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June 23, 2012


The Healthy Librarian

@Dawn, I'm no expert with brands, although I do follow ConsumerLabs. Many docs I'm sure would say you don't a multi--so my compromise is a 100% whole food brand, called MegaFood. I use the Women over 40 One Daily--and follow Dr. Michael Roizen's advice to break it in half, & take it a 2 different times with meals, during the day. For B-12 I use Jarrow's methylcobalamin--what the B-12 researcher recommended to me--it's more natural. For D3 I LOVE Rainbow Light Sunny Gummies Sour Lemon 1000 IU . They taste so good I never miss. I'm not so good about taking my vitamins every day. For omega-3 it's the Spectrum prenatal 240 mg of algal DHA.


Debby, I have been on a strict vegan diet for four years now, but I do consume oil, nuts, and avocado. I get my blood checked regularly, and the most recent time was last week. I had (and have always had) normal B12 levels. The thing is, I have never supplemented with a vitamin. I do consume sea vegetables at least once a week because they have a lot of B12 in them. Have you heard of this? What are your thoughts?


Update on my husband's numbers: we've been Esselstyning since 2/10/12, numbers above (Cathy). At 20 weeks of eating this way, his Cholesterol is now 143! HDL 57. LDL 74. Triglycerides 59. We also tested Vit D which had been 30,is now 40, and B12 for the first time, whch was 1384. As with Healthy L, he was overdoing the supplement, will drop back to once a week instead of every day. We use Nature's Bounty sublingual from Costco.

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@ Cathy: That's a fantastic test result! Congrats to your husband. I know for me, re the B-12, I got additional B12 from the enriched soy milk I have in my oatmeal daily, from nutritional yeast, which I use in cooking, & from a small amount in a multi I take. Maybe that's what put it over the top. Who knows. So, Cathy, are these latest results with the 1/2 dose of statins, or w/o any?


@Healthy: yes, we're excited about Scott's scores. Those numbers are, alas, with simvastatin on board - 10mg daily. He thinks the statin will protect his vessels, and I say our new diet does it without the drug side effects. I'm hoping we can eventualy convince him to try 3 months without the statin and test again. He's ignoring the potential long-term side effects, and I'm letting him...for now.


Your numbers would improve more if you threw fish back into the diet along with daily krill oil. Talk about reducing inflammation...

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@Ross: I participated in pilot study comparing fish-eaters with those of a plant-based diet & those on a plant-based diet, eating chia/flax/greens had superior omega-3 & DHA levels to those eating fish a number of times a week. For the purposes of that study I was "off of any vegan alagal DHA supplements". Post-study, I do take a regular algal DHA supplement. Just saying... And the CRP levels of those on a nutrient-dense plant-based diet hardly even register, they are so low.


I wonder though if there's a connection between intake of vitamin K and B12? Can I take both everyday? Won't it have any side effects?

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@K2: Sorry, I can't advise you about the K2--or any connection of it to B12---K2 is a fairly new area of study, & the natural fermented soy product, natto is supposed to be an abundant source of it--but, it's also supposed to be nasty tasting. The research on K2 is promising--and intriguing, but, it's it's not an inexpensive supplement. Thanks for bringing K2 back into my radar screen. It's definitely worth looking into more--both for it's bone & heart benefits.

Claire Levitt

I need to watch my sugar. What is a good brand of yogurt to take?

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@Claire Levitt: I make my own without any sugar!! And from soy milk. WholeSoy & Co. used to have a Plain yogurt made without any sugar--but, they also make a Plain yogurt (has a blue label) that has sugar in it. It's really hard to find a Plain NO SUGAR non-dairy yogurt, which is why I'm making my own. Good luck!

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