There’s a lot of uncharted territory when it comes to supplements and there is some risk involved. Typically not nearly the risk of pharmaceutical drugs, but you could have a reaction to something you’ve never taken before and if you take too much of anything, it can make you sick.
If you drink six litres of water in one hour, it will kill you.
There are additional risks if you’re taking prescription drugs. Taking certain supplements with pharmaceuticals could cause serious side effects that may even be life threatening. I am not trying to scare you, but you should do further research beyond this blog post to be aware of any potential risks and be cautious.
There are thousands of supplements on the market and it is easy to get overwhelmed. What to take, what brand is best, how much to take…
There s a lot of scientific research on certain compounds proven to have significant health promoting effects.
If you’re on a tight budget and it s a stretch just to afford to eat an organic plant-based diet and juice, that’s ok. Forget supplements, just remember nutrition is the foundation of health and healing. You’ve got to get the diet right.
If you think you re going to take a bunch of supplements and keep eating burgers, pizza and ice-cream washing it down with cans of beer and continue smoking, then you are fooling yourself and you’re wasting your money.
A lot of us have been brainwashed. We’ve been conditioned to put our faith in magic bullets (which are pharmaceutical drugs). And then we bring that same mentality into the natural world and we just want one pill, one natural supplement, one natural cure to fix our problem.
In most cases, one pharmaceutical drug isn’t going to fix your problem and neither will one natural supplement.
In order to find out which supplements to take, you should get the nutrient levels in your blood plasma tested and then supplement what you’re not getting in your diet.
If you don’t have access to blood plasma nutrient analysis or if you just want to get more nutrients into your body with the approach to overdose on nutrition, giving your body more than enough and letting it use what it needs, I recommend taking whole-food supplements.
Wholefood supplements in contrast to nutraceuticals do not just give you one isolated compound in high dosage, but a whole plethora of compounds including phyto-chemicals, micro nutrients, vitamins, amino-acids, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids etc.
Here are three of my favourites:
Amla/Amalaki/The Indian Gooseberry
Amla is the highest antioxidant food on planet Earth, and it has the second highest concentration of Vitamin C.
It’s very hard to find Amla fresh, almost impossible. It’s bitter and sour and pithy and just awful. Buy organic amalaki powder instead (on Amazon).
It’s super potent, so start with 1/4 teaspoon mixed into water or juice, smoothie or oat meal and get it into your body.
I add it to about 20 ounces of water that I drink first thing in the morning.
Moringa leaf powder
Moringa is one of the most nutrient dense plants on planet Earth. If you compare gram-for-gram, it has: 10x the vitamin A of carrots, 17x the calcium of milk, 15x the potassium of bananas, 25x the iron of spinach, 9x protein of yoghurt. It actually contains all the essential amino acids. It’s an amazing superfood.
You just add 1/2 a teaspoon or a teaspoon to water, juice, smoothie or you can add it to your oat meal in the morning.
Vitamin D3 is the #1 anti-cancer vitamin. I can’t say enough good things about Vitamin D3. More than 3,500 studies have examined this vitamin, and overall they have shown the following:
The researchers concluded that the optimal levels for cancer prevention are between 40 and 60 nanogram per millilitre. The study also found that most cancers occur in people with vitamin D blood levels between 10 and 40 ng/ml.
A 2005 study in the European Journal of Cancer found that women with blood concentrations higher than 60 ng/ml had an 83% reduction in breast cancer compared with those lower than 20.
Some cancer experts say that 60-80 ng/ml is really the best range for your blood level for Vitamin D3 leading to an 80 percent reduction in diabetes occurrence and 77 percent reduction in all cancers.
Now the best source of vitamin D is sunshine.
If you’re living outside the tropics it might be difficult to get enough sunshine to get your blood levels that high, so that’s why supplementation makes sense. You may have read that you need vitamin K2 to absorb D3, which is why some vitamin D3 supplements also contain K2, but many clinical studies have shown, it’s not necessary and that D3 is easily absorbed in gelcap, liquid drops and oral spray form without K2.
So, check your blood work and depending on where your D3 level is, you may need to take between 5,000 – 10,000 international units per day to get your blood level over 60ng/ml. Make sure you retest in 30-60 days to see where you’re at and adjust your D3 intake accordingly.
Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it’s better absorbed (up to 60 percent better) when taken with a healthy fat, such as organic ghee, coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, or nut butters.
Prevention is key to lifelong health, and Vitamin D3 helps precisely that. Interestingly enough, one can also use Vitamin D3 for acute health problems. When you are coming down with a cold or flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, or some other minor illness, I recommend that, at the instant you feel start to feel achy or have a sore throat or a fever, start taking higher doses of Vitamin D3 for three to five days. For example, take 20,000 to 30,000 international units (IU) daily for three to five days and then return to 5,000 IU or your regular dose once the cold or flu has subsided enough. This increase in Vitamin D3 helps up-regulate the immune system and cause soldier cells to become more active and help assist the body’s own innate abilities to heal itself.
D3 up-regulates the immune system so effectively that pharmaceutical companies are currently undertaking clinical trials to make Vitamin D3 a prescription drug.
Yes you read that right: in the future, Vitamin D3 may become a prescription drug.
Finally, make sure that whatever Vitamin D3 you take, does not contain fillers or unnecessary incredients. It should contain a vegetarian capsule, Vitamin D3, L-leucine, and silicon dioxide (to stabilize it).
Avoid D3 supplements that have multiple inappropriate ingredients, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), colours, and other fillers. The same goes for Vitamin D3 in liquid form.