Vitamin Confusion

Learned much today about the difference between Folic Acid and Folate. A big part of this life style are supplements. Not to the huge degree some autoimmune diets employ them because we do get most of what we need in the foods we are required to eat. Dr. Wahls developed this diet as she experimented on her self. She began with non-specific amounts of food and took loads of supplements. She then thought, where in food do these come from. Its always better to get nutrients naturally. This diet with its six to nine cups a day of specifically sulpher vegetables, colored fruits and vegetables, and greens in equal amounts with a point of varying types within the categories. Along with omega rich fish, nutrient dense organ meat, seaweed, fermented foods and natural fats. She was able to pare down the original long list of supplements. Even so, some supplements still play an important roll in this diet.

  • Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil (I put a lot of thought into this due to the expense, however, one bottle of this will last four months, so in the long run, its actually slightly cheaper and a hundred times better)
  • Hawaiian Spirulina (my choice to get my seaweed dose everyday)
  • Calcium Citrate
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Vitamin D3 drops
  • B12 Methylcobalamin
  • Balanced Complex E mixed tocopherol
  • Magnesium Glycinate Liquid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Desiccated Liver pills (I just could not do the organ eating requirement, this is the next best thing)
  • L-methylfolate (levomefolic acid)What I learned today about the difference between Folic Acid and Folate. I belong to a group called The Dr. Wahls Protocol on Facebook. It is not run by Dr. Wahls herself, but it is managed by experienced members on the Wahls Protocol for years. It has over 16,000 members. I share my blog daily on that site and it was pointed out yesterday, thankfully, that Folic Acid is not good for you, Folate is what I should be taking. I did the research today, I had shown to a pharmacist the exact wording on a list typed up from Dr. Wahls, L-methylfolate (levomefolic acid) and was directed to take Folic Acid because, “its the same thing”. Everyone makes mistakes, including me, but I have learned that Folic Acid is a synthetic form of Folate and taken on a regular basis for years has the potential to cause advanced cancer. Folate on the other hand, is digested differently and naturally and is the opposite of Folic Acid, its healthy to take.

    This is one of the many articles I read on this today:

    https://draxe.com/folate-vs-folic-acid-1-healthy-1-dangerous/

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (not specifically recommended by Dr. Wahls, but in light of the results of test trials and its ability to reduce brain atrophy, I added it) Matt and Doctor Ashton Embry (see research page) have recommended it for years. The supplemet amount recommended is 1200 mg a day for MS. On the other hand, here’s what foods (which are emphasized on the Wahls protocol) Alpha Lipoic Acid comes from:
    Many foods contain alpha-lipoic acid in very low amounts. They include spinach,broccoliyamspotatoesyeasttomatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, and rice branRed meat — and particularly organ meat — is also a source of alpha-lipoic acid.Oct 17, 2016

Heat sensitivity – I did overheat this morning due to the hot tub at the gym being unusually, too hot and me staying way to long in it. I did bounce back quicker though, roughly ten minutes. This showed me that, yes, I still have heat sensitivity, however, my threshold is higher and my recovery is quicker. I did my grocery shopping around 2:30 pm, taking a bus, that required walking two blocks to the bus stop, not far, but on a sunny, humid (for here), hot (27 C/81 D), that was a crippling temperature for me, but I was unaffected by it today.

I’m broke after spending my limited funds on expensive foods and supplements, but I walked two blocks in 80 degree weather and I enjoyed it. My health is priceless.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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