I know getting vitamins/minerals from food is best, which I try to do. But I also know I don't have a "perfect" diet and supplements may benefit me. Basically I am undecided on whether I should take a multivitamin. In the past I have always but now I'm sort of on the fence. I also currently take a Green Superfood mix/drink, do you guys think this might be enough to get away with cutting a multivitamin out of my diet? I'm just unsure if I will get all the essential nutrients in food alone. Westonaprice.com seems to be against suppliments but then he recommends http://www.drrons.com/docs-best-multi-vitamin-mineral-antioxidant.htm. I'm a little unsure who to believe anymore.
My second dilemma is omega 3. After listening to the Diane Rheme's talk (http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-10-03/assessing-health-benefits-omega-3) regarding omega-3 and DHA i switched to taking a omega 3 suppliment containing 600mg of DHA. I believe my pill gets it from calamari. Everything I seem to read says to supplement with a fermented cod liver oil and that its unsafe to take fish oils. I know the Diane Rheme talk above is more of a talk focused on brain health instead of body health but I'm unsure who to believe or what to follow. I've never heard anything regarding omega 3 being unhealthy before and don't see too much evidence backing it. Are they referring to merculy levels and if so whats the best source of DHA.
Thanks to anyone that can chime in on either of these questions and shed some light. Also the rest of my current supplimentation is Digestive enzymes, and reversitral. I think this is probably OK to keep in the diet.
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on March 03, 2013
at 12:05 AM
A comprehensive discussion on supplements can be found in the book Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet). Required reading.
on March 04, 2013
at 12:58 AM
After listening to the FAQ on the following page I got the answer to the DHA question. It seems 1 teaspoon has 500mg of DHA so I can use that to substitute my DHA and vit D requirements which answers 1 part of my question. http://www.greenpasture.org/public/FAQ/index.cfm#1
Maybe I'll take Paleo Designers advise and cut out the multi.
on March 03, 2013
at 01:44 AM
The best source of omega 3s comes from little fish (sardines, mackerel, etc). Bigger fish like salmon have lots of omega 3 but are more likely to have mercury contamination. Cold water fish is also less likely to be contaminated.
I wouldn't take a multi-vitamin if you're eating a lot of meat/fish (like you most likely are if you're trying to eat Paleo). Too much vitamin A can make you really sick.