As you have showed me yours, I will show you mine; these are the supplements I’m currently taking based on scientific evidence and strong research recommendations from my doctor(s):
• Omega 3 Fish Oil – The new research has made my normally mild-mannered psychopharmacologist truly excited. There is ever more increasing evidence that Omega 3 not only helps with basic heart health, but depression as well. Omega 3 has both EPA and DHA as active ingredients, and EPA is the important one for depression. You want a supplement that will give you at least 1000mg of EPA a day, even if it means taking 2-3 big softgels. I use this brand because it’s the most potent.
• Vitamin B2 – Also known as Riboflavin. Tessa attended a conference a few months ago that delved into adult fatigue and lethargy. Which, of course, is ironic given that she suffers neither – but she brought the research home and I’ve acted on it.
A number of doctors have uncovered evidence that much of the over-the-top tiredness that some of us suffer comes from a slight mitochondrial impairment at the cellular level. Basically, our mitochondria (the battery of our cells) aren’t producing the energy they should. After running a number of tests and trials over the last few years, they now recommend some specific supplements that have helped patients enormously. One of them is B2, and another is…
• Co-Q10 – This one helps blood pressure as well, but if you’re in it for the lethargy game, two different doctors told me you should take at least 400mg/day, which is why I’ve been busting the 600.
• NAC – In the “two birds, one stone” department, NAC (N-Acetylcysteine) not only solves the “antioxidant” requirement for the mitochondria treatment, but it has shown to be effective in mental health as well. Awesomeballs!
• Niacin – Since my cholesterol crept over 200 last year, I’ve started on this. Lots of research back it up, and the “no-flush” version won’t make you turn red with sweat about 15 minutes after taking it.
• Vitamin D (not pictured) – A no-brainer at this point, especially since I’m a redhead living in LA, I never go out in the sun. I don’t take much Vitamin D, just a nip.
You may also see a jar of Creatine Monohydrate in the back, which is also a mitochondrial suggestion, but I keep forgetting to use it because it comes in a powder. There’s something about mixing a powder into a drink… if it’s not Strawberry Quik, I don’t get the point.
Might someone be reading this, 50 years from now, and react the same way we look at old ads for asbestos? Perhaps, but we are doing the best we can with the info we’ve got in late 2011, you smug future motherfucker, so DON’T JUDGE ME!