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What supplements do you recommend for people in the UK?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Everything I've read emphasises the importance of using high-quality supplements, and then goes on to make recommendations aimed at American readers.

I'm interested in where other Paleo people in the UK or nearby countries get their supplements from. Do you ship directly from the US?

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:56 AM

I buy very similar items from myprotein. Anything else typically comes from iherb.com *(if it falls below the customs price limit)*

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on September 28, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Thanks, I've never supplemented before but finally decide that, if nothing else, I should really take Vitamin D. Chris Kresser persuasively recommends fermented cod liver oil for a natural source of vitamins D and A (not to mention omega 3s).

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on September 27, 2011
at 08:09 PM

The total cost from iHerb must be less than £18 (soon to be lowered to £15) for an order or we pay import costs that can really add a lot to the cost for us in the UK.

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on September 27, 2011
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The total cost from iHerb must be less than £18 (soon to be lowered to £15) for an order or we pay import costs that can really add a lot to the cost.

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Information for the UK can be found here: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/gbase/geochemicalMaps.html

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:52 PM

London, UK based and so I am actually looking into this myself. I decided that I would aim to eat better rather than supplement, and have actually decided to drop my multivitamin and rather research what I need specifically.

The supplementation I am currently looking at is...

Somewhat in order of my importance:
1. Omega 3 EPA/DHA (2g)
2. Vitamin D3 (2500iu)
3. BCAA (3g)
5. Zinc (15mg)
4. Magnesium (300g)
5. Creatine Monohydrate (5g)

The most helpful article I found on supplementation so far is: http://whole9life.com/2010/09/supplements-part-ii/

I have looked around at healthfood stores such as "H&B", but in the end "MyProtein" actually came up the best value, dosage and being able to get everything in a single order sealed the deal for me, but I am of course open to suggestions.

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/omega_3_liquid
Omega 3 Liquid
Amount per 5ml serving:
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid): 825mg
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid): 550mg 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 30% min

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/vitamin_d3
Vitamin D3
Amount per 1 softgel serving: 
Vitamin D3: 2500 iu

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/bcaa_plus
BCAA Plus
Amount per 3 tablet serving:
Leucine: 1500 mg
Isoleucine: 750 mg
Valine: 750 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl): 12 mg

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/zinc-tablets
Zinc
Amount per 1 tablet serving:
Zinc: 15mg 
Vitamin C: 60mg 
Calcium: 54mg

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/magnesium_citrate
Magnesium Citrate
Powder scoop
100% Magnesium Citrate

or alternately:

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/zinc_and_magnesium
Zinc and Magnesium
Amount per 3 capsule serving:
Zinc (as zinc l-methionine): 30 mg (300%*)
Magnesium (as magnesium citrate): 450 mg (120%*)
Vitamin B6 (as pyrodoxine hydrochloride): 11 mg (750% *)
Copper (as copper amino acid chelate): (600 mcg *)

http://www.myprotein.com/uk/products/creapure
Creapure?? Creatine Monohydrate
Powder scoop
100% Creapure??.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:56 AM

I buy very similar items from myprotein. Anything else typically comes from iherb.com *(if it falls below the customs price limit)*

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on September 27, 2011
at 07:42 PM

Just use iHerb ?

I'm from Belgium and I get my stuff 2 days after I ordered it. I order tons of things at once so I don't have to pay that much for shipping.

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on September 27, 2011
at 08:09 PM

The total cost from iHerb must be less than £18 (soon to be lowered to £15) for an order or we pay import costs that can really add a lot to the cost for us in the UK.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on September 27, 2011
at 08:03 PM

The total cost from iHerb must be less than £18 (soon to be lowered to £15) for an order or we pay import costs that can really add a lot to the cost.

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on February 19, 2012
at 10:19 PM

I buy Swanson vitamins from amazon.co.uk if the particular thing I'm looking for is on there (double the US price, but easier), and from Swanson's own website in the US if they aren't. As far as the price/quality ratio goes, I find them pretty good.
I also buy other brands from amazon.co.uk. Many supplement-selling sites in the UK will have coupon/voucher codes, so look this up elsewhere on the internet (they usually don't tell you on the site itself) before placing an order - I usually can save 10% or get free shipping. Most of Holland and Barrett's products have too many fillers for my liking -- and because it gives me migraines, I try especially to stay away from msg (and the other terms for it), which does show up in some of their products. I used to use a lot of Solgar (which I bought online from their uk website for cheaper prices than you can get them in UK stores, but I think their uk website changed hands a few years ago and isn't such a good deal now/doesn't carry everything, or something) but then I found out their female multiple had all this extra, unwanted soy in it and I stopped taking it. Generally I find I can get the same value and the same thing from Swanson for much less than Solgar. A few years ago I looked into who manufactures it, and I found out that Solgar is owned by a huge supplement multinational that has a lot of middle-of-the-road brands (probably offering similar things across the brands at different price points) and I realized that the quality probably isn't as special as the brown glass bottles and organic store shelf-positions hint at.

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on November 16, 2011
at 08:40 AM

I buy from H&B, Red23, and Amazon. What I have purchased/still do is as follows;

From Red23.co.uk: Green Pastures Blue Ice Royal capsules (fermented cod liver oil + high-vitamin butter oil) 120 capsules ??31 Biokult Probiotics 120 capsules ??15

From Amazon: NOW Foods Vitamin D3 5000IU, 120 capsules ??9 Napiers Hebridean Seagreens Organic Kelp 90 capsules ??13.

From Holland & Barrett; Vitamin C, Magnesium Citrate, Chromium Picolinate, Iron supplement (Floradix Floravital brand), 5-HTP, L-Tyrosine, DLPA, Zinc/Copper blend, and B-Complex. I also buy my coconut oil from them when it's on sale (BOGOF).

Shipping from Red23 is ??3, shipping from Amazon is mostly free, and H&B obv no shipping if you buy in-store and they also have a customer loyalty card like Boots, where you get points for everything you buy.

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on September 28, 2011
at 11:56 AM

I shop at Holland & Barrett, especially if they have a 2 for 1 or 1p sale deal. I trust their brand. I read once that their vit D is the right sort (animal not plant) and they sell high strength 25 mcg tablets. Important to supplement vit D in the UK, especially in the Winter and if you are indoors most of the daylight hours. Their Omega 3 fish oil is reasonably priced (buying the normal strength and taking more is cheaper than buying the high strength one).

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(346)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Thanks, I've never supplemented before but finally decide that, if nothing else, I should really take Vitamin D. Chris Kresser persuasively recommends fermented cod liver oil for a natural source of vitamins D and A (not to mention omega 3s).

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on September 27, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Unsure myself, but red23 website seems to stock things like fermented cod liver oil and coconut products. I've never used them, so can't really give an opinion on them either way. Amazon (UK) sells some US brands of supplements though.

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on September 27, 2011
at 04:46 PM

"myprotein" and "bulkpowders" are both based in the UK.

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on November 08, 2011
at 08:22 AM

A good health food shop will have Solgar Vitamin D3 2200iu. I take one of these daily, two if I feel I've been with people suffering from cold a lot. Camu camu capsules - eBay. Sea kelp pills for iodine. Zinc occasionally. Magnesium - seems to be one of the hardest to achieve RDA from eating only.

But it is easy here in the UK to get lots of grass fed meat, fresh fish and seafood, organically grown veg (try a farmers market).

If you periodically use fitday, you can see what you need to supplement and do so accordingly.

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on November 08, 2011
at 01:40 AM

www.matakanasuperfoods.com they ship free world wide for orders over $60 and are usually first to market with new things like freeze dried coconut water, maqui berry, sacha inchi protein powder, and sacha inchi omega oil, suma especially if you want high density whole unadulterated foods or concenterated powders. I believe Holland and Barret in the UK are looking at carrying the whole Matakana line - you could check if there yet but i buy direct as they do special deals and usually cheaper than retail.and i trust NZ as a clean food/supplement packaging country They were selling sacha inchi protien powder 2yrs ago - long before it started showing up anywhere else.

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:46 PM

If you're eating locally grown plants and animals (which you really should be) you're quite dependent on soil quality for your micronutrients. Take, for example, selenium. Levels in the soil are quite variable by region in the US.

what-supplements-do-you-recommend-for-people-in-the-uk?

I have no idea what the soil conditions in the UK are, but I'd think they're likely different than in the US (which is not really homogeneous anyway). That may be the reason for US specific supplementation.

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on September 27, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Information for the UK can be found here: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/gbase/geochemicalMaps.html

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