creates their multi-vitamins from scratch.

So Paleo-source = never going to happen. Paleo-friendly = marketing mumbo jumbo.

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:54 PM

id love to see a documentary or anything researched about the original manufacturers of all the stuff thats in the vitamin pills on the shelves. Like electronics, etc i assume that there a select few big ones that tons of middlemen companies then source and make the actual stuff we see on the shelves.

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:12 PM

Stuff like Sisson's is great for transitional people, who haven't yet completely let go of mainstream to accept that all we need is nutrient dense whole foods.

Food IS our medicine.

If paleo continues to evolve into healthy eating, we won't see those supplements succeed, however, the wrong groups dig their commercial paws into paleo, it'll be Atkins all over again. With low carb labeled garbage bars instead of food.

To me paleo is about whole foods, unprocessed. Very few exceptions to that rule, such as D3 due to Neolithic working conditions.

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on January 07, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I'm not strict paleo, but I tend towards the general principles and I wouldn't. I don't take multivitamins for many reasons - the ingredients are synthetic, probably not consistent from pill to pill and often go undigested, anyway. I don't like the idea of a vitamin cocktail - I prefer targeted supplements. I have at least one autoimmune disorder (celiac and probably Hashimoto's but waiting on dx) and fibromyalgia, so it's clear to me that extra supplementation is a good idea since my ailments are probably NOT paleo but modern ailments. So I try to take things in natural forms like kelp (since I'm not going to eat it everyday like we all should or would if we lived near water back in the day), fish oil (I skip sometimes if I eat fish, which is often), D-ribose powder, lecithin, etc. I also take several raw glandular complexes - pituitary, thyroid and adrenal, so I'm getting offal that has seriously changed my life and given me energy. The rest I try to get from food. A multivitamin wouldn't appeal to me at all.

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on January 07, 2011
at 04:11 PM

For me, it would depend on who was selling it and if I trusted them. Also, I am very budget conscious, so the price would matter. But yes, there is a high possibility I would buy it from the right source and the right price.

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