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Supplements While on TRT

Is there any supplements that are important to take while on TRT? Like CoQ10 or such?

There are a large number of options and opinions. You should read up on everything you are thinking about taking before you take it.

(The much more comments below mean there is too much information to put in this post about their benefits, and you will need to do a general google search, or search these boards fo more info.)

I like:

DHEA 25mg am & pm (DHEA backfills in your hormones that may shut down due to TRT, plus DHEA is good for overall health, your heart + much more)

Pregnenelone 30mg am & pm (Pregnenelone backfills in your hormones that may shut down due to TRT, plus Pregn is great for mental health (sense of well being) + much more)

Zinc 50mg am (helps regulate aromatise and slows conversion of T to DHT and E2 + more)

Copper 4mg pm (balances out exta zinc. zinc:copper ratio needs to be close to 10:1)

Vitamin D3 liquid 5,000-15,000iu am (almost everyone is D deficient. vital to overall health + much more)

Reduced Iron 29mg EOD pm (ferritin/iron are critical to transporting hormones around your body. only needed if you are deficient)

Multi Vitamin (critical for overall health)

Probiotics (1 capsule am & pm) (critical for overall gut health)

Fish Oil (2 pills am & pm) (critical for overall health + much more)

Resveratrol 50 mg am (can be helpful + more)

Green Tea 50mg am (can be helpful + more)

Ubiquinol 25mg every afternoon (critical for heart health + much more)

Magnesium ?? dosage (needed by you ATP (cellular powerplants) to function effeciently + more)

B-Complex (good for overall health + much more)

Myself and others have found that the response to TRT is limited by ones basic vitality and supplements can be quite helpful.

As for CoQ10, this really needs to be used if taking a statin drug and has good merits otherwise.

Ubiquinol, see above, is a different form or CoQ10 that has higher bioavailabilty.

Multi vitamin product should have high amounts of B-vitamins. Note that many products on the shelf are crap, you have to do your home work. For a reference point, look at the content of LEF’s two per day multi vitamin

Serving Size 2 tablets

Vitamin A (as 90% beta-carotene and 10% acetate) 5000 IU
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, niacinamide and calcium ascorbates) 500 mg
Vitamin D (as ergocalciferol) 2000 IU
Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate) 200 IU
Thiamin (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCI) 75 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 50 mg
Niacin (as niacinamide and niacinamide ascorbate) 50 mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI) 75 mg
Folate (as folic acid)800 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 300 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) 100 mg
Calcium (from D-calcium pantothenate and calcium ascorbate) 12 mg
Iodine (from Atlantic kelp) 150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) 100 mg
Zinc (as OptiZinc® Zinc DL-methionine complex) 30 mg
Selenium (as L-selenomethionine and sodium selenate) 200 mcg
Manganese (as manganese gluconate) 2 mg
Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate) 200 mcg
Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate) 100 mcg
Potassium (as potassium citrate) 25 mg
Boron (as boron amino acid chelate) 3 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate)20 mg
Inositol 50 mg
Biolutâ?¢ Marigold Extract (Tagetes erecta) (flowers) [std. to 5 mg trans-lutein and 155 mcg trans-zeaxanthin] 11 mg
Lycopene (from Lyc-O-Mato® tomato extract) 2 mg
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) 30 mg

Alright, thanks guys! I just started taking a statin, pravastatin, so I will definitely start taking CoQ10. How much do recommend taking per day? I am taking a low dose of pravastatin, 10mg. I will also look into a good quality multi-vit. I also just started taking amlodipine for High blood pressure. MY pressure is just over boderline 145/80. I take a small dose. I thought I read something about CoQ10 interfering with absorbtion of amlodipine. any of you heard of this?

amlodipine can affect libido [and hormone levels in natural guys]

TRT can lower BP in some cases.

Try 50mg Ubiquinol form of CoQ10. You need fish oil and other things.

Ok thanks! I bought 100mg coq10 at walmart yesterday so I will try that first. I’ve also been taking about 6g of fish oil. I’m hoping trt will drop my cholesterol levels and hoping that eod test shot will help with bp. Still waiting on e2 and extensive thyroid labs.

I also bought some red yeast rice to help with chol.

If you can get a script for 20mg lovastatin, fill a 90 day supply at Walmart for $10, then take 1/2 tab [10mg] every day. That is equal to a better red rice yeast product, but way cheaper. That will last 6 months. Red rice yeast contains lovastatin. So it is the same thing.

Taking red rice yeast or lovastatin with pravastatin would not sensible. You can get pravastatin at Walmart for the same price. http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf

Statin drugs are compared here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statin#Statin_equivalence

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but I have had doctors tell me that excess Vitamin D can cause calcium depletion and that I should be aware of those risks or take steps to counter any loss.

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I would like to see this qualified or retracted.

Can we make this a sticky? Sure is a good reference.