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  • What's a good supplement?

    I'm a college student, so something not too expensive would be preferred, but I now know better than to cheap out. My current multivit/mineral is mostly synthetic and only has one or two forms of each nutrient :-/

    I'd prefer to simply be able to get all of this from what I eat, but I'm required to have a meal plan and the selection there isn't so great for a primal diet (at the same time I don't want to throw away the $100+ a week that it costs).

    I'm male, 20, 5'11", 150 lbs

    Current daily supplements: Vit. A, C, D, E, K, B6, B12; Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Potassium, and Lycopene; 1 Tbsp coconut oil; 500mg Krill oil, a few teaspoons fish body oil

    From what I've read on MDA, though, the forms of E and such that i'm taking are mostly useless.

    What do you guys take? Anything that I can pick up in the US from amazon or walgreens or the store/online? Thanks in advance!

    Link to current supplements:
    Smart Basics Men's Daily Multivitamin Multimineral with Lycopene
    Nature's Answer Liquid Omega-3 Fish Oil
    Omega Smart Super Krill Nature's Way Organic Coconut Oil
    Last edited by ib4student; 10-02-2011, 07:57 PM. Reason: URL's too long

  • #2
    Get rid of all the supplements, and just eat more organ meats and offal.


    • #3
      Me? I take a daily multivitamin because I know the food supply here is crap. I won't recommend anything because I'm looking for a better one myself. Sure, it would be nice to be able to get everything from the food I eat, but in my case it's just not realistic. Not to mention the fact that I'm a little behind after 46 years of eating stuff I shouldn't have. I also have to take extra magnesium to control migraines.

      Hope you find some good info from other posters. I just though I'd pop in and say that some of us do still find the need to supplement.


      • #4
        I buy all of mine online or at a local health shop, and it costs about £40 per month at the moment. Most of what I take is intended for short-term use, until my body heals a bit more. Right now I'm taking:

        Green Pastures High vitamin butter oil + fermented cod liver oil capsules w/ naturally occuring vitamins A, D, and K2 (2 per day)
        Biokult Probiotics capsules (2 per day)
        DL-Phenylalanine (500mg)
        L-Tyrosine (500mg)
        5-HTP (50mg 2x a day)
        Magnesium (250mg)
        B-Complex (2)
        Zinc with Copper (15mg)
        Vitamin C powder (2500mg)
        Chromium Picolinate- for sugar/carb/starch cravings (200ug)

        Mark's Advanced Health Formula includes nearly everything you're currently taking plus a few more ingredients. I know it's $49 for a bottle but I'd trust it over most other brands. I intend to take it regularly once I'm done taking my current regimen.
        NOW Foods supplements are on Amazon, including D3, Vitamin C, and others. Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Biokult Probiotics can be bought on Amazon, too.
        Last edited by HeatherJ; 10-02-2011, 08:25 PM. Reason: I'm on so damn many I forgot one.


        • #5
          Organ meats. Not on the menu :-/
          Menus - University of Tulsa

          Thanks everyone else, I have some amazon credit to burn so I'll check out NOW and such


          • #6
            I have been using a wild grown all natural supplement that comes from southern Oregon. I turn 60 this month but feel much younger. I have been taking only this supplement for over fifteen years now and feel great. As a truck driver this supplement helps me keep my weight in check too.

            It looks like you take quite a few vitamins and minerals ib4student's, feel free to e-mail me if you want information on a supplement that will replace most or all of what you take now.


            • #7
              I looked at all of the menus, plenty of primal options, just take the bread off or ask if they will give you extra lettuce. As for a supplement, I take ALive! multivitamin, it's not super cheap but quality product. Barrleans Greens is good stuff too.
              “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” - William Londen


              • #8
                Oh yeah, I'm not starving. But there aren't any organ meats. Worst case, I get a deli sandwhich but get no bread. I don't really consider lunchmeat too primal, though :-/

                Last week, I asked for just some chicken, and the cafeteria lady said that I have to get the whole thing :| So she put rice and green beans in it and mixed them all up, and like 4 small chunks of chicken. I picked the chicken out, tried the rice, but it was so nasty that I couldn't eat it.


                • #9
                  I probably sound like I peddle Garden of Life products, the way I rave about them on this forum, but they really are the best I've found. Standard Process also makes a good whole-food multivitamin.


                  • #10
                    I take magnesium citrate, prenatal, vitamin d3, fish oil, diabet-x (a blood sugar supplement), and synthroid for my thyroid problem
                    --Trish (Bork)
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                    • #11
                      can you sneak some grass fed butter onto your meals?
                      Currently dabbling in: IF, leangains, Starting Strength, 5/3/1


                      • #12
                        Liver and cooked greens outcompete any pill. For absorption, for price, for flavor. Why can't you buy liver? It's like $3.00 for a chunk the size of a rabbit.
                        Last edited by Knifegill; 10-03-2011, 03:46 PM.
                        Crohn's, doing SCD


                        • #13
                          In regards to the 'you have to get the whole thing' problem: could you speak to someone in charge and say you have allergies that require you to eat a bit differently? Maybe it's a white lie but worth it if it allows you an easier way to eat cleanly IMO.