I want to be completely transparent with you, like I always am with my patients. I design and I sell supplements. I say this because you might be thinking I have a conflict of interest, or that I might be trying to â€œsell you something.â€
The truth is that I really believe in supplements.
I believe in supplements so much that I take more than 20 supplements every day. In other words, I practice what I preach. I am a 44-year-old man and, like you, Iâ€™m under no illusion that Iâ€™m invincible. So I take supplements.
Supplementing the Smart Way
The question, â€œHow many supplements do I need?â€ is really a strange question to me. Itâ€™s sort of like asking, â€œHow much food do I need?â€ Just as there are many different types of food with many different effects on the body, there are also a lot of different supplements out there’s some good like these Trusii H2 tablets at supplementyouneed.com, some bad like intense steroids and some just plain ugly.
When youâ€™re doing smart supplementation (the second-to-last part of my CaPLESS Method), you have to remember:
A supplement alone is not going to make you healthy.
Sometimes a supplement solves a specific problem. Maybe youâ€™re a vegan and youâ€™re supplementing vitamin B12 because you canâ€™t get it from meat. OK, I get that. But the supplements that I design for men with urological problems are not â€œmagic pills.â€
Iâ€™m not a shaman.
Of course, my methods are backed up by loads of academic research, but health takes a lot more than swallowing a pack of pills. It takes lifestyle choices, a good diet, good sleep, good movement, and good stress management.
But letâ€™s say youâ€™re doing everything â€œperfectlyâ€ in your diet. (Youâ€™re not.) There will always be â€œgaps.â€ Thatâ€™s where supplements come in.
Supplementing vs. Selected Supplementation
A lot of people pop pill after pill and theyâ€™re not even sure what the pills are for or what they are doing. This is called â€œsupplementing,â€ and itâ€™s a popular pastime with Americans, at least the ones I meet. This is not smart. This is not effective.
What I recommend to my patients is much different: selected supplementation. This basically means that, instead of just doing a scattershot approachâ€”taking a big fat multivitamin, for example (90% of which goes straight to the toilet)â€”you focus on the individual vitamins, minerals and botanicals you specifically need to manage your urological problems.
Selected Supplementation = choosing specific supplements based on a clear plan and a clear understanding of the problem youâ€™re trying to solve.
What should you do?
- Eat a diet rich in fruits, cruciferous vegetables, whole grains, fish, and legumes. This is where real nutrition comes from. A good diet always beats a multivitamin.
- Throw out the multivitamins. They are not part of a selective supplementation plan. They are part of the conventional â€œcatch-allâ€ method that is wasting your money.
- Focus on solving specific health problems. Smart supplementation works to do a few specific things and only these things:
- Boost Immunity
- Interrupt cancer formation
- Reduce Oxidative Stress
- Modulate Inflammation
- Improve Detoxification
- Focus on these 13 specific vitamins and nutrients, which help with male health and are supported by tons of academic research. (Daily dose unless otherwise noted.)
- Vitamin D3 â€” 2,000-4,000 International Units (IUs) daily.*
- Omega 3 fatty acids â€” 2 to 4 grams daily.*
- Curcumin â€” 2,000 to 4,000 mg day in divided doses.*
- Green Tea Extract â€” 300 mg of green tea extract two times a day.*
- Grape Seed Extract â€” 300 to 400 mg a day in divided doses.*
- Selenium from High Selenized Yeast (SelenoExcell) â€” 200 mcg a day*
- Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma, Lingzhi) â€” 500 to 1,800mg a day in divided doses*
- Pomegranate (Punica granatum) â€” 200-225 mL.*
- Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) â€” 1 to 3 grams a day.*
- Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) â€” 1,000 mg to 5,000 mg, two to three times a day.*
- Vitamin E â€“ with high gamma-tocopherol â€” 100 to 400IU*
- Zinc â€” 15 mg to 30 mg a day.*
- Milk Thistle (Sylibum marianum) â€” 100 to 200mg a day*
- Broccoli Extract (Brassica oleracea) â€” 100 to 500mg*
OK, now you are really thinking I have lost it. How is anyone supposed to remember this long list? And how can taking 13 supplements every day be healthy?
Think of it this way: smart supplementation is just like eating food, except this â€œfoodâ€ is designed to help with a specific health problem.*
To learn more about the science behind these specific nutrients, I would encourage you to check out my book, Thrive Donâ€™t Only Survive.
The Bottom Line
Smart supplementation means using specific vitamins and nutrients to improve a specific health outcome.*
Learn more in Thrive Donâ€™t Only Survive.