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  • #16
    Vitamin D3, but only because there's a chance I MIGHT need it some Winters. I seem to be getting enough vits and mins from fish bones, butter, starchy veg, nuts...etc to not need any supplements.
    Just went 100% supplement free (no more iron-pills when menstruating, swapped fish oil for more fish and managed a Winter on sunlight-provided D3 alone). For the first time in my life, my folate levels are HIGH and my B12 and iron are healthy, despite having been unaided for over a year.
    Yes, my D3 is in the "normal, but not exactly healthy" category, but I'm energized and non-stressed and far from the danger-zone, so I'd rather just get my sunlight and continue supplement-free for as long as possible.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Kochin View Post
      Vitamin D3, but only because there's a chance I MIGHT need it some Winters. I seem to be getting enough vits and mins from fish bones, butter, starchy veg, nuts...etc to not need any supplements.
      Just went 100% supplement free (no more iron-pills when menstruating, swapped fish oil for more fish and managed a Winter on sunlight-provided D3 alone). For the first time in my life, my folate levels are HIGH and my B12 and iron are healthy, despite having been unaided for over a year.
      Yes, my D3 is in the "normal, but not exactly healthy" category, but I'm energized and non-stressed and far from the danger-zone, so I'd rather just get my sunlight and continue supplement-free for as long as possible.
      I wish I could absorb D3 from sunlight easier. I'm darker-skinned (pretty much Jessica Alba's skin tone, maybe a few shades darker especially in the summer) and dark skin absorbs sun-supplied D3 less than light-skinned folks. Pairing that with living in New England (less daylight) and working in a windowless office 9+ hours per day... I need my D3 pills!

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      • #18
        D3 - winter in NE Ohio sucks! Magnesium and Primal Flora...
        Started 9/15/11 at 323 pounds
        2/16/13 at 241 pounds
        Goal is 223 pounds or less

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        • #19
          Definitely D3, because in the long winter months I have a very hard time getting it from the sun. My other two would probably be magnesium citrate and lysine (keeps cold sores at bay, which I get frequently and severely if I don't take).

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          • #20
            Food, exercise, and sunshine.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
              Food, exercise, and sunshine.
              Not primal as it does not come in pill form.

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              • #22
                D3, because definitely don't get enough sunlight for at least half the year. Magnesium, because in winter months we buy trucked-in produce that IMO is probably magnesium deficient.

                I'd consider a few contenders for third. K2, which works synergistically with D3 and calcium; even though Primal probably delivers all the K2 needed, it might be good if your diet tends towards the veggie or pescetarian end of the Primal spectrum.

                I also occasionally throw in mushroom supplements, even though I cook with shiitake, maitake, oyster, cremini, beech, and other mushrooms: a good blend of shiitake, maitake and reishi (NOT a good cooking shroom), or cordyceps sinensis. These are all-around tonics (adaptogens) that don't get much play in Primal discussions, but I think they enhance your immune response and are good anti-inflammatories. Cordyceps may be a good call if you are very athletic.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by canio6 View Post
                  Not primal as it does not come in pill form.

                  I'm apathetic to the Primal label, anyway
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                  • #24
                    A high quality multi-vitamin and fish oil.

                    My two docs (PCP & ophthalmologist) have recommended taking the fish oil in the morning and evening.
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                    • #25
                      D3, magnesium, multiple vitamin daily

                      "Supplement Foods": brazil nuts, seaweed, liver, yogurt and fermented stuff, small fish with bones.

                      Need to add: bone broth

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by MissJecka View Post
                        I wish I could absorb D3 from sunlight easier. I'm darker-skinned (pretty much Jessica Alba's skin tone, maybe a few shades darker especially in the summer) and dark skin absorbs sun-supplied D3 less than light-skinned folks. Pairing that with living in New England (less daylight) and working in a windowless office 9+ hours per day... I need my D3 pills!

                        Yeah, I'm lucky in that I have the usual Scottish skin from my mum's side and I don't have work (just uni), so I can afford to go out in a T-shirt when the sun's at its best. Considering that despite all this my D3 is STILL a bit low, I can understand how someone with more melanin and less available sunning-time would need their supplements! And I'm sure the extra D3 is keeping you energized and keeping your nice brown skin radiant, even in the horrible Winter weather
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                        Perfection is entirely individual. Any philosophy or pursuit that encourages individuality has merit in that it frees people. Any that encourages shackles only has merit in that it shows you how wrong and desperate the human mind can get in its pursuit of truth.

                        --
                        I get blunter and more narcissistic by the day.
                        I'd apologize, but...

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                          Food, exercise, and sunshine.
                          +1

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                          • #28
                            What are supplements for?

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by fifer View Post
                              What are supplements for?
                              What are birds? We just don't know.
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                              • #30
                                Vit D3 (obviously because of where I live)
                                Melatonin (antioxidant properties for me)
                                Magnesuim - chelated (see first supplement^)
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