Do you take any supplements?

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  1. WildVolley

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    I supplement vitamin C. While it is still somewhat controversial, what I've read has flipped me in favor of using it. And it is very inexpensive if you buy it in bulk.

    Earlier studies thought that it is just urinated out because it has a short half-life in the body. More recent studies show that larger doses tend to spike blood levels far beyond what was originally claimed, so the earlier understanding was incorrect.

    Retinal photos have also showed narrowed blood vessels in the back of the eye reversing on vitamin C therapy. Seems no one has done follow up studies on this promising evidence. Why?

    I give less credence to epidemiological studies, but a meta-study showed lower mortality with higher vitamin C supplementation. I'm wary of statistical studies because of experience with statistics - the results can vary greatly based on model specification and GIGO is under-recognized.

    At the very least, I won't likely get scurvy.
     
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  2. finalfantasy7

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    has anyone tried Elete electrolyte, dont think its like a proper electrolyte drink as in instant energy, but it has a load of potassium and sodium - looks like a replacement for a banana.

    Some guy was trying to convince me
     
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  3. rk_sports

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    supplement only those I cannot get via food

    Protein powder (after workout/tennis)
    Fish Oil (Krill)
    Multivitamin (if I don't get balanced food)
    Inflama-Care (if I played for longer period)
     
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  4. canadad

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    I almost bought that last night, but picked the cheaper Alaskan Salmon Oil instead.

    Speaking of adding Omega 3's, over the past month I have been feeling pretty good with my new breakfast shake. Added to my greens and protein shake, I have added ground flax seed, psyllium husks, burdock root powder, dandelion root powder, fenugreek seed powder(all in this product)
     
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  5. El Diablo

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    No follow-up studies on Vitamin C and the retina? If the supplement industry put up the money to fund such studies, you can be certain they'd be done. Perhaps they haven't??
     
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  7. WildVolley

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    I think it is clear that they haven't. The industry involves many small companies and they are not funding much in the way of research for a compound that anyone can make.

    This is the big advantage of patentable pharmaceuticals. Because of the monopoly grant, the company with the monopoly is willing to put money into studies. The downside is that the prices will be much higher for the compound.

    For many natural compounds there's evidence of varying quality but no high quality double blind matched pairs, etc, studies.

    I still believe that the current state of the evidence suggests in favor of vitamin-C supplementation, but I'd like higher quality evidence, but I'm not going to fund it myself.
     
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    I keep on stealing my wife's pre-natal gummies-- they're just so darned tasty!

    I should probably just start buying my own gummies so I don't OD on folic acid...
     
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