People who think that there is no need for supplementation in the
American diet are coming from a pretty ludicrous standpoint. The fact
of the matter is that we, as Americentric individuals (by natural
socialization) have been led to believe that our American diets are
flawless and thus there is no need for further supplementation. Yeah,
right! Quite the contrary, actually.
I have just been diagnosed with a pretty severe disease, and due to
this, I have taken it upon myself to do as much research as possible
on the issue of nutrition and supplementation and have come to find
out that my own "flawless American diet" has led me to the path of
disease, which I am currently in the process of attempting to reverse.
Here is some evidence that supports this:
All you have to do is go to google.com and type in "diet role disease"
and you will see the practically endless amount of articles written on
Basically, traditional Western medicine wants us to believe that
supplementation does NO good. This is a fallacy propogated by the
medical industry because pharmeceutical companies are ridiculously in
kahoots with doctors. Pharm. companies woo doctors daily into
prescribing as MUCH as possible, even for diseases that don't HAVE a
cure--because there are incentives invloved. If you are in any way
skeptical of this, take a look at the van that a pharm. rep drives to
doctors offices daily. And that is just what they give them before
the doctors even do any prescribing!!!!
Sorry for the tangent-y nature of this so far--it's just that reading
the comment posted by brainminer-ga struck a special chord with me,
considering what I have been dealing with, and considering that since
supplementing my diet, I have felt MUCH MUCH MUCH better! :)
On to supplements:
True, there is no ONE definitive supplement that is going to give all
of it to you, simply because some are in oil-based form and some are
in water-based form, and they can't mix the two, though the two
generally tend to mix well in our system aided by digestive enzymes
such as amylase and protease.
First, the "complete vitamin" and your best-bets-know that these are
all formulated for middle-aged men. After about 55, that's when they
start making special formulas. Otherwise, the following are made for
1. I do know that people tend to really like the "One-A-Day" series,
and there is a formula made just for men called "Men's Health
Formula." This can be purchased at any store that sells vitamins for
about 20.00 (USD)
It promotes healthy heart function-- and healthy prostate function--
by including the following key ingredients:
selenium, zinc, calcium, vitamin C, niacin, and vitamin E.
Also has lycopene, a cell protecting antioxidant,Calcium, Magnesium,
Potassium and Vitamin C to help maintain normal blood pressure.
Chromium and B-Vitamins for the release of energy from food.
* No Iron - Research suggests excess iron may increase a man's risk of
Healthy Prostate - Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamin E, Zinc. Healthy Eyes -
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc. Blood Pressure - Calcium,
Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C. Energy - Vitamin B6, Biotin,
Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin. Healthy
Heart - Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin E.
2.Twinlab's Maxilife Men's Protector: I LOVE Twinlab. Here are the
ingredients that they include in this powerhouse vitamin:
Calcium Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Oxide, D-Alpha Tocopheryl,
Succinate, Cellulose, Vegetable Based Stearic Acid, Saw Palmetto Berry
Extract, Zinc Picolinate,Lycopene, Potassium Chloride, Croscarmellose
Sodium, Crospovidone, Niacinamide, Soy Phytosterol Complex, D-Calcium
Pantothenate, Choline Bitartrate, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Inositol, Beta
Carotene, Magnesium Sterate, Magnesium Aspartate, Pyridoxine
Hydrochloride, Sillca, Riboflavin, Cyanocobalamin, Thiamin
Mononitrate, Selenomethionine, Biotin, Calcium Citrate, Copper
Gluconate, Maganese Gluconate, Para Aminobenzoic Acid, Folic Acid,
Cholecatciferol, Chromium Picolinate, Potassium Citrate, Molybdic
Acid, Potassium Iodide *Licensed Under U.S. Patent #RE.33,988 **Copper
is specially coated to prevent interaction with other ingredients.
Supplement Facts Serving Size 2 Tablets Servings Per Container 30
Amount Per 2 Tablets % Daily Value Vitamin A 12500 IU 250%,Vitamin C
500 mg 833%, Vitamin D 200 IU 50%, Vitamin E 400 IU 1333%, Thiamin 25
mg 1667%, Riboflavin 25 mg 1471%, Niacin 62.5 mg 313%, Vitamin B6 25
mg 1250%, Folate 400 mcg 100%, Vitamin B12 250 mcg 4167%, Biotin 150
mcg 50%, Pantothenic Acid 50 mg 500%, Calcium 250 mg 25%, Iodine 75
mcg 50%,Magnesium 250 mg 63%, Zinc 25 mg 167%, Salenium 100 mcg 143%,
Copper 1 mg 50 Manganese 1 mg 50%, Chromium 200 mcg 167%, Molybdic
Acid 75 mcg 100%, Potassium 50 mg <2%, Saw Palmetto Berry Extract, 160
mg, Lycopene 1 mg, Soy Phytoterol complex(Providing a minimum 24 mg of
beta sitosterols) 60 mg, Choline Bitartrate 50 mg, Inositol 50 mg,
Citrus Bioflavonoids 50 mg, PABA 5 mg
Twinlab tends to include more homeopathic herbs in their vitamins than
other brands, and I consider that to be a good thing.
This supplement is available for about 15.00 (USD) at most nutrition
stores. If they dont carry, just request the vitamin and they'll
order it happily.
I went to bizrate.com and got their ratings for this topic. HEre are
the results that you can skim through if you'd like:
If hair loss is not an issue for you, you can just skip through many
of them which are specifically formulated with the balding man in
Now---my two cents! In addition to the multi-vitamin, you need to
take a few other things to round off your quest for optimum health:
a) one of the main things that our american diet is missing are
omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are found in fish and dark
leafy greens. Which we don't eat enough of.
Make sure you take both....omega-6 is harder to find, but is found in
flax seed oil in high high amounts. Crucial.
b) digestive enzymes. Even if you are eating well, there is a good
chance that your body is not metabolizing that which you are consuming
properly. Pick up a multi digestive enzyme such as solaray's Super
Digestaway. You WILL notice a difference within a few days!!!
Please let me know if I can be of any other assistance---I know TOO
much about this stuff now, and so it is my pleasure to help others
with their needs!!!