What types of supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbals, etc) do you take for overall health (NOT workout related)?

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    Feb 18, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    Just curious to see what others are taking and what types of effectiveness you've seen.

    I'm currently taking:

    One-daily Multi-Vitamin - Alive for Men
    Quercetin and Allertonic - for my allergies
    Echinacea - to support my immune system
    Milk Thistle - to support my liver
    Elderberry - eye support
    Bilberry - eye support
    Flaxseed oil - in liquid form for Omega 3's

    I'm going out today to buy some fish oil after reading the benefits over flaxseed oil and the DHA and EPA.

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    Feb 19, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
    Swiss 80 time release mutivitamin with B
    1 g fish oil
    vitamin D, E
    Calcium /Magnesium
    Saw Palmetto
  • islander24

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    Feb 19, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidJust curious to see what others are taking and what types of effectiveness you've seen.

    I'm currently taking:

    One-daily Multi-Vitamin - Alive for Men
    Quercetin and Allertonic - for my allergies
    Echinacea - to support my immune system
    Milk Thistle - to support my liver
    Elderberry - eye support
    Bilberry - eye support
    Flaxseed oil - in liquid form for Omega 3's

    I'm going out today to buy some fish oil after reading the benefits over flaxseed oil and the DHA and EPA.



    Be sure to read the back of the label. Most fish oil say 1000 or 1200 mg on the front, but the two important parts ( DHA and EPA) have a dash meaning low percentage. The best I found that don't cost an arm and a leg are Sam's Club
    All Natural Enteric Fish Oil 1400 mg The Omega 3 are 900 mg (DHA 253 and EPA is 647) so two tablets get you the 1000 mg recommended. The cost was around
    $20 for 150 .
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    Feb 19, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    thanks, islander. almost all of the fish oils I saw had the same content labeling, essentially. I bought the Whole Foods brand, seemed the best value and good quality. Oil comes from sardines, anchovies, and mackerel.
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    Feb 19, 2012 8:25 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm currently just taking Kirkland's (Costco) brand of a multivitamin for men with some extra lycopene for prostate health.

    I take about 1,000mg of extra calcium a day with one vitamin D gel cap (to improve absorption).

    I used to eat Chia seeds and flax seeds to get my omega 3s. And I recently just switched to Chia seeds because Costco started carrying them.

    Lately I have noticed that my prostate has been hurting lately. There really is no reason for this. Incidentally I found that alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) may be correlated to prostate cancer. Then from my research it turns out that Chia seeds are highest in ALA and flax seeds come third! Needless to stay I stopped taking them.

    So I now take a fish gelcap supplement from Costco as well that states it is mercury free.

    That's about it.

    If I go back on testosterone therapy again soon I will take stinging nettle root which helps to block the Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). I have been off of it for three months and the only thing I can link my current prostate issue is to the Chia seeds that are high in ALA.


    Hym...have you ruled out a possible urinary tract infection? I read that Saw Palmetto is good for the prostate...
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    Feb 19, 2012 9:16 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm currently just taking Kirkland's (Costco) brand of a multivitamin for men with some extra lycopene for prostate health.

    I take about 1,000mg of extra calcium a day with one vitamin D gel cap (to improve absorption).

    I used to eat Chia seeds and flax seeds to get my omega 3s. And I recently just switched to Chia seeds because Costco started carrying them.

    Lately I have noticed that my prostate has been hurting lately. There really is no reason for this. Incidentally I found that alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) may be correlated to prostate cancer. Then from my research it turns out that Chia seeds are highest in ALA and flax seeds come third! Needless to stay I stopped taking them.

    So I now take a fish gelcap supplement from Costco as well that states it is mercury free.

    That's about it.

    If I go back on testosterone therapy again soon I will take stinging nettle root which helps to block the Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). I have been off of it for three months and the only thing I can link my current prostate issue is to the Chia seeds that are high in ALA.


    Glad you mentioned that, A. I am stopping with flax seeds, but not for the same reason. Everything I've read has stated that fish oils are a more effective source of Omega 3's due 'to their content of DHA and EPA. The ALAs in flax seeds and other plant sources take an extra step to convert to DHA/EPA so its full impact isn't as beneficial. But now knowing there might be a connection with the ALA to prostate cancer just solidifies that decision for me.
  • ads80

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    Feb 19, 2012 10:44 AM GMT
    I take Shaklee Vitalizer Men.. they're not available over here in Australia so we have someone send us our supply each quarter. All natural stuff, not petroleum derivatives like Centrum...

    This is their promo text, so its a bit over the top but you get the idea...

    --
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    Heart health—with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E
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    Immune health—high in vitamins C and D, plus zinc
    Physical energy—high in all eight essential B vitamins
    Joint health—high in vitamin C, plus manganese
    Muscle function—with more magnesium, plus calcium**
    Digestive health—with probiotics
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    Every Vitamin + Minerals Your Body Needs

    Bio-optimized nutrients for optimum absorption
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    All 7 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Help reduce the risk of heart disease**, also promotes brain and joint health*
    High potency EPA and DHA
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    Feb 20, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    B-50 complex
    Multi-mineral complex (by Kal)
    Ester-C complex (with quercitin, bioflavonoids) for allergies/inflammation
    Tons of Fish based Omega-3 , for allergies/inflammation
    D3
    E
    Glucosomine/MSM/Condroitin for inflammation/joints
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    Feb 20, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    I take a multi-vitamin every couple of days, not regularly.
    I try and take a 1000mg Vitamin D capsule daily. I get enough calcium from all the milk I drink and vitamin D is much more important especially in the winter.
    Lastly one Vitamin B12 tab almost everyday..

  • KOSMOS4

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    Mar 11, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    Due to RX drug interactions, I can no longer take most supplements. But here is some of what I used to take.

    900 mg St. John's Wort divided into 3 doses for OCD and mood improvement when combined with exercise.

    200 mcg Huperzine A for improved memory and cognition.

    1 g Panax Ginseng to reduce overall fatigue, which indirectly involes exercise

    8 mg Melatonin to improve my sleep whenever my Circadian rhythm gets out of whack.

    Currently I'm only taking one supplement that I'm just trying out: phosphatidylserine a phospholipid used for improved cognition and memory and to decrease recovery time after overtraining.
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    Mar 11, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    1 Daily Alive for Men
    1 Astaxanthin antioxidant
    2 1200mg fish oil

    Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    The best method for a healthy body

    Diet = Eat clean real food (not processed). Smaller portions 5 - 6 times a day

    Exercise = Moderate to intense depending on your goals

    Sleep = Super important to your health and fitness. Amount and Quality

    Stress = Find some way to release stress. Its a killer on your immune system and increase inflammation which can lead to all kinds of issues

    Nutritional Supplements = unfortunately we need these now because of our food supply and our environment. Look for one that is FDA approved, manufactures to pharmaceutical grade, is NSF certified and guarantees potency, purity, absorption and dissolution.

    Gordon Palmer CPT
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    None for workout, none for overall health.
    Guest I'm a sort of outcast here ;-)
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    D3,B5,CoQ10,Fish Oil,Multi-V,Milke Thistle, Ginseng. .
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    The Omega 3's in plant-based sources (ALA) aren't the same as the Omega 3's in fish sources (EPA/DHA). It's the EPA/DHA Omega 3's that have been shown to have health benefits, not the ALAs. Your body can convert ALA to EPA/DHA, but not very well. The only plant source of EPA/DHA that I know of is algae, which is how the fish get it. There are algae-based Omega 3 pills, if you're vegetarian/vegan and interested in getting Omega 3's. (I doing this from memory. Double-check my information if you're really interested.)

    I take a multi-vitamin, vitamin D (I tested low), vitamin E and fish oil. I also take massive amounts of B12 and folate because I tested positive for the genetic markers of MTHFR.
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    B-50, D, fish oil, milk thistle, sometimes spirulina, and with the amount of olive oil I consume I would consider it as a dietary supplement. Never knew so many other guys were into milk thistle!
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    Apr 06, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    Ambien
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    Apr 06, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    * Vitamin C. 1000 mg - for overall health and immune system.

    * Vitamin B Complex- for nervous system and overall health

    * Vitamin D - for overall bone health

    * ImmundeDX -from Plantiva...for Immune system

  • commoncoll

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    Apr 06, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    You don't need to consume extra supplements if you are of normal health. All you need is to eat a well balanced diet with foods of all colours and types. A lot of the stuff people take for conditions has not been supported by evidence.

    For example taking Vit C or echinacea has not been shown to be effective for improving immune system. Taking Vit D in pill form is really only effective for post-menopausal women or people with bone disorders or on medication for hormone treatments, etc. All you need is 15 minutes in the sun and your body can make all the Vit D you need form the fats that you eat.

    Other things specific for organs don't work because the essential vitamins and supplements can be taken in from the diet. If your body has enough of a specific vitamin or essential factor or metal, the rest will go to urine and feces.

    You can go to mypyramid.gov and enter in what you eat for the day. The nutritional analysis will tell you how much of what you have and what the recommended ranges are.

    Furthermore, the CDC's 2012 nutritional report says that on average Americans have enough of all essential vitamins and nutrients except Vit D because no body goes out into the sun anymore.


    In short, supplementation in pill=expensive toileting. And there is such a thing as toxicity from megadoses.
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    Apr 06, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    Curcumen and Resveratrol.
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    May 20, 2012 12:56 PM GMT
    i use B complex vitamins for healthy immune!
    Vitamin A subgroup(tretinion) (which is external applied ) on my skin to renew my skin cells !
    Vitamin C - as a pre-cursor to Gluthamine9anti-oxidant) !

    rest i use an overall pill which has multi-vitamins