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    What supplements do you take?

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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.
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    Quote 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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    Quote 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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    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!
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    Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

    Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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    Quote 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.

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



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