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Old 07-10-2012, 06:42 AM
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I take a number of supplements daily/ regularly... I just wasn't really sure what should or shouldn't be taken together. I heard that vitamins and minerals shouldn't be taken together is that true? So I should take my zinc away from my vitamins? Is olive leaf ok to take with zinc? anyways heres a list of what I take... hope someone can help me thanks!

Vitamin A
Vitamin B - maybe one B50 every 2 or 3 days
Vitamin C -sodium ascorbate every day on empty stomach
Vitamin D
Vitamin E- not every day

Gingko
Zinc Picolinate
Olive leaf

Also trying to fit in some Potassium Iodine for energy, so if anyone can tell me where that fits in it would be great... thanks!
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:11 AM
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No problem taking all of that together. I would take the B50 every day. Vitamin C is OK on an empty stomach, but not necessary. It, as well as vitamin B, is water soluble. They do not need oil for them to be absorbed very well by the body. I once read, from a vendor, that vitamins and minerals should not be taken together, but no one nor research indicated any such thing. That's how they come in nature. Together. There is nothing wrong with adding a multimineral complex to your daily routine. Just watch your intake of selenium and zinc in total daily accumulation. I'd keep selenium lower than 300mcg and zinc lower than 50mg. Most of the time, I will take a mineral tablet during the week, with a break on the weekend.

To better utilize magnesium and calcium, it is better to separate them. Magnesium is a calcium antagonist. Magnesium is actually a natural calcium channel blocker for heart health. It is not necessary to take a calcium supplement, so I'm saying - don't overdo that one. You get plenty from diet most likely.

I agree with the E not every day. At least for me it causes problems upon build up. It is an oil soluble vitamin, like A, and buildups cause problems.

Minerals should be taken with food. Mostly because they can make you nauseated otherwise. Minerals bound with acid are the best for body utilization. For example, mag citrate or mag malate are far, far better than mag oxide.

Just remember that these are supplements, not replacements. They should supplement your diet, unless you are dealing with a health problem where you need a lot of something.
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thanks a lot jfh!

Is Gingko and Zinc absorbed well on an empty stomach? Can I take those in the morning with a glass of sodium ascorbate?

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Should not be a problem with ginkgo on an empty stomach. However, I would not personally take zinc that way. It can easily make you nauseous. Zinc does require acid for it to be available to the body, and stomach acid does that. Still, I'd never take zinc on an empty stomach. I think the only minerals that I'd take that way would be magnesium, sodium, and potassium.

And no problem with the sodium ascorbate.
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Hi,

I take a number of supplements daily/ regularly... I just wasn't really sure what should or shouldn't be taken together. I heard that vitamins and minerals shouldn't be taken together is that true? So I should take my zinc away from my vitamins? Is olive leaf ok to take with zinc? anyways heres a list of what I take... hope someone can help me thanks!

Vitamin A
Vitamin B - maybe one B50 every 2 or 3 days
Vitamin C -sodium ascorbate every day on empty stomach
Vitamin D
Vitamin E- not every day

Gingko
Zinc Picolinate
Olive leaf

Also trying to fit in some Potassium Iodine for energy, so if anyone can tell me where that fits in it would be great... thanks!
I would suggest taking a good quality multivitamin, made mostly from whole foods, as well as a good mineral complex containing all 60 minerals.

I would also suggest taking a vitamin B complex every day. These are eliminated from the body on a daily basis, so should be supplemented on a daily basis as well.

Vitamin C should be taken in divided doses throughout the day rather than once per day. I would suggest 500 mg every 4 to 5 hours, along with quercetin @250mg and a larger dose just bebore bed.

Vitamin D @ 2000iu to 5000iu per day in addition to whatever is in the multi.

And at least 800iu of natural vitamin E daily. This should be in a mixed form of tocopherols, including delta, beta, and gamma.

I would also suggest taking the "other" natural mixed form of vitamin E called tocotrienols daily, but apart from the mixed tocopherols.

I agree with alot of what Jim says, however, do not agree that calcium and magnesium should be taken apart as they may conflict with each other. In fact, magnesium regulates calcium, and if you look at the recent thread on brazil nuts, you will see that these nuts contain 500mg of mag and 240mg calcium.

If it were true that mag and cal cancel each other out, there would be no logic as to why both are together in nature, either in a nut or "green" product.

As for iodine, Lugol's is best. Depending upon the strength, you can add several drops ( 25mg per day ) to a glass of water. The RDA for iodine is only 150mcg, but this is much too low to really do any good. And since iodine is an oxidizer, don't take it with antioxidants like vitamin C... in fact, I would suggest taking the iodine all by itself at least 2 hours before or after other supplements.

Ginkgo, extra zinc, and olive leaf extract are fine, however, for energy I would suggest a good quality "greens" product... a powder product made from kale, broccoli, alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella, etc., with some berry extracts, green tea extract, as well as other antioxidants, that have a high ORAC value.

All the above nutrients and more can be found in one good greens product. That way you only have to buy one product rather than several individual supplements.
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Awesome info... thats one hell of a response pinball! Thank you very much as well jfh

Pinball, what type of quercetin do you recommend? I am looking at one from doctors best that contains:

Quercetin 500 mg
Bromelain 250 mg

This is per 2 capsule serving, so I could just take 1 per night to reach the 250mg you suggested

Thanks!
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