News on the Supplement Front

As Sunday is devoted to writing my blog today is Mother’s Day in the USA, so I wish every mother, be they the proud mothers of babies, adult children, puppies, kittens, employees, or even spouses (yes everyone needs to be mothered now and then) a very pleasant day filled with happiness and pampering.

Last week I updated you on my latest blood test panel and I thought as long as I was “updating” things perhaps it was time to talk about some new supplements, good and bad. Let’s talk about the bad ones and get it out of the way. It is a short list and bad isn’t really descriptive, ineffectual is the word.

Jigsaw Magnesium is tops on my list of ineffectual and I can offer no explanation other than they do use fillers. the fillers are necessary to allow for slow absorption and very little effect on the bowels but the product doesn’t work for me. I was asked by the company to review their product and I told them about my experience. To their credit, and I think they are a good reliable company, they apologized and offered a refund but couldn’t offer a reason why I continued to have leg cramps and other complaints whilst taking the maximum dose per day. It didn’t cause any stomach complaints, no gripping bowels but it didn’t seem to help with anything and I have quit taking it. I should have taken the refund as even my spousal unit finds Pure Essence Ionic Fizz Magnesium more to his taste, so the Jigsaw Magnesium sits in my cupboard unused.

I looked through my supplements and the only other one that I will not take is a True Health Krill oil sold by Dr. Michael Cutler. The company offered a really good deal for the krill oil, so I paid very little for 30-1000 mg capsules ($7.95) but the capsules are coated with lemon oil and I burp the lemon oil all day. This may not be an issue for other people but lemon oil  and orange oil additives do not agree with me and I avoid flavored fish or krill oil supplements for this reason. I guess I would prefer a fish oil burp to a fish oil burp that tastes of lemon or orange and in most cases if it has no citrus additives and is fresh fish oil or krill oil it will cause no production of excess gas and thus no “fishy burps”.

With my “Not taking those again” list behind me I can address the new supplements that are a part of my daily routine. I will skip a few of my old reliable supplements too allow room to talk about the new ones. I don’t know about any fellow blogging readers but I find there is only so much room in a weekly blog and I don’t want to ruminate too long and lose your interest.

My most interesting supplement that I added within the last month or two is a B-12 supplement that comes in a gum form, B Fresh Breath Freshening Gum  (It does contain xylitol and there was a rather damning article this week about the chemical nature of most xylitol produced these days. It would be best if you knew your xylitol was sourced from birch bark and from trees found in the USA). Especially if you have Sjogren’s your mouth is dry all the time and it is a problem that can be helped with a bit of chewing gum as the mere action produces saliva but don’t do any prolonged chewing as it is hard on your TMJ (5 minutes is about right). Many of us with thyroid issues have dry mouths and low B12 levels, so the combination seems a little like supplement nirvana to me.

Each piece of gum provides 125 mcg of B12, which is nowhere near the amount of B12 a person needs to raise low levels of B12 but it can’t hurt you to take 125 mcg more B12 per day (you excrete excess B vitamins with the exception of B6 which should not exceed 50-100 mg). I love the big bubbles you can create but I can only recommended you imbibe in bubble making in the privacy of your own home. The looks generated by the site of a silver haired female of “middle age” driving a cute little Jetta diesel wagon blowing gigantic bubbles of  pink gum from her mouth are priceless.

My gall bladder package of supplements also seems to be a winner. I have irregular flare ups with my gall bladder and when it happens these two supplements seem to greatly relieve the discomfort. To soften gallstones and thus taken every day at least once a day is a combination of orthophosphoric acid, inositol and riboflavin in a supplement called O.P.A. or Super Phos which instead of Riboflavin has Choline Bitartrate. It is best taken in apple juice but I use water. The other supplement that will always be around for those times when my sluggish gall bladder complains is  Gallbladder Nano-Detox by Premier Research Labs. It is a probiotic generated formula full of herbs that aid with gallbladder function.

If you find yourself complaining of indigestion or  burping frequently (often either a lack of a gall bladder or because of a sluggish gall bladder) I also recommend Thorne Dipan-9, one or two capsules prior to eating. During the meal Nutricology Ox Bile should be taken and varying the number of capsules you take is recommended. With a snack perhaps just one capsule, with a meal 2-3 capsules. Throughout the meal Betaine HCL can be taken or if taken after a meal you have to experiment to see how many capsules bring on a pleasant warm feeling. I find three is perfect for me taken after a meal but I am going to try one at the beginning, middle and end to see if I get more or less indigestion when indigestion is the problem.

While some blood test results last week were not perfect my CRP was very good. A high CRP is directly related to the amount of inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the cause of many a malady including cancers. My CRP was very low and thus a reflection of a low amount of inflammation. I am not the only one to report that by taking 1000-2000 mg of Krill oil every day inflammation has been reduced.

My latest Krill was from iHerb but Mercola sells Krill oil in capliques which are easier to swallow and made from fish gelatin for those who object to animal products but not fish in their supplements. I did, by the way, try fish oil supplements recently but they are just too big and hard to swallow, so I went back to krill. Me thinks I should have added fish oil to the “Not taking those again”  list but I may try again and see if the size still bothers me.

Also for inflammation reduction I am taking Chlorella and Spirulina as a greens supplement. Greens naturally reduce inflammation and I have experienced the eradication of cysts on my fingers and toes with the consumption of green drinks.However, recently I have shied away from green drinks because of their goitrogenic effects and my thyroid takes priority over any other minor complaints I have. Greens in general, but especially chlorella and spirulina are high in Vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and chlorophyll and they help our bodies deal with any increased levels of radioactive iodine that may be with us as a result of the nuclear meltdown in Japan.

My friends and I find our cupboards full of disused supplements because in our experimentation we find supplements that worked and supplements that didn’t seem to make any improvements in our health. First we have the collections of supplements that our doctors recommend. We try them and even though doctor recommended they aren’t right. The other source of supplementation recommendations are the plethora of online experts. They each have a company they support and thus a supplement that is just the thing to cure what ails ya. At long last, after much experimentation, I am finally finding the supplements that I buy repeatedly and the ones I will never buy again (many of them doctor recommended). I hope some of my suggestions assist you in making the right decision for taking control of your health but if not don’t give up just try, try again. The answer will be around one corner or another and then, you too, will have a collection. Not one you brag about but a collection none the less.

Have a healthy, happy week,

Kris

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa Olko on 21:01 at Thursday, May 12, 2011

    hi ….i’d like to follow this blog!

    Reply

    • Posted by Kris on 7:30 at Friday, May 13, 2011

      Lisa,
      I would love to “talk” to you about our shared issues. I need to find a way to converse privately and it doesn’t seem possible at the moment. I do have a vast library of blogs dealing with many of the things I have tried and why I have tried them. My thyroid journey has been long and tortuous and gall bladder issues go hand in hand with hypothyroidism.
      Until I find a safe way to have an email exchange I hope you can access my blogs and please ask any questions you have I would be happy to answer any questions and hopefully stimulate a discussion.

      Reply

      • Thanks for your reply …..I will look over your archives…..this thyroid thing is new to me and seems so confusing…if there are any blog posts in particular that you can direct me to about your GB issues as well that would be great……
        I included a a link to my blog I haven’t posted in over a year though but would like to pick it up again soon.

      • Posted by Kris on 10:41 at Sunday, May 15, 2011

        Lisa, I changed my theme today as I didn’t realize my old theme didn’t show the blog entries I have. If you look at the right side of the title page there is a box that allows you to look for previous blogs. Take a look and know that there will be more to come as this is a work in progress. If you can’t find the blog entries let me know and I will post a list of related articles.
        In the meantime, for gall bladder information check out http://www.gallbladderattack.com. Debbie Graefer has a lot of really useful information to help with everything from gall bladder discomfort to a full out attack.

  2. Posted by Lisa Olko on 20:22 at Thursday, May 12, 2011

    I stumbled onto your site and I am very curious to talk with you about your gallbladder issues and hypothyroidism.
    I’ve been struggling with pain in my gallbladder for years and have just found out i have issues with my thyroid too.
    I’m in perimenopause too and am feeling very overwhelmed Yikes…..how can we connect?

    Reply

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