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Alcohol and supplements

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Created June 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

My father has drank cheap beer all of his life and I'm talking about a 12 pack a day. I'm concerned that he does not absorb nutrients. Can u recommend best supplements for alcoholics? He lives on a farm so he dies eat mostly meat and vegetables. He slaughters a cow usually once a year and his cows are grass fed thanks

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25467 · June 13, 2011 at 1:05 PM

That amount of alcohol is a bad sign. Your dad needs help besides his diet. Get that done first

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This is from http://www.doctoryourself.com/alcoholism.html and seems to help remove cravings for alcohol as well as replenish needed nutrients. Of course natural sources are best but large consumption of alcohol may need to supplement, hope this helps:

Because alcohol is filling, it displaces more nourishing foods in the diet, causing malnutrition and specifically causing thiamin deficiency. So the heavy drinker is much less likely to get even the usual dietary amount of thiamin, at a time when she needs much more. Add to this the fact that alcohol destroys the liver and brain gradually, but profoundly. This damage increases the need for nutrients to repair the body at a time when the drinker is eating fewer and fewer good foods. Still worse, alcohol causes poor absorption and poor utilization of what B-vitamins there are. Alcohol can literally destroy folic acid.

  1. Vitamin C to saturation (on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 mg per day and more). Beverage alcohol (ethanol) is chemically just one carbon and two hydrogens either way from methanol (windshield washer fluid) and propanol (rubbing alcohol), both of which are poisons. In quantity, vitamin C is an antitoxin. High doses of vitamin C chemically neutralizes the toxic breakdown products of alcohol metabolism. And, vitamin C increases the liver's ability to reverse the fatty build-up so common in alcoholics.

  2. B-complex (comprising 50mg of each of the major B-vitamins, 6 times daily). Extra thiamin and extra niacin may be helpful. Unlike drugs, the B-vitamins work best together.

  3. L-Glutamine, (about two or three thousand milligrams). Decreases physiological cravings for alcohol.
  4. Lecithin (2 to 4 tablespoons daily). Provides inositol and choline, related to the B-complex. Lecithin also helps mobilize fats out of the liver.
  5. Chromium (at least 200 to perhaps 400 mcg chromium polynicotinate daily). Chromium greatly reduces carbohydrate mis-metabolism, and greatly helps control blood sugar levels. Many, if not most, alcoholics are hypoglycemic.
  6. A good high-potency multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement as well, containing magnesium (400 mg) and the antioxidants carotene and d-alpha tocopherol.

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1387 · June 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Anything that supports the liver comes to mind, for example NAC and choline. Also high alcohol consumption can lead to B12 deficiency.

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21405 · June 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Stephanie, I don't want to sound alarmist, but my father was in the exact same boat... a lifelong, 12-pack/day drinker. I lost him at the early age of 53 to heart disease just over three years ago.

The cellular damage incurred by chronic alcohol is pretty severe. I can't think of any supplementation that would stave off that damage in any perceptible way.

This isn't a rail against alcohol, as I myself tip a cup every now and again. It is, hopefully, a reminder that you cannot cheat nature.

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