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What are the benefits of supplements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I entered this as a comment, then did a search and couldn't find that this question had ever been asked. I'm looking for N=1 results and lab tests rather than technical or theoretical information. Such as did you sleep better, or see your blood pressure drop, or lose 20 pounds. I don't take any and am curious what they improve.

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on October 22, 2012
at 09:07 AM

Yes - I'm not a big seafood eater (although I love Oysters), I need to try and get more into my diet.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Reading through the answers, then looking at specific paleo foods, I'm impressed by the vitamin and mineral content of seafood. Especially oysters, for their magnesium, calcium and zinc content, not to mention the vitamins. All animal processed, so I would expect good sorption.

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:35 PM

There are supplement benefit questions, but they're for specific supplements. I wanted a "best of" listing focused on why people like them.

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:29 PM

That's what I had in mind Matt. Thanks. I'll look into the mineral supplements.

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:25 PM

Same here, but I wanted to hear the positive cases.

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:09 AM

Too vague. Benefits definitely exist, but you have to analyze them supplement by supplement, as they are all different, believe it or not.

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:04 AM

No supplement benefit questions? Bah. Way too vague.

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on October 21, 2012
at 03:21 AM

This seems way, way too open ended. Depending on what conditions you have to treat, supplementation could be useful for just about anything...

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:30 AM

See if this helps:

  • Bulletproof coffee (with MCT and Butter) - Noticed nice release of energy throughout the day with no hunger.
  • BCAAs - supplemented pre and post workout. All exercise was done in a fasted state (minimum of 16 hours). Increase in muscle mass and strength. Loss of body fat.
  • Glutamine - supplemented post workout. Same as with BCAAs. Don't know if it's placebo or other, but I "felt" better shortly after consuming Glutamine.
  • Magnesium - taken at night with some Potassium, I noticed I would get "sleepy" easier.
  • Vitamin D - taken in the mornings with the cod liver oil and BFC. No noticeable effects. However, I have not had a cold, fever, or any illness since taking it.
  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil - taken in the morning with the Vit. D.

Matt
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on October 21, 2012
at 12:29 PM

That's what I had in mind Matt. Thanks. I'll look into the mineral supplements.

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on October 21, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Vitamin D3 gel caps. Have not been sick for a couple of years since I started dosing 5000-10.000 daily.

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on October 21, 2012
at 11:31 AM

The major benefits of supplements are in the profits of the companies that make them. (With the exception of Vit D) I prefer to get my micronutrients from food.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Reading through the answers, then looking at specific paleo foods, I'm impressed by the vitamin and mineral content of seafood. Especially oysters, for their magnesium, calcium and zinc content, not to mention the vitamins. All animal processed, so I would expect good sorption.

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:25 PM

Same here, but I wanted to hear the positive cases.

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on October 22, 2012
at 09:07 AM

Yes - I'm not a big seafood eater (although I love Oysters), I need to try and get more into my diet.

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:03 AM

magnesium really helped me with constipation

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:16 AM

I take a multivitamin as a 'just in case' insurance; especially since I'm a female. I'm wondering if I should up the vitamin D dose since I rarely ever go out in the sun.

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