All of the supplements I take are under the supervision of a Naturopath, after undergoing various blood, saliva, urine, and stool tests. Although, I personally prefer to get my nutrition from whole foods, I do believe there is a place for supplements in your health routine. Although I would love to be 100% natural, we live in a unnatural world and I am not willing to completely discount supplements as another tool in achieving good health. I still believe, and no I’m not a doctor or health professional, that food is more bio-available to the body, and safer then a pill. Especially, since supplements are not regulated.
Here are some supplements that I take, and am confident in their quality as they were either recommended to me by my doctor, or added in after extensive online research. ( FYI – I’m also always trying to improve my diet, and my supplement needs change as my diet changes.)
Quantum Health Super Lysine – This is great to keep from getting sick or if you get any virus outbreaks. There is vitamin c, lysine, garlic bulb, echinacea, propolis, and licorice root in it.
Doctor’s Best 100% Chelated Magnesium – This is chelated magnesium glycinate/lysinate from Albion Minerals. Same magnesium that’s in Xymogen’s Opticleanse. Our soil is deficient in magnesium so even if you eat healthy with magnesium rich foods, that’s no guarantee you are getting as much as you need. This form of magnesium does not have a laxative effect. I started taking this after reading The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health – For my stressed out hormones. I’m planning on reading the hormone diet by Natasha Turner, ND. So will get back to you with a book review and more info on how hormones effect health
Pure Encapulations Vitamin D3 (I take 3,000 iu) – even if you get plenty of sunshine you still might be low in the “sunshine vitamin” I was. Get tested for proper dosage.
Pure Encapulations Lipotropic Detox or Methyl Life Support – helps your b-12 get absorbed and properly utilized by the body
Methyl Life B-Methylated – activated B-12, important for vegans and even meat eaters are low.
Carlson Vitamin K2 as Menatetronone – I’m still doing research on this one but I decided to add it into the mix in the mean time. On my reading list is Vitamin K2 and the Calicum Paradox by Dr. Kate Rheume-Bleue, BSc., ND I will try to get a book review up as soon as I’m done.
Thorne Plant Enzymes – I take this when I eat cooked vegan food, as heat destroys the enzymes
Xymogen ProbioMax Plus DF – I take this when I don’t have the time or money to incorporate fermented food into my diet. Although I think this is a good product for what is out there, it is very expensive especially for long time use. I’ve started making and drinking Kefir instead from Kefir grains, which are the good bacteria. Kefir from the store is made from specific strains of the good bacteria, not the whole kefir grains, and is in my opinion, an inferior product.
Xymogen OptiCleanse GHI Protein Powder – I supplemented with this when I was a raw food vegan, it tastes awful, I get unsweetened & unflavored because the added sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. If you need advice on how to drink this w/o throwing up – convo me.
Hope this helps. Later, health nuts ; )