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Re: Supplements for a near-beginner?

Posted by Ame Sans Vie on April 26, 2003, at 13:01:16

In reply to Re: Supplements for a near-beginner?, posted by Larry Hoover on April 26, 2003, at 12:02:38

Thanks for the abstracts, that is interesting to think that most of us are really starving ourselves from the inside out by neglecting these small (but important) details.

As for my symptoms, they're entirely under control with my prescribed medications, though I hope that my meds could work in tandem with my supplements to provide a better long-term result. My major psychological complaint would be my social anxiety (mostly psychological anxiety, few physical symptoms, coupled with total avoidance of anxiety-provoking situations). I also have a bit of a low mood all the time (dysthymia) and a rather flat emotional panorama (schizoid personality disorder). Physically, I really can only complain about my fibromyalgia, which is characterized by constant, unrelenting pain all over my body, in the muscles. Lesser symptoms would be chemical sensitivity (light, caffeine, aspartame), nonrestorative sleep, and horrible morning stiffness. Could glucosamine/chondroitin be of any help here? What about SAM-e? Is it safe to take with an SSRI (Lexapro)? Finally, I have hypertension, which I just discovered recently.

I've thought about trying magnesium, but am completely unsure how to go about it. What form of magnesium is best, or is there one? What doses have people found the most effective?

I know I need to supplement with calcium, but once again, what form? Is that coral calcium stuff just a gimmick, or does it actually possess some qualities the other supplements do not?

I'm definitely going to start the fish oil again, but I think I may have heard that higher doses thin your blood... I wonder if this could be dangerous?

Really, aside from using these supplements to help manage symptoms, I'm also trying to decide which ones I should take for the rest of my life to promote good health in general. The whole subject just overwhelms me though, and I just know I'd end up taking 80 pills a day to cover all the bases if I left it up to myself, lol. Thanks for the help!




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