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Supplements/Vitamins as a Primal Person?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Currently taking my share of fish oil, but what other kinds of vitamins/supplements are necessary to take?

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on June 22, 2012
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Sure- the one I currently take is made by Trace Minerals Research- I've found this one really helps balance me out- you can get it in pill form or liquid drops which you add to water. Also, adding high quality real salt to your water can boost mineral content :)

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on June 22, 2012
at 03:14 PM

I'd love to know what sea mineral supplement you take if you'd be willing to share. Thanks!

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on June 21, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Nice helpful list. Pastured butter and eggs are good for K2 also.

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at 08:49 PM

None are necessary. Let food be your medicine.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 21, 2012
at 09:04 PM

None, depending on where you live & your water source.

The hardest thing to get north of 35 degrees latitude is sufficient sun exposure for D3 sufficiency.

Magnesium can be challenging, too, unless you eat a lot of seafood.

Eat whole, grass-fed, free-range animals (including liver, bone broth & gelatin.)

Some natto or hard European cheese, like Gouda for K2.

Dark leafy green & some colorful fruits and/or veggies (preferably organic) and you are golden.

Skip the fish oil & eat fish! (or take krill oil, which is a better Omega 3 source in several ways.)

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on June 21, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Nice helpful list. Pastured butter and eggs are good for K2 also.

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Afdf5873a082cd806c4d15c456f3614f

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:26 PM

I personally feel better when taking a certain set up supplements- working 50+ hours a week I simply do not have the time to always get in all the veggies and other foods I need. Also, from all I have read, the soil is so depleted that even with eating tons of veggies it can be hard to get essential minerals.

I take: Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil (For Vit D and Vit K/A)
Garden of Life Raw Women's Multi (to cover any imbalances I have) Turmeric and Ginger (both powerful anti-inflammatory) A sea mineral supplement and New Chapter Probiotic

Personally, I notice a radical difference in my energy levels, mood, and skin when I follow this supplement regimen. I try to cover all my bases with real, whole, healthy food but I really think the extra help from supplements is needed.

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on June 22, 2012
at 03:14 PM

I'd love to know what sea mineral supplement you take if you'd be willing to share. Thanks!

Afdf5873a082cd806c4d15c456f3614f

(336)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:41 PM

Sure- the one I currently take is made by Trace Minerals Research- I've found this one really helps balance me out- you can get it in pill form or liquid drops which you add to water. Also, adding high quality real salt to your water can boost mineral content :)

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 21, 2012
at 08:51 PM

None are necessary. Let food be your medicine.

Many people here take vitamin D3 because it can be hard to spend enough time in the sun. Magnesium in one form or another is popular as is vitamin K2. Some people seems to live on capsules, but most paleo eaters will aim for all nutrients from real food.

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I have malabsoption, so I must take supplements (I eat over 2000% RDA of B12 for example, and I'm still deficient on it). So I take D3, fish oil, K2, Mg. I take some other stuff too, but these are the general important ones.

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Was just checking out Free the Animal and he makes another good case for beef liver for vitamins and minerals. Check it out. http://freetheanimal.com/. but I would still supp with Vit D too

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Before taking any supplements, I took a blood test that told me what I was low on, vitamin/mineral wise and then the center recommended a good multiple vitamin.

Bulletprrofexeutive also did a blog on the 8 most important supplements. Forgive me, but I don't have time to find it and post it,but it was good reading.

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:18 PM

As stated above, you don't really "need" supplements, necessarily, but I do need a few myself. I take a probiotic supplement since i"m not eating dairy and don't care for sauerkraut or kombucha; vitamin D because I live in Seattle and never see the sun; and ox bile/super enzymes because I do not have a gallbladder and need help digesting some of the fats I'm consuming. None of it is 100%necessary, but I find I feel better when I take them.

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on June 21, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Necessary? None.

Ideally, if you're eating your fruits, veggies, fish, nuts, berries, meats, and so forth, you should be just about covered. Oh, and get some sun, too.

If you're concerned about getting enough vitamins, track your food for a day or two. (I like paleotrack.com) It'll tell you if you're low on anything in particular, and you can choose whether to get it through food or through a supplement.

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