Thursday, February 9, 2017

What Supplements Mrs. Plant Takes (NOT MANY!)

I love Dr. Michael Greger (author of How Not to Die and founder of www.nutritionfacts.org), and I believe he is one the most versed on how to live a healthy plant-based lifestyle. That said, I take the supplements he recommends...and there are only a few!

1) Dr. Greger is a great proponent of taking a supplement or eating the herb turmeric daily, which is one of nature's greatest anti-inflammatories. I have had some bursitis in my shoulder, and taking curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) has helped me tremendously! I take 2 capsules a day, and this bottle lasts for 3 months! It is essential to take curcumin with piperine (in black pepper) because it aids in the absorption of this herb (if you are taking it for systemic reasons).


2) I also take Vitamin B12 (CYANOCOBALAMIN) three times per week (1000 mcg each time). Dr. Greger suggests that taking cyanocobalamin is actually better than methylcobalamin, the latter of which I always heard we should take. He says there are more studies showing cyanocobalamin's effectiveness and shelf-stability. Since B12 is stored in the body, you don't HAVE to take it every day. Some people do, which is fine, too. He says to take about 2500 mcg a week. You can also take ONE of the Sprouts brand of cyanocobalamin B12 (sublingual) ONCE per week because each pill is 2500 mcg.



3) Next, I take an EPA-DHA supplement because Dr. Greger says that recent studies have shown that although we make our own EPA-DHA from ALA (which we get from walnuts, ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds), some people don't make enough. And, research has specifically shown that that vegans may especially have issue with this. I take this brand:



4) Lastly, in the winter, I take a Vitamin D supplement--when I am not outside enough and am not consistently getting enough sun on my skin. Your skin makes vitamin D when exposed to the rays of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm. However, it has to be long enough but not too long. That said, in the summer (when I exercise outside daily), I don't feel like I need to take it. I just take it in the winter to keep my levels in check. This is what I take...
Hope this helped! Comment below if you have any questions!

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