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by 226 · about 4 hours ago

How to take a microdose of Boron supplement?

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by -1 · about 4 hours ago

anyone have any info/thoughts/benefits/risks on supplementing with tryptophan to improve sleep maintenance (prevent/minimise night awakenings)

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Rosenhazavel 0 · April 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Tryptophan is one form of amino acid that is not naturally produced and found in many foods, such as turkey. As it is not naturally produced we need to supplement it. The benefits of Tryptophan are obtained when you follow the diet, which is... (more)

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by 952 · about 4 hours ago

This NY Times article got me thinking: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/opinion/sunday/skip-the-supplements.html What do you think? Do you know which companies are U.S.P. Verified? Thanks! (more)

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PilatesGatekeeper 0 · December 27, 2013 at 3:39 AM

I think that optimally, you should get all your nutrients from food, but in a world with depleted soil and reverse osmosis water, some supplements may be needed to fill in the gaps.

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by 583 · about 4 hours ago

Just how much iodine is too much? Some seem to think it's pretty much "the more the better" within the realm of reason. People point out, for instance, that the Japanese get many many times more iodine than Americans. I've been supplementing... (more)

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somestranger 0 · November 23, 2013 at 7:12 PM

As long as you're taking around 200mcg/day of selenium then you can go upwards of 50mg/day on iodine. I think if you are iodine sufficient then about 1-5mg/day (from Lugol's solution or Iodoral which contain both iodide and iodine) would be a... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

Does anyone know what the latest is on prenatal folate/folic acid supplementation? I was researching the topic on this site but it seems like the answer is still up in the air. I read the article by Chris Masterjohn but since then I have read... (more)

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somestranger 0 · November 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

You have it backwards. People with an MTHFR gene defect (around 50% of the population has at least one mutation) convert folic acid to methyfolate slower than normal. The reason for this is that there are I believe 4 steps to conovert folic... (more)

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by 438 · about 4 hours ago

For my toddler, I am considering purchasing a multivitamin: http://www.vitacost.com/rainbow-light-kids-one-multistars-fruit-punch-90-chewable-tablets I'm undecided, with the following arguments on each side: Pro-vitamin: As a toddler,... (more)

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samc 0 · October 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I gave my kids vitamins off and on over the years. Kids are pretty hard to break so not giving them vitamins early on won't destroy them. If they are eating a good mostly junk free low carb, low sugar diet you can skip them. I'd suggest running... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

My question is about supplementation and do I get too much vitamin A and D I eat 5 times a week paleo style (meat, eggs, veggies etc) My supplementation is Now Foods Adam (=Vitamin A 10000IU, 60% Beta-Carotene 40% Retinyl Palmitate and... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · October 09, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I would consider that to be too much vitamin A for myself, since that amount causes me to develop eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, presumably as a result of competition with vitamin D. If you start to develop similar problems, you may want to... (more)

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by 121 · September 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Hi! Due to leg cramping at night, I added Morton's Lite Salt to my diet at the suggestion of a question here on Paleohacks. It contains potassium and magnesium. However, that's not all it contains: it also includes some other additives... (more)

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greymouser 0 · August 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

LOL, dextrose. Dextrose is just another name for glucose, plain and simple. For where it is in the list, it's probably a miniscule amount per serving, even if you have to watch your sugar intake. However, why, why, why do we need to sweeten our... (more)

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by 529 · about 4 hours ago

Vitamin K2 ((Activator X) from Dr. Weston A. Price's work) seems very potentially crucial to overall health and longevity. There are studies linking healing of calcification in arteries via K2. It activates vitamines A & D. There are... (more)

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glib 0 · August 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

If you are focusing on K2 alone, natto is off scale. For zinc, by far the best common source is beef. It is not nearly as high as oysters, but when you compare daily eating of beef with once a year oyster platter, beef dominates. You want to make... (more)

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by 529 · about 4 hours ago

Hello! I have recently been consuming somewhat large amounts of Vitamin A (1-3 tbsp cod-liver oil with D destroyed, presumably through processing, but 425-1500IU Vitamin A/tsp./1-3 days, .5 lb of grass-fed beef liver(once, not daily :-)),... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · May 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Lol, you are consuming 2-3 Tablespoons (my cod liver oil has 4300iu/teaspoon), and half a pound of grassfed liver per day. You should DEFINITELY be taking a d3 with that... Also, you should maybe calm down with the megadoses of vitamin a? Are you... (more)

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by 78 · September 25, 2014 at 3:58 AM

I'm looking mostly to achieve weight loss, get my digestion and insulin sensitivity back in line and to minimize inflammation. I have persistent adult acne and achy joints so trying to avoid eggs, nightshades etc. I'm looking to do a plan that... (more)

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Mimi_1 0 · April 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Forget organic. Forget supplements. It seems like most of your budget will go towards supplements, leaving barely anything for food. If you're using a separate budget for supplements... think about it, why not just add that money to your food... (more)

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by 71 · September 27, 2014 at 3:52 AM

Hi all, I've been low carb for about 11 years (on and off; 3 pregnancies, when off a gain and subsequent loss of close to 80 lbs 3 times) so I am not completely new to the party. Low carb just wasn't working for me anymore. Due to broken leg... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Indeed, fish oil supplements are already oxidizing through shipment, storage, and sale before they reach you. Should you not take them for that reason? Maybe, that's up to you. But I will say this: it's a lot less worrisome to just eat fish. (more)

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by 70 · about 4 hours ago

I've been Paleo/primal for over 6 weeks now, off 2 blood pressure meds and all crohn's meds. Started most of the supplementation recommended in Perfect Health Diet but I've needed potassium before for leg cramps. Now I'm taking potassium once... (more)

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Joanna_8 0 · March 03, 2013 at 9:32 AM

If I don???t take more than the RDA of magnesium I get muscle-cramps. When I started the paleo diet I found I had to double my dose of magnesium to prevent these symptoms. As well as causing muscle relaxation magnesium also places itself and... (more)

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by 2904 · about 4 hours ago

I've been noticing some respiratory issues lately, mostly due to the change in temperature and barometric pressure. I haven't been able to buy liver lately so I've been a bit more mineral deficient than usual. I'm feeling a bit deficient in... (more)

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Mark_36 0 · January 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Kazakhstan. Ask for Boris.

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by 329 · about 5 hours ago

Today while in a pharmacy I was offered a free test for vitamins and minerals. It was performed as a quick electro-dermal screening. It seems my Omegas are low. I've been supplementing with fish oil (2000 mg a day) for about a month. Is this test... (more)

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Richard_10 0 · January 07, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Your basing your mineral and vit intake on fish oil...vit d3 and vit d 6. If your not taking multi vits then yes your prolly low especially in your vit b's, if your vegan then in iron as well

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by 6 · about 5 hours ago

Male Age 24 163 down from 168 Supplementing with Cellfood by Lumina Health Hi guys I have began my journey with paleo again as I had fallen off the bullet train a while back. My heartburn is gone and I am feeling more energized. But to the... (more)

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by 10 · about 5 hours ago

Im already attacking this problem the best i can with diet & exercise, but im looking to give myself any boost i can with non-prescription supplements. I already have a list of supplements that im currently looking through peer reviewed lit... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · January 05, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Cinnamon helps with insulin sensitivity. It is sold in capsules or you can mix it in with foods.

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by 224 · September 29, 2014 at 3:48 AM

I was wondering what the effects would be of taking all of my supplements in the evening with my main meal. I generally don't eat much during the day (except BP Coffee) and don't want to supplement on an empty stomach. Here is what I am currently... (more)

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ginasantari 0 · December 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I used to take D3 in the morning with breakfast, but now I take it at bedtime with magnesium - they work together to aid sleep.

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by 665 · about 5 hours ago

Supplementing is a controversial topic in paleo circles. On one hand a lot of people agree on D vitamin supplementation, on the other hand there is danger of overdose if done incorrectly - e.g. vitamin A or copper. Then, there is such element as... (more)

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James_21 0 · August 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I have tried so many supplements. Probably half of them have given me a huge boost but it always tends to wear off after a week so it's probably just placebo effect. The best supplements I have tried are probably carnitine for energy and melatonin... (more)

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by 4029 · about 5 hours ago

I already supplement with CLO+butter oil, and get out for walks quite a bit, but I had been reading and hearing suggestions that humans in a modern society where one works indoors and stays indoors as much as we might be probably should supplement... (more)

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miked_2 0 · July 26, 2012 at 2:26 AM

I do 10,000/day. I don't feel any different by taking that amount; however, I don't get sick anymore. There's not specific good feeling, but I never feel bad.

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by 185 · about 5 hours ago

We had a great "top five paleo grocery staples" question a few months back. Recently, I've had to add a few supplements into my regiment to offset a possible copper toxicity. It got me wondering about what else I could be lacking (or... (more)

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SoloX 0 · July 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

A lot of supplements are useful, but provided one follows a paleo diet rich in a bevy of meats, eggs (choline), and colorful veggies, it really just comes down to: Vitamin D - contrary to popular belief, it isn't simply about sunlight exposure.... (more)

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by 20 · about 5 hours ago

I'm a Paleo newbie but already feel amazing after giving up grains & dairy. I'm a 55yr old healthy (low bp, normal weight, low cholesterol) & very active (aerobic & weight training) female with moderately annoying gut issues that... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · June 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM

If you're concerned about bone health, please also make sure you're getting enough vitamin K2. (Best sources: fats & organ meat from grassfed/pastured animals - butter, cream, egg yolks, liver. You can get K1 from leafy greens but people vary... (more)

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by 1307 · about 5 hours ago

With any luck, Melissa from (HGL) can answer this one. Here's a current list of supplements I'm taking: Chelated Magnesium Wild Salmon Oil Licorce extract Probiotics Multi-vitamin B-vitamin complex Digestive enzymes Niacin Digestive Bitters HCL... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · May 28, 2012 at 3:59 AM

Yikes. In my opinion that's just too much and makes it hard to ID what's even going on. WHy not try going off them and doing a very low carb diet? Also I'd ditch the HCL. It didn't help me very much. Have a protein rich breakfast of steak or some... (more)

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by 309 · about 5 hours ago

So I'm a little overwhelmed at all the info regarding pre-conception/prental supplementations. I would like to start taking fermented Cod Liver Oil, but what else? A folate & iron supplement? I feel like even a whole foods vitamin could be... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · May 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM

The RDA is not sufficient--it's just enough to prevent disease for some people--and definitely not enough for optimum health for ttc or growing a baby. I don't recommend CLO to my clients, unless they can't eat liver or dairy. The ratio of A to... (more)

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by 605 · about 5 hours ago

What were your experiences? Would you recommend keeping your diet on the low, so as to avoid arguments with medical staff? Would you ever mention that you eat liver or take cod liver oil (given the fear of Vitamin A), or mention that you're... (more)

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Gazelle 0 · May 10, 2012 at 5:32 AM

I nodded and smiled with my midwife a bit. I think I mentioned that I avoided gluten, sugar and "junk" which was fine with her! She trusted me when I told her I was taking a "prenatal", though I didn't mention it didn't contain DHA and I was... (more)