Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WHY: Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs

Here is a list of the Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs I am taking and the reasons I have determined they are important. Most of this info I got from Prescription for Nutritional Healing, my own Internet research, etc. :

*See post 'Schedule for Supplements' for the dosage I am taking!! (And, this is just a blog, I am not a doctor.)

I would list what I am taking for EDS and bipolar disorder separate, but as you will see, so many of the supplements' effects cross over into each. They are all just listed in random order below:

  • NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) - active coenzyme of vitamin B3, increases energy, used to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer's, Depression and Parkinson's. Also used to help athletes, reduce jet-lag, 'upper'. This also enhances production of dopamine and serotonin.

  • Taurine - antioxidant that helps the immune and neurological systems. Deficiency can result in hyperactivity, anxiety and poor brain function.

  • Coral Calcium/Magnesium - it was recommended to me by my endocrinologist that I get around 1,500 mg of elemental calcium per day. Just because a tablet contains 500mg of calcium, that doesn't mean they are mg of elemental calcium (most were like 500mg calcium, only 200mg of that being elemental). I found coral calcium to have the greatest amount of elemental calcium for what I need, and I don't have to take 20 pills a day. Just a couple shots of yummy juice. As we all know, calcium is needed for bone health. What I didn't know, is that calcium is needed for proper muscle function (the heart included), and that it helps relieve muscle spasms and pain. Coral calcium also contains vitamin D and magnesium (along with other minerals), naturally, and this will help aid in absorption. Also, most other calciums either cause constipation and/or have lots of fillers and fake ingredients (Calcium chews, Tums, etc.). Some coral calcium from Asia has been reported to have levels of lead. Concerned, I contacted the company I wanted to buy through (Dynamic Health), as I like some of their other products. They assured me their products are all lab tested an contain no lead. And, the coral calcium is gluten free (some liquid forms contained gluten).

  • Vitamin D2 (D3 is usually derived from animals) - My endocrinologist tested my vitamin D level initially and it was SUPER low. If you have EDS, get a bone-density scan and a vitamin D blood check. I have low-bone density at 27 (levels equivalent to osteopenia, bordering on osteoporosis). Calcium can't be absorbed without enough vitamin D. People with fibromyalgia, EDS, etc. tend to have low D levels. Low D levels, as reported on EDNF's website, are linked with pain. Vitamin D aids in bone growth and reduction of inflammation.

  • L-Tyrosine (with B-6) - free form amino acid, helps relieve depression and aides in relaxing the muscles. It gives energy and raises libido. May be helpful in treating alcoholism. Suppresses appetite. B6 helps the body convert protein to energy and helps brain function. Also, stabilizes mood swings.

  • Lithium Orotate - an organic form of lithium, I will be taking this for my bipolar disorder. There is a lot of talk about whether or not this is useful, as there are no human studies on treating bipolar disorder with it. Lithium carbonate is the pharmaceutical standard prescription, and it works, but has harmful side effects. Blood tests must be done to maintain levels below toxicity (can lead to death). The same is not true of lithium orotate, as it is more bio-active -- You need much less lithium orotate than lithium carbonate -- it is 20x more active. There are tons of sites listing pros and cons. I am going to test it out and give you my opinion. It also is linked in helping battle alcoholism (which is something I struggle with) - there are actual human studies proving this, and helps with headaches. Three articles attached for reference: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3. Click to read. Lithium is a salt that alters the manic-depressive cycles, resulting in greater mood stability.

  • Reishi Mushroom - a mushroom that has been used in China for thousands of years. It helps the body deal with stress and increases energy levels. It helps immune system function and is also used to detox the liver. The only company I will buy from is listed on my dosage post: MushroomScience. They use the traditional Chinese method of hot water extraction and back up all of their products with specific scientific documentation.

  • Cordyceps Mushroom - again, MushroomScience is my recommendation. Helps with stamina, energy and endurance. Taken by lots of athletes.

  • Colloidal Silver - a natural antibiotic. This helps immensely with urinary tract infections/bladder infections. I recommended this to a customer of my store and she came back a week later and said her infection was gone. :) I have had many issues with these my whole life, and this seems to help, along with the cranberry I mention below.

  • Maxi B-50 Complex - B vitamins are essential for energy and brain function. As a vegan, I need to make sure I get lots of B-vitamins, including lots of B-12, but even the average Joe needs lots of them. I have read a lot about people with EDS being deficient in B-vitamins, and not absorbing them easily, so extra should be taken anyway.

  • Flax Seed - ground - for fiber and EFA (omega-3) - you hear it all the time, I am sure. Essential Fatty Acids! Eat fish. Get your omegas! Well, flax, in my opinion is the BEST way to get your EFAs. Fish are high in omegas because they eat plants that are high in them. But a.) I don't eat fishies, b.) with all the side effects and health risks of eating fish today, it isn't a logical choice for EFAs, and c.) why not cut out the 'middle man' or 'middle fish'? and just eat the plants. Flax also really helps with digestion, constipation, diarrhea, IBS. EFAs are important for protecting your cells against damage, and also help in reducing fatigue and relieving pain. I mix ground flax seed in oatmeal (gluten-free oats), smoothies, etc. Also, I use flax oil on my salads. You could use flax (ground) in some soy yogurt for a nutty taste and texture, or just squirt a little oil into your yogurt. EFAs also help with circulation and blood pressure stability.

  • CoEnzyme Q-10 (with vitamin E and soy lecithin) - I need all three of these, and this tablet provided them together - hooray! CoQ10 is super important. Improves oxygenation of tissues, helps immune system, protects the heart. Lecithin (from soy) promotes energy, aids in brain function, and improves circulation. Vitamin E fights free-radicals, which helps immune system function.

  • Acidophilus and Bifidus - got Fibromyalgia? or symptoms of it? Then you probably get yeast infections. Candida destroy your good bacteria. Taking a probiotic (non-dairy only) will help replace those friendly buggers that we need to keep things functioning properly down there.

  • DMG - dymethylglycine - helps muscles use oxygen and helps fight free radicals.

  • Vitamin C - this is a BIGGIE. The one and only piece of 'natural health' advice my geneticist gave me was take EXTRA EXTRA vitamin C. Vitamin C has antiviral qualities and helps increase energy. In addition, if you get urinary tract infections, they extra C that sits in your bladder will prohibit the growth of bad bacteria, which can in effect stop UTIs in their tracks! :) And, by lots, I have been told to take 10,000mg a day. That is a lot. I will update you when I find a 'perfect' way to take this. Right now, I am combining pills, emergen-C, etc. It is hard to get that much C! I looking into some 2,000mg tablets.

  • Cranberry- UTIs be gone. I use an ultra concentrated form that has 1,000 mg of cranberry extract. (On the dosage page)

  • Multi-vitamin (vegan) that contains manganese, folic acid, and zinc - Multi - yep. Take in all the things that I need. Plus, I don't want to harm animals just to get my vitamins, so I buy a vegan version. (All of the supplements I have listed, with the brands listed, should be vegan. I did check them all out.) Also, mineral imbalances cause depression.

  • Emergen-C - the packets of fizzy goodness. They have too much sugar, but right now I am using them for the Vitamin C and the extra B vitamins.

  • MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane - relieves pain, provides support for tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

  • Boswellia - Ayurvedic (used in India, meaning 'life' 'science') - boswellia is the resin of the Boswellia tree - helps with morning stiffness and joint pain.

  • DLPA - DL-phenylalanine - Amino acid, effective for controlling pain. Increases mental alertness.

  • Blue Green Algae- best source of DHA (essential for brain function).

  • B-12 spray, 1 spray sublingual- energy! :) It also helps make myelin, the substance of which the sheaths covering the nerves are made.

  • Chlorella - good source of protein, maintain energy between meals, helps ease muscle pain

  • Vitamin E oil - antioxidant

  • Vanadyl 10mg with niacin and chromium picolinate - Another all in one! Vanadyl protects the muscles and reduces body fatigue. Chromium helps balance blood sugar. Niacin helps aid in absorption.

  • 5-HTP - 5-hydroxytryptophan - enhances synthesis of serotonin in the brain, helps relieve pain

  • Melatonin OR- Valerian root - ah....sleep.....


Bayless said...

Do you ever get hungry or eat real food? or do you just live on pills? :)

Vegan Danielle Davis said...

Ha! You know - sometimes! ;) Yes, I love food, so I do still enjoy tons of it - just new varieties. I will be posting more about what I don't eat - and then an entire section on what I do! :D Stay tuned!

Christa said...

No Glucosamine and Chrondroitin?

Jill said...

Christa, I was going to ask the same question. I have EDS and was just cleaning out my vitamin cabinet and found the Glucosamine and Chrondroitin, which both promote joint flexibility, which I've realized is the last thing an EDSer wants, still I must have purchased it by recommendation of someone- so I'm not sure.... Its been a while since I've cleaned out my cabinet.

Anonymous said...

Your supplement plan looks pretty complete, however, I think you might want to try a trial run of some grass fed beef for organic chicken or some sardines in olive oil. I know you want to be a vegan but if you should happen to be a blood type O or B, you will probably not do well on a vegan diet. I don't have EDS (am type O) but have dealt with Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease and was able to overcome with small amounts of animal proteins and lots of veggies, small amount fruits and lots of nutritional supplements including huge doses of blue green algae and many other things similar to your list.

Alida said...

Hi! I have EDS hypermobility. I'm going to try some of the supplements you've listed.

I can say that the 2 things that have helped me the most are nortriptyline (tricyclic antidepressant -- elavil did not help at all) and tumeric, which acts like a natural aspirin (without destroying your stomach lining).


frvetere said...

Thank you so much for posting your protocol-I am newly diagnosed and am working day and night on my formulations-Thank you for your honesty and helpful blog <3

Anonymous said...

thank you sooo much for all this info! my boyfriend has ehlers danlos and hes in so much pain right now, I want to find natural ways to help him, he doesn't like prescription meds and im allergic to common things like Tylenol so I cant use a lot of them, so some of this stuff I can use too!

Reishi Mushroom Powder said...

When I become sick I like to take herbal food instead of drugs as a first aid. Because I dislike medicine but like herbal medicine. However, I enjoyed your article. Thanks

Berty Mitchell said...

This is a lovely list, thank you! And way to be a awesome vegan sharing awesome vegan supplements! From one vegan edser to another, keep rocking on!

Berty Mitchell said...

This is a lovely list, thank you! And way to be a awesome vegan sharing awesome vegan supplements! From one vegan edser to another, keep rocking on!

Jane Carman said...

I used this supplement for a while and realizes too late that it was a bad idea. I ended up with major knee damage due to dislocations.

Jane Carman said...

I used this supplement for a while and realizes too late that it was a bad idea. I ended up with major knee damage due to dislocations.

anom said...

Camu camu berry tons of vit c.

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