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Is there a need for additional vitamins/supplements on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I've never been good at remembering to take my vitamins. I've always believed that if you eat healthy, you get your necessary vitamins, minerals and all around nutrients from your diet. What do you Paleo experts recommend? Do you take additional vitamins or supplements? I am still relatively new to this diet (day 5 - whoot! whoot!) ((btw, I have never actually said "whoot," but it felt right, so please forgive me lameness)).

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on February 14, 2012
at 07:04 PM

I haven't tried that, @Renee, but I'll research it and consider it. The psyllium goes well (i.e. neutrally) with the brewer's yeast, which is nice. I'm sure the acacia powder tastes better -- anything would! ;-) I do not have potent IBS, but I do have some symptoms alleviated from FODMAPs diet -- regardless, definitely worth a try. Thanks!

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on February 14, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Greymouser just wondering, have you ever tried Acacia Powder? I've always been told that psyllium was irritating to the gut (for my IBS) - but I guess it's working for you.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 14, 2012
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Long story short - childhood unhealth led to need for a hemorrhoidopexy (removal of the chronic inner kind, not the outer temporary kind). I was fit and mostly healthy (not yet paleo) for 5 years or so before to surgery, but issue grew worse; got depressed; stopped working out for about 2 years. Had the procedure 5 months ago. Used psyllium to ensure an even amount of daily soluable fiber. I mix in water 1 tbsp psyllium whole husks + 2 tbsp Lewis Labs brewer's yeast == 16g protein and 10.5g fiber, mostly soluble. It's a great pre-work-out drink, and definitely helps keep things "even."

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on February 14, 2012
at 05:32 PM

You take psyllium? What did it help you with?

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on February 14, 2012
at 05:09 PM

yes, I suppose 'whoot' is slightly Owlish. :)

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on February 14, 2012
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If you eat fine, everything's fine. I've been a very sick boy in the past myself, so I rather supplement on top of a nutrient-dense diet to get myself to healthy levels of everything. That being said, I think the only supplements that can help are vitamin D and magnesium. If you got a skin disease or something like that, I guess you could play with lots of other supps. It's up to you : how fast do you wanna improve? What do you wanna improve? Do you have a lot of time to prepare dishes? etc etc. But technically, everything's possible with a good diet.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 14, 2012
at 04:59 PM

It's spelled w00t. Yes, with zeroes. :-)

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on February 14, 2012
at 04:54 PM

If those don't answer your questions, please edit to be more specific.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 14, 2012
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Start by reading this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/71455/what-is-your-daily-supplement-regimen#axzz1mNMLQXJE and this one http://paleohacks.com/questions/95574/what-would-you-add-or-subtract-from-my-list-of-supplements#axzz1mNMLQXJE

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on February 14, 2012
at 04:58 PM

It depends.

If you eat fish, dairy and liver, then you are probably good with just Magnesium (chelate) and Vitamin D3 (as needed to stay at sufficiency, if you can't get enough from sun.)

If you've been a vegetarian for some time (like me), you may want to replenish your Zinc stores.

It's also a matter of the health of the soil used to grow the food. Small-scale farmers generally take better care of their soil's health. Factory farming, not so much.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 14, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Absolute need? Absolutely not.

Can they be useful? Possibly.

You will find that most paleo people on here are quite accepting of supplements that, well ... actually /supplement/ a healthy diet.

A mulitvitamin alone will not make you a healthy person. Incorporating specific vitamins (that you can read plenty of on here) and some food supplements (for e.g. if you are trying to gain mass and not lose), might be part of a modern, paleo-inspired lifestyle.

Disclaimer: I take some vitamins, and brewer's yeast & psyllium husks (within 15 minutes of waking up, before morning physical exercise).

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 14, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Greymouser just wondering, have you ever tried Acacia Powder? I've always been told that psyllium was irritating to the gut (for my IBS) - but I guess it's working for you.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on February 14, 2012
at 05:32 PM

You take psyllium? What did it help you with?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 14, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Long story short - childhood unhealth led to need for a hemorrhoidopexy (removal of the chronic inner kind, not the outer temporary kind). I was fit and mostly healthy (not yet paleo) for 5 years or so before to surgery, but issue grew worse; got depressed; stopped working out for about 2 years. Had the procedure 5 months ago. Used psyllium to ensure an even amount of daily soluable fiber. I mix in water 1 tbsp psyllium whole husks + 2 tbsp Lewis Labs brewer's yeast == 16g protein and 10.5g fiber, mostly soluble. It's a great pre-work-out drink, and definitely helps keep things "even."

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 14, 2012
at 07:04 PM

I haven't tried that, @Renee, but I'll research it and consider it. The psyllium goes well (i.e. neutrally) with the brewer's yeast, which is nice. I'm sure the acacia powder tastes better -- anything would! ;-) I do not have potent IBS, but I do have some symptoms alleviated from FODMAPs diet -- regardless, definitely worth a try. Thanks!

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on February 18, 2012
at 07:59 AM

There is no need. But SOME supplementation helps to act as a general buffer for those days when things don't go as planned, you miss meals, food forced on you at company gatherings, etc. As Dragonfly pointed out, modern supermarket foods don't quite have the nutrient profiles accessible to our paleo ancestors. The problems arise when people use supplements instead of eating healthy rather than as a supplement to eating healthy.

Perfect Health Diet and Primal Blueprint both recommend a good quality multivitamin as a good start. Several answers on here have recommended having a supply of Omega-3 oil on hand (fish oil, krill oil, cod liver oil, etc) and pop a couple doses after a meal heavy in Omega-6s. Primal Blueprint recommends a probiotic, Perfect Health Diet recommends getting your probiotics from food (it's your choice).

As for schedule, I find that it's just a matter of making it a regular habit, to the point where you just automatically grab your pills each morning -- ex. grab them before breakfast and set them next to your plate/bowl/mug/smoothie ...

Beyond that, eat healthy, keep an eye on your body (and PaleoHacks) and you'll be fine.

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