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  • Do you ever question your supplement use?

    I looked at my counter just now and saw all the supplements I have and wondered why I take so many and if they really do work or are just the equivalent of throwing away money or worse, that they actually could harm my health. There are always new reports coming out on how something we've been told (or sold) is good for us, really isn't or that it's bad for us.

    I take probiotics, kelp, magnesium, vitamin d, fish oil regularly. Sometimes ginger, turmeric, trace minerals.
    I just worry that I'm screwing myself up somehow or wasting money, but then I get afraid to stop taking them too thinking what if my body needs them.
    Almost everything I take, if I research it I'll find both how it's THE thing your body needs and then also how it's not something you should take.

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    -- In before this thread turns into "Grok didn't..."

    I currently only take Magnesium (~400mg daily), Vit d, 5000 IU daily, Fish oil two DHA-500 daily and that's it. I trust that these are good for me and don't think about it much after that. The money invested as far as I'm concerned is rather minimal. My diet is also not optimized, I mostly consume grain fed meats, don't buy organic with any kind of frequency, etc. I think if I'm going to nit-pick anything, it would be my diet first, then my supplements.

    -- out before this thread inevitably becomes "Grok didn't..."
    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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    • #3
      Yes, I have questioned this many times. We won't believe CW medical as far as diet, yet we trust what we are told about supplements. Why? I guess I believe it because it sounds good. However, my dad and my grandparents never took any vitamins at all. They all lived relatively long lives, dad was 83, grandfather 95, and grandmother 96. On top of that, all of them smoked.

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      • #4
        Yes, because I see the people around me who look and feel healthy at least for now, without paying much attention to their diet or to supplements.

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        • #5
          I think times are so different than those of our Grandparents, Great Grandparents. It's all before the chemical altering of our food supply and before the FDA got their filthy fingers into everything. That is why I think Supplementation is necessary. You certainly are not getting pure nutrtition out of most of the food we buy, short of growing it yourself. I Take Magnesium, Fish Oil, Vitamin-d Folic Acid and B-complex. I still feel like that's alot, but all of them I feel are necessary for me.

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          • #6
            I'm too lazy to keep taking many supplements regularly for too long. I'm 2/3 of the way through a bottle of fermented cod liver oil I bought at the beginning of winter and I have some magnesium (Natural Calm) that I take when I'm having anxiety attacks or migraines regularly. Since I eat a lot of small-scale, locally-farmed, mostly-organic (or the same as organic without paying the U$DA for certification) food, I'm probably doing okay on most things, anyway. But I do wonder if I would have done better on my Whole30 if I'd taken a probiotic supplement. In the absence of my morning yogurt, I had some issues.

            I like the cod liver oil in the winter for vitamin D when I can't get out into the sun. I definitely notice an improvement in my mood, but it could be that after swallowing fermented fish goo in the morning, things can only get better...

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            • #7
              I definitely feel more energy and improved cognition taking DCMF (which I get for free thanks to my Dad.)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                Yes, I have questioned this many times. We won't believe CW medical as far as diet, yet we trust what we are told about supplements. Why? I guess I believe it because it sounds good. However, my dad and my grandparents never took any vitamins at all. They all lived relatively long lives, dad was 83, grandfather 95, and grandmother 96. On top of that, all of them smoked.
                Isn't this a played out look at things though, honestly? Who cares if your grandparents lived long lives despite never taking supplements? My grandfather died at 77 of emphysema, heavy smoker his whole life, does that then discredit your argument? My grandma lived with him, she never smoked, she's still alive, does that mean or prove anything? Can I safely take up smoking? All their children smoke, none are dead, none have emphysema, my father is the only one that quit about 7 years ago, is he going to live a long life? what if it rains tomorrow, will he get wet?

                I'm not attacking you, I'm sure you see that, but the longevity argument is pretty baseless as far as I'm concerned.
                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                • #9
                  I just had a long conversation with my husband about this. He doesn't take supplements, but the guy is blessed with fantastic genetics and works outside. I work at a desk sitting most the day and my family genetics are horrible. I also think the 10 years I was vegetarian really harmed my body and I just want to regain strength in my muscles and bones. I don't do dairy at all (except butter on veggies a few times a week) so he said he thought calcium would be good for me.
                  The comment that it's a different time now with food compared to our Grandparents makes sense too. The meat that is offered now is not the same meat they ate back then. Same with fruits and vegetables. I also drink bottled water now, they surely didn't. So they got things from water that I don't get in my water.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                    Isn't this a played out look at things though, honestly? Who cares if your grandparents lived long lives despite never taking supplements? My grandfather died at 77 of emphysema, heavy smoker his whole life, does that then discredit your argument? My grandma lived with him, she never smoked, she's still alive, does that mean or prove anything? Can I safely take up smoking? All their children smoke, none are dead, none have emphysema, my father is the only one that quit about 7 years ago, is he going to live a long life? what if it rains tomorrow, will he get wet?

                    I'm not attacking you, I'm sure you see that, but the longevity argument is pretty baseless as far as I'm concerned.
                    I am just making the point as to why I question my supplement use based on the people that I personally know that have lived what I consider to be a pretty long time. I am definitely not suggesting that smoking is harmless. So, I am not sure of what longevity argument you are referring to.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nomad1 View Post
                      There are always new reports coming out on how something we've been told (or sold) is good for us, really isn't or that it's bad for us.
                      This is exactly the reason I question my supplement use almost every day. The only way I can think of to deal with it is to take a multi and nothing else until I've seen it in regular use for a few years and would really benefit from the supposed effects. (There was a time when I ran out and bought every single supplement I read a positive report on. It was overkill.)

                      The only thing I take right now in addition to the multi is fish oil, on account of my arthritis and history of depression. I'm starting to feel the temptation to buy Vitamin D (seems like everyone is deficient now and I certainly don't sun myself) and probiotics (I get diarrhea a lot and probably cleaned out my intestinal flora a long time ago.)

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                      • #12
                        I wouldn't take so many if my system wasn't so screwed up from gluten intolerance that went undiagnosed for so long. I take Vit D, K, B complex, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc all separately. I also take turmeric, milk thistle and CoQ-10. I'll scale back eventually, once I feel like I'm in a bit better shape.
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                        • #13
                          i don't take supplements unless i feel/think/believe they would have "medicinal benefit" -- eg, i have an deficiency or similar -- because otherwise i feel/think/believe that we can get all the nutrients we need through good, clean living.

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                          • #14
                            I can't find my first reply; I hope I'm not double posting.

                            Originally posted by Nomad1 View Post
                            There are always new reports coming out on how something we've been told (or sold) is good for us, really isn't or that it's bad for us.
                            This is the reason I question my supplement use every day. I used to run right out and buy every supplement I read about, which was kind of ridiculous. Now I try to be more circumspect. I take a multi plus fish oil, as I have arthritis and a history of depression. I'm starting to think I might benefit from probiotics as I get diarrhea a lot and probably cleaned out my intestinal flora a long time ago. I'm tempted to try D but am worried I'm being premature - fish oil had been popular for years before I bought any and I'm still not 100% sold. The hype about D started fairly recently.

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                            • #15
                              For me, supplements have made a huge difference in how I function and have aided in improving many issues that that eating right did not fix. Most importantly adding more Magnesium and two Amino acids has helped me kick a binge problem that was keeping me from getting the full benefits of the Primal way of life. I may phase out some eventually, but for now I take a lot and I feel great. (FYI - My supp list is in my journal)
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