I must stress the importance of vitamins and minerals. I have found that if I do not take potassium supplements while on a low carb diet, that I get muscle cramps. My muscles knot up and ache. When this happens, I take a potassium pill and the problem quickly goes away. I am not sure if my food intake doesn't contain enough or if the diet simply flushes the potassium out of my system. Regardless, I know the potassium supplements work. And, I suspect that there are other nutrients that my body isn't getting enough of without taking supplements.
My wife and I have both read the Protein Power Life Plan by the Drs. Eades. Toward the back of the book is a long recommendation of supplements. It is very hard to find the correct mix and dosages. When we began the diet, I think that I spent close to two hours in a local health food store just reading the vitamin labels. We have done our best to get as close to the recommendation as possible. Also many of the pills are quite expensive. It is worth the investment as the right vitamins are essential if you want to stay healthy. This post tediously lists each of the supplements that we are taking.
The following is a list of supplements that both my wife and I take daily:
- Spectro Multi-Vita-Min; 6 tabs a day provides:
Vitamin A: 25000IU
Vitamin C: 1000mg
Vitamin D: 400IU
Vitamin E: 400IU
Vitamin K: 50mcg
Vitamin B6: 50mg
Folic Acid: 400mcg*
Vitamin B12: 100mcg
Pantothenic Acid: 125mg*
Choline Bitartrate: 50mg
Bioflavonoid Concentrate: 150mg
Hesperidin Concentrate: 50mg
Alfalfa Juice: 125mg
Carrot & Yam Concentrate: 100mg
Barley Grass Juice Concentrate: 75mg
Rosemary Extract: 25mg
ALOE VERA GEL CONCENTRATE 200X: 2mg
Parsley Leaves: 50mg
Pancreatin 4x: 30mg
Ox Bile: 20mg
Glutamic Acid Hcl: 50mg
PROPOLIS 2X: 25mg
Royal Jelly 3.5x: 4mg
Bee Pollen: 50mg
- Chelated Molybdenum: 150 mcg
- Panothenic Acid: 500 mg (in addition to the 125 mg in the Spectro above)
The following is a supplement that I take but my wife doesn't:
- Potassium: 99 mg (in addition to the 88 mg above).
The following are daily supplements that I took before the diet and continue to take:
- Naproxen Sodium 220 mg (occasionally for back pain)
- Ginkgo Biloba 24%: 60 mg
- Panex Ginsing: 400 mg
- American Ginsing: 200 mg
- Siberian Ginsing 100 mg
The following are daily supplements my wife took before the diet and continues to take (I don't). These are taken for an MTHFR related clotting disorder.
- Folic Acid: 800 mcg (in addition to the 400 mg in Spetro)
- Children's Asprin: 81 mg.
I am thinking about adding additional Chromium Picolinate.