Supplements can play key role in overcoming health issues and below are the 15 supplements I feel are worth taking. Restoring your health to optimum status cannot always be done with food alone. Especially since most of the food today is depleted in vitamins and enzymes. And it’s impossible to do it with just supplements alone while continuing to eat poorly. But a clean diet combined with the right supplements can be a powerful combination! I only became a believer in supplements over the last 8 or 9 years, before that, I never even took so much as a daily vitamin. These days I take around 15- 20 supplements, and they all had their place in my recovery.
15 Supplements Worth Taking
Note: The majority of my supplements I order from Life Extension. Their prices are good and they are a trusted company with excellent quality supplements.
NAD Cell Regenerator – helps to repair cellular DNA breaks.
Glutathione with Vitamin C – Provides L-cysteine for liver support & oxidative defense. Our bodies need vitamin C on a daily basis and our bodies do not make it on it’s own. Vitamin C fights free radical damage as well as colds and flu, and improves skin health and collagen formation.
NAC -Promotes healthy cellular glutathione levels, powerful antioxidant support and supports the immune system
Senolytic Activator – This supplement is only taken once per week and can cleans out old cells (cellular debris) and reverse the aging process, promotes youthful, healthy cellular function, helps the body manage senescent cells
Collagen – I just started taking this recently. Although I’m taking it more for vanity than health reasons, (it’s a fantastic anti-aging supplement) it’s exciting that while it’s busy doing it’s job helping your skin look firmer by increasing collagen levels, it also improves liver function, helps heal leaky gut, and is good for heart health.
Cell Trophin– for those exposed to mold, you may experience adrenal fatigue as mold and fungus can cause harm to the pituitary gland. When the pituitary gland is not working properly this can also result in low thyroid.
Vitamin B Complex (and Vitamin b12 under the tongue) – good for the nervous system, brain, skin, supports the immune system. B12 increases energy level, helps to keep nerve cells healthy, good for heart health. If you have the MTR FR gene mutation my doctor suggests taking homocysteine complete instead.
Vitamin D3 – the majority of American’s are vitamin d3 deficient. We need it for bone health, it protects against cancer, and can help prevent diabetes. I was low on iodine so I personally take the vitamin D that includes iodine and periodically get my labs checked.
CoQ10 – reduces free radical damage, good for fatigue, heart health, this is a good supplement to take for people who have to be on statin drugs.
Chlorophyll – this is such a wonderful detoxing tool. For anyone who was affected by toxic mold (specifically aflatoxin like I was) chlorophyll helps protect the DNA from damage caused by the toxic mold. It also helps fight cancer. If doing infra red saunas, Doug Kaufmann suggests taking some liquid chlorophyll prior to going in the sauna. I have done this many times!
Beta Glucan (allergy forumla) – you can buy just the beta glucan, or if you have food or environmental allergies the beta glucan allergy formula is awesome! There was a time my allergies were so bad that I would get a stuffy nose, and an itchy throat and ears from most foods that I ate. I have not had any reactions to any foods whatsoever since taking it. This one has really been a life changer for me and I buy the NSC-24 brand. What does beta glucan do? When your immune system starts attacking harmless substances (like foods, environmental substances) your body releases histamine. Beta glucan helps your immune system decipher between harmful and harmless substances and boosts your immune system to fight off bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Oil of Oregano – natures antibiotic and anti-fungal! When fighting candida or even certain bacteria, switching between supplements like oil of oregano, citridrops, garlic, and caprylic acid can be extremely beneficial.
Supplements For Gut Health
Colostrum – oh how I wish I knew about this miracle supplement sooner! For ultimate gut health (which translates to overall health) colostrum is a fantastic choice! Colostrum is what is produced the first few days following the birth of a newborn. It’s purpose is to pass on healthy immunity to the baby. It contains immunoglobulins and immune factors to stimulate the immune system and contains lactoferrin which helps defend against all types of virus’s including hepatitis, influenza, polio, HPV, HIV, (and so much more) as well as fungi, and bacteria.
The growth factors they contain help repair your skin, muscles, nerves. It does so much more, but to me what is most exciting is that it’s been proven to heal intestinal permeability (leaky gut) which now they are finding may be responsible for nearly all auto immune diseases. After having to take antibiotics for a wisdom tooth removal in December I am definitely back on colostrum and will probably take it on and off for life. Colostrum is also the ONLY thing that enabled me to come off Nexium and Pepcid AC after taking them for more than a decade.
Probiotics – of course this has to make the top three! How can you heal if you don’t replace the good bacteria after a round of antibiotics and other things that deplete our good bacteria like pesticides, processed foods, and alcohol. Taking colostrum for 30 days prior to adding probiotics is a good idea. Disclaimer, I am not a doctor so check with yours. I’m sure there are many good brands of probiotics but my favorite are VSL#3 (but these are ridiculously expensive so I only took this brand for two months. They are very powerful though and have a solid reputation. I then switched over to Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics. Doug Kaufmann uses and trusts this brand and I trust him so this was an easy choice for us. And for the kids, we give them Jarrow’s “Yum Yum dophilus” chewables. We also use probiotics by NSC 24.
Prescription For Yeast In The Gut
Nystatin – this one is actually not a supplement, but a prescription anti-fungal. Nystatin has helped people who either have issues with candida, or who have just been on an antibiotic. I will never again take an antibiotic without following up with Nystain. It’s not a systemic drug, it stays in the stomach and kills off yeast/fungi that may try to take over. Nystatin has been around since the 50’s. Unfortunately, most doctors do not know how to prescribe this outside of the sugary liquid in a bottle. I take the powdered version from a compound pharmacy.
I also no longer put toxic makeup and moisturizer on my face. To see what I now use on my face and skin after my skin cancer surgery on my nose last year click here.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor. I can not recommend any supplement or treatment plan, I can only share what works for me. My opinions are all my own. Check with your doctor before starting any new diet or supplement. There are affiliate links in this post which I get a percentage on sales. Opinions are all my own. I do not recommend any supplement or brand I didn’t personally love and benefit from.