I too strongly believe in enzymes, both digestive and proteolytic. I use them however for specific purposes (e.g. post-op patients).
Do you have heart disease, or a strong family history of it? If not, you’d be better off starting the supplement basics above. If so, then you would still need the B vitamins, extra folic acid, and EFAs.
“basic vitamins and such”.
What I listed above is what I consider basic vitamins and such.
“I also try to use an ionic mineral supplement as opposed to just a plain multimineral. My understanding is the ionic form of the minerals allows much better absorption.”
Not sure what you mean by “ionic minerals”. If you mean the colloidal mineral snake oil, forget it.
Optimum forms for minerals include:
zinc: gluconate, picolinate (picolinates are good for most minerals), there are a few others e.g. optizinc…
selenium: organic forms e.g. selnomethionine and other organic forms are probably preferred over selenium selenate, although this is probably not horrible.
Chromium: there are numerous “GTF” yeast bound or organic forms, chromium picolinate, etc.
Calcium: citrate or citrate malate is best. Aspartate is good too. These do not need HCL to be absorbed and are best for older people. Carbonate is ok, but is literally chalk.
Oxides (frequently used for magnesium) are not very absorbable and cause diarrhea in a small percentage of people (ask me how I know this).
Vanadium: usedful for improving glucose tolerance–there are several newer organic forms e.g. vanadium BMOV with less toxicity then sulfate.