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Old 04-06-2011, 09:18 AM
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I’ve never been one to take any kind of dietary supplement or any kind of vitamins (other than a general “once a day” type). I’m starting to consider looking into them for a few reasons. In my 20’s, I had all the energy in the world, always felt up to working out hard and recovered quickly from the work outs. I’m pretty active, still play competitive soccer and use to hit the gym a few times a week. Last September I dislocated my shoulder and essentially lost the whole soccer season (which accounted for much of my cardio). With the shoulder injury, I also could not lift any weights for some time and quit going to the gym. So, I haven’t done much for the last 7 months ish. I’m 34 now and find it harder to get motivated to run / work out. I started again this week and feel pretty good, but I’m wondering if there is anything to the supplement / vitamin thing I hear so much about. I’m in decent shape and I’m only looking to loose about 8-10 pounds, but even that is much harder to do now than 5 years ago. Mainly, I just want to get back in shape and tone up again.

Any of you guys take any kind of supplements. I would not be interested in the regimens some folks are on with multiple “pills”, multiple times a day. I’m just looking for something that would help me gear up for works outs and help me to get the most out of them.

As far as exercise, I’ll be doing cardio 4-5 times per week for the first few weeks and then I’ll begin adding weight training in too. Any thoughts are welcome.
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Eat good foods. Think about the supplements for another 15 to 20 years.
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You're on the downhill swing.

I thought I was indestructible until age caught up with me. I used to play pickup basketball up to age 40. Nothing very serious but just to have fun. It used to take me one day to recover the knees, then as I got closer to 40 years old it started taking two days or more so had to quit as I didn't want to jeopardize my job.

As far as supplements, my doctor told me a multi vitamin is good but to stop taking vitamin E as he said it wouldn't help me in particular. I do take a vitamin D tablet daily along with fish oil, mushroom supplement and prescription meds for high blood pressure and cholesterol.

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First, my doc told me to take a good one-a-day multivitamin. So, I did religiously. Following year, I've got aches, pains, my joints, my knees. Sweet baby black Jesus, it was painful! Back to the doc, he runs some blood tests. Too much iron in my blood, like off the charts. He asks if I'm taking any vitamins. Duh, only the multivitamin YOU recommended I take everyday! The doc suspected something called hematomacrosis and ran a bunch of genetic tests, all negative.

Stopped taking the stupid vitamin each day and within 6 months, I felt better than ever. Just be aware that vitamins can do you as much harm as they can good!!!

Only other supplement I take is milk thistle. Helps with some liver issues I've had.
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Most every doc I went to said eat a good diet. I went back to taking them a few years ago then had gall bladder surgery. Had terrible belching etc. stopped taking them and it cleared up along with indigestion.
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Thanks...

What about any supplements that would be beneficial to me durring work outs??? I've never tried anything and am just wondering about thier effectiveness.
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Here's why daily vitamins are not worth it

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Iíve never been one to take any kind of dietary supplement or any kind of vitamins (other than a general ďonce a dayĒ type). Iím starting to consider looking into them for a few reasons. In my 20ís, I had all the energy in the world, always felt up to working out hard and recovered quickly from the work outs. Iím pretty active, still play competitive soccer and use to hit the gym a few times a week. Last September I dislocated my shoulder and essentially lost the whole soccer season (which accounted for much of my cardio). With the shoulder injury, I also could not lift any weights for some time and quit going to the gym. So, I havenít done much for the last 7 months ish. Iím 34 now and find it harder to get motivated to run / work out. I started again this week and feel pretty good, but Iím wondering if there is anything to the supplement / vitamin thing I hear so much about. Iím in decent shape and Iím only looking to loose about 8-10 pounds, but even that is much harder to do now than 5 years ago. Mainly, I just want to get back in shape and tone up again.

Any of you guys take any kind of supplements. I would not be interested in the regimens some folks are on with multiple ďpillsĒ, multiple times a day. Iím just looking for something that would help me gear up for works outs and help me to get the most out of them.

As far as exercise, Iíll be doing cardio 4-5 times per week for the first few weeks and then Iíll begin adding weight training in too. Any thoughts are welcome.
I would look at your diet, you should be able to get everything you need from your diet except Fish oil. Try eating clean, taking fish oil as a supplement.

If you are looking to get in great shape and enjoy it look into this www.crossfit.com
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I run 4-6 miles/day. I find that drinking drinks with added b vitamins, electrolytes and potassium helps. I use to take krill oil pills. Then the eye doc told me to take at least 1000 mg of fish oil a day. If you want to get real confused do some research on what fish oil to take. One website says high DHA, the other says high EPA. Yet another says krill oil is better because it is more available.
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B vitamins, Amino acids and fish oil.
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Yes, L Arginine has some interesting affects.
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I would look at your diet, you should be able to get everything you need from your diet except Fish oil. Try eating clean, taking fish oil as a supplement.

If you are looking to get in great shape and enjoy it look into this www.crossfit.com

Crossfit looks interesting. There is actually a Crossfit faciltiy in my neighborhood that just opened. Maybe I should check it out...
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Eat less move more - Its what you don't put in your mouth that will make you healthy. If you don't get much sunshine - add some Vitamin D.

That stuff in the pill is already in your food. Its mostly snake oil.

When you get into the upper 50's they all seem to recommend a baby aspirin, vitamiin D, and fish oil (not to be confused with the snake oil above...
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What about any supplements that would be beneficial to me durring work outs??? I've never tried anything and am just wondering about thier effectiveness.
I've found that certain pre-workout drinks do make a difference. They keep you from getting gassed as quickly, and you can push out a few more reps. They don't make a HUGE difference, but it is a measurable difference.
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Crossfit looks interesting. There is actually a Crossfit faciltiy in my neighborhood that just opened. Maybe I should check it out...
Definitely check it out, I have been going to a affiliate since June last year, and has made a huge difference over anything I was doing on my own. You won't regret it, most affiliates offer a free introductory section where they put you through a work out and explain it all to you etc.
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I turned 48 last October. I'm 6' 1" and up until mid-November of last year, I was 248 lbs and in the worst shape of my life. I barely needed a belt to wear size 38 relaxed fit jeans. Disgusted with myself, I made some changes in mid-November. I started working out and radically changed my diet. Within 3 months, I lost 34 lbs, and size 36 jeans are very loose on me. I can do my age in pushups (consecutive and in perfect form). But I've yet to through cardio into my program however.

If your really out of shape, start building muscle. In doing so, your metabolism will increase. And when that happens, you'll burn even when your sitting at a desk at work. Couple that with a change in diet, and you can loose weight fast. I did.

I eliminated junk food, red meat, fried foods, and high carb foods from my diet. I eat alot of low fat meats (boneless chicken (cooked on the George Foreman grill), salmon, turkey breast), fruits and vegitables. I eat light for breakfast. Granola bar, full glass of skim milk, banana and 1/2 glass OJ. Between meal snacks are fruits or vegitables (apples, carrots, etc). Lunch is ussally a turkey breast sandwich (fresh jalenpeno slices and a slice or two of colby jack), broth (not cream) soup, carrot or celery sticks. Dinner is the chicken breast, salmon, or tuna. I eat alot of salad (spinach salad is my favorite). Now that diet might sound bland, but you can add alot of things to spice it up. The salad for instance, put some roasted sliced almonds on it and there are Kraft salad dressings with olive oil (I like the Greek feta alot). On the chicken, I put grillin' seasonings and sliced jalepeno with colby jack.

Trust me, no one loves to eat more than I do. And yeah, I break diet a couple times a month. But I have found that if you eat the right stuff, and work out a little, you can loose weight and still eat alot.
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1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day will regulate your blood sugar. I put it in tea with honey.

Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
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