3 Supplements That Everyone Should Take
The subject of nutritional supplementation can be quite controversial if not confusing. The supplement that is the darling of the nutritional experts one day is the one shown to be ineffective or perhaps even harmful the next.
We are each an experiment of one and hence we each have the responsibility of finding what works best for us individually. During my career as an airline pilot, I was required to take two FAA physical exams a year and in my early years I was additionally required to take an annual company physical. It did not take much of a serious health issue to ground a pilot certainly temporarily, but perhaps even permanently. To avoid any issues, in my mid-twenties I embarked on a program of exercise and sensible nutrition/supplementation. I have continued to study the literature and hone my list of supplements over the years, and at the end of this piece I will reveal my personal list of supplements. I take each for a specific reason, but for the purpose of this piece, I will not go into the details of each. I reached my 74th birthday a couple of days ago, and I feel like a million dollars. My program has certainly worked for me. Here is a selfie I took the morning of my birthday just prior to heading out on a run:
For the purpose of this piece, I intend to not go into great detail, but I hope that some of what you read will inspire you to do a bit deeper investigation for yourself and hone your list supplements, or if you have none, start one. There are three supplements however, that I believe that everyone should be taking on a daily basis, and they are 1) L-arginine-Complete 2) A Multi-vitamin and 3) Zyflamend.
I cannot say enough about this product. If you search my blog archives by clicking on the “Sandy’s Blog Archives” button on the main page of my blog, you will find an article that I wrote on this product entitled, “The Magic Health & Performance Elixir.” Dr. Julius Ignarro won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1998 for his research that revealed the importance of Nitric Oxide to the enhancement of heart health. He discovered that by taking 5 grams of L-arginine coupled with a gram of L-citrulline daily, it worked as a preventative for heart disease and even demonstrated the ability to reverse the disease. The catalyst for me beginning to use this supplement over three years ago was my primary care physician who recommended it to his patients and actually was able to get some of them off of their blood pressure meds through the use of it. I won’t go into any more detail in that I discuss the subject in-depth in my blog on the subject. I highly recommend reading Dr. Ignarro’s book, “NO More Heart Disease…” The letters “NO” represents not only the word “no,” but it is the chemical formula for Nitric Oxide. L-arginine Complete is a product produced by Fenix Nutrition – it complies with the precise findings of Dr. Ignarro. The product can be found at the following link:
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All of the nutritional pundits – even those who tend to discourage supplementation seem to agree on the taking of one supplement – a multi-vitamin. One caveat however, is that I believe one should take a gender specific multi-vitamin. For example, many men’s vitamins do not contain iron. The bottom line is that multi-vitamins can bring most people more in line with nutritional guidelines, and since guidelines for women and men differ somewhat, a gender-specific multivitamin makes sense. As an aside, I purchase my vitamins from the on-line purveyor of supplements, Puritan’s Pride, and they have an excellent men’s multi-vitamin.
I first learned of Zyflamend when I read the excellent book, “The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer…” by Dr. Aaron Katz who among the prestigious positions he has held in the medical community was the Director of Holistic Urology at Colombia University Medical School. Dr. Katz, although he is also a surgeon, favors a holistic approach to the prevention and oftentimes treatment of prostate cancer. He recommends two supplements, Zyflamend and Prostate 5LX, another supplement that I utilize for the enhancement of prostate health.
Inflammation in the body is the cause of many of our ills. For example, take the subject of cholesterol. There are two more important aspects of cholesterol and its potential detrimental effect on the body then just how high your cholesterol number might be. Research has revealed that more importantly than the amount of cholesterol you have and the readings of your so-called good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol is the size of the cholesterol particles. Small particles tend to cluster together and cause blockages, whereas large sized (fluffy) cholesterol particles do not tend to cause issues within the arteries.
There are a couple of blood tests that can determine your cholesterol particle size and hence the likelihood of suffering a cardiac event caused by high cholesterol. They are the VPP or Vertical Auto Profile test and the LPP or Lipoprotein Particle Profile test.
There is another factor however, and that is where Zyflamend comes into play. Cholesterol tends to adhere to arterial walls in places that there is inflammation. Zyflamend fights inflammation throughout the body – not just in arterial walls. Personal trainers often recommend the product to their clients as an aid in post workout recovery.
Further research revealed that Zyflamend is the number one taken supplement in the world! I purchase mine on Amazon.com – you can read many interesting reviews of the product posted by users on the Amazon site.
As promised earlier, here is the list of supplements that I take every day:
Vitamin C – 1 gram
Vitamin D 2000 IU
Vitamin E – 400 I.U.
Beta Carotene – 15 mg
Multiple Vitamin – Puritan Pride Ultra Man 50 Plus
Calcium – 600mg with 100 I.U. of vitamin D
Omega 3 – 1 gram
L-Lysine – 500 mg
Saw Palmetto – 450 mg
CO Q-10 – 200 mg
Garlic – 500 mg
L-Arginine 5 grams
Aspirin 81 mg
Selenium 100 mcg
Broccoli Sprouts Extract
Turmeric 400 mg
I hope this has been a useful guideline for your nutritional supplementation and if nothing else, a catalyst for doing more research.