“What magnesium do you recommend?” “What multivitamin do you recommend?”
One of the things people want to know most is what specific supplements I would recommend. So for all of my awesome readers, I’ve spent a few hours putting together this list of the specific brands/choices of all of the various supplements I use and recommend. Please keep in mind that as someone who is on a very strict budget and as a practitioner who has found that most clients also need recommendations based on a strict budget, some of these are simply adequate quality to provide the necessary benefits.
Additionally, these are supplements that I know (personally and professionally) WORK. They are effective. A product can look really great, pure, natural, and all that but if it doesn’t work and only wastes money, none of that matters! So I’m sharing ones that I know are effective.
Before I list them out, I would like to note, of course, that food-based sources of nutrients are the best. They are in the form that God designed for our bodies to absorb and utilize most effectively. So for instance when it comes to Vitamin A and B vitamins, liver from grass-fed cows and pastured poultry trumps any supplement. Leafy greens trump any magnesium supplement. Homemade probiotic/fermented foods trump probiotic supplements (in bacteria strains as well as cost!).
At the same time, it is my professional opinion that everyone can benefit from supplementation in today’s world.
Isolated, as well as collective, nutrient supplements have their place in a natural lifestyle. Please click here to read my post about why I’m not a purist and find isolated nutrients to be very beneficial.
In general, it is important to note that with most chewables/gummies, they usually contain refined sugars and artificial colors. With liquids, they usually contain preservatives. And for both, some contain synthetic chemical sweetners like sucralose and aspartame, so it’s really important to read labels very carefully!
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IMPORTANT: I absolutely do NOT recommend purchasing any nutritional supplements and especially not any essential oils from Amazon. There are entirely too many tampered nutritional products on Amazon. Additionally, warehouse temperatures have been reported to be extreme in some cases which can negatively and permanently alter the efficacy of nutritional supplements and other natural products. I LOVE Amazon Prime but do not buy my supplements or other natural health products from there. Check out this example of how caps can be replaced after who-knows-what is put in the bottle:
One last note: It is always preferable to have the guidance of a knowledgeable natural health professional when deciding to take supplements long-term. Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E) should be taken with special considerations. Iodine should be as well, especially for those with symptoms of autoimmune thyroid disease, and must always be taken in conjunction with selenium. Minerals taken separately can upset levels of other minerals in the body (for example, increasing zinc will lower copper), so it is important to consider this as well. Just a few examples of considerations when supplementing.
All that said, here are my preferred supplements listed by specific nutrients first, then combined formulas, and finally specific body system supplements. (In order to keep this post concise, I will avoid the temptation to share with you the many benefits of each nutrient, as much as I want to!) You can click on the name of each supplement for a link with more information and/or to purchase.
Cod Liver Oil: When it comes to fish oils, cod liver oil is the only one that contains Vitamin A. Let me repeat: Fish oil supplements DO NOT CONTAIN VITAMIN A! Cod liver oil supplements do.
My family currently uses Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Garden of Life’s Olde World Icelandic Cod Liver Oil.
Young Living Super B: This is my favorite since it has been reformulated to contain natural folate. Super B is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing all eight essential, energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12). Recently reformulated, it now Features Orgen-FA®*, a natural folate source derived from lemon peels, and methylcobalamin, a more bioavailable source of B12. It also has the advantage over other B complexes as it has bioavailable chelated minerals such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc.
B Supreme from Designs for Health: I find this methylated, high-dose B complex to be fabulous. There are many other natural health practitioners in addition to myself who recommend this one first and foremost. I buy it from Vitacost: http://www.vitacost.com/designs-for-health-b-supreme-120-vegetarian-capsules
For Kids: I like MegaFood Kid’s B Complex
I am a strong believer in Vitamin C supplementation, even isolated when needed (which is often for many people). (Please see my post above about why I’m not a purist, especially when it comes to Vitamin C.) There are various Vitamin C supplements I use and recommend:
Young Living’s Super C Chewables: My kids take this one daily and love it. It contains Vitamin C from camu camu, acerola cherry, and rose hip. I found that the essential oils and bioflavanoids in it really provide a synergistic boost, making lower doses more effective. (See info above to purchase YL products.)
Garden of Life Vitamin Code® RAW Vitamin C™: This is a great one for daily maintenance (for those whose budgets are higher). Because of the additional enzymes it contains, it should NOT be used for high-dose therapy and should not be used for children.
Nutrabiotic’s Ascorbic Acid: This is the one we use for high-dose Vitamin C therapy. It is effective and it is inexpensive for using this way. Those with a sensitive stomach can use Nutrabiotic’s sodium ascorbate instead as it is buffered. (Sodium ascorbate is also the one used to do Intravenous Vitamin C.) (Click here for Dr. Klenner’s dosage chart for Vitamin C therapy.)
When it comes to Vitamin D supplementation, this is a controversial topic. We’ll avoid that controversy and I will just quickly state that I do not recommend supplementing with high amounts of this fat-soluble nutrient without a real need for it and without addressing the reason why it is likely low (which is usually poor liver health because that is where the conversion is done to give our body this nutrient). For those who can obtain Vitamin D from the sun, this is the preferred form of this nutrient. Because we live in Minnesota, my family sometimes needs D3 in the winter.
Vitamin D supplementation is one that I personally feel people can get buy using a cheap one. But most Vitamin D supplements contain soybean oil so I prefer to use:
But it is very important to have Vitamin K with D3 so for those who do not have food-sources of Vitamin K2 (organ meats, cheeses, egg yolk, and butter from animals raised on grass), this liquid D3 with K2 is a good choice: http://www.vitacost.com/ortho-molecular-product-liquid-vitamin-d3-with-k2-1-fl-oz
(For those who want a vegan Vitamin D, please be sure that it is sourced from the natural plant, lichens, as most vegan Vitamin D’s are made from synthetic D2.)
Most Vitamin E’s come from soy or wheat, so I prefer to recommend a sunflower-sourced Vitamin E:
NOW Foods Sun-E™ (This one does contain rice bran oil so for those who are avoiding grains, you may want to avoid this one. The Vitamin E posted below contains flaxseed oil instead but I prefer NOW’s for those who do not need to entirely avoid grains because flaxseed oil can easily become rancid and usually is rancid when not refrigerated.)
Omega 3’s/Fatty Acids (DHA/EPA)
Because it is not clear if fermented cod liver oil from Green Pastures contains adequate omega 3’s and fatty acids, I also supplement this in an additional product for my family. The ones I personally use and recommend are:
OmegaGize (Young Living): OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone). These supplements combine with our proprietary enhancement essential oil blend to create an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that may support general wellness. Used daily these ingredients work synergistically to support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.*
(Again, I do not recommend flax seed oil for supplying fatty acids due to the high likelihood of it being rancid.)
Homemade fermented foods/drinks are the best and cheapest source of probiotics as stated above. For supplements, the thing to note is that most contain undesirable fillers like maltodextrin. The ones I use/recommend are:
HFFG’s Baby Biotic Infant Probiotic Powder: Despite the name, we use this one for everyone in our household as it contains strains common in many high-potency products for people of all ages. This is an allergen-free, high-potency probiotic. (At this time, I only able to sell it by the case which is 12 bottles. Case discount is one free bottle and free shipping. Probiotics can be frozen for long-term storage without losing measurable potency.) Seeking Health sells a product with the exact same probiotic count and strain individually by the bottle here: http://www.seekinghealth.com/probiotic-for-infants-infant-probiotics-baby-probiota-infant.html
HFFG’s Children’s Chewable Probiotic: Like the infant probiotic powder, this one is also high-potency and allergen-free. My kids love the taste of this and it is the only consistent way I can get my toddler to get probiotics daily. I am also currently only able to sell this one by the case as well. Unfortunately, I have not found a comparable product to this one available elsewhere individually. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for info on purchasing this product by the case and/or for samples.
There are many other high-quality, allergen-free, probiotic supplements out there without fillers. Please read labels carefully though!
For those who need extra support with combating yeast or who have been on antibiotics, it is recommended that you get a probiotic with the strain s. boulardii.
After much searching for a fabulous, whole-food based multivitamin, I have finally found one.
Master Formula from Young Living is a full spectrum, multinutrient complex, providing premium vitamins, minerals, and food-based nutriment to support general health and well-being. By utilizing a Synergistic Suspension Isolation process – SSI Technology – ingredients are delivered in three distinct delivery forms. Collectively, these ingredients provide a premium, synergistic complex to support your body.* I love it for many reasons, including the nutrients from whole foods, the synergy of the carefully-designed nutrients, the higher amounts of nutrients than many multivitamins, and also all the added bonus ingredients:
I used to use Garden of Life but this multivitamin offers so many more things and a higher level of nutrients.
Because the Master Formula contains some essential oils that may be contraindicated during pregnancy (not enough evidence to demonstrate one way or the other but okay during breastfeeding), different choices for multivitamin formula for pregnancy include:
Optimal Prenatal from Seeking Health: While not necessarily whole-food based, this high-quality prenatal comes with methylated B vitamins which is especially helpful for a significant portion of the population whose bodies cannot successfully methylate these isolated nutrients on their own. (Note: I have had clients who have found this product hard to take the daily recommended dosage so that may be a consideration for some.)
MegaFood Baby & Me Whole Food Multivitamin–Great whole foods prenatal multivitamin free of gluten, diary, soy, pesticides herbicides, corn and wheat.
(I find it very important to add in a B-complex, essential fatty acids, and thyroid-supporting nutrients during pregnancy in addition to a prenatal multivitamin. You can read my post here about my Personal Prenatal Regimen.)
Let me tell you, I spent YEARS looking for a multivitamin for children that did not contain refined sugars and artificial colors. Even “natural” ones contain refined sugar as the first ingredient! I finally decided to private label my own from my supplement manufacturer:
HFFG Kid’s Special Multivitamin Formula: While specifically designed to fill the nutritional gaps for children on the autism spectrum, this multivitamin formula can be used for all children and adults to fill in nutritional gaps and areas where deficiencies may be present (which are so common nowadays). This comprehensive multiple vitamin/mineral supplement contains 28 highly bioavailable essential nutrients. (Like my other private label supplements, this one is also currently only available for sale by the case.) Click here for more info on this product.
I would love to offer recommendations for an additional children’s multivitamin, but I have not yet found one that meets my criteria. If I do find one, I will update this post with that information!
Minerals (Including Magnesium)
Mineral Essence (Magnesium): Mineral Essence™ is a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils. Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available. Mineral Essence is a fabulous source of magnesium combined with other trace minerals.
HFFG’s Thyroid Mineral Support: A comprehensive, hypoallergenic trace mineral supplement, Thyroid Mineral Support provides 11 essential trace elements needed for optimal health, including three of the most important nutrients for supporting thyroid health in those with/prone to hypothyroidism: selenium, zinc, and iodine. (Please contact me for samples.)
Organic Brazil Nuts (Selenium): These are my favorite source of selenium as they are food-based and yummy! 2-4 Brazil nuts will provide the daily recommendation of 200-400 mcg without the risk of overdosing like with isolated selenium (but I still don’t recommend overdoing it with Brazil nuts!).I buy organic Brazil nuts from Vitacost.
Remember: Selenium supplementation can be dangerous; in isolation, it is actually very toxic at high doses, so please stick to around 200-400 mcg amount if using supplemental selenium.
Zinc: Chelated and Opti-Zinc are the preferred forms of supplemental zinc (other than whole-food-based zinc) as they are the most bioavailable.
Chelated Zinc Glycinate: This one is cheap and it contains enzymes and prebiotics to help support absorption. It does have rice flour as a filler so it’s not for those who are strictly grain-free.
Opti-Zinc: This one is also inexpensive but does contain rice flour as a filler as well.
MegaFood Zinc: This one is whole-food based and contains enzymes and other good extras. If you can splurge, this is the way to go.
I do not have any recommendations for iron as I do not recommend iron supplementation. Isolated iron feeds pathogenic bacteria. During pregnancy, to support healthy iron levels, I recommend taking considerable amounts of chlorella and consuming liver from grass-fed animals as well as optimizing gut health as iron levels are strongly linked to gut health.
(I ONLY recommend herbal or whole-food based calcium supplements as calcium carbonates actually increase risk of health problems. Click here to read more.)
One of the supplements I wish everyone could take daily. There’s just so much to say about this supplement, but I will just leave you with links for more info and the one I recommend.
Finding a good chlorella was hard. My criteria was that it came from either Korea or Taiwan (not China or Japan) and that it contained the enzymes needed for it to break through the biofilms of candida. The only one I found was only available to healthcare practitioners from my supplement manufacturer, which is why I private-labeled my own Chlorella Detox supplement. I have not since found a single chlorella product that meets these criteria, so I continue buying this one by the case and supplement it daily to everyone in my family.
MultiGreens Capsules (from Young Living): MultiGreens™ is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.* MultiGreens is made with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Turmeric is infamous for supporting the body’s natural inflammatory process. For the best cost, I buy this organic turmeric and put it in capsules myself using an inexpensive capsule machine. I also add one drop of Young Living’s Vitality black pepper essential oil to each capsule really magnify the benefits of the turmeric. (Vitality oils from Young Living are the first in the industry to be labeled and approved for internal use according to the newest FDA regulations.) For those who want it already in capsules, this is a good one:
Specific Body System Support
HFFG’s Thyroid Mineral Support (Contains the recommended selenium, zinc, and a good starting dose of iodine as well as other minerals for supporting the thyroid.)
Thyromin (from Young Living): Thyromin™ is a special blend of porcine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils in a perfectly balanced formula that maximizes nutritional support for healthy thyroid function.*
The most important nutrients for the adrenals are Vitamin C and B Vitamins. Please see above for recommendations for these supplements.
With all of my clients needing adrenal support, I have found very, very few who have found adrenal extracts and herbal adrenal products to provide a noticeable difference, but of course everyone is different!
Like the adrenals, sex hormones depend on adequate B vitamins for support. (Please see recommendations for tat above.) It is also imperative to have liver support (see below for those recommendations) since conversion of sex hormones depend on the liver. For extra hormone balance support:
Progessence Plus Serum: Progessence Plus™ features essential oils, wild yam extract, Vitamin E, coconut oil and a small amount of USP bio-identical progesterone.
BLM™ supports normal bone and joint health.* This formula combines powerful all-natural ingredients, such as type II collagen, MSM, glucosamine sulfate, and manganese citrate, enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils. These ingredients have been shown to support healthy cell function and encourage joint health and fluid movement.*
OmegaGize³™combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone). These supplements combine with our proprietary enhancement essential oil blend to create an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that may support general wellness. Used daily these ingredients work synergistically to support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.*
MegaFoods Calcium (I ONLY recommend herbal or whole-food based calcium supplements as calcium carbonates actually increase risk of health problems.
Digestive Enzymes (Support for liver, gallbladder, and digestion)
Essentialzymes-4: Essentialzymes-4 is a multi-spectrum enzyme complex specially formulated to aid the critically needed digestion of dietary fats, proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates commonly found in the modern processed diet. The dual time-release technology releases the animal- and plant-based enzymes at separate times within the digestive tract, allowing for optimal nutrient absorption.
Detoxzyme: Detoxzyme®combines a myriad of powerful enzymes that complete digestion, help detoxify, and promote cleansing.*
(See Chlorella & turmeric above)
Inner Defense: Young Living’s Inner Defense™ reinforces systemic defenses, creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves® which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support. (If I could only buy one supplement from Young Living, this would be the one. I make sure we never run out of this as we have found it to be very effective at providing immune support when extra support is needed.)
ImmuPro Chewable Tablets: ImmuPro™ has been specially formulated to provide exceptional immune system support when combined with a healthy lifestyle and adequate sleep to support the body’s needs.* This power-packed formula combines naturally-derived immune-supporting Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides with a unique blend of reishi, maitake, and agaricus blazei mushroom powders to deliver powerful antioxidant activity to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress from free radicals.*
(Also see Vitamin C above for high-dose therapy info.)
So there you have it!
Everyone is different, and so are everyone’s preferences. Please keep in mind that these are just the supplements I use and recommend. I encourage everyone to do their own research and, with prayer, determine what is best for them.
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~Sara Jo Poff
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