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How do you know if a supplement is really helping you?

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Updated October 22, 2014 at 3:03 AM
Created April 06, 2010 at 10:03 AM

how do you know if a supplement is working for you? how do you know when it's better not to take it? i hate swallowing pills, so i just drifted to not taking anymore D3 or fish oil. i haven't noticed any bad effects on my health from doing that- i'm still keeping up a paleo/ef diet.

i remember prof devany recommending an antioxidant supplement from dr. demopulous (sp?) that he feels has helped him, but i also remember him saying that it was hard to tease out how much the supplement had done for him and how much it was the paleo/ef diet.

anyone seen dramatic benefit from taking a supplement, to the point that when you stopped taking it the benefit disappeared?

i'm taking a sugary supplement now called viactiv which has calcium, vita k, and d3. i like the fact that i don't have to swallow it and it's healthy candy! but, even with just 4 carbs, i think it may be increasing my cravings. so i'm going to skip it for today and see what happens.

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78422 · April 10, 2010 at 3:11 AM

that makes sense.

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78422 · April 06, 2010 at 11:31 PM

i will definitely be getting my vita d levels checked. my mom bought a vita d generating lamp from sperti.com dr. holick who is the expert on vita d highly recommended it. my mom is 74. sometimes she gets too hot outside, so she can use the lamp inside with the ac on. dr holick has a book out called the vitamin d solution that i gotta get. as for iron supplementation, sometimes your body purposely keeps iron low to starve out h.pylori bacteria which feed on iron. if you supplement with iron in that case, you make matters worse. we are flying by the seat of our pants with supplementation.

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78422 · April 06, 2010 at 11:25 PM

according to dr holick and his book the uv advantage, it is possible to get enough vita d from the sun from just say 30 min a day, 3 days a week, from may to october. vita d is stored and can last you through the winter. this is what i am going to try to do. get it from the sun now and store enough to last me through the winter.

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970 · April 06, 2010 at 3:04 PM

This is a difficult one, especially for people who aren't suffering considerable illness.

For myself, I do notice the effects of supplements especially when I was quite ill with digestive issues.

I noticed minerals helped when I had panic attacks and anxiety. I had tried various tablet forms but it wasn't until I got a liquid mineral supplement that I noticed anything different. The liquid minerals worked quite quickly and within a few days I was more calm.

With vitamin D, I notice healing from pulled muscles is much quicker. I think vitamin D took the longest to see results though at a few weeks.

I notice with cod liver oil that my skin is not as dry and I heal faster from cuts and sores. This was almost an immediate effect, within about a week. Whenever I stopped it I noticed more skin problems which would go away when I took it again. Didn't help clear up acne though.

With each of these supplements whenever I would stop them I would notice within a few weeks that I wasn't doing as well. That said, now that I'm feeling much better, I can do without the mineral supplement altogether and don't notice much effect if I take it. The vitamin D I continued taking during the winter. The cod liver oil I take only occasionally.

I would not recommend taking Calcium without other minerals. If you are healthy and eating a good varied paleo diet, I would think the only thing you might need is vitamin D. I find the best vitamin D supplement is one that is dissolved in oil in a gel capsule. If you are eating industrial meat, then maybe a fish oil as well for Omega 3 balance.

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78422 · April 06, 2010 at 11:25 PM

according to dr holick and his book the uv advantage, it is possible to get enough vita d from the sun from just say 30 min a day, 3 days a week, from may to october. vita d is stored and can last you through the winter. this is what i am going to try to do. get it from the sun now and store enough to last me through the winter.

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623 · April 08, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I have a very high anxiety level naturally and see a big difference when I take l-theanine. I think the brands matter too. The one Im taking now is Enzymatic and I notice a much bigger difference than other brands (but its also gluten free so maybe thats why). I also take SAM-E for mood and it is a noticeable difference. Others such as fish oil, probiotics, and a multivitamin are more subtle. I guess if you have a present malady you will notice a difference if the supplement is meant to address it but if its for long term health it is much more subtle.

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78422 · April 10, 2010 at 3:11 AM

that makes sense.

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11478 · April 06, 2010 at 5:31 PM

If you're already on a paleo diet, and you're generally healthy, you will probably not feel much different on or off supplements. You may notice a difference if you take supplements for a specific purpose, such as minerals for muscle cramps, or cod liver oil for softer skin. Vitamin D does not make me feel any different, but my dentist and hygienist commented that my teeth looked better on my last checkup.

Some supplement effects can be measured either directly or indirectly by improved lab values. Iodine supplements may improve thyroid function. Magnesium supplements will increase magnesium levels. Iron supplements will increase hemoglobin. Fish oil and niacin lower LDL and C-reactive protein, while raising HDL.

Finally, you may want to consider getting your 25-OH vitamin D level checked. You may not feel any worse with a low vitamin D level, but it may make you more susceptible to certain cancers (breast, colon) and respiratory infections (influenza, rhinovirus). Get your 25-OH-D level up to at least 50 ng/ml ( http://freetheanimal.com/2009/03/vitamin-supplements-part-four.html ). Richard Nikoley has extensive posts about vitamin D in the Free the Animal archives.

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78422 · April 06, 2010 at 11:31 PM

i will definitely be getting my vita d levels checked. my mom bought a vita d generating lamp from sperti.com dr. holick who is the expert on vita d highly recommended it. my mom is 74. sometimes she gets too hot outside, so she can use the lamp inside with the ac on. dr holick has a book out called the vitamin d solution that i gotta get. as for iron supplementation, sometimes your body purposely keeps iron low to starve out h.pylori bacteria which feed on iron. if you supplement with iron in that case, you make matters worse. we are flying by the seat of our pants with supplementation.

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