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- The Question of Dietary Supplementation -
Do we really need to take supplements?




Experts have widely differing opinions regarding our need to add extra supplements to our diet. I see it as a both "Yes" and "No" issue. "Yes," you probably need extra supplementation if you are not eating a plant-based diet. "No," you probably don't need anything extra if you are eating a plant-based diet, because you are probably getting most everything you need from plants.

Experts also debate the issue of soil depletion. They say even foods given loving attention and care during the growing process, organic foods, can be vitamin and mineral deficient because of nutrient deficient soils. They say it is, therefore, important that we undertake a long-term nutritional supplement program to enhance our diets and to make sure that we fulfill our minimum daily nutritional requirements.

I'm inclined to listen to a prominent doctor in whom I really believe. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., in his book Eat to Live, speaks of soil depletion in this way: "Thankfully, by eating a diet with a wide variety of natural plant foods, from a variety of soils, the threat of nutritional deficiency merely as a result of soil inadequacy is eliminated. Americans are not nutrient-deficient because of our depleted soil, as some nutritional-supplement proponents claim. Americans are nutrient-deficient because they do not eat a sufficient quantity of fresh produce."

So the point is simply about whether or not you are eating a nutrient-deficient diet. If your diet is lacking, or if you feel you need extra supplementation, a supplement list follows. The list is not intended as any recommendation. It is simply the list of supplements which I have investigated and used from time to time. I consider some of these supplements to be essential to any diet. You'll have to study and find out which are essential for you.

Statements about product notes and descriptions have not been evaluated by the FDA, and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please see the 'Website Terms, Conditions, & Disclaimers' section of the Site Info. / Contact page.

For those of you who say: "This is too complicated, you've got to make it simpler." "There are too many pills to take." And above all else, for those you you who say: "There's no way I'm going to spend that kind of money on this stuff," here is my answer...  If you don't take the issue of nutrient deficiency seriously you will eventually come to live with the consequences - a myriad of serious, even life threatening, illnesses. Tomorrow's health begins with today's decisions. Make the commitment to having a healthy future. Do what it takes to get the job done right.






















































































































































































































































































































This information is repeated on the Detox Supplements page:

Please understand that supplements are not magic pills. You don't pop a pill in your mouth and correct years of bad health and bad nutritional decisions, coupled with a genetic predisposition for various problems. Supplements work - over time - to correct deficiencies, balance inequities, and enable your body's organs and systems to recover to do their jobs. Commit to diet supplementation as a long-term project. Give the supplements time to work.
Manage your health.

Choosing the supplements in this list has come after months of studying countless references on nutrition. Each product, and each product manufacturer, was carefully chosen. If you think to yourself that this is an extraordinary number of supplements to take daily, just ask yourself, "Do you want a healthy body or not?" "Are you committed to getting the final results or not?"

Physically managing this quantity of supplements can be daunting and discouraging. Instead of opening thirty supplement containers every day, I have set up a system of little amber glass jars labeled for each time period. When breakfast rolls around I just reach for my "B" (breakfast) supplements. I refill the jars every two weeks. [There are exceptions to this plan. For example, probiotics are kept in the fridge until use.]

Most listed products are available from a distributor called N.E.E.D.S. (Nutritional Ecological Environmental Delivery System)  800-634-1380  www.needs.com. I prefer to order from N.E.E.D.S. because they are a central distributing house for hundreds of different manufacturers. 

Although you can order most products via their website (and each item below is linked directly to the respective item webpage), there are some products which are not available via the web. For those products, you must place your order via telephone. Call in your orders Monday through Friday 8am - 7pm eastern and Saturday 9am - 5:30pm eastern. Incidently, I have found the phone operators to be extremely knowledgable about their products, and the company also has "wellness counselors" available for you to speak to. 

When placing your first order, ask them to send you their free catalog. In my supplement list which follows, the N.E.E.D.S. item number is shown with each item. For example: NPR-5108-060. Any product not available from N.E.E.D.S. will be listed as "ORDER DIRECT," with accompanying ordering information. Go to www.needs.com for complete product descriptions, or simply click on the individual item links below.

Notes:

1.  Note to vegans: Some of the listed supplements contain gelatin in the outer capsule. I am currently investigating alternative products. Until then, you can find substitutes at N.E.E.D.S.

2.  You are solely responsible for establishing which supplements, if any, produce an allergic reaction in your body.

3.  Many listed products have some of the same ingredients. Caution was taken to make sure their was no toxicity caused by the cumulative amount of each ingredient. That is, each product was listed in a spread sheet showing all ingredients. Each ingredient was then evaluated for it's total load, the cumulative value if one would be taking all the supplements. It is in this way that the resultant list was formed.

4.  WARNING: Remember - as a general guideline, keep supplements out of reach of children.



- The Supplements List -
The lists which follow are divided into these subcategories:

• general dietary supplements
- general dietary support  - vitamins  - minerals  - amino acids
- enzymes  - essential fatty acids  - probiotics  - fiber  - antioxidants

• organ specific supplements
- heart  - brain  - liver  - adrenals  - thyroid

• special function supplements

• detoxification aids




- General Dietary Supplements -
vitamins  - minerals  - amino acids  - enzymes
essential fatty acids  - probiotics  - fiber  - antioxidants


Vitamins



JAR-5129-100    Methyl B-12, 1000 mcg    Jarrow


Methylcobalamin (Methyl B-12) is better absorbed and retained than other forms of B12 (such as cyanocobalamin). Methyl B-12 protects nerve tissue and brain cells, and promotes better sleep. Methyl B-12 is a cofactor of methionine synthase, which reduces toxic homocysteine to the essential amino acid methionine. Methylcobalamin also protects eye function against toxicity caused by excess glutamate. Vegetarians typically require B12 supplementation. Suitable for vegetarians.

• Other Ingredients: Xylitol, Lemon Flavor, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate



CAL-5051-120    Solar D Gems Vitamin D3 2000 IU    Carlson


Solar D Gems provides the natural form of vitamin D3 for people who do not get enough from the sun. This is the only form our bodies make when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. Vitamin D is important for bone health and immune system function. 

1 Softgel contains:

• Vitamin D3 (Cod Liver Oil and Cholecalciferol)  2,000 IU

• Vitamin E Natural (d-Alpha Tocopherol)  1 IU

• Norwegian Cod Liver Oil  500 mg

• DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid)  50 mg

• EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid)  42 mg

• Other Omega-3’s  23 mg

• Other Ingredients: Natural Lemon Flavor, Soft Gel Shell: Beef Gelatin, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Water




SOL-6221-100    PABA 550 mg    Solgar   [ONLY AVAILABLE VIA PHONE]


WARNING:  If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary supplement. Formulated for adults.

PABA is a member of the B-Complex family.  

1 Capsule contains:

• PABA (as Para Aminobenzoic Acid)  550 mg

• Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Water, Vegetable Glycerin




DOU-5145-100    Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate 50 mg    Douglas Labs


Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P) is the metabolically active coenzyme of Vitamin B6. The body must convert B6 vitamins to pyridoxal, and then phosphorylate them to P5P in the liver. This conversion is necessary, since P5P is the only form which can be used by the enzymes involved in biochemical processes, which are associated with nitrogen and protein metabolism and heme synthesis. P5P is exported from the liver and is considered the most relevant direct measure of vitamin B6 status. Vitamin B6 nutritional status can have a significant and selective modulatory impact on central production of both serotonin and GABA neurotransmitters, which can positively affect emotional response, pain perception, and anxiety. Vitamin B6 has also been studied for cardiovascular uses as well.

1 Capsule contains:

• Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate 50 mg

• Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Gelatin (Capsule) and Vegetable Stearate



Minerals


AMB-5025-100    Lithium 50 mcg    American Biologics


1 Capsule contains:

• Lithium  50 mcg

• Other Ingredients: Malto-Dextrin, Magnesium Stearate




JAR-5151-100    MSM Sulfur Organic    Jarrow


WARNING:  Do not take if pregnant, lactating, trying to conceive, or have a medical condition.

Provides sulfur for detoxification and rebuilding tissues.

1 Capsule contains:

Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane  1,000 mg (providing 340 mg of Organic Sulfur)

• Other Ingredients: Magnesium Stearate, Gelatin Capsule




PUE-5255-120    Iodine    Pure Encapsulations


WARNING:  If pregnant, consult your physician before taking this or any other product.

Iodine is absorbed by the thyroid gland and supports the formation of thyroid hormones.

1 Veg Capsule contains:

• iodine (Potassium Iodide)  225 mcg




THO-5070-090    Potassium Citrate    Thorne


Vital to proper water balance, osmotic equilibrium, and acid-base balance.

1 Capsule contains:

• Potassium (as Potassium Citrate)  99 mg

• Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) Capsule, Leucine, Silicon Dioxide




Amino Acids



ARG-5106-100    "Free Aminos"Amino Acid (free form)    Allergy Research Group


WARNING:  Do not use if allergic to pineapples, honeybee stings or olive pollen.

Includes 5 HTP, a precursor to 17 naturally occurring amino acids in their free forms. Appropriate for food-sensitive individuals; hypoallergenic. These nutrients are of the highest quality and purity obtainable. 

2 Capsules contain:

• 5-L-Hydroxytryptophan  20 mg

• L-Alanine  82 mg

• L-Arginine  124 mg

• L-Cysteine  28 mg

• L-Cystine  124 mg

• L-Glutamine  56 mg

• Glycine  56 mg

• L-Histidine  98 mg

• L-Isoleucine  138 mg

• L-Leucine  138 mg

• L-Lysine  196 mg

• L-Methionine  28 mg

• L-Phenylalanine  15 mg

• L-Serine  28 mg

• Taurine  28 mg

• L-Threonine  112 mg

• L-Tyrosine  56 mg

• L-Valine  56 mg

• Other Ingredients: Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose, Cellulose

    Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide




PUE-5045-120    Taurine    Pure Encapsulations


WARNING:  If you are pregnant, lactating, taking any medication or have a medical condition, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.

Amino acid which enhances biliary excretion, protects CNS, retina and white blood cells, helps stabilize cell membranes. Appears to have some antioxidant and detoxifying activity. 

1 Capsule contains:

• Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate)  10 mg

• Taurine (Free-Form)  1,000 mg

• Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule




Enzymes



JAR-5208-060    Bromelain 1000 GDU    Jarrow


WARNING:  Do not use if allergic to pineapples, honeybee stings or olive pollen.

Protein digesting enzyme for vasodialation. Helps to clean stagnant sludge from lymphatics and blood, encouraging mobilization of chemicals from fat more easily. 

1 Tablet contains:

• Bromelain (1,000 GDU)  500 mg

• Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Modified Cellulose Gum, Magnesium Stearate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Modified Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide




AMH-5110-360    Papaya Enzyme Super Chewable    American Health


WARNING:  Pregnant or lactating women should consult a doctor before using any product. Consult your doctor before use if you have, or have had, any health condition or if you are taking any medications or remedies including OTC medications, or are planning any medical procedure. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur, such as gastrointestinal discomfort or any allergic reaction. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.

These tablets are made from 100% natural ingredients: papaya fruit, papain and protease, alpha-amylase, bromelain, lipase and cellulase, in a base containing peppermint and chlorophyll (for refreshing taste and sweet breath), sorbitol, mannitol and acacia. 

3 Tablets contain:

• Protease  (60 HU/mg)  3 mg

• Bromelain (0.160 GDU/mg)  3 mg

• Alpha Amylase (40 SKBU/mg)  3 mg

• Cellulase Enzyme (4 CU/mg)  3 mg

• Papain (6,000 USP units/mg)  45 mg

• Lipase (8 USP units/mg)  1.5 mg

• Papaya Fruit  15 mg

• Chlorophyll  1.5 mg

• Other Ingredients: Mannitol, Calcium Carbonate, Sorbitol, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Acacia Gum, Silica, Oil of Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Leaf




SOL-6606-060    Co-Q10 60mg (Coenzyme Q-10)    Solgar   [ONLY AVAILABLE VIA PHONE]


WARNING:  If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary supplement.

Derived from the finest Japanese source raw material. Suitable for vegetarians.

1 Capsule contains:

• Coenzyme Q-10 (as Ubiquinone)  60 mg

• Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Silica




Probiotics



KLA-5048-100    Vital-Plex    Klaire Labs (Prothera)   [ONLY AVAILABLE VIA PHONE]


Helps maintain and support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. 

1 Capsule contains:

• Probiotic Blend  30 mg

• Lactobacillus acidophilus  1.25+ Billion CFUs

• lactobacillus rhamnosus  1.25+ Billion CFUs

• Bifidobacterium bifidum  1.25+ Billion CFUs

• Enterococcus faecium  1.25+ Billion CFUs

• Other Ingredients: Inulin base derived from Chicory Root, Vcaps Vegetarian Capsule, L-Leucine, L-Ascorbic Acid USP, Reduced L-Glutathione, Water




KLA-5169-100    Vital-10 Probiotics    Klaire Labs (Prothera)   [ONLY AVAILABLE VIA PHONE]


Helps to maintain a healthy intestinal flora, improves the immune and detoxification systems. 

1 Capsule contains:

• Lactobacillus acidophilus  1.85+ Billion CFUs

• Bifidobacterium bifidum  0.70+ Billion CFUs

• Proprietary blend of 2.45+ Billion CFUs

    Lactobacillus rhamnosus

    Lactobacillus plantarum

    Bifidobacterium infantis

    Lactobacillus salivarius

    Lactobacilus bulgaricus

    Lactobacillus casei

    Lactobacillus brevis

    Streptococcus thermophilus

• Other Ingredients: Inulin base derived from Chicory Root, L-Leucine, Cellulose, Vcaps Vegetarian Capsule, L-Ascorbic Acid USP, Reduced L-Glutathione, Water




Fiber



HES-5011-015    Original FiProFlax    Health From The Sun


2 Tablespoons contain:

• Dietary Fiber  3 g

• Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega-3)  3.4 g

• Linoleic Acid (Omega-6)  1 g




ITI-5110-120    Fiber Formula    Integrative Therapeutics / Tyler


WARNING:  If pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs, consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use.

To add fiber to the gut.

6 UltraCaps contain:

• Dietary Fiber  3 g

• Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)  100 mg

• Psyllium (Plantago ovata) Husk  2 g

• Oat (Avena sativa) Bran  1 g

• Oat (Avena sativa) Hull Fiber  690 mg

• Guar Gum (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) Seed Extract  220 mg

• Plum (Prunus domestica) Fruit  220 mg

• Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Root Extract 3.5:1  75 mg

• Bromelain (2,400 G.D.U./g)  50 mg

• Papain  50 mg

• Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Root  17 mg

• Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Rhizome  25 mg

• Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract 4:1  8.8 mg

• Echinacea Purpurea Aerial Parts Extract 4:1  8.8 mg

• Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) Root Extract 4:1  4.4 mg

• Other Ingredients: Vegetable Polysaccharide Capsule, Microcrystalline Cellulose




Antioxidants



THO-5240-060    TAPS    Thorne


WARNING:  If you are pregnant, lactating, taking any medication or have a medical condition, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.

Herbal compound with important antioxidant and choloretic regeneration effects, enhanced hepatic support.

1 Capsule contains:

• Milk Thistle Extract (seed) (Silybum marianum) (80% Silymarin)  150 mg

• Artichoke Extract (Flower) (Cynara scolymus)  150 mg

• Tumeric Extract (Rhizome) (Curcuma longa)  150 mg

• Picrorhiza kurroa Extract (Root) (4% Kutkin)  150 mg

• Other Ingredients: Cellulose Capsule, Silicon Dioxide




NOW-5346-200    Lecithin 19 Grain 1200 mg (phosphatidylcholine)    Now Foods


Contains 15% Phosphatidyl Choline, which comprises a major portion of our brain and nervous system. Lecithin is also a source of essential fatty acids, Choline and Inositol. Lecithin aids in emulsifying fats, enabling them to be dispersed in water. 

3 Softgels contain:

• Soy Lecithin (Non-GMO)  3,600 mg

    Typical Phosphatide content per 3 softgels:

        Phosphatidyl Choline  540 mg

        Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine  465 mg

        Phosphatidyl Inositol  360 mg

• Other Ingredients: Gelatin, Glycerin, Water, Soybean Oil




PRQ-6012-250    Potent C Guard Buffered Ascorbate Tabs    Perque


WARNING:  As with all potassium-containing food supplements, persons with renal insufficiency should consult their health professional before using this product.

Promotes excretion of toxic metals, is an essential antioxidant and supports thyroid function.

1 Rounded Half-Teaspoon contains:

• Vitamin C (100% L-Ascorbate, Fully Reduced, Corn Free)  1,000 mg

• Calcium (as Ascorbate)  111 mg

• Octanoate  10 mg

• Magnesium (as C16 and C18 Alkyls*)  20 mg

• Vegetable Fiber (Organic Croscamellose)  40 mg

* from whole, untreated Palm Fruit and Leaf

• Other Ingredients: full disclosure label (no hidden or inactive ingredients)







- Organ Specific Supplements-
- heart  - brain  - liver  - adrenals  - thyroid


Heart  Support



DOU-5277-060    Tumeric Max V    Douglas Labs


WARNING:  Stop use and consult your healthcare professional if allergic reactions occur. If pregnant or nursing consult your healthcare professional before using this product.

1 Veg Capsule contains:

• Tumeric Herbal Extract (Rhizome) (Curcuma longa L.) standardized to provide 95% curcumin  100 mg

• Tumeric (Rhizome) (Non-standardized)  100 mg

• Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Silica, Vegetable Stearate



Brain  Support



ARG-7905-100    TMG  Trimethylglycine 750 mg    Allergy Research Group


Involved in metabolization of methionine and homocysteine. It is also a precursor to SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine).

1 Capsule contains:

• Trimethylglycine  750 mg

• Other Ingredients: Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, L-Leucine, Silicon Dioxide



PHO-5001-300    PhosChol 900   Phoscal


Contains 15% Phosphatidyl Choline, which comprises a major portion of our brain and nervous system. Lecithin is also a source of essential fatty acids, Choline and Inositol. Lecithin aids in emulsifying fats, enabling them to be dispersed in water.

1 SoftGel contains:

• Phosphatidylcholine  900 mg


Liver Support



BED-5010-120    LivAmend    Body Ecology


Increases bile flow, supporting a healthy liver and improving bowel elimination. 

2 Capsules contain:

• Artichoke Extract (Cynara floridanium)  400 mg

• Sarsaparilla Extract (Similax officinalis)  400 mg

• Wasabi Powder (Wasabia japonica rhizome) (1,500 ppm Isothiocyanates)  50 mg

• Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule




THO-5240-060    TAPS (Turmeric/Artichoke/Picrorhiza/Silymarin)    Thorne

WARNING:  If you are pregnant, lactating, taking any medication or have a medical condition, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.

Herbal compound with important antioxidant and choloretic regeneration effects, enhanced hepatic support.

1 Capsule contains:

• Milk Thistle Extract (seed) (Silybum marianum) (80% Silymarin)  150 mg

• Artichoke Extract (Flower) (Cynara scolymus)  150 mg

• Tumeric Extract (Rhizome) (Curcuma longa)  150 mg

• Picrorhiza kurroa Extract (Root) (4% Kutkin)  150 mg

• Other Ingredients: Cellulose Capsule, Silicon Dioxide




Adrenals Support


PUE-5019-060    DGL Plus (Licorice)    Pure Encapsulations


WARNING:  If pregnant, consult your physician before taking this or any other product.

This synergistic combination of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) and herbal extracts provides nutritional support to the gastrointestinal tract. DGL Plus supports the body's natural defense mechanisms by stimulating the mass, quality, and production of mucous, a major component of the stomach's protective lining. Licorice in its deglycyrrhizinated form is side-effect free. Hypo-allergenic.

1 Capsule contains:

• Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) 15 mg

• Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Extract (Root) 300 mg

• Musa Paradisiaca (Unripe Plantain Banana) 150 mg

• Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Extract (Root) 100 mg

• Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root) Extract (8:1) 200 mg

• Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule





JAR-5131-060    Borage GLA-240    240 mg    Jarrow


GLA-240 is cold pressed, hexane-free oil from borage (Borage officinalis) seeds. Borage Oil is the highest potency source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) available. To ensure protection and product stability, Jarrow Formulas borage products contain the added antioxidant gamma tocopherol, a form of vitamin E.

1 Softgel contains:

• Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) (from Borage Oil) 240 mg

• Gamma Tocopherol 10 mg






- Special Function Supplements -

Herbal Laxative (should it be needed)


MOD-5002-250    Swiss Kriss Herbal Laxative Tabs    Modern


WARNING:  Ask a doctor before use if you have abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting, a sudden change in bowel movements that persist over a period of two weeks. Stop use and ask a doctor if you have rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative. This may indicate a serious condition. Do not use for a period longer than one week unless directed by a doctor. Frequent or prolonged use of laxatives may result in dependence on laxatives. If pregnant or breast-feeding, as with any drug, ask a health professional before using this product.

Known worldwide as the smoothest, most satisfying laxative, Swiss Kriss Tabs are 100% natural, contain no harsh synthetic drugs. Effective ingredients consist entirely of nature’s own sun-dried leaves, herbs and flowers. Tablets a problem? Swiss Kriss is also available in Original Swiss Kriss loose flake form. Use for the relief of occasional constipation. This product usually produces bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours. 

1 Tablet contains:

• Sodium  3 mg

• Sennosides USP  8.5 mg

• Other Ingredients:

  Swiss Kriss Herbal Mixture:

    Anise Seed

    Calendula Flower

    Caraway Seed

    Hibiscus

    Peach Leaves

    Peppermint Oil

    Strawberry Leaves

  Binding Agents:

    Calcium Stearate

    Croscarmellose Sodium

    Dicalcium Phosphate

    Microcrystalline Cellulose

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone

    Silica