To "supplement" means to add something to
something, and doesn't say whether that something is natural or good,
or synthetic or bad. You
should try to get as much of the nutrients you need from food
and super-foods, but only you can be the judge
of when even a synthetic
nutritional supplement would be better for where your health is at the
that preferably should be eaten as food, but are rich enough in
nutrients that it is worth it to take them as supplements if you cannot
get them from the source.
is the green scum that you see on the top of ponds. If you're not ready
to eat pond scum, it can be bought as a powder and added to foods.
Bone broth would be better but
if you don't make bone broth, take
bone meal in a pill. Balance it with other minerals, especially
magnesium. Powdered dolomite is often take with bone meal to balance
the excess calcium in bonemeal.
Brewers or Nutritional Yeast
Good source of protein and B vitamins. Tastes great on popcorn.
Cod Liver Oil
Take 1000 i.u. a day if you don't have the opportunity to eat raw fish liver every day.
A source of minerals
Unless you are able to get kelp or other sea vegetables in your diet,
in either pill or powdered form as a supplement.
Virgin Coconut Oil
A super-food that provides energy and keeps everything else running
smoothly. Can be eaten as a food or as a supplement. Put a spoonful in a cup of hot drink in the morning.
Wheat germ oil
A source of vitamin E.
Non-SuperFood Supplements that are Nourishing
at least 1 gram a day, 5
grams would be better. Vitamin
C can be taken as either pills or in powdered form. If taking vitamin C
as powdered ascorbic acid, add some bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
or other mixed minerals
to the ascorbic acid and mix with honey and liquid to drink, or take
the extra minerals on the side. Vitamin C can be made by brewing your
own fermented beverages at home and drinking them after they have
fermented for 3-5 days rather than bottling and storing them. Even
then, vitamin C is hard to get enough of, so supplementation is
Take with meals, especially meat. If you get heartburn from taking HCl,
then you have enough acid in your stomach and don't need to take it or
need to take less. Foam in the urine is an indicator that Betaine HCl
would be good for you (too much undigested protein).
Such as papaya and bromelain to help digest food. Good food digestion will help with all other functions in the body.
Lack of iodine will cause tiredness. To test for iodine deficiency, put
some Lugol's solution of iodine somewhere on your skin and let it sit
there for a day. If it has been absorbed into the skin and disappeared
by the next day then you need to supplement with iodine or kelp, or you
can continue rubbing the iodine on the skin until it stays there and
does not absorb, the body taking what it needs and leaving the rest.
Is a mineral that is needed by the heart, a muscle that always has to
keep working. Magnesium is one of the few non-superfood supplements
that someone on a healthy diet may need to supplement. Take
magnesium if you have an erratic heartbeat, high blood pressure or
muscle cramps. Other symptoms of magnesium deficiency are irritability
and urinary incontinence. . See
magnesium to learn about different types of magnesium and their primary
400 i.u. - 1,000 i.u. per day.
The body is able to make its own Q10 so, in theory, you shouldn't need
it if you're on a healthy diet you shouldn't need to supplement it. Its other name is "ubiquinone", because it's supposed to be
ubiquitous -- "everywhere". But since whenever I
try to cut it out of my supplement regime I feel the worse for it and
have to start taking it again, I include it here.
Diet Recovery Supplements
-- when you have been eating poorly for
years/all your life and/or have nutritional deficiency diseases, this
is a checklist of the type of supplements you may want to start off
Bone meal or bone broth
Vitamin C -- 1500 mgs 3x a day
Wheat germ oil
30-120 mgs ubiquinone (Co-enzyme Q-10)
1 tablespoon or more of edible clay