If you haven’t already heard by now, almost every researcher and nutritionist agrees that multivitamins are a bad idea. Just one article from Science Based Medicine not only covers the topic well, but has tons of great references and multiple studies, some involving over 100,000 people! See the link at the bottom of this post if you want to read the nitty gritty. But the bottom line is that Multivitamins are out, and can even have a detrimental effect, while developing a personal supplement strategy is in, and can help you:
-Have more energy
-Enhance brain function! Yup, wouldn’t it be nice to actually get smarter and feel sharper while we’re at it?
The fact is there is no one size fits all supplementation strategy. And the combination of vitamins, foods, and supplements can easily lead to getting too much of a few things, not enough of others, and ultimately, not reaching our goals.
So, after poring over reports, books, and articles we here at EZ Wellness Club are excited to bring you the take aways from months of research, and a simple action plan that you can implement into your daily routine, that will bring you health, happiness, success… in short, once you get this figured out you’ll feel better and choirs of angels will sing in the background of your life.
First though, we need to send HUGE LOVE to Paul Jaminet, Ph.D and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D., who, in my humble but correct opinion, wrote the book on the subject (no, they really did, see the link to it here in this post I highly recommend it.
Here’s one quote from their book, Perfect Health Diet, that I find highly enlightening:
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“It’s a puzzle: if most Americans are malnourished and malnourishment injures health, why don’t multivitamins improve health? Adding to the puzzle: while multivitamins have little effect, individual supplements generally improve health.”
So if “individual supplements generally improve health” then which ones are they? And how much should you take? Here are some tips and recommendations on how you can supplement effectively, while not taking in toxic levels of stuff you don’t need.
Vitamins and Minerals:
Pharmaceutical grade, metals free Fish Oil- 10000 for 60 days, then 2000-5000 MG depending on activity level and your size.
Trace Minerals, alkalizing: Mimi’s Miracle Minerals. Contains over 70 trace minerals, has an alkalizing effect, and is anti-fungal and anti-viral. Our highest rated product on Amazon, with virtually zero returns. Once people start, they don’t go back.
Vitamin D – Northern or Southern dwellers: 4000 IU a day. Moderate climates 2500, Sunny or tropical areas 1000
Vitamin E – Only if you are on a weight loss regimen, 15 MG per day.
B vitamins- Focus Up, or high quality B Complex
Vitamin A- eat 3 eggs a day, with yolks
Selenium- Eat meat! At least 3 times a week
Iodine- Kelp tablets, 1000 MCG per day, work up to that amount over 3 months
Vitamin C- 1 gram per day. It has many benefits, and no risks.
For Rapid Weight Loss:
Pounds and Inches Drops for 20 plus pounds weight loss
For Keeping the pounds off:
The three most popular weight loss supplements in the last 10 years are definitely Green Coffee Bean, Garcinia, or Raspberry Ketones. These have all been clinically tested to reduce fat, even without diet or exercise. They can generally be purchased inexpensively on Amazon, and you may want to experiment with one at a time to see which one really works for you.
Mimi’s Miracle Cell Food. Add this to your water and drink throughout the day, and basically become super human. Your body will use oxygen better, your cells will be nourished and rejuvenated, and your system will be alkalized.
Pre work out drink BuckedUp. (You WILL feel this, and kill your workout. Get ready to take your workouts to a higher level. I take one scoop 20 minutes before every intense workout, 4 times a week.)
Post workout: Protein! If you are a supplement snob, and want the highest quality, check out Sun Warrior Protein. If you are more budget conscious, and want really good protein powder at a great value, here’s a great one.
Over 35? Then consider adding these:
Glucosamine Chondroitin for joints. Tons of research, will help with a variety of joint related ailments. Take 1500 MG per day. Great inexpensive product at Costco.
Hormone Balancing. Find a professional in your local area who can test you and advise on this.
Male only (For Testosterone Boosting):
Testosterone boosters: T-Bomb 3XTREME. Great value, great results.
4 Brazil nuts morning and night
Lots of eggs and red meat
DO NOT DO TESTOSTERONE DRUGS! Your body will stop producing it’s own T.
So there you have it, from me, Dave Sherwin, with insight and guidance from my personal health practitioner, the amazing Dr. Kepo’o. I have been following the supplementation strategy in this post for some time, and at the age of 50 I am literally the healthiest I’ve ever been, even more than when I played high school basketball, or raced in the triathlon National Championships. This supplementation strategy is solid, try the appropriate products we listed, chuck your multivitamins, and trust me, you’ll feel like a new person within a few months.
Great article here that not only covers the multivitamin debate well, it also references several great studies on the subject.
For Vitamin E specific info, check this excellent piece from the Mayo Clinic.
Have a toddler or infant? This article discusses which vitamins and minerals they need most: The Best Multivitamins for Babies and Toddlers