Salmon with Pistachio Salsa & Ginger Cream recipe here.
This time last year I was in a very bad way.
I was suffering from debilitating insomnia.
There were some nights I didn’t sleep at all.
And to make matters worse, I had been reading about the importance of sleep.
So I knew exactly how damaging my poor sleep was.
Which gave me extra anxiety about my insomnia.
But there is a happy ending.
My insomnia is gone.
One of the solutions was I started taking magnesium.
Prior to that I’d always believed that if I focused on eating a well balanced diet I didn’t need supplements.
That they were a waste of money.
But my magnesium miracle cure got thinking.
Maybe there’s a place for supplements to further enhance health?
And so the experiments began.
Long story short I’m now happy taking some supplements.
Here’s what I’m currently using.
My current supplement list
At the Low Carb Canberra conference last year there was a lot of discussion that magnesium supplements are helpful for people following a low carb approach. Waking up with leg cramps and a fast beating heart got me to order some magnesium.
My Thorne Magnesium Citrate / Magnesium Malamate supplement completely stopped the cramps and unusual heart rate. So no plans to stop this one!
There are many different forms of magnesium supplements so be prepared to experiment until you find the right one.
2. Vitamin C
After reading Dave Asprey’s longevity book ‘Super Human’ and learning about the link between Vitamin C and collagen production, I decided to start taking high doses of Vitamin C (3g/day) out of vanity!
A recent podcast by Rhonda Patrick on Vitamin C confirmed a plethora of other reasons to take it.
3. Fish Oil
From brain health to reducing inflammation there is a lot of evidence supporting the benefits of fish oil.
While I eat fish at least 3 times a week, I’ve decided to boost my intake further with supplements.
If you are planning to take fish oil supplements look for IFOS certified supplements to guarantee quality.
Zinc has been linked with improving glucose regulation in diabetics which got me interested.
I’ve also read that Australian soils are zinc deficient. After taking it for a few weeks I noticed an increase in libido. So planning to continue :)
5. Resveratrol and NAD+ Boosters
I started taking both these anti-ageing supplements last year after reading Lifespan by David Sinclair. Sinclair is a professor of the biology of aging at Harvard Medical School and he personally takes both resveratrol and NMN so I thought it worth playing around with. I have noticed a reduction in hot flashes since starting these.
6. Vitamin D
During the Summer I don’t take Vitamin D and make sure I’m in the sun most days. This Winter I’m taking a supplement and planning to get my levels tested.
What about you?
Do you have any supplements you swear by? Do you think it’s all a waste of money?
Let me know in the comments below.
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And have fun in the kitchen!
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