Supplements Do They Help?
A question from Doug: I get many health news letters, yours included. I am overweight, 220#, 5’8″, large frame though, which probably leads to high blood pressure. To the point I was taking, reversatrol, krill oil, kelp, green phyters, joint support, ubiquinol, prostate support, garlic, D3 and a multi along with my Norvasc and my BP was still high. I quit the supps and just take the Norvasc and the BP is lower and more stable. I don’t drink, smoke, use caffeine, try to eat mostly fruits and veggies, wild caught fish and chicken. I thoughts supplements were supposed to help. Your thoughts. Thanks, Doug.
Supplements – Huge difference
Well, I’ll tell you, Doug, supplements make a huge difference-if you take what your body needs and everything your body needs. Which, unfortunately, you didn’t do. Not by a long shot.
And it’s really not your fault.
You did what most people do-what we’re taught to do, in fact: Heard about something here, something else there, and tried them out. Probably because nobody mentioned that’s not how nutritional supplements do their thing.
We can’t get results by following the typical approach of finding one thing to handle one problem-ignoring the fact that what we think is the problem may be only a symptom. In our hugely complicated bodies, everything affects everything, so we can’t heal just one part of it.
We have to put things together in a way that promotes the synergy the body needs to cover all the bases. To build a foundation for health, as it were.
And quality counts-a lot. Most supplements aren’t all that good, even if there’s a famous name on the label. We need to turn the jar around and read the label on the back.
Supplements Doug took
Let’s take a look at the supplements you took.
• Resveratrol comes from grape skins. From all the hype, you might not guess the nutrition it offers is widely available elsewhere. And what the hype doesn’t mention is that Resveratrol is murder on anybody with a mold allergy. And lots of endocrine people have a mold allergy. Plus, growers douse grapes with fluoride-based sprays nowadays, and fluoride whacks the endocrine system like nobody’s business.
• Krill oil is fine, but quality cod liver oil is better because it provides DHA/EPA/Vitamin D balanced with natural vitamin A so everything works better.
• Kelp is good, but not everybody can handle it.
• Green phyters, like Resveratrol, is another case of hype over substance. Eat green! Eat green! That’s the ticket! Or maybe not. Green phyters is a combination of spirulina, chlorella, barley juice, wheat grass, alfalfa and chlorophyll.
Many, many people have a digestive system that can’t handle one or more of those ingredients. For instance, 30% of the population has a big-time problem with chlorella. Even more folks aren’t on the same page with alfalfa. And the Green Phyter labels I read listed things, such as croscarmellose sodium, that we need to avoid.
Joint Support and more
• I can’t comment on Joint Support because it can mean any number of things.
• Ubiquinol is fabulous, but not as a stand-alone, which, in your list of supplements, it is.
• Prostate support is another generic label which can mean anything, so I can’t comment.
• Garlic does great things, including thinning the blood, but again, it’s not meant to work alone.
• Vitamin D3 blesses every cell in your body, and disease picks up speed if you don’t have enough. But it does everything better when it’s part of a balanced program, it’s good quality (no vegetable oils), and you take enough-which is a lot more than what we read.
• “Multi” doesn’t exactly say anything. Most multis are next to useless for boosting health. Probably better than nothing, but far from wonderful.
Then there’s your blood pressure. Blood pressure has no relationship with heart disease, it can be reversed by good nutrition, and body build has nothing to do with it (although I’m guessing You’ve been told it does).
Two things: Build yourself a good program to nourish your body (which is what I discuss in Pep for the Pooped and Moving to Health, and work your way to not needing the Norvasc, which is hard on the endocrine system. A whacked endo system can cause weight problems.
Finally, your diet needs work, but that’s another story for another time.
I congratulate you on trying to do the right thing for your health, Doug. Unfortunately, the popular and widely touted “little bit here, little bit there” approach doesn’t work, at least not for people who drag through life wondering what hit them.
Just like everybody else, I did the exact same thing when I started out. Fortunately, I finally wised up and got serious about vitamins, minerals, et al. My health journey then started moving in a good direction-after years of going in circles.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.