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    I've recently starting to discover primal & am planning my own 30 day challenge Friday but I wanted to get advice on supplements.

    I'm currently taking fish oil, calcium-magnesium, vitamin D and a b-12 supplement. any suggestions on these and/or others I should be taking on this diet? I have been buying the whole foods brand of all of these and taking them as directed.
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    Here's one good resource:

    The Definitive Guide to Primal Supplementation
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/defin...pplementation/


    I am personally partial to probiotics and digestive enzymes.

    Here are a couple of useful forum threads about probiotics:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ght=probiotics

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ght=probiotics


    And here is the definitive thread, to date, about enzymes:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...hlight=Enzymes


    Regarding your B-12 supplement, be sure to take a sublingual, because this is absorbed much more effectively than those that have to pass through the digestive system. The methylcobalamin form of B-12 is supposed to be the best; here's the one I use:

    http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas...enges/117?at=0


    Taking a good-quality multivitamin would also be a good idea... you can cover a lot of nutritional bases easily that way.
    Last edited by healthseekerKate; 09-29-2010, 12:33 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tmac10 View Post
      I've recently starting to discover primal & am planning my own 30 day challenge Friday but I wanted to get advice on supplements.

      I'm currently taking fish oil, calcium-magnesium, vitamin D and a b-12 supplement. any suggestions on these and/or others I should be taking on this diet? I have been buying the whole foods brand of all of these and taking them as directed.
      I wouldn't take calcium/magnesium. Most of us are getting too much calcium in ratio to magnesium anyway and once we optimize D levels, we need *much* much less calcium....1/4-1/2 less than we would otherwise.

      You may or may not need b12 now that you're eating so much meat.

      I 2nd Kate's recommendation for a multi. I like Rainbow Light Women's Just Once.

      Magnesium on it's own is likely what you need rather than cal/mag.



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      • #4
        I take:
        folic acid 400-800 mg ( as a woman of childbearing years that isn't sure if she is finished bearing children I feel it is an important one to have *just in case)
        magnesium- Ionic Fizz is the brand
        Vitamin D, 2000-3000 iU, taking Nutre Made right now until it is gone then will replace with something different- it is D3
        Fish Oil 1-2 capsules a day, agian taking Nature Made until it is finished then replacing it

        I used to take Cod Liver Oil, but when we moved we weren't able to take it with us. I need to get some more. This I took every 2-3 days.
        Meghan

        My MDA journal

        Primal Ponderings- my blog- finally added some food pron :P

        And best of all my Body Fat Makeover!!

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        • #5
          I take 6000 I.Us of Vit. D3, 400 mg. of Magnesium, 1-2 teaspoons of cod liver oil, and 1 tbsp. of spirulina

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          • #6
            tmac,
            How many units of vitamin D are you taking. I think fish oil already has vitamin D, so unless you take a blood measurement to verify your Vit D needs, you should be on 1,000 IU vitamin D3 per 25 lbs of body weight.

            See Cillikat's Vitamin D link at the bottom of her messages.

            Best of health to all,
            Grizz

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Grizz View Post
              tmac,
              How many units of vitamin D are you taking. I think fish oil already has vitamin D,
              Vitamin D is found in Cod Liver Oil. "Fish Oil" does not have Vitamin D.



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              • #8
                Smart stabby supplements supposedly support stamina!

                Magnesium, Calcium if I need it, fish oil if I need it, vitamin d, zinc, k2 and iodine. That is a lot of supplements but actually fairly cheap and very useful.

                edit: Stabby's smart supplements simulate sustenance!
                Last edited by Stabby; 10-02-2010, 01:49 PM.
                Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cillakat View Post
                  Vitamin D is found in Cod Liver Oil. "Fish Oil" does not have Vitamin D.
                  Some are now being made with vitamin D added. I think I saw it in Nature Made. Not sure if other brands are doing the same.
                  Meghan

                  My MDA journal

                  Primal Ponderings- my blog- finally added some food pron :P

                  And best of all my Body Fat Makeover!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                    Smart stabby supplements supposedly support stamina!
                    Cavebot said it best:
                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...130#post227130
                    Originally posted by Cavebot 3.0
                    Seriously, Stabby, you run on pure cool fuel.



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                    • #11
                      I take a multi to cover all the bases, I only take one of two recommended: Carlson's Super 2 Daily
                      Fish oil and krill oil
                      Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid

                      Amazon has many companies offering their products at good prices, I also purchase from Our Health Co-op and Swanson Health Products
                      Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
                      READ THE BOOK! ...as Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."

                      Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food. Anthony Bourdain

                      and yes, calories DO count my little piggies

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                        Smart stabby supplements supposedly support stamina!
                        I swear there's no better supplement for that than grass-fed beef liver.

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                        • #13
                          Why is it good to supplement zinc?

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                          • #14
                            fish oil (varies depending on diet)
                            vit d (6000 iu at the momemnt)
                            magnesium (Natural Calm...seems to relax me and help me sleep at night)
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                            • #15
                              I take magnesium, vit D, and fish oil. And I'm getting supplemental iron through use of a cast iron pan...sometimes take some Floradix too.
                              Liz.

                              Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                              Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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