Three supplements you should be taking but probably aren’t.

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One of the over-arching subjects in this part of the sphere that everyone writes about is the importance of taking care of your health. Men write about juicing, lifting heavy weights and all different types of ways to keep yourself in good health. What’s not written about a lot is the importance of nutritional supplementation in keeping yourself healthy even if you live a lifestyle like I do that has a large amount of fine spirits and good tobacco added into it.

Now I’ll admit, I keep myself in pretty good shape. But, I like my whisky, cigarettes and cigars. Given I have a lot of free time on my hands being that my avocation is this blog, that gives me plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of our ancestor’s labor inventing things like fine bourbon and shade raised tobacco. But being somewhat on the low side of middle-aged, I realize that if I don’t take care of myself, my indulgences might have some effects on my health.

Enter nutritional supplementation.

This is the nirvana of health for someone who lives a lifestyle like mine. For less than $100.00 a month, given that you don’t have fucked up genetics, you can live a healthy life, never get sick and keep your weight and body mass where you want it by taking a few nutritional supplement pills a day.

Thing about it is, nobody knows what these supplements are. Well grasshopper, I do and there’s only three that you need to take every day that will ensure that you never get the cold or flu again, will prevent you from ever contracting cancer, will ensure that you are never hungover again and will help you regulate your body weight no matter your diet as long as you’re not eating twinkies for every meal.

#1. CoQ10: This supplement falls completely under the radar for reasons that evade me. From WebMD which is a complete tool for the elites but sometimes posts a little bit of truth:

“Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.”

What they don’t post is that your body is only able to synthesize CoQ10 from what is in your food which is CoQ until you’re between 18 to 20 years of age. After that your ability to synthesize the end enzyme goes drastically downhill. Here’s Wikipedia’s explanation of what CoQ inability to synthesize does to the body. It’s been posited that the inability of the body to synthesize CoQ10 from natural sources in food is the main mechanism in aging and given my research, I don’t have a good reason to disagree. This shit isn’t cheap however; expect to spend around thirty dollars a month on a nice high daily dose of it. But given that I like my healthy body as it is, it’s worth it.

#2. Resveratrol: This is the shit that is the main active ingredient in red wine which is the reason the French have some of the lowest rates of cancer in the world given that they drink that stuff breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If you’ve ever been there, you’ll know what I mean. Last time I was there, I was too buzzed to go to work after my omelet and bacon breakfasts and had to cut back. Unfortunately, it would take about five bottles of the wine stuff a day for me to see the health benefits given that I really like bourbon so supplementation is the only way to get enough of the real compound. It works though, my skin lesions went away after a couple of weeks given that I spend a lot of time passed out on the beach in a really comfortable lawn chair. Kind of expensive too but like I said, we’re looking at under a hundred a month, and this one fills the bill.

#3. Vitamin D3: This is the most important supplement and generally the most economical one to purchase. If you can’t afford CoQ10 or resveratrol, purchase this one. This supplement will ensure that you’ll never get a cold or the flu and will make sure that most infections will be unable to get a hold of your immune system. There’s only one thing that you have to make sure of and that’s what you purchase must have at the very least a dosage of 5,000 international units. Anything less is a waste of money and if you can afford it, double it. There’s a lot of misinformation about vitamin D including from your doctor, but ignore it all. I’ve been taking 10,000 I.U’s for nearly a decade and haven’t had a cold or flu for that entire time.

Given that I live a life that is devoted to having as much pleasure as I can possibly squeeze in, being as healthy as I can is something that is a necessity. Most people don’t know about the nutritional supplements that can help you live that type of life, so I thought that I would write about what I do to stay healthy and able to live my life the way I want to.

Time for another drink. And a cigar.

29 thoughts on “Three supplements you should be taking but probably aren’t.

  1. Every morning, I take 5,000 mcg of D3, 4 uni-liver pills, and a men’s daily multi-vitamin. I’ve been thinking of adding some b12, but the liver pills and multi-vitamin both contain it.

    How does that regimen sound? I also drink 10-30 beers a day and smoke a cigarette per beer. I never get sick and I’m in great shape.

  2. Check into magnesium. It has mostly disappeared from our food because of depleted soil yet it is absolutely vital for all functions (e.g. you need it to produce ATP – energy). Deficiency is linked with muscle pain, anxiety, and PMS in women. Also, you need magnesium to metabolize D3.

    Also, concerning resveratrol: the “red pill” explanation for the French’s low heart desease rate is the high amount of saturated fat they eat (like French cheeses), not just that they drink a lot of wine!

    • That’s true but taking resveratrol can’t hurt either. I get a pretty hefty dose of magnesium from my multi-vite so I didn’t add that one.

    • Would very much agree with that, also if you are at all inclined toward constipation taking a few hundred mg’s of this a day will cure that. But try to get the citrate/malate versions as just Mg oxide will really clean out your system if you take too much of it.

      • Same thing with too much vitamin C, it acts as a natural laxative as I found out a few times taking the powdered non acid version. Cleaned out is an understatement.

  3. Once you are too old to take CoQ10, just take ubiquinol. It is the same thing as CoQ10 but it can be synthesized by older people. It may be more than you like but, the brand from Life Extension Foundation or from that loon (well meaning and intelligent though he may be) Dr. Mercola. Maybe you can find some other brand to your liking?

      • Ubiquinone is only a partially reduced state of CoQ10, as it is only at the oxidization state. Ubiquinol is the thrid and final state of a fully reduced form of the co-enzyme so yes, it is much more bioavailable for people over 25. Normally, your body would have to do the work of reducing CoQ10 to this level but if you ingest the byproduct itself then you don’t have to worry about it.

  4. I call bullshit on the Resveratrol. It’s not the fruity bullshit from the wine that makes those French healthy, it’s the moderate regular consumption of alcohol. If you even look at the ads for Resveratrol, they admit whatever good results they obtained were on earth worms and go on to say “we think the same effect can happen with humans.”

  5. Whatever happened to last year’s miracle cure-all supplement? Isn’t anyone taking that anymore?

  6. hmm, intriguing post, will look into these further, I’m only 28 and really healthy but always looking for an advantage, did not realise it but my vitamin supplement doesnt include D3

    • Most don’t and in my experience it’s the most important one. If you get plenty of sun it’s not that big a deal but if you don’t, supplementation is necessary. Why do you think skin cancer rates went through the roof when the media started recommending sunscreens on a regular basis?

  7. Are you sure about the D3 dosage? All I could find were 400 UI tablets, which means I should be taking 25 a day, doesn’t seem normal or cheap.

    • Even Wal-Mart sells 5000 IU supplements per pill that are inexpensive. If you have a Sam’s membership, you can get them in 10,000 IU gelcaps. At Sam’s you can get a three month supply for less than twenty bucks. I don’t know where you’re located but you should be able to find 5000 IU tabs pretty easy.

  8. What would you suggest for 20 years old?

    All three?

    Do you get them online? It might be easier to get some stuff while I’m in Europe, without FDAA bullshit.

    • Yep, all three, you can’t start too early and from my experience in Europe they are pretty easy to get in the grocery stores and pharmacies. Plus they have some of the best vitamin C and multi fizzy oral vitamins that I’ve ever bought.

  9. Howdy,

    Swanson Vitamins is where I get most of my supplements. They have D-3 in 2000 IU sizes, ubiquinol and resveratol in various sizes and strengths.

  10. What would you say is a good dose of the CoQ10? I’m definitely going to buy some D3 and am thinking about the CoQ10. Great article, thanks.

    • Thank you Eli and in my opinion as large a dose of CoQ10 that you can afford everyday is what you want to purchase. There are no toxicity risks from it and I myself take 400mg per day.

  11. I just got a bottle of D3 5000 IU today! Now I just gotta work on swallowing these softgels…

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