OK, I don't actually worship the supplements that I consume every day. So it's arguable whether they're sacred to me. But I sure spend a lot of time genuflecting in their health-giving direction.
I've decided that it's time to share my supplement list with a not particularly interested world. However, likely there are some supplement geeks in the blogosphere who share my fascination with finding just the right combination of concoctions for optimum well-being.
Which sort of is like the quixotic medieval search by alchemists to turn base metal into gold, because no supplement can hold back the inexorable tide of aging and death.
Still, this 59 year-old male and his wife want to postpone the inevitable for as long as possible. Thus we've been researching the pros and cons of various supplements for many years.
We've added to and subtracted from the pills and capsules that fill several plastic boxes, neatly divided and labeled, which accompany us wherever we go. I won't attempt to justify what's included on the list below. The links usually lead to my purchase source – and more information about the product.
About ten years ago I had a good-natured argument with my family physician at the time, a man my age. When I told him about some of the supplements I took, he said "But those haven't been proven to be effective."
I told him, "Well, there's considerable evidence that they are. If I wait for scientifically exact double-blind studies to be conducted on everything I take, I'll be dead. So I'll take my chances on persuasive, though not proven, information about the supplements' benefits."
Nothing since has changed my mind about the wisdom of this approach. I'm in generally excellent health. At my last eye exam, my optometrist said, "It's amazing that you don't need reading glasses at your age. You must be eating something that's causing your eyes to stay so flexible."
Could be the lutein. Or bilberry. Or maybe the DHA and EPA. I don't know. Could also be the luck of the genetic draw. I'm not particularly concerned about which supplements are doing what for me. Just the end result: better health.
Not highly scientific. But practical. And good for the bottom line of the companies that make and sell the supplements below, because I'm reluctant to stop taking any of them even though I've got doubts about the efficacy of some.
Do your own research. Make up your own mind. Here's my list:
Acetyl-L-carnitine 620 mg
Alpha lipoic acid 100 mg
Aspirin 81 mg
Bilberry fruit extract 120 mg
Celadrin 1050 mg
Co-Q-10 60 mg
DHA, algae oil 400 mg
DHA and EPA, algae oil 345 mg
DHEA 25 mg
Garlicin 350 mg
Gingko biloba 60 mg
Glucosamine, vegetarian 1000 mg
Green tea extract 725 mg
Kyodophilus 3 billion cells
Lutein 12 mg
Melatonin 200 mcg
Multi-vitamin ("Doctor's Choice for 50-Plus Men," I take 1/2 of recommended)
Pomegranate extract 500 mg
Pygeum 200 mg
Resveratol 100 mg
Saw palmetto 320 mg
Vitamin D 400 IU