Supplements can be endlessly confusing as you compare brands, strength, and quantity, as well as price. Many people ask me what supplements I take, and since I went supplement crazy while saving my life 9 years ago, I do take a lot of them… I’ve also spent those endless hours researching which are backed by science, seem to be reliable, and figuring out what works best for my own body.
What follows are supplements I’m currently or have recently taken, along with links to buy them on Amazon, which usually, but not always, has the best price. Full disclosure, I’ve had an Amazon affiliate account for almost 20 years, and if you decide to buy something I’ve listed below from the link, I’ll earn like 4% or something. Your price is the same whether you buy from my affiliate link or look them up on your own. The list would not be any different if I didn’t have that affiliate account – these are supplements I personally find useful and recommend. Amazon makes it easier for both of us.
If you don’t like Amazon, you might like Vitacost or iHerb. Both frequently run sales, though it can get very confusing to figure out who actually has the best price, what with the need to use coupon codes with them to get the best deals.
Enzymes for dissolving microclots: Take on Empty Stomach and Under Doctor Supervision!
I use this brand because it was one of only two that I found that is soy-free. I have a soy allergy. If you don’t, you might like to try the Doctor’s Best Nattokinase. (below) although this should be fine – I’ve seen results in bruises dissolving with this.
Reputable brand. This is a big bottle, but at the time of writing the 270 capsule bottle is available from Amazon as the shipper but the 90 capsule size is out of stock. You’ll use it eventually. Some people take several a day.
Serrapeptase is good both for cleaning out the microclots as well as keeping your sinuses clear. I started taking it for that reason. Most people take 1 to 2 a day.
Lumbrokinase is said to be much stronger than Nattokinase. Many people I’ve seen trying the microclot protocol alternate Natto and Lumbro, and take Serrapeptase every day.
This is for comparison. Boluoke is the brand used in studies, and they claim their product is better. However, the price difference is insane – this is currently $1.80 a capsule, compared to Doctor’s Best, which is $0.65 a capsule!
Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Methyl Multi Without Iron – 240 Vegetable Capsules | This Vegan Formula Features Activated Vitamin Cofactors and Folate as Quatrefolic® (5-MTHF) | Patented Albion TRAACS Chelated Mineral Complexes
A good multivitamin is essential. Most of us with ME have poor absorption and we often don’t eat a balanced diet. This multi addresses the special needs of those of us with MTHFR mutations, and has premium chelated minerals for easier absorption. It contains no iron, so if you need that I’ll add the one I take below.
It also doesn’t contain the RDA of calcium and magnesium, which are essential. If it did, you would need many more than 2 capsules a day, as they are bulky. I’ll add my favorite calcium and magnesium below, too.
Do not take iron unless your doctor has told you that you need it – most people get enough iron from their food. This particular type is easy on our sensitive guts and shouldn’t cause either constipation or diarrhea.
To be continued….
Vitamins and minerals: calcium, magnesium malate, magnesium chelate, Vitamin D, throw joint support in there….
Herbs: curcurmin, boswellia, milk thistle, red sage extract, Chinese Angelica extract….
Amino acids: NAC, tryptophan, BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), glutamine, R-Lipoic Acid….
Hormonal help: Melatonin, DIM, Evening Primrose Oil, DHEA…
(wow, I take a lot of supplements!)