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Supplements and "Avoidance" Approach

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Richard at freetheanimal talks about paleo as mainly avoiding bad modern food. In that spirit, I take a boatload of supplements to boost athletic performance. (My workout partner is a very accomplished natural bodybuilder-I'm trying to convert him. I do the occasional powerlifting meet.) So while my diet is pretty strict paelo, I also take a lot of pills... not just Vitamin D3, fish oil, and magnesium, but also cissus for joint health, and several other things that I think contribute to my weight training.

If we are mainly avoiding modern industrial foods, what's the thinking about "add-ons" for superior athletic performance?

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Thanks for the reply!

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on July 01, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I have a fascination with supplements that boost the efficacy and/or numbers of mitochondria.

PQQ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrroloquinoline_quinone is at the top of my list,

possibly to be paired with sulbutiamine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulbutiamine

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on March 01, 2010
at 12:21 AM

Humans have been eating starchy tubers for over 2 millions years so I really don't know what you could mean when you say that Starch is not paleo.

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on February 28, 2010
at 08:08 PM

I think it is important to remember that some non-paleo foods like grains and starches tend to have a nutrient blocking effect during digestion. As well, they usually are pretty low in useful minerals and vitamins, unless they are heavily fortified during processing.

I think that if you eat a variety of quality paleo-type foods, and avoid the bad starches and grains, your mineral and essential vitamin uptake will go way up. That should help with general wellness and tissue growth. As well, you probably won't need as much fish oil to balance out omega 6 fatty acids, since you'd be eating less grains.

If you are angling for more pronounced hypertrophy, then obviously milk and the maximal amount of protein intake is going to be beneficial in that regard. I think the Zinc-Magnesium angle is pretty useful for testosterone production, and enhanced sleep - though those things are necessarily scientifically proven. I have been taking ZMA for a couple of weeks and have been happy with it so far. Supposedly, magnesium is removed from general water supply, so getting adequate minerals from drinking water (like people would in paleolithic) is more difficult.

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on March 01, 2010
at 01:28 PM

Thanks for the reply!

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on December 19, 2013
at 11:54 AM

Sulbutiamine is excellent but I never noticed anything from PQQ

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