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TOP SUPPLEMENTS

Okay let’s do it again. I really don’t consider protein powder and fish oil supplements as I eat these pretty much like food.

TT?

I consider my staple supplements to be my Surge and I know you don’t count them but I would have to also include a good protein powder, EFA’s and Flax seed oil.

GD, a 3-a-day multi has always been first on my list!

Following that, I like r-ALA for its antioxidant regeneration capabilities. It’s also good for the liver (which plays a key role in far too many biological/phsiological processes for me to list!) I also like r-ALA for its insulin-mimicking ability/capability. You asked, and yes, it does a magnificent job in that regard. I don’t think a refeed should be done without it!

From there I like my MSM. It’s so darn cheap, and I’ve written on it extensively. Along the same lines, I do supplement with some glucosamine sulfate. I don’t have joint problems, but considering that I lift, I don’t see a need to wait until I DO have a problem.

After that, since my protein intake is higher than the general population, I take something to keep homocysteine levels in check. I alternate between TMG and a good B6/B12/folic acid combo.

Finally, I like stuff for brain function; phosphatydlcholine and phosphatydlserine and L-Tyrosine. I love providing the brain chemisty substrates required for mental alertness. Coffee, stimulants, and ECA stacks tend to cause the body to secrete adrenaline, whether or not it has all of what it needs in reserve to respond and can cause you to run dry/low (being non-techie, here). Stimulant (over)use can cause you to become depleted and run down. Once again, insurance on my part.

I take other supps. Heck, they all sound wonderful. But I think the trick is to take things that prevent those diseases or conditions to which you have a genetic predisposition (breast cancer or cardiovascular disease, as examples) or that help you achieve your goals, whatever those might be. You don’t want to be taking a hundred pills a day.

Food, sleep, good multi. vit., oil supps. and pwo nutrition (Surge)

I take a 3x2 a day Multi + 2,250mg Vitamin C + 9 Fish Oil Caps+ 6 Flax Oil Caps + 2 scoops x2 LC GROW + 2 scoops SURGE per Day

Acetyl L Carnitine
ALA and Biotin
COQ-10
Milk Thistle
Green Vibrance
Primal Defense
Super Seed fiber
BCAAs
9-a-day multi
Ester C
Tocopherols and Tocotrienols
ZMA
Melatonin
Fish Oil
Flax Oil
Whey Protein
Hydrolyzed Whey
Galactose
Cayenne

Creatine
PowerDrive
BCAA/Glutamine
Tribulus
green drinks

Galactose?

That’s a lot there, Oogie!

Well, my TOP supps would be

EC
r-ALA
Mag-10

I also use creatine, multi vitamin, vit E, vit C, meletonin, ZMA.

Mag10, Surge and tribex when I can afford it.

And of course protein, fish caps, fiber supp, and all the other necessaries.

I always have these on hand:

vitamin C
vitamin E
zinc
GTF chromium
multivitamin
Biotest “M”

…then I make sure I have these on hand:

echinacea
5-HTP
St. John’s Wort
r-ALA
Biotin
CLA

…finally I add in these as I can afford them:

Tribex
Hot-Rox

Wow. That is a lot.

Mutlimins, fish oils, and vitamin C are major supplements for me…

I’m far too ignorantly cynical when it comes to the supplement market.

dessicated liver tablets & aminos

dessicated liver tablets & aminos ?

You gotta be kidding I about gave myself an Ulcer on that stuff!

Man, you guys use lots of supplements. I don’t really have a ‘top’ list, but this is what I use.

Iron-free multi
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Fish oils
Protein powder
MSM (this is a new one on Terry’s advice)
r-ALA (occasionally)

I have used MAG10 successfully a few times as well.

My multivitamin is the one that I assembled together. So the list goes as:

“Multi-vitamin”

  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D
  • B-Complex
  • Vitamin K
    Multimineral
    Milk Thistle
    Probiotic
    Homocysteine Blocker
    R-ALA
    Green Tea and Extract
    Acetyl L-Carnitine
    Glucosame/Chondroiton/MSM
    Biotin
    BCAA’s
    Taurine
    Creatine
    Protein
    Fish, Flax, and Borage Oils
    ZMA

Nice to have’s:
Hot-Rox
Neuroflow

I am kidding. I take other stuff.

does anyone know if R-ALA is available for sale in Canada?

It is.

I know at the very least that Sport Nutrition Depot sells it.

P22 - I don’t see why not. Check out some of the discount internet sites.