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Traditional supplements

These are "supplements" that have been around for a long time and so can be deemed safe. Note that, traditionally, there has been no real distinction between supplements and food as medicine. A good diet should already provide most necessary minerals, vitamins, amino acids and so on.

  • Organ meats – nature's multivitamin
  • Black seed oil – anti-inflammatory; research
  • Olive oil – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
  • Cod liver (oil) – vitamin D, anti-inflammatory
  • Magnesium/potassium/sodium chloride – electrolytes
  • Pine pollen – testosterone, multivitamin
  • Pine needles – vitamin A and vitamin C
  • Bull testicles – testosterone
  • Royal jelly – B vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory

Synthetic supplements

Lab-made supplements. The ones listed are probably safe, but proceed with caution.

  • Magnesium glycinate
  • L-theanine – taken with magnesium glycinate in equal amounts
  • Boron – 3 to 5 mg daily, or 10 mg 3 days a week
  • Taurine
  • Inositol
  • Creatine
  • Glutamine - good if you suffer from IBS

Magnesium

One of the most important minerals to supplement.

  • Aim for 11 mg elemental magnesium per kg of bodyweight
    • Magnesium glycinate pills
    • Magnesium chloride (hexahydrate), sometimes called bittern or nigari salt
      • Contains 12% elemental magnesium by weight.
      • Orally: 5-10 g dissolved in water per day (spread out).
      • Topically: dissolve 100-200 g in 0.5L spray bottle, apply on skin.
  • May have a laxative effect; build up the dosage slowly

Vitamin C

Avoid – see here. Instead, get vitamin C from fruit and liver, not as ascorbic acid or citric acid.

Vitamin D

Avoid – supplementation increases calcium, depletes magnesium, potassium and retinol. Instead, get vitamin D from sunlight and seafood, eggs and cod liver (oil).

Omega-3

Avoid - capsules / fish oil easily turns rancid. Instead, get omega-3 (DHA/EPA) from seafood and bivalves, preferably wild caught.

Zinc

Avoid – can create copper/iron imbalance. Instead, get zinc from red meat and bivalves.

Iron

Avoid - all supplements and plant sources of iron have low bioavailability, and thus accumulates in your blood to a greater extent than heme iron. Get your iron from meat instead. Also see the section about iron in the modern dangers page.