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    Warrior208 is offline Member
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    Default ? on supplements

    I am overwhelmed and confused by the all the options out there for supplements. I am a 53 year old male who is reasonably healthy, on no medications, and physically active (primarly with kettlebells). I don't have the best diet. I like fruits and vegies, but I also like french fries! There seems to be so much information and misinformation out there as to what should be taken. I have taken a multi-vitamin off and on but not much else for supplementation. People I know, and things I've read say: take fish oil, krill oil, Vitamin B complex, saw palmetto, garlic, etc. My chiropractor wants to put me on this regimen that costs over $100.00 a month. He sells the stuff, of course. I think he means well and believes in his products, but he still stands to gain financially from his recommendation. I know I'll get a bunch of different opinions but I'm curious what sort of supplementation, if any, do people of the same demographic group as me do?

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    Put that 100 into quality food instead and forget about the supplements. Supplements are only required if you eat crap and are missing out on decent food.

    The only supplement I take is fish oil as I don't like fish. More protein required - eat more eggs and meat!

    I try and eat fairly clean and organic as much as possible and very choosy about what meat I buy and have onus a butcher that uses meat from sources that are guaranteed to not use GH or antibiotics etc.

    I rarely eat things like McDonalds and where I used to love it, it now tastes rank to me, it really does. Eating well has changed my taste buds.

    I still eat some junk though, cheese is a regular feature still.
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    I'm 21, and the only supplements that I think are worth it are fish oil capsules and multivitamins (no need to go fancy here, a $20 bottle can last about a year). Maybe due to your age some fiber thing might help out, but as Rog said, good food is better than all the replacements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rog View Post
    Put that 100 into quality food instead and forget about the supplements. Supplements are only required if you eat crap and are missing out on decent food.
    AGREED.

    I used to know a guy whose livelihood involved septic tanks. The number one thing he found in those bad boys? Pooped out vitamins. The things just don't digest in the body in the way that those same nutrients would should they have been ingested via whole foods. In fact, taking supplementary vitamins and minerals (e.g. a calcium, zinc, magnesium pill) can actually be harmful.

    I wrote a post a while back on this topic--including some of the research that's come out on the detrimental effects of supplements--which you can read here.
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    There are lots of things for sale. Most not needed, but there is, vitamin D, not really a vitamin, but a hormone. Every one should be taking it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullchampion View Post
    There are lots of things for sale. Most not needed, but there is, vitamin D, not really a vitamin, but a hormone. Every one should be taking it.
    15 minutes of sunlight and you get all the D you need. Unless you live in Alaska, you shouldn't need to take a supplement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danfaz View Post
    15 minutes of sunlight and you get all the D you need. Unless you live in Alaska, you shouldn't need to take a supplement.
    Have you ever thought about how many people live as north as or higher than Alaska? Alaska isn't even that far north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green View Post
    Have you ever thought about how many people live as north as or higher than Alaska? Alaska isn't even that far north.
    No, I haven't. That was just a generalized statement focusing on "everyone needing to supplement with vitamin D," as I know Alaska gets those winters with little or no sunlight. My intention wasn't to offended anybody by not including every Northern population.
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    Quote Originally Posted by green View Post
    Have you ever thought about how many people live as north as or higher than Alaska? Alaska isn't even that far north.
    People live north of Alaska?

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    As a Ham Radio (Amateur Radio) operator I know for certain that people live farther north than Alaska. It sounds amazing but yes people do live in places where you can actually freeze your ass off. Iv'e made low power radio (Morse code - less that 1 watt) contacts with other Hams on Svalbard Island at times- much farther north than the northern coast of Norway. Back to the TOPIC. For supplements make sure you have a valid reason for taking them. If you have thinning bones then take for that. If you are prone to colds or flu then take for that. Justify your reason for taking them. And yes many pills go undigested down the toilet. So use supplements that are easily absorbed by the body. Eating healthy most of the time is the best supplement. .Dennis

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