I've been wondering A LOT about supplements (not diet pills...they are not for me) lately...especially after this week's research triathlon into "gross food". I don't mean things like a peanut butter and fried egg sandwich, I mean the DISGUSTING things we eat in America and never even know it. I read a blog yesterday (I wish I could remember who wrote it, because I'd love to share the link to the source of her info), and found out some even MORE disturbing things about fast food...like that the "hamburger patties" that MANY fast food restaurants sell are really just the nasty slaughter house junk that is normally reserved for dog food. Apparently, they shovel that garbage off of the floor, and treat it with ammonia gas to kill of any e-coli, grind it up with soy, and sell it to us. I'm not sure which disturbs me more...the gross quality of "meat" or the ammonia gas. Or the fact that this is perfectly okay with the FDA, when we think we are eating decent (if not fatty) cuts of meat...
Anyway...back to the supplements. I've been doing quite a bit of lurking on some of the teams on SP to try to find more scientifically backed and documented nutritional information about the food I WANT to be eating...things that are GLOBALLY recognized as nutritionally sound providers of macro and micro nutrients. I'm starting to think that it might not be the worst idea I've ever had to start taking supplements...but which ones? If you've ever spent any time in the supplement section of a grocery or health food store, you can understand my confusion...there are roughly 8 million of them. I already take a sublinqual B complex, an iodine supplement, and a multi vitamin every day, but there are so many other supplements out there that I have to wonder if I should be taking anything else too...
In my searchings this morning I found a thread about (mainly) CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. To hit the high points, at least 3400 mg/day is supposed to :
--Increase metabolic rate
--Decrease abdominal fat
--Enhance muscle growth
--Lower cholesterol and triglycerides
--Lower insulin resistance
--Reduce food induced allergic reactions
--Enhance the immune system.
If those claims are true, that one supplement packs quite a punch!! Since insulin resistance and low thyroid function run on both sides of my family, I'm going to give it a shot...I'll try just about anything once, and if this supplement can do half of what the article(s) report, I'll be a happy camper! I'm thinking I'm going to start adding different supplements periodically...if I can find well documented info supporting their benefits, they can't hurt. If they don't do anything, I'll chalk it up to a lesson learned. If they do something good, I'll celebrate :) I'm going to try to blog about these things periodically to share the results of my experiments!
Here is the link to one of the articles I read about CLA (Tonalin), if anyone is interested:
You can keep following the different links from this original article to learn more, or you could just google CLA or Tonalin (the "brand" name) to get more info like I did!
Anyway, have a great Saturday everyone!!