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What dietary supplements, if any, do you use?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I know there is a wide array of beliefs where supplements are concerned and some say they are not necessary if you eat right. I take vitamin D and some omega-3 almost daily. I was just wondering how common supplementation is, and which supplements are most commonly used. What do you use?

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on January 06, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Have you noticed any effects from the glucosamine?

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 06, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Interesting... I just read Jaminet's book "Perfect Health Diet," and ordered some seaweed & kelp supplements yesterday. If you've been taking 12.5mg daily for "several weeks," my guess is you could probably switch to a maintenance dose, perhaps even eliminate it all together if you eat iodized salt regularly or it is in your daily multi-vitamin (mine has 150 mcg).

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on June 25, 2010
at 02:33 AM

I sort of agree with you, but I lean more towards Dr. Harris's stance on this--replacement, not supplementation. We don't live in the ideal paleo environment anymore, so there are some things that we aren't getting adequate amounts of like Vitamin D, Magnesium, Iodine, and Omega 3's if you eat grain-fed meat.

6f0efd477208f51d145bea6d7272256e

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on June 18, 2010
at 01:43 PM

100% wrong. HMP Science's formulation, called Ultrathione, has the FDA studies to back it up. A modification to the GSH molecule is made to get it absorbed into the blood stream. Its proven, safe and effective.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on June 18, 2010
at 12:33 PM

Magnesium Glycinate doesn't upset my stomach when every other supplement does.

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on June 18, 2010
at 04:45 AM

I used to think so, but pondering the idea that minerals have been depleted in the soil, that the domestic animals we eat are not what was eaten by Grok, and that our environment contains more toxins today have changed my mind. I think just eating Paleo is probably sufficient to avoid the diseases of civilization, but supplements may be necessary for optimum health.

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on June 17, 2010
at 12:36 PM

@ Nicole... Thanks!

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on June 17, 2010
at 10:02 AM

Does geophagy count? Clay has calcium and other minerals.

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on June 17, 2010
at 12:22 AM

glad to hear it. I never had difficulty sleeping, even before starting on ZMA. But i was reading a lot of Mike Mahler and he was all about it so i started it. It works i feel. Like youll find on other forums, i too feel that my dreams are very vivid with the ZMA. I still only sleep eight hours a night though. Im hoping with nat calm ill get more like nine or ten.

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on June 16, 2010
at 11:50 PM

I just started the Natural Calm instead of the capsules I was taking. It's outstanding, I think. I also heard Wolf mention it over and over. :)

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on June 16, 2010
at 11:49 PM

Trueprotein.com will formulate custom stuff - the egg white protein is quite good. I used to *hate* protein shakes, but I actually like these. You can get it with nothing but the egg white protein, if that's what you want.

36dd8a49324c45fb49a38765000eca1e

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on June 16, 2010
at 10:42 PM

Yeah dude, I want to ditch the whey soon. I mostly take it because it's a cost effective way to boost my post workout protein intake. Ideally, if I wasn't so broke, I would switch raw goat's milk post workout.

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on June 16, 2010
at 10:00 PM

I'm also on the pre/post workout shakes, but trying to wean myself off. There really aren't any that are strictly paleo, and very few that don't have preservatives, artificial sweeteners, etc. Long-term plan to move a whole meal closer to pre-workout, and try something like whole-milk yogurt with coconut water for p-w/o.

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on June 16, 2010
at 06:24 PM

Juice Plus has grasses that contain gluten in it.

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on June 16, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Glutathione isn't absorbable when taken orally. Try sulforaphane - like Jarrow's Broccomax.

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on June 16, 2010
at 03:16 PM

Cromulent what's glutathione do for your immune system? Less illness? Better healing?

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1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

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on June 16, 2010
at 02:39 PM

I take a D3/K2 supplement from Thorne, link

Krill Oil with meals.

Zinc & magnesium before bed.

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6f0efd477208f51d145bea6d7272256e

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on June 16, 2010
at 02:32 PM

I too take the VitD. I also take HMP Science's glutathione, called Ultrathione. Been taking it since February '03. DeVany's old mailing list turned me onto it, and I love the stuff. Its a giant boost to the immune system.

But its not really necessary, especially if you're under 40. That is about the age when bodily production begins to decline. That decline is sharper for males. And you can preserve your own body's production for more important purposes if you live, well, in a more paleo fashion. Cigarettes, alcohol, fried foods, soda, and acetaminophen all take big chunks of glutathione.

College level athletes would benefit too.

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on June 16, 2010
at 03:16 PM

Cromulent what's glutathione do for your immune system? Less illness? Better healing?

15d23403fb836f2b506f4f3ad2c03356

(1219)

on June 16, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Glutathione isn't absorbable when taken orally. Try sulforaphane - like Jarrow's Broccomax.

6f0efd477208f51d145bea6d7272256e

(627)

on June 18, 2010
at 01:43 PM

100% wrong. HMP Science's formulation, called Ultrathione, has the FDA studies to back it up. A modification to the GSH molecule is made to get it absorbed into the blood stream. Its proven, safe and effective.

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on June 16, 2010
at 10:24 PM

2000iu Vit D3 (2x daily), high EPA/DHA fish oil (2x daily), vitamin C 1000mg 2x daily. That's it. I'd dropped the D3 for a few weeks but felt generally run down/pooped so I started it up again. Probably don't need that much Vit C... but I have this huge barrel of it from Costco that never seems to get any more empty.

Also: this kelp/cayenne seasoning that is high in iodide, or iodine, I forget which.

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3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on July 06, 2010
at 05:37 PM

Thanks Chris for the Thorne link! I take the same things as you (when I remember)

Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, and Iodine are vital -- I get from Thorne trace minerals, different mag salts (NOW, Calm, ZMA, etc I rotate them) and IOSAL liquid 12 drops per week.

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on June 17, 2010
at 05:04 AM

I'm leaning towards the theory that if you do Paleo right, you shouldn't need to supplement. Grok didn't supplement.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on June 17, 2010
at 10:02 AM

Does geophagy count? Clay has calcium and other minerals.

Dc12fef4f7c25d968ab11be99f3eaba7

(45)

on June 25, 2010
at 02:33 AM

I sort of agree with you, but I lean more towards Dr. Harris's stance on this--replacement, not supplementation. We don't live in the ideal paleo environment anymore, so there are some things that we aren't getting adequate amounts of like Vitamin D, Magnesium, Iodine, and Omega 3's if you eat grain-fed meat.

485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

(2191)

on June 18, 2010
at 04:45 AM

I used to think so, but pondering the idea that minerals have been depleted in the soil, that the domestic animals we eat are not what was eaten by Grok, and that our environment contains more toxins today have changed my mind. I think just eating Paleo is probably sufficient to avoid the diseases of civilization, but supplements may be necessary for optimum health.

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on June 17, 2010
at 03:22 AM

I take Vitamin d-3 on days when I don't get to spend time outside :( and in the winters if I'm living in the North.

I use kelp as a seasoning instead of salt- at least a teaspoon a day, for iodine.

I tried taking magnesium, but it upset my stomach.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on June 18, 2010
at 12:33 PM

Magnesium Glycinate doesn't upset my stomach when every other supplement does.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 16, 2010
at 11:15 PM

I take Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil combination pills in the morning. Also take six Dr Ron's Organ Delight since I usually don't eat much organ meat. Before bed I take three Now ZMA but I'm waiting for my Natural Calm to arrive in the mail. Have never had it but I gotta say after listening to Wolf's podcasts and his repeated mentioning I figured I'd give it a whirl.

6eb2812b40855ba64508cbf2dc48f1b6

(2119)

on June 16, 2010
at 11:50 PM

I just started the Natural Calm instead of the capsules I was taking. It's outstanding, I think. I also heard Wolf mention it over and over. :)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 17, 2010
at 12:22 AM

glad to hear it. I never had difficulty sleeping, even before starting on ZMA. But i was reading a lot of Mike Mahler and he was all about it so i started it. It works i feel. Like youll find on other forums, i too feel that my dreams are very vivid with the ZMA. I still only sleep eight hours a night though. Im hoping with nat calm ill get more like nine or ten.

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on June 16, 2010
at 06:12 PM

Fish oil. Will probably begin Vitamin D pills in the Fall, but trying to obtain it from the sun this summer. I occasionally have a whey protein shake for breakfast on the go (maybe 1x / week).

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on June 16, 2010
at 02:43 PM

Omega-3 capsules for me, and occasionally a multivitamin. If probiotics count as a supplement, then yes to that as well -- I take acidophilus whenever I remember to (when eating).

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on April 13, 2011
at 05:15 PM

green pasture FCLO and Butter oil. raw choclate. marine phytoplancton, clay, chia seed, serveral herbs

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:40 PM

right now: Carlson's Fish Oil and Vitamin D, also Whey Protein Powder

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on January 06, 2011
at 08:05 PM

5000IU a day of D3 & 1g of Vitamin C a day dissolved in water

I eat a lot of omega 3s, natto every day, 2 cups of spinach a day, kelp a few times a week, 1 cup of broccoli etc. so I think I'm covered.

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on January 06, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I take 3 supplements regularly:

  1. Multi-vitamin
  2. Fish oil
  3. Vitamin D (4k IU / day)

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on July 07, 2010
at 01:33 AM

What do you guys think about iodine supplementation? I've been taking 12.5mg per day for a few weeks now, but I'm not sure if I need to take this dosage indefinitly, or if I should go back down to a lower "maintainance" dose. I eat seafood maybeeee 3x a month and don't really eat seaweed regularly. I have noticed a lot of health conditions clearing up since starting the iodine (really really cold hands and feet are more normal-tempature and normal colored, fibrocystic breast tissue is mostly gone).

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 06, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Interesting... I just read Jaminet's book "Perfect Health Diet," and ordered some seaweed & kelp supplements yesterday. If you've been taking 12.5mg daily for "several weeks," my guess is you could probably switch to a maintenance dose, perhaps even eliminate it all together if you eat iodized salt regularly or it is in your daily multi-vitamin (mine has 150 mcg).

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on July 06, 2010
at 11:58 PM

D3 and K2. The reality of this world argues for some supplementation.

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on June 25, 2010
at 02:35 AM

I take what I feel is necesarry to replace nutrients/vitamins that I WOULD be getting naturally if I lived in the ideal environment... ~300mg Magnesium 6,000iu Vit. D3 12.5mg Iodine (Lugol's solution) ~1g Fish Oil whenever I eat grain-fed meat (usually eat grass fed)

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on June 18, 2010
at 03:44 AM

*Vitamin D @ 10,000 + IUs a day *An All Around Multi-Vitamin *Extra Calcium, Magnesium & Vitamin K *Extra Vegetable & Fruit Antioxidants, Nutrients, etc *Resvertrol & Grape-Seed Extract *Curcumin *Quercertin *Taurine *Mitocondrial Energy Stimulators (L-Carnitine, etc) *Omega-3s

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on June 17, 2010
at 02:29 AM

Multivitamin. Vitamin D. Vitamin C. Fish Oil.

I add Garlic & Herb seasoning to my food as a healthy sodium-free alternative to salt.

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on June 17, 2010
at 12:07 AM

L-Phenalynine first thing in morning, Fish oil, D3, NAC, CoQ-10, ALA, Magnesium

I was taking B6 and Folic Acid, may add them back in.

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on June 16, 2010
at 06:10 PM

I take 4000 IU of D3 every day.

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on June 16, 2010
at 04:40 PM

3000 iu vitamin D

one tab of magnesium (can't remember the dosage offhand)

whey protien pre/post workout

NOW super enzymes. I'm trying these for the first time as an experiment.

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on June 17, 2010
at 12:36 PM

@ Nicole... Thanks!

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on June 16, 2010
at 10:00 PM

I'm also on the pre/post workout shakes, but trying to wean myself off. There really aren't any that are strictly paleo, and very few that don't have preservatives, artificial sweeteners, etc. Long-term plan to move a whole meal closer to pre-workout, and try something like whole-milk yogurt with coconut water for p-w/o.

36dd8a49324c45fb49a38765000eca1e

(377)

on June 16, 2010
at 10:42 PM

Yeah dude, I want to ditch the whey soon. I mostly take it because it's a cost effective way to boost my post workout protein intake. Ideally, if I wasn't so broke, I would switch raw goat's milk post workout.

6eb2812b40855ba64508cbf2dc48f1b6

(2119)

on June 16, 2010
at 11:49 PM

Trueprotein.com will formulate custom stuff - the egg white protein is quite good. I used to *hate* protein shakes, but I actually like these. You can get it with nothing but the egg white protein, if that's what you want.

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on June 16, 2010
at 03:59 PM

Juice Plus, Fish Oil

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on June 16, 2010
at 06:24 PM

Juice Plus has grasses that contain gluten in it.

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on June 16, 2010
at 03:11 PM

fish oil glucosamine (w/ vitamin d) iron (im slightly anemic - its genetic, but i dont take it when i eat liver) branch chain amino acids (after workouts) zma (zinc, magnesium, b6- before bed) sometimes a multivitamin

in the past i have taken coq10, pyruvate, chromium, milk thistle, and a greens supplement (dont take any of those now.. didnt see any result so not worth the money). I also took creatine until i heard it can cause hair loss (look it up.. its cause it increases your bodys production of dihydrotestosterone

I have been looking into taking butter oil or cod liver oil? Anyone have experiences with these products? Also, is butter oil necessary if i use grass fed butter already

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on June 16, 2010
at 03:06 PM

  1. Fish Oil supplement (I have begun taking less since switching to grass-fed Beef)
  2. Glucosamine for joints
  3. Magnesium (Taken about 1 hr before I sleep)
  4. Creatine
  5. Protein (not technically "Paleo")
  6. Vit D (This is more for winter months)

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on January 06, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Have you noticed any effects from the glucosamine?

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