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    What do you guys normally take for supplements?

    I currently take 5000 IU (in the winter living in Seattle) every day and not sure if that is too much. What about fish oil? What brand and how much should I take? I normally have fish at least 1x/week, so on days I don't have fish, what do you guys suggest of dosage?

    I'm trying to be economical, so hopefully a solid fish oil brand doesn't cost too much. I didn't see where Mark Sisson has recommended a specific brand of fish oil...

    I'm trying to not take too much supplements (I know some take enzymes for digestive health, magnesium, etc)

    I just want the bare essentials for now and I'm thinking Vit D and fish oil is a good start.

    Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    I don't think any are necessary, and on top of that, they're kind of a waste of money. But I'm cynical and strange.

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    • #3
      If you're eating as much fat as you should be, I see no need for fish oil. I take magnesium citrate 500mg daily and vitamin b6 every other day.
      F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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      • #4
        Is there an adequate amount of iodine in your diet? Cutting out refined iodized salt from your diet (which is found in nearly all processed stuff) reduces your iodine intake by a lot.

        Kelp is good. You can even get kelp supplements.

        I take: Digestive Enzymes, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Kelp.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
          Is there an adequate amount of iodine in your diet? Cutting out refined iodized salt from your diet (which is found in nearly all processed stuff) reduces your iodine intake by a lot.

          Kelp is good. You can even get kelp supplements.

          I take: Digestive Enzymes, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Kelp.
          I thought iodine was good for thyroid function?

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          • #6
            For health purposes I'd go with the vitamin d3, omega3 and probiotics. Mark sells them all. Swanson also a decent brand.
            One time http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/forum.php

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            • #7
              Mark's take on supplementation: Grok Didn’t Take Supplements So Why Should I? | Mark's Daily Apple

              I pretty much only take D3 and pop the occasional iodine pill if I haven't had any seaweed lately. Iodine is a bioaccumulative so you don't need to take it every day and can even get TOO much really easily so it's good to use it only when you haven't had any good sources of it in your diet lately.
              "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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              • #8
                Assuming you eat dairy and eggs, you already get plenty of iodine. Excessive iodine is shown to cause hypothyroidism.

                Only supplements you probably need(assuming you eat bone broth, beef liver, oysters) are vitamin e, d3, and magnesium from bath salts(or oxide).
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                • #9
                  Eh, I eat plenty of eggs, but I get almost NO dairy these days. I might eat cheese if it's in a dish I eat at a restaurant, but I eat out SO rarely these days...

                  I try to eat some seaweed at least once a week, but I don't always remember it. If I don't get it, I might pop an iodine pill to make up for it that week. I don't take it daily (package recommends this and it's almost criminal). My supplement is basically ground up kelp in a pill so it's pretty much seaweed anyway.
                  "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                  • #10
                    What do you guys think of 5-HTP?

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                    • #11
                      There are people who recommend irresponsibly that people take 12.5mg of iodine daily based on the gross overestimation of the Japanese dietary iodine intake. There is little science involved in this, it's just conjecture.

                      Assessment of Japanese iodine intake based on seaweed consumption in Japan: A literature-based analysis

                      The difference between wet and dry weight, along with the type of seaweeds being consumed, can result in extreme overestimation (more likely) or underestimation (less likely) of Japanese iodine intake.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
                        What do you guys think of 5-HTP?
                        Tryptophan, serotonin, and aging

                        You can expect to gain a lot of weight from taking 5-HTP
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                        • #13
                          None!!!

                          What would they do for you? Food is nutrition and by definition, its simply what you need to stay alive and working properly. Just like how a car needs gasoline and an occasional oil change, we have requirements of our own. Those requirements come from the food that we eat!!!

                          What will a supplement provide for you that regular food will not? Here's a test. Look down at your belly. Is you're tummy flat? Or do you have extra flab on your abs? If the later is true, that means you are overly nourished and don't need anything extra.

                          What to know who has real deficiencies? These starving kids in Africa!!! Look:
                          https://www.google.com/search?q=star...OuPA0AGgrYGgDQ

                          They have nutritional deficiencies. You don't. The only reason why you think you need supplements is because the supplement companies are good at advertising and getting you to believe that you need their products when in reality you are perfectly healthy and living well.

                          By the way, this reminds me of a few guys I overheard in the gym the other day, regular fitness buffs (not competitive athletes), talking about steroids, and the one guy was complaining that his legs were too weak. It really upset me. You mean to tell me that these guys had to take illegal drugs just to get half way descent bodies? Why not work hard? Last time I knew, hard work actually works.

                          Pardon me for getting off on a rant. But I hate supplement companies and advertisements. Because they only operate on getting you to believe that you need their products for some reason, useless products mind you. That's fine if it does what's necessary to make them rich, even if that means taking advantage of gullible people. But realize by buying into their sales tactics, you're also buying into the belief that you can't do it on your own. As if nobody has ever had a good body or been healthy before the invention of supplements? Come on!! It's a big crock!!!

                          Let's really think about what this country has turned into over the last several decades. My grandmother used to always tell me how nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, and liver was for you. But now? A lot of people are so stupid that they don't even know what fruits and vegetables are. They think it's cool aid and fruit roll ups. Now they think healthy food is nutrigrain bars; it must be because its in the name, right? Eat pop tarts and frosted flakes, and a starbucks mocha for breakfast, a nutrigrain bar for snacks, McDonalds for lunch, Pizza for dinner, (don't forget your ice cream snack latter on), but as long as you have a vitamin pill you'll be ok. Maybe even throw in some ritalin, prozac, lipitor, and viagra for safe measure.

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                          • #14
                            I'm currently taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D. My lab work came back really low so my doc wants me to take 10,000 IU for 6 months and after that go down to 5,000. I take fish oils, one with breakfast and one with dinner (Now foods brand). I also take magnesium citrate in the evening. Oh yeah, and probiotics

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                            • #15
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