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General Category => Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health => Topic started by: Anon123 on April 27, 2012, 07:07:51 pm

Title: So many supplements - what to take?
Post by: Anon123 on April 27, 2012, 07:07:51 pm
I find it a little daunting to decide which supplements to take.

As you all know, I have colitis so I have to be careful what supplements I use, knowing that with any supplement there is the possibility that it may trigger a flareup.

With colitis, I don't get daily green leafy vegetables, for example, and I can't eat high fibre foods or nuts. These foods may not help during a flareup.

But how do you decide what supplements to use to make up nutritional shortfalls?

I'll tell you what I do take everyday:

fish oil liquid (with a small amount of co-q10, vitamin d, vitamin e, and omega 6)
Vitamin B6
Extra zinc capsule (with vitamin B6 10mg, magnesium 50mg, zinc 15mg, and Copper 1mg)
Vitamin D 3000iu
Calcium Citrate (500mg) [Because I am on steroids for the next month or so and was diagnosed with osteopenia some years ago, possibly from steroid use or from colitis)

I also have ester c vitamin c, but I haven't taken it for a while, not since the colitis flared up.

The unfortunate thing is, I think this latest outbreak was caused by a men's multivitamin, which has so many things in it (including Arginine, Methionine, Betacarotene, P. A. B. A., Siberian Ginseng, and L-Carnitine) that you could never know what caused the upset.

So, bearing in mind that I have a fairly limited diet, and that I don't get to eat all the foods that I'd like to for health, do you think there is any thing which stands out as distinctly lacking in my diet and which might benefit from supplementation?
Title: Re: So many supplements - what to take?
Post by: PeakT on April 28, 2012, 12:10:08 am
Well, nothing beats food I always say.  But ALA and CoQ10 are good candidates.  B vitamins may be an issue in colitis?

(Side note: here is int'g article:

What about these?  (Be cautious with the Vit E, especially if it's not mixed tocopherols.)

GLA is something you should look into (for anti-inflammation) possibly.

Beet root powder or extract?

I will try to do a little research myself but haven't had time. 
Title: Re: So many supplements - what to take?
Post by: spiderman on April 28, 2012, 04:20:58 am
Dermot ..Better to try things individually anyway instead of the Multi see what you can tolerate...check out this for herbals that may help...     

Gives great descriptions on individual benefits..

Dr Weils is excellent site (nice one PT)...

Title: Re: So many supplements - what to take?
Post by: Anon123 on April 28, 2012, 11:52:23 pm
Thanks guys. I really appreciate all your advice and help.

GLA and ALA are both in the fish oil formulation I take, along with co-q10, so that is convenient. Here's the breakdown of the fish oil:

One 5ml teaspoon typically contains:

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids   1,600mg
    EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)   700mg
    DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)   450mg
    ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)   75mg

    Omega-6 fatty acids    560mg
    LA (linoleic acid)           400mg
    GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) 50g

    Omega-9 fatty acids (oleic acid)   580mg
    Vitamin D (175IU)    5g
    Vitamin E (15IU)   10mg
    CoQ10 (co-enzyme Q10)   10mg

Is that a good amount of vitamin e to take? How about the GLA and ALA?

I look forward to reading your findings Peak T.
Title: Re: So many supplements - what to take?
Post by: PeakT on April 29, 2012, 05:37:04 am
Vitamin E has not done done well in the studies.  The likely reason is that almost all Vitamin E's are alpha tocopherol which lowers levels of gamma and delta tocopherols.