Alright, here we go! Supplements 101. On the left side of the room, we have the naysayers that continue their clamor that supplements merely make expensive urine. On the right side, we have the hardcore supplementies who can’t last 5 minutes without taking a pill. In the middle, sitting awkwardly, is… me. Yup, I’m in the middle on this debate. Despite that ancient Chinese proverb: “Man who walk middle of road get hit by car.”
Okay, enough of that for now. Seriously. Supplements are a great, homeopathic way of supplying your body with the nutrients it so desperately needs. Even if you eat a diet that’s 100% organic and lots of variety, chances are you still need to supplement certain things. I’ve provided a small list of my supplements and why I take them.
Vitamin C: I take this bad boy constantly, and I thank the Lord I have a job which allows me that privilege (aka time to actually do it). In one day, I’ll take roughly 10,000mg of the stuff, which is about my bowel tolerance (btw, overdosing in this stuff results in a C-flush [diarrhea] which, if performed once a week, can actually be beneficial for cleaning out the intestines). The form I take is ascorbic acid in crystallized form.
Vitamin D: I take about 10,000 IU per day. This stuff affects over 1000 genes in your body. I work an inside job and don’t get out much otherwise (aside from walks in the park with my girlfriend) so I don’t produce much vitamin D from sunlight. Even so, research points out that only people who are chronically and adequately exposed to the sun (like lifeguards) get enough vitamin D. The stuff is also a precursor to testosterone, which as a hot-blooded male, kinda important to me.
Magnesium: I take about 400 mg (1/2 teaspoon) every night 1hr prior to bedtime. Magnesium is great for your muscles and nervous system. It promotes relaxation, and a deficiency of it is sinister and can cause many problems.
Ginkgo Biloba: This is a nootropic. I buy a fairly typical brand, and take about 3-4 tablets of it (I apologize, I currently am not aware of how many mg are in each tablet). The stuff is great for memory support and actually just general cognitive functioning. But be aware that everyone is different, and even if I get a very positive impact from it, it may not affect you to the same degree. I do have ADHD, which may explain why GB works so well for me.
Cod Liver Oil: I take this stuff in a doses of 2mL. Its rich and chock-full of delicious Omega-3 fatty acids, which are used mainly to maintain normal functions throughout the body rather than be used as a source of energy. It also contains amounts of vitamins A and D, so there’s a bonus in its consumption.
Honestly, that’s about it. I’m a low-key supplementer. What about you? Leave a question or comment below.