Vitamins and Minerals — The Basics

Why Take Them At All?

Supplements reviewed here: Maximum Wellness Formula, Resveratrol, Vitamin D3, Ultimate Greens, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Krill Oil.



Now this is one big catch-all category.  Most everything fits in this “Vitamins and Minerals” category, but there are a few gems that I’d like to point out.

First, consider why take vitamins and minerals at all?

If you consistently take several every day, the pocketbook may rebel. If they’re not absorbed, you produce expensive pee.  If you don’t remember to take them regularly, the benefits — assuming they exist — are diminished.

All that’s true in my estimation.  And yet I’m a supplement hound.  For me it distills down to three things:

  • Certain supplements are more powerful than any food source in supplying specific benefits that I want (Resveratrol, for instance);
  • It’s a good insurance policy (although by no means guaranteed) against poor quality food or immune challenging bugs and viruses; and finally
  • Although I have not been subjected to scientific verification, something seems to be working for me — I’m aging better than my peers, and don’t get sick.

If you want to reduce the guess work about what supplements you truly need, consider a hair or blood test.


So, back to those supplement “gems” that are part of my arsenal… these are the basics that are the foundation of my supplement practice:

Maximum Wellness Formula (555grams,  Powder)Maximum Wellness Formula You name it and it’s probably in here.  If I could only take one thing, it would be this, because it’s like taking 40 different supplements — check out the label.  If you’d prefer tablets to powder, consider
Mega Multiple III

Natural Resveratrol (200mg, 60 Vcaps)Natural ResveratrolThis is fast becoming a wonder supplement.  Among a long list of benefits that include helping with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, Resveratrol helps cells make protective enzymes to prevent the leakage of electrons and the production of toxic “free radicals”.   Reservatrol has received a lot of favorable press of late.  You should investigate if this remarkable supplement might be good for you.

Vitamin D3 1000 IU (1000IU, 180 Softgels)
Vitamin D3
Called the “sunshine vitamin” because your body will synthesize it in sunlight. This has been a check-in-the-box vitamin until recently.  Now, scientist are discovering that many of us are Vitamin D deficient, particularly African-Americans and Hispanics living in North America (who evolved in parts of the world with more sunlight).  What’s more, there’s a link between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer. Good insurance, I’d say!

Ultimate Greens (300grams,  powder)
Ultimate Greens
What’s that about five servings of veggies and fruits per day?  Well, I usually do get that from my diet, but I fortify with this powdered mix of whole green foods.  You’d be hard pressed to get this much goodness in you from your diet alone.

Acetyl L-Carnitine (500mg, 30 capsules)Acetyl L-Carnitine Cellular energy production itself produces free radicals that can harm cell structures, including the mitochondria, if the body’s natural antioxidant capacity is low. Acetyl L-Carnitine and Lipoic Acid are both naturally present antioxidants in the body that have been shown to support mitochondrial function and help reduce free radical damage.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (300mg, 90 medium tablets)
Alpha Lipoic Acid
is a potent antioxidant that promotes the body’s production of energy. It supports the conversion of carbohydrates, fat, and protein from food into fuel, stimulating production of ATP (the body’s energy source). As an antioxidant, ALA is known to help neutralize the effects of free radicals on the body by enhancing the antioxidant functions of vitamin C, Vitamin E, and glutathione.

Neptune Krill Oil, NKO (500mg, 60 softgels)Arctic Select Krill Oil This form of omega-3 is absorbed faster and more efficiently than that typically found in fish oil. Arectic Krill Oil supports heart health and cell membrane integrity.


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Supplement Disclaimer

Just as with the descriptive statements made at the various company sites that manufacture and/or sell the supplement products presented in this blog, none, or nearly none, of the potential benefits stated here have been evaluated by the FDA. Likewise none, or nearly none, of the products here can be represented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before engaging a supplement program, it always makes sense to get the advice of your health practitioner.

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Joe Garma

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