RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS & DOSAGES VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON. PLEASE DISCUSS YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR REGIME. THE DOSAGES LISTED HERE ARE PROVIDED AS HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR THE SAKE OF COMPARISON.
WHY CHOOSE THESE SUPPLEMENTS?
Due to the plethora of illnesses I've dealt with over the years, I’ve experimented with a wide variety of vitamins & supplements. People wonder which supplements have helped me the most. That's the purpose of this list...to save you time, energy & money by highlighting these effective & worthwhile products.
These are my current favorite supplements that my family has benefited from, with some of our dosages included. The products are divided into different categories, but please note that many of these supplements help with various conditions in multiple categories.
To the best of my knowledge, all of these products are GLUTEN-FREE & DAIRY-FREE.
Remember that a supplement is called a supplement because it's intended to compliment a balanced lifestyle of rest, exercise, & healthy eating. You can’t neglect those basic tenets & expect miraculous results from simply swallowing pills. With that said, hopefully you experience as amazing results as we have by using these supplements!
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SUPPLEMENTS THAT ESPECIALLY
HELP INCREASE ENERGY
In 2013, I was plagued with severe fatigue for about 6 months. With the treatment of an amazing chiropractor & 2 amazing naturopathic doctors, these supplements were particularly helpful in reviving me to health & vitality.
- OXYLIFE ORACHEL 1 after breakfast
- SEACURE HYDROLYZED WHITE FISH 2 before breakfast & dinner (6 days/week)
SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP WITH DIGESTION
ECLECTIC INSTITUTE SLIPPERY ELM 1 dropperful in water after meals, as needed
Slippery Elm is used to reduce inflammation & heal the gastrointestinal tract. It's also known for soothing soar throats. The alcohol in this product is grape alcohol, so it's grain-free.
- ENZYMEDICA DIGEST GOLD 1 capsule w/ meals
I had some blood & stool testing done that indicated I have malabsorption problems; therefore I take a digestive enzyme with every meal to help my body absorb the nutrients from food. As is the case with most of the supplements on this page, this powerful digestive enzyme was highly recommended to me by healthcare professionals I trust. Because of the higher cost, I only take this with foods that seem harder to digest &/or when concerned about cross-contamination of gluten or dairy. My husband takes it when eating gluten to help prevent any negative symptoms.
- NATURE'S LIFE BROMELAIN & PAPAIN 500 mg x 1/day, on an empty stomach
Proteolytic enzymes are taken with meals to aid in digesting proteins or taken in between meals to decrease inflammation & accelerate healing of the digestive tract. Bromelain is known to decrease mucus as well.
- SOURCE NATURALS ESSENTIAL ENZYMES 1 capsule w/ meals
Because of the lower cost, I take this digestive enzyme on a regular basis & Enzymedica Digest Gold on occasion.
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SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP TREAT & PREVENT
BACTERIAL INFECTIONS &
THE FLU, COLDS & OTHER VIRUSES
The supplements in this category have proven themselves to be effective in preventing & fighting sicknesses. On multiple occasions when I've felt like I was coming down with a cold or strep throat & quickly loaded-up on these products, the symptoms completely disappeared or were diminished & short-lived! Considering I used to catch a cold about every 6 weeks, I'm grateful to have found these valuable products!
- CARLSON VITAMIN D3
For a maintenance dose, I take 5,000 IU of Vit D3 every day. Some doctors suggest taking up to 10 times that amount, for up to 3 days when fighting an illness.
- DR. OHHIRA'S PROBIOTIC ESSENTIAL 1-2/day w/ meals
This probiotic is great for traveling since it doesn’t require refrigeration. I alternate every 2 weeks with Nature’s Sunshine Probiotic Eleven.
- ECOLOGICAL FORMULAS VITAMIN C CAPSULES (FROM TAPIOCA)
Powder seems most effective, but these capsules are convenient when on the go.
- ECOLOGICAL FORMULAS VITAMIN C POWDER (FROM TAPIOCA)
Powder is my favorite form of Vit C & tapioca is a great alternative source for those avoiding corn. I keep a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon in the container & use 1 scoop after breakfast & dinner, mixed with water. I take approximately 2,000mg/day as a maintenance dose & more when feeling ill. You can take up to bowel tolerance, meaning take as much as needed, as long as it doesn't cause loose stools.
- NATURE'S ANSWER LIQUID ASTRAGALUS as needed, when feeling ill
My husband & I are convinced that Astragalus has helped us prevent & shorten illnesses. It's amazing! We don't plan on spending another cold & flu season without it! I prefer the liquid form because of the topical treatment it provides while going down the digestive tract.
- NATURE'S ANSWER SAMBUCUS BLACK ELDER BERRY EXTRACT
Studies have shown that elder berry is effective in decreasing the duration & severity of influenza. Purchase this now so you'll have it on hand if you develop flu symptoms.
- NATURE'S SUNSHINE PROBIOTIC ELEVEN 1-2/day w/ meals (Keep refrigerated.)
I alternate with Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic Essential; 2 weeks on & 2 weeks off.
- NUTRICOLOGY ZINC CITRATE as needed, when feeling ill
- NUTRAMEDIX TAKUNA MICROBIAL DEFENSE as needed, when feeling ill
This is another go-to product when we feel like we're getting sick. A little of this goes a long way in working to prevent an illness from fully developing. And I've been advised to take 2 dropperfuls every hour for flu-like symptoms.
- SOURCE NATURALS L-LYSINE CAPS 500 mg x 2-3/day, as needed, when ill
L-lysine is effective at fighting illnesses & is especially amazing at making canker sores (mouth ulcers) disappear!
SUPPLEMENTS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL
FOR DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
CONSIDERING THE RISKS OF EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS THAT AFFECT ONE'S MENTAL HEALTH, PLEASE DISCUSS TREATMENT OPTIONS WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.
Throughout most of my life, I've battled against the dark cloud of depression. I'm an advocate for using pharmaceutical drugs to treat mental health issues, when medically necessary. I stubbornly suffered with depression for over a decade before giving-in to trying medication. Once I saw how dramatically meds helped me, I realized it wasn't just a matter of willpower; I had a biological condition that required chemical tweaking. In the same way that I take the hormone, insulin, to survive Type 1 Diabetes, sometimes I need help balancing the other hormones in my body too. Unfortunately, in our society, certain medical conditions are more socially accepted than others.
If you suffer from depression &/or anxiety, don't let personal pride or the fear of being dependent on drugs or supplements prevent you from enjoying life & becoming a more pleasant person to be around.
I'm thankful to have discovered some alternative choices that are as effective as pharmaceutical drugs in keeping my body in balance. If you're currently taking prescription meds & want to try a more natural approach, establish a plan with your doctor to WEAN-OFF SLOWLY! I can't emphasize that enough! I took 1 month to wean-off Zoloft, an SSRI & that was NOT long enough. I had about 12 terrible withdrawal symptoms for 2 1/2 months, including piercing headaches, dizziness, vision problems & bazaar issues with my nervous system! My body was attached to the drug & did not give it up without a fight. I believe those symptoms would have been lessened if I wouldn't have been in a rush.
Despite the possible side effects, if you aren't able to get successful results using supplements, by all means, take the prescription drugs when necessary.
- BIOTICS RESEARCH LI-ZYME 50 mcg x 1, w/ breakfast
(Please note: Li-Zyme Forte is 3x's the potency of the regular strength Li-Zyme.)
Lithium is most known for treating manic depression, but many people, like myself, who don't have bipolar disorder have benefited from this natural form of lithium. Paired with Kavinace, this small dose has successfully eliminated my depressive thinking. And I feel comforted knowing that the lithium used in Li-Zyme is the nutritional form of the essential trace mineral & natural chemical element that we already ingest in our normal diets, unlike the pharmaceutical form.
- CARLSON ELITE OMEGA-3 GEMS FISH OIL 810 mg x 2-3/day, w/ meals
Fish oil has numerous benefits. I especially appreciate the way it helps me feel more clear-headed & upbeat. I trust the Carlson line & choose this product because of the exceptionally high % of EPA, which has been found to improve depression.
- NEUROSCIENCE KAVINACE 1/day in evening; plus 1 extra, as needed
KAVINACE IS POSSIBLY MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE SUPPLEMENT! When I feel irritable, I pop one of these in my mouth & within 30 minutes, I feel calm, without any side-effects! In my experience, amino acids are some of the most effective over-the-counter supplements for treating depression & anxiety. Because of their power, use with caution & under the care of a professional health care provider.
- NUTRAMEDIX MAGNESIUM MALATE 3-5/day, with meals
Magnesium deficiency is a common problem, but not all forms of magnesium are created equal. I've had multiple health care providers recommend magnesium malate as the preferred form. You can take up to bowel tolerance, meaning take as much as needed, as long as it doesn't cause loose stools.
OTHER GENERAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR DAILY USE
- DESIGNS FOR HEALTH GLUTATHIONE POWER
1 scoop under the tongue before meals; This product recommended by my naturopathic doctor is expensive, but 1 jar has lasted me well over 1 year.
- ESSENTIAL OILS
We've benefited from various essential oils for miscellaneous ailments. My favorite is peppermint oil combined w/ jojoba oil to alleviate nausea & treat headaches. It has successfully prevented vomiting multiple times in our family. PLEASE CONTACT US IF INTERESTED IN OUR RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OILS.
- HIMALAYAN PINK SALT
We enjoy using this salt in our kitchen to supplement our intake of trace minerals.
- NUTRAMEDIX BURBUR 5 drops x 3, before meals (alternate e/o day with Parsley)
- NUTRAMEDIX PARSLEY 5 drops x 3, before meals (alternate e/o day with Burbur)
MY HUSBAND’S FAVORITE SUPPLEMENTS
- COUNTRY LIFE MAX FOR MEN
Craig likes this multi because it only requires 2/day for a full dose, yet contains a variety of great vitamins & minerals.
- NATURE'S WAY ASTRAGALUS ROOT
If you prefer capsules over liquid, this form of Astragalus is a good option.
- SOURCE NATURALS GLUCOSAMINE CHONDROITIN COMPLEX W/ MSM
Glucosamine Chondroitin is known for rebuilding connective tissues in the body. Glucosamine Sulfate is involved in building tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the thick fluid that surrounds joints. Chondroitin Sulfate is normally found in cartilage around joints and may reduce joint pain. This product is effective, but it often takes about 6 weeks of daily use before noticing a difference.
THAT MY KIDS TAKE OR HAVE TAKEN
- CARLSON NORWEGIAN COD LIVER OIL--LEMON FLAVOR (Liquid)
Carlson is known for providing quality fish oil & this is a great alternative if your child refuses to chew or swallow pills. Mixing this with orange juice hides the oil well.
- CARLSON SUPER OMEGA-3 GEMS FISH OIL (Softgels)
This is an ideal product for children who can swallow a softgel because it has a higher % of EPA & DHA than most of the other fish oils.
- CARLSON VERY FINEST FISH OIL--ORANGE FLAVOR (Chewable Softgels)
Chewing this flavored fish oil is another good option for adults or kids who don't want to swallow softgels.
- CARLSON VITAMIN D3 (Softgels)
For a maintenance dose, my kids take 2,000 IU of Vit D3 every day. Some doctors suggest taking up to 10 times that amount, for up to 3 days when fighting an illness.
- COUNTRY LIFE MAXI BABY-C (Liquid)
We gave our babies this Vitamin C, when needed.
- COUNTRY LIFE MAXI BABY CARE MULTI (Liquid)
This is a good multi-vitamin that we chose for our babies.
- ECLECTIC INSTITUTE SLIPPERY ELM (Liquid)
Slippery Elm is used to reduce inflammation & heal the gastrointestinal tract. We mix with water & the alcohol in this product is grape alcohol, so it's grain-free.
- ECOLOGICAL FORMULAS VITAMIN C POWDER (FROM TAPIOCA)
Powder seems to be the most effective form of Vit C & tapioca is a great alternative source for those avoiding corn. We mix this with water. One child loves the tart taste & another prefers to add liquid stevia to make it sweet. I keep a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon in the container & give them 1/2 scoop (approx. 1,000 mg) when I remember to & when their immune systems need a boost. Many experts say you can take up to bowel tolerance, meaning take as much as needed, as long as it doesn't cause loose stools.
- NATURE'S ANSWER ALCOHOL-FREE LIQUID ASTRAGALUS
As stated above, Astragalus has proved to be one of the most effective supplements in our family for fighting colds & other viruses. The taste is mild & we often mix it with water & Vit C powder for a quick concoction to keep us healthy.
- NATURE'S PLUS ANIMAL PARADE KID ZINC (Chewable Lozenges)
As soon as my kids complain of a soar throat, I give them these to pop in their mouths to increase & strengthen their T-cells.
- NATURE'S PLUS ANIMAL PARADE MULTI (Chewable Tablets)
We've bought this multi vitamin for many years for our kids. It's well-balanced & is relatively low in sugar, unlike many of the competitors. The grape flavor is their fav.
- NATURE'S SUNSHINE PROBIOTIC POWER (Chewable Tablets)
Most of us have heard that 70% of our immune system is in our gut, which is why probiotics are highly recommended for maintaining overall health. Our kids happily chew these pleasant-tasting tablets with breakfast. (Refrigeration required.)
- NORDIC NATURALS CHILDREN'S DHA--STRAWBERRY (Chewable Softgels)
I'm a strong proponent of entire families taking fish oil. We started giving our kids these when they were only about 1 1/2 years old. Our children are exceptionally intelligent, if I may say so myself & I've wondered how much is due to me taking fish oil while I was pregnant & them taking it during their early developmental years.
- NORDIC NATURALS ULTIMATE OMEGA JUNIOR--STRAWBERRY
This is another tasty & convenient option for your kids to get their fish oil.
- NOW CHEWYZYMES taken with meals
Our kids take these digestive enzymes when eating foods that seem hard to digest &/or when there is potential cross-contamination of gluten or dairy.
- NOW D-MANNOSE POWDER
The kids & I take a tsp of this mixed in water at the first sign of a urinary tract infection. It’s amazingly powerful at preventing & stopping bladder/kidney infections!
- NOW EXTRA STRENGTH LIQUID VITAMIN D-3
This liquid dropper of Vit D3 is so convenient! It's a great alternative for those who can't or won't swallow a pill. Simply mix it in your child's water & he/she won't even be able to taste it!
- NOW VITAMIN C-500 ORANGE (Chewable Tablets)
These are a fast & easy form of Vit C for the family when on the go.
- NUTRAMEDIX TAKUNA MICROBIAL DEFENSE as needed, when feeling ill
This liquid has a mild taste & is easy to mix with Vit C water when your child complains of not feeling well.
- SOURCE NATURALS L-LYSINE POWDER as needed, when feeling ill
I love this form of L-Lysine for myself & my kids! It's very effective at preventing illnesses from developing if taken as soon as you start to feel a virus coming on. We prefer to mix it with water & Vitamin C powder or with applesauce.
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