|Confused About Supplements
Dec 19, 2012
Nelson, I originally sent this on 11/18, but I haven't noticed a response yet, so forgive me for sending it again, please.
Nelson, you must get tired of answering questions about supplements over and over again but, unfortunately, I cannot find a question in this forum that specifically addresses my concerns, and I guess everyones situation is different, anyway, so please bear with me.
I take so many supplements, practically all of them based on advice and recommendations you have given us over the years. However, the sheer number of supplement pills I am now taking -- presently, 22 pills per day, in addition to my prescribed meds -- is often so overwhelming that I tend to skip my daily dosage of many of them.
You have mentioned before, if I'm not mistaken, the lack of studies/research on the effectiveness of supplementation in those infected with HIV, as I am, yet you have also cited some studies that have shown some benefits. Furthermore, I often come across conflicting advice "experts" that it makes making an informed decision regarding which supplements to take extremely confusing and difficult. Supplements can be costly, too, especially on a fixed low income like mine, though I am willing to make the investment (as I have been) if it means better health now and in the future.
My questions are: Which supplements below are most beneficial for me, and which are the least effective/unproven and can be eliminated from my daily intake? Of those you recommend, is my total daily dosage good or should it be increased/decreased?
My goal is to find the proper balance (for me) in order to reap the benefits AND maintain daily adherence by reducing the number of pills.
Supplements I presently take: Acidophilus Multivitamin/mineral Calcium, 250 mg Chromium, 600 mcg Magnesium, 400 mg Fiber SAM-e, 400 mg CoQ, 300 mg B-complex Alpha lipoic acid, 600 mg Lutein/Zeaxanthin, 25 mg/5 mg Fish oil, 2400 mg Zinc, 50 mg Selenium, 400 mcg
Thank you in advance for your advice and, as always, for your generous commitment to our community.
| Response from Mr. Vergel
These are the ones I use after my own experience and reading.
Please go ahead and ask me any questions after you watch this video
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