There are plenty of good supplements for building muscle, but what about the other stuff, like general health? There are thousands available, so let's narrow down the list and focus on the most important ones for longevity and feeling good.
1 – Certain Chelated Minerals
If you're an athlete, you sweat and thus you're likely deficient in zinc, which, along with selenium, maintains high testosterone levels and the immune system. If you're a plain old human, you're also likely deficient in magnesium, and magnesium alone is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body, ranging from muscle and nerve function to protein synthesis.
Likewise, certain minerals like chromium and vanadium help maintain regular blood sugar levels and insulin, the importance of which would take another 10,000 words to explain. Suffice it to say that these particular minerals are often in short supply and athletes would do well to take them, preferably in chelated form. Elitepro™ Minerals is the best source.
2 – Vitamin D3
If you're able to spend between 15 and 30 minutes in the sun, pretty much naked, every day, without getting skin cancer or looking like an old catcher's mitt, skip the vitamin D3 supplements. Otherwise, take 1,000 to 2,000 IU every day to enjoy increased cognition and better immune health and bone health while reducing the risks of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
3 – Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 is what's known as a pseudovitamin in that it's essential for life, but it's not essential to life that you supplement with it. Nevertheless, consider taking 90 to 200 mg. a day, with food, to reduce plaque in the arteries and to feed mitochondria.
4 – Resveratrol
It can protect us from insulin resistance and heart disease, along with working as a potent estrogen antagaonist and aromatase inhibitor. Take about 1800 mg. per day. Rez-V™ is the top choice.
5 – Cyandin 3-Glucoside
This substance regulates the chemical master switch called AMPK (adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase). This master switch plays a huge role in determining not only how fat you are, but how long you live. Take 2400 to 3600 mg. per day before meals. Indigo-3G® is the most potent.
6 – Omega-3 Fatty Acids
We live in an omega-6 world and it's killing us. Nature intended for us to have a two-to-one or three-to-one ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in our body, but because of our fast-food, snack-food, meal-in-a-box way of life, this ratio is now more like 20 to 1 in favor of the omega-6s.
Inflammation is thus running rampant through our bodies and the best way to stop it is to cut down on the omega-6's and to start swallowing those beautiful amber fish oil gelcaps. Take up to 12,000 milligrams of a combined DHA/EPA formulation such as Flameout® once a day.
7 – CLA
Conjugated linoleic acid is a fatty acid found in high quantities in grass-fed beef. Since most of us don't get much grass-fed beef, we're likely deficient in this important fatty acid. Numerous studies have shown it to be a potent cancer fighter, as well as playing a role in normalizing blood pressure, fighting cardiovascular disease in general, and helping with osteoporosis, inflammation, and even body composition. Take about 1,000 mg. a day. Products, like Flameout®, that contain the two isomers of CLA are the best.
8 – Curcumin
Curcumin is one of those supplements that sometimes seems too good to be true because the stuff does everything. It helps enhance cardiovascular health, reduces body fat, relieves pain, kills multiple types of cancer cells, and reduces estrogen levels, among other things. Take about 1,000 mg. a day for general health, more, as needed, to alleviate pain. Make sure you use a formula that's employing additional food technology to make it more absorbable, though.
9 – Superfood
This product is the thinking man's alternative to multivitamins. It consists solely of 18 nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that have been desiccated, pulverized, and stored in a pouch. As such, Superfood contains all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals intrinsic to the fruits and vegetables it's made from. Take two scoops a day.
10 – Saw Palmetto
The research behind saw palmetto as a prostate savior isn't conclusive. We're not sure that it relieves symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia or that it lowers levels of prostate specific antigen. However, we're fairly certain that it does lower levels of DHT while increasing levels of testosterone.
The latter achievements, and the possibility that it does help with the former, convince us that it merits inclusion in your health prescription. Make sure you buy a product that was manufactured using the "supercritical C02" method. Take between 160 and 320 mg. a day.