In my last post, I talked about what I found out about my genetics.
If you haven’t read my other posts leading up to this one, I suggest you do that first!
Here are the 5 posts should you need to navigate them:
3.) Supplementing Bioavailable Forms Of Vitamins, Electrolytes & Minerals (You’re reading this one)
We discussed in my last post how certain people (like me) have a difficult time breaking down particular forms of nutrients.
Thus, the need to supplement more bioavailable forms that our bodies can properly assimilate.
We’re just going to talk about the more important supplements I have tried.
I have easily tried over 200+ different supplements so I think I have a good gauge of what works and what doesn’t.
Vitamin B12 (Vitamin Form: Methylcobalamin)
I started within the methylation pathway by supplementing vitamin B12. (You know, the stuff that they say ‘gives you energy’)
Turns out most supplements contain a subpar form of B12 called Cyanocobalamin.
Your body has to break off the cyanide in order to use it.
Thus, poisoning yourself with cyanide (Stopping cells from using oxygen) and getting a small amount of B12.
Though, the dose of cyanide is small and excreted via urine, I still don’t want any cyanide in my body.
More energy, more focus and completely natural feeling.
The methyl group on the Methylcobalamin helps with neurotransmitter synthesis.
Thus, aiding in the production of dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters.
If you’re going to supplement Hydroxocobalamin, it is worth noting that it does scavenge nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is important for proper dilation of blood vessels.
Taking Hydroxocobalamin always made me feel cold.
Folate B9 (Vitamin Form: Methylfolate)
The Methylcobalamin goes hand-in-hand with Methylfolate or 5-MTHF. This also further helps neurotransmitter synthesis.
I also have tried Folinic Acid but found more success personally with Methylfolate. At the end of the day, what works for you will come down to your individual and unique biochemistry.
Magnesium (Electrolyte Form: Magnesium L-Threonate & Magnesium Glycinate)
Magnesium supplementations was godsend for me. It is estimated that up to 50% of the US population is magnesium deficient.
I was very deficient in magnesium due to using stimulants like caffeine. Stimulants are notorious for depleting magnesium.
Coffee in particular impairs your intestines ability to absorb magnesium.
First off, magnesium oxide is complete and utter garbage. If you have it, throw it out. Low bioavailability and terrible side effects like cramping and diarrhea if you take too much.
If you’re going to use magnesium, use the Glycinate form or the premium L-Threonate form.
The Magnesium Glycinate form I will use before bed as the glycine chelated to the magnesium relaxes me.
The Magnesium L-Threonate form has superior bioavailability but not only that. It is the ONLY form of magnesium that is able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier.
Knowing this and how many reactions occur in the brain that require magnesium, I started supplementing this and it changed me for the better.
ZERO anxiety, ZERO stress and ZERO worry.
I was amazed with how effective this form of magnesium was. It became my personal favorite instantly.
Boron (Form: Boron Glycinate)
Another game-changer was Boron. Particularly Boron Glycinate.
You see, for us guys, testosterone is incredibly important. Without testosterone, we wouldn’t be too characteristic of a man.
Boron works by affecting Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). SHBG is a protein made by the liver that binds to sex hormones like testosterone.
Boron essentially lowers Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) and INCREASES your Free Testosterone.
Free testosterone is the testosterone we can readily use. Most of our testosterone is bound by proteins such as SHGB and Albumin in the blood.
After utilizing Boron Glycinate for 2-3 days, I noticed major improvements in my mood, motivation and my ability to just get up and after it!
It was Boron that got me into testosterone optimization. Not only for a better mood, but better gains at the gym as well.
I found it fascinating how something with no caloric value like testosterone; a mere hormone, could have such an impact on everything from mood to the composition of your body.
What else has no caloric value but has a huge effect on bodily functions and composition? We’re going to talk about that in my next post.
If you have any questions about the supplements in this post or other supplements, feel free to ask in the comments below! I’d be more than happy to share whatever knowledge I can.
Until Next Time,