As some of you know, I’ve recently become a huge proponent of supplements, particularly a certain line of nutraceuticals.
But I’m also a huge advocate for self-care arising from self-awareness, prevention, and right nutrition. I’m definitely a huge believer in doing your own research, consulting multiple sources, and getting other opinions.
Therefore, I’d never expect anyone to start the Orenda protocol, any doctor-prescribed medication or any supplement at all without doing at least cursory research. In fact, I’d recommend against it.
Why do I bring all this up?
Last week I stumbled on an old podcast from the Tropical MBA guys, where they were causally endorsing a number of herbs and supplements for various uses. First, I definitely acknowledge and appreciate the disclaimer both at the top of the post and during the recording itself.
I have a lot of respect for the TMBA guys, particularly Dan, and any recommendation of his, in my mind, is an endorsement of said product, service etc. I’m assuming I’m not the only one with this sentiment.
Therefore, I find some of their supplement recommendations a little off-color and even dangerous, while others I wholeheartedly endorse. Luckily, I have enough expertise of my own to be able to analyze and evaluate the suggestions.
So here’s my reactions to their supplement tips–
Health & Longevity Stack
- High quality multi-vitamin (not Centrum). // Definitely agree, hence why I recommend Orenda All-in-One.
- Omegas (High quality Fish/Krill Oil). // For most people, a great addition. Endorsed by Mark Sisson of The Primal Blueprint. But my body doesn’t tolerate fish oil well, so maybe recommending any high O3:O6 ratio food or supplement is a better choice, such as flax, chia, or macadamia nuts.
- Super green foods. // I love spirulina for the taste and the benefits. Any kind of algae or seaweed is a good addition to a nutritional regimen, but I don’t think a daily supplement is all that necessary.
- Probiotics. // A great recommendation, particularly after taking antibiotics. I suggest Orenda Eaze.
- Digestive Enzymes. // A great recommendation, especially for the anti-inflammatory enzymes. Again Orenda Eaze.
- Quercetin. // I don’t understand this at all. Why recommend an anti-allergen? Allergies are your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. This is using quercetin more as a drug to treat a symptom than addressing the underlying cause. Besides, you get quecetin drinking Pu-erh Tea.
Basic Brain Health & Function Stack
- Piracetam. // When you start playing with brain chemistry, who know what can happen.
- Choline. // Why not get it from eggs and other dietary sources?
- Sulbutiamine. // Hmmm, seems untested to me.
- Stiff brewed green tea, preferably loose leaf. // I’m huge fan of tea, and drink on average 4-6 cups of tea a day. So I can’t deny this one. But for the function recommended, it is simply caffeine. And the problem with caffeine is it acts like any other addictive substance, can inhibit sleep, and in some individuals, increases the secretion of cortisol.
Aggressive Brain Hacking Stack (Potentially Dangerous)
- Geranium Oil. // No opinion.
- Ephedrine + Caffeine. // Woah. Ephedrine was banned in the US after a number of people died from its use in weight loss products. Yes, ephedrine is used in Chinese medicine (where its known as Ma Huang) in a very controlled amount to relieve a cold. However combining it with caffeine seems to follow a dangerous path, like that of taking amphetamines. Do you really want that high? That which goes up must come down.
- Adderral / Ritalin. // (1) Don’t take drugs off-label (not for their intended use). That’s called prescription drug abuse and that’s just stupid. (2) Focus and concentration take effort, that’s why we have texts millennial old expounding on the practice of meditation. (3) For natural enhancements to mental clarity, I typically recommend plant-based amino acids, botanical extracts and/or the aronia berry.
- Modafinil. // For normal, healthy people, don’t mess with your sleep cycle. Screwing with your sleep cycle also screws with your pineal gland & melatonin secretions and your cortisol levels, which increases abdominal fat, and in the long-run can lead to diabetic tendencies. Sleep when you should sleep, wake when you should wake, and get sun exposure early in the morning to help with the normal circadian rhythm and Vit-D levels for good mood.
I’d say a key supplement was left off: Vitamin-D. Despite being included in most multivitamins, the dose is rarely high enough. Most people, particularly in northern latitudes during winter can probably safely take and absorb as much as 10,ooo IUs of Vit-D per day, then reducing dosages in the summer.
That’s just my $0.02. Do your own research and make your own decisions.
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