When it comes to daily supplements, we don’t mess around. The soil, she ain’t what she used to be. It’s unlikely we get all our essential macros and micros from food, even when we eat clean. Thank you, FDA and USDA, for protecting the food supply so well. <smh>
For now, we’ll be taking our daily supplements. We are almost never sick since we’ve been on this regimen. Yay!
Putting the daily vitamin puzzle together has been a labor of love. There is a world of info out there and it took me years–literally YEARS–to figure out:
- what to take
- then how much to take.
- then which brand to choose,
- find out if there’s a non-GMO alternative,
- what are all those additives,
- then what can I do naturally,
- what should I buy locally (as much as possible),
- what can I make for probiotic health?
My questions were endless and ever evolving. And new brands coming online every day — we live in exciting times as far as improving health is concerned. So the research continues!
Our Daily Supplements:
Here’s what we take everyday (with the smoothie!) The links go to where I buy them, mostly Amazon these days since I live so far out in the country. For more info on a supplement, I research at Linus Pauling Institute or at Weston A Price.
You’ll see that I buy a lot of powder supplements. That’s because you just get the thing you want, zero fillers. They mix up in the smoothie or yogurt or in a shot of kombucha. Easy!
I’m again researching my supplements to make sure NOTHING comes from China.
♥ Whole Food Blend Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Boost We drink this everyday in our smoothie. It’s a very well balanced multi with the basics and B Complex. Plus the folate and B12 are methylated forms!
Here’s a little about Arbonne — fantastic, forward-thinking company, amazing products!
♥ ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) 300 mg | ALA is a hugely powerful antioxidant! Dr. Berkson wrote a very good book on the topic. Everything you ever wanted to know about ALA is in this book. Dr. Berkson’s successful cancer treatment is based on ALA and LDN. (PS. You need Vitamin B with ALA because ALA uses it up.)
♥ Ancestral Supplements I ❤ this company SO MUCH (here’s why)!!! They make grass fed dessicated (freeze-dried) organs, aka superfoods. We take the Grass Fed Desiccated Beef Organs and have the Thyroid on order. Good stuff, WAPF approved!
♥ Berberine This is great for 2 things (in particular): balancing blood sugar (studies show it works better than Metformin, scroll down to section 3.1) and inflammation. We take 1 a day, you can take more.
♥ K2 500 mcg | Made from non-GMO* Natto (fermented soybeans) which is the best kind.
♥ LDN 4.5 mg (about 1 tsp) | This is low-dose Naltrexone. LDN is used to boost one’s immune system and is a known cancer-fighter/preventive. Dr. Berkson (see ALA above) uses this. Most alternative cancer docs use this in their protocols these days! This requires a prescription. Or a good pharmacy in India or Mexico. This is a good place to start for a naltrexone education.
♥ Lysine (Powder) 500 mg (1/4 tsp) | Lysine is my go to for a virus, including herpes. Since my husband and I have been taking this (since about 2006), neither of us have had an outbreak unless we stop taking. With my history, this is a miracle.
♥ Niacin (powder, made in USA) | This is Niacin, the flush kind, excellent for detox. We take at least 200 mg, put in the smoothie. (Niacinimide is the non-flush form but you want the flush for detox.)
♥ Probiotics In today’s toxic world, everyone needs a probiotic. Period. Eating unpasteurized fermented foods like kefir, whole milk yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi are awesome, too, but not enough to repair a leaky gut!
I use this one from Arbonne. It is a prebiotic (some say this is at least as important as the probiotic), probiotic and digestive enzymes in one.
A prebiotic FEEDS the good bacteria, a probiotic INSTALLS the good bacteria and digestive enzymes help you get the NUTRIENTS from your food.
♥ Selenium 200 mcg | Good for everything, great cancer-fighter. Essential if you take iodine, too.
♥ Zinc | Essential for prostate and immune support. Do not get the kind with copper unless you know you are copper-deficient.
Remember, I’m not telling YOU what to take. I’m telling you what WE take. The FDA has forbidden me to give advice, so of course I never would. Unless you called me and asked.
GMO and Daily Supplements
I look for non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. The product has to say “No GMO” on the label, or be corn, soy, canola, and/or cotton-free. Most Vitamin C products contain ascorbic acid which is usually made from corn. Any vitamins made with corn, soy, canola or cottonseed oil is GMO unless the label says non-GMO. GMOs are proven poisons. Take them at your peril.
What Else Could One Do to Stay Healthy?
♥ Eat a raw organic non-irradiated garlic clove once a day: crush the clove, mince, mix with honey, swallow. I mince it teensy because it goes down easier that way. Crush it first, then wait 11 minutes — crushing releases allicin which is the pertinent compound! I don’t do this every day unless I’m feeling a cold coming on. Then it’s magic.
♥ 1-2 Tbsp organic coconut oil and/or 1-3 Tbsp MCT Oil everyday. You have to work your way up with this. You will get, ahem, digestive distress going too fast. Start with a tsp of one or the other and go slow adding in more.
I cook with coconut oil (frying chicken, ingredient in protein bites).
I put a Tbsp of MCT in my coffee and in my smoothie every afternoon.
*This is unrefined coconut oil meaning it has a coconut-ty flavor. If you want all the health but not the flavor, you want refined coconut oil.
♥ Honey: We have a great source of local raw unfiltered honey. If you can find that, perfect. Please support your local beekeepers — without bees, the planet dies. Not to be scare-mongering or anything 🙂 If you can’t get local, we love love love this honey.
♥ SAMe Someone in our house was not feeling up to his usual cheery self. A local naturopathic medical doctor suggested we try this. It worked like a charm almost IMMEDIATELY. I highly recommend it. Also good for joint and liver health which we old farts can always use!
♥ Colloidal Silver Since we take iodine every day, we don’t take silver regularly. All four of us got a mild case of flu this year (because we hadn’t been diligent with our supplements during the move). Colloidal silver knocked it right back! I have used it on external wounds, dropped it in my eyes and taken it internally, all with no harm and good relief of the problem. It’s a must have for my first aid cabinet.
What vitamins do you take, if any? What’s missing from this list? Please share in the comments — thank you!
The FDA is worried about us vitamin-takers. So worried, in fact, that in order to protect us from ourselves and evil vitamin-makers, it is working hard to “harmonize” our supplements. Meaning it wants to make some prescription only and others available only in tiny doses so that getting enough to do us some good will be prohibitively expensive.
Please call your U.S. Congress peeps and tell them you want the FDA’s hands off our supplements! Death by vitamin is so rare as to be nonexistent. Whereas, someone dies from pharmaceuticals used as prescribed every 19 minutes.
Letter from Jarrow re. GMOs in vitamins
*Letter from Jarrow on 11/2013 re. their Vitamin K being from non-GMO Natto:
MK7 is derived from non-GMO soy. It is not a certified organic product. Additionally, the soybean oil and primrose oil are non-GMO. MK7 comes from natto, which is fermented by the bacteria bacillus subtilus.
Best Regards, Sarah