Vital Proteins Beef Liver Capsules

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Grass-fed, pasture-raised New Zealand desiccated beef liver.

When a wild animal kills his prey, he eats the liver first. Why? Because it’s the most nutrient-dense morsel. Beasties instinctively know about this superfood, and most progressive nutrition experts are advising us to return to our predatory ways and eat more organ meats, especially liver.

The only drawback? Liver tastes like liver. Mmm, chewy cooked blood! Doesn’t that sound delectable? No. No it does not. And I’m not gonna eat it, dammit, even if you make airplane noises and fly the fork into my mouth.

But I’ll take these capsules. There’s one ingredient: grass-fed beef liver. And it’s chock-full of the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids you need to be an alpha male or female. – Chris Shugart

Host Defense Turkey Tail Mushroom Capsules

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Natural immune and digestive support. Activated, freeze-dried mushroom mycelium. USDA organic, gluten free, 60 vegetarian capsules.

A few months ago I began using different mushrooms for various purposes and discovered that when I use turkey tail, my morning bathroom routine gets pretty regular… and often quite impressive.

Turkey tail has been studied extensively. According to researchers, it has immune-boosting qualities, it may offer protection against certain forms of cancer (in dogs too), it may reduce inflammation, and it may lower blood sugar.

While these studies make it sound like a wonder drug, I just like things that help me poop better. So do your own investigating to determine whether those other claims are valid. – Dani Shugart

Vital Proteins Cartilage Collagen

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Type II collagen peptides and glycosaminoglycans from grass-fed, pasture-raised sources.

Sometimes I don’t feel pretty. So I take this stuff for more luxurious hair, strong nails, and youthful-looking skin. Okay, not really, but the naturally-occurring glycosaminoglycans found in this supplement do provide those benefits.

No, I take collagen – bovine tracheal cartilage in this case (yummy) – because it makes my barbell-abused joints, tendons, and ligaments feel better. There’s even some evidence that it helps with post-exercise recovery and immune system regulation. – Chris Shugart

Bulk Supplements Pine Bark Extract Powder

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French maritime pine bark extract, 95% OPCs.

This stuff, also known as pycnogenol, will give you an unstoppable boner. There ya go. What else do you need to know? I’m done here.

Yeah yeah, it’s really good for your prostate too. That’s why I started using it. It can also help treat high blood pressure, control glucose levels, reduce DHT, improve skin elasticity, and make your joints feel better. But let’s talk about those boners.

An enlarged prostate can affect erection health, and pine bark extract keeps that persnickety gland in check. It also increases nitric oxide levels, which is likewise good for stiffer stiffies. Put them both together and you have something that feels a bit like taking a light dose of Viagra.

But I take it for prostate health. No, really. – Chris Shugart

Bragg Seasoning Sprinkle, Herb & Spice

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Mix of 24 herbs and spices, salt free, certified organic, non-GMO.

Okay, most people wouldn’t call this a “supplement,” but here’s the thing: Herbs and spices, like the ones in this mix, are among the most nutrient-dense foods there are, ranking right up there with organ meats like liver.

They’re bursting with bioactive compounds like tannins, alkaloids, phenolic terpenes, and vitamins, especially flavonoids and polyphenols, so damn right this stuff is actually a supplement.

I was in the process of putting together something like this for my own use when I found Bragg’s version. Aside from organic ingredients like rosemary, thyme, carrot, and black pepper among its 24 ingredients, it contains some surprising ones like organic apple cider vinegar, organic extra virgin olive oil, and turmeric, from which curcumin is extracted. Sprinkle it on vegetables, meat, or fish to give yourself a nutritional booster shot. Oh yeah, it also tastes so good you could actually skip the salt, or at least use less of it. – TC Luoma

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, 20 oz

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Bioavailable. Digested and absorbed quickly. Improves joint, ligament, and tendon health. From grass-fed and pasture raised sources. Paleo.

Lift hard and heavy for long enough and your joints, tendons, and ligaments will start to bark at you. If your elbows and knees are yapping, collagen will help. In fact, recent studies have shown that collagen works better than glucosamine and chondritin. I just toss mine into protein shakes, oatmeal, or even baked goods recipes. – Chris Shugart

Life Extension PQQ Caps, 30 Capsules

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Supports heart health and cognitive function. Supports the defense of mitochondrial DNA. Works synergistically with CoQ10. Supports the generation of new mitochondria (mitochondrial biogenesis).

Most people haven’t even heard of the tiny cellular organelles known as mitochondria, but they constitute roughly 10 percent of our body weight. Too bad so many of them deteriorate or die off as we get older. If we can coax the body into growing more of them, we could theoretically double our life span, get rid of a whole bunch of diseases, and improve our strength-endurance by miles. One thing that’s been shown to make mitochondria multiply is something called PQQ, and that’s why it’s one of my mainstay supplements. – TC Luoma

Thorne Methyl-Guard Plus – Methylation Support Supplement, 90 Capsules

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Contains the active, methylated forms of folate and vitamin B12 (5-MTHF and methylcobalamin). Support for heart, blood vessel, brain, nerve, and bone health. Gluten free. Allergen free.

More and more people are testing positive for the gene mutation, MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase). Some experts believe MTHFR makes people more prone to chronic health issues and autoimmune problems. They also have a harder time converting folic acid into its active form, L-methylfolate, and they’re more likely to be deficient in vitamin B12. So as someone with MTHFR, I supplement with methylated B vitamins to make sure I get what my body’s missing out on. – Dani Shugart

NOW Supplements Vitamin D3, 5000 IU, 240 Softgels

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Highest Potency, GMP Quality Assured

Chances are, you’re at least a little deficient in vitamin D. Most people are. And deficiencies can cause a host of problems: low testosterone, reduced power, reduced muscular size and strength, poor endurance, and maybe even depression-like symptoms.

I like this brand because they’re inexpensive, easy to swallow, and pack 5000 IU into every tiny capsule. I take one daily in the winter and then one about every other day during the sunnier months of the year. – Chris Shugart

Dr. Schulze’s Colon Bowel Cleanse – Intestinal Formula #1, 90 Capsules

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Vegan-friendly, organic, and wild-harvested herbal ingredients. Helps relieve discomfort due to irregular digestion. Use to increase your body’s production of bile for effective digestion and absorption of fats.

You want your intestinal health to be so good it doesn’t need any extra support. Unfortunately, life happens and that’s not always possible. Many things can slow digestive motility like anesthesia from surgery, antibiotics, and other pesky things. That’s where this product comes in. I use it on rare occasions to get “things” moving in the right direction, and it works like a charm. – Dani Shugart