CISRA’s Synergy Health Newsletter

Issue 9. Supplements I Currently Take — Avoiding Vitamin D (2006)

by J. C. Waterhouse, Ph.D.

There is reason to believe that some supplements have hidden added vitamin D that is not mentioned on the label (see Adams et al. Ann Intern Med. 1997 127, 203-206). Since some people, like myself, have a very restricted diet due to food sensitivities, we must take some supplements to get adequate vitamins and minerals. Since my blood tests indicate that I have not been having a problem with getting any hidden vitamin D in my supplements, I thought I would record the supplements I take. These also seem to be quite hypoallergenic options, since I have sensitivities to many brands, but tolerate these. Your needs may differ from mine. For instance, some people might require less zinc and need some copper. Consult a doctor or nutritionist for recommendations in your own case. You should be able to find these supplements either at local health food stores or from (800-634-1380) or other online supplement companies.

For information on why someone may need to avoid vitamin D, see a Short Introduction to the Marshall Protocol. 

Solgar Chelated Calcium
Solgar Chelated Manganese (take 1/4 daily to get only the RDA)
Solgar Chelated Molybdenum (take 1/2 daily to get only the RDA)
Solgar Seleno-6 Yeast Free Selenium (take only 1/2 daily to get only the RDA — a recent study suggested higher levels may not be beneficial but even harmful in certain circumstances)
Solgar Chromium Picolinate
KAL Magnesium Glycinate (Note: I recently became sensitive to the cellulose in this tablet)
Solgar Chelated Magnesium (Note: added this to list to replace KAL Magnesium Glycinate and then temporarily used Twin Labs Magnesium Caps, see chlorogenic acid article linked to below)
Vitaline Buffered Zinc-220 (50 mg elemental zinc, later switched to Solgar Chelated Zinc — 1/4 to 1/2 tablet)
Liqui Mins Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops (a few drops daily, Note: I no longer take this)
NOW Boron (later switched to Solgar multi chelated boron)
Solgar Vitamin K
AllergyResearchGroup Super Vitamin B Complex (Note: I have switched to Twin Labs B-50 Caps and now only take 1/3 to 1/2 daily due to recent study suggesting folic acid supplementation above a certain level may contribute to colon cancer)
A.C. Grace Co. Unique E (Vitamin E, I only use a small amount daily squeezed out of the capsule after puncturing with a pin)
Natrol Ester C (without bioflavonoids)
Bronson’s Vitamin A (800-235-3200)
Life Extension Foundation TMG (800-544-4440, Note: I no longer take this)

Tyler Buffered C Powder — I occasionally use this when I need to rotate off other supplements (seems to be very hypoallergenic) — contains ascorbic acid, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and a little potassium bicarbonate — however, later I realized it cross reacted with chlorogenic acid, see link to article, below)

April 15, 2008 Update: I made some alterations to the list above to reflect what I currently take. I now try to avoid more than the RDA of a nutrient, in general, since some have been found to be unhelpful or even have possibly harmful effects at higher levels. In addition, the article below, on chlorogenic acid, discusses how many supplements seem to contain chlorogenic acid or substances so similar that they cause a cross reaction. Since some people have a problem with this sensitivity, I added information on the supplements I take now, to minimize chlorogenic acid sensitivity, as discussed in this article in Issue 10: Carbohydrate, Chlorogenic Acid and Benicar Sensitivity in Relationship to the Marshall Protocol: Preliminary Observations and Links to Theories of Chronic Disease. In general, my sensitivities have declined considerably in the last year on the Marshall Protocol, after 20 years of severe food sensitivities. So, I can eat a more normal diet and have been able to reduce my need for supplements.

Written by synergyhn

October 29, 2008 at 12:06 am

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