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What kind of Supplements do you take?
How do you get your b-12?

January 27th, 2004

I do take supplements but I don’t believe that they are in any way necessary. The only reason I take them is because I’m a bodybuilder and like to have excess amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. because my workout program is so strenuous and taxing on my body.

The people who think that just because someone else is vegetarian or vegan they would require supplements are uninformed, uneducated and most likely know little or nothing about nutrition. Any nutritional program requires some sort of awareness but there seems to be a trend of worrying about vegans and vegetarians meeting daily nutritional requirements. It is quite the opposite really; the people consuming animal products are the ones who should really be concerned about their health, as each day they are putting themselves at risk for many debilitating diseases directly resulting from the consumption of animal products. Animal products are toxic to the human body, and don’t really do any good, only harm. In most cases eating animal products leads to obesity, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and many other diseases and problems.

As far as the supplements that I use, when I am actively training as a bodybuilder I take multivitamin, isolated soy protein powder, vitamin C, vitamin E, Flax oil, L-glutamine (amino acid), and a few others. Your best bet is to eat a wide variety of whole foods, with lots of fruits and vegetables and there will be no need for supplementation. I could go on forever about this subject of supplementation because it is very similar to the meat and dairy industries. Those industries use very convincing marketing schemes to scare people into thinking that their products are necessary for health, when in reality, there is not only no need, but they are not even healthy products. What they do is lead to diseases which boos your medical bills up tenfold or more and you will be taking prescribed drugs (and paying for them) to temporarily fix a problem you could have avoided by eliminating animal products form your diet early on in life. One last thing before I move on to the b-12 question. All of the elements of food essential for sustaining life are found in fruits and vegetables. The body’s nutritional elements required for life are glucose, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids; all found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. If you are interested in bodybuilding or you are very physically active in sports, certain supplements aren’t a bad idea. Like I said, I take them as well. I just don’t buy into the government lie that specific supplements are absolutely necessary for everyone not consuming animal products daily. For the physically active individual I would suggest a multivitamin, vitamin C, and isolated soy protein taken daily. Check the labels or with an expert for proper dosage.

Vitamin B-12… This is always an interesting and confusing topic. For the best explanation let me share with you an extraction from Harvey Diamond, author of Fit for Life, America’s All-Time #1 health and diet book:

“Supposedly, if you don’t eat meat, you’ll develop a vitamin b-12 deficiency. Poppycock! Where do the animals whose meat we eat get theirs? Vitamin B-12 is found in plants in very small amounts. But the way vitamin B-12 is secured is primarily from that produced in the body. The stomach secretes a substance called ‘intrinsic factor,’ which transports the vitamin B-12 created by the bacterial flora in your intestines. The vitamin B-12 issue is part and parcel of the entire protein myth. Where do the cattle that supply us the meat and milk get their B-12? Supposedly we will perish without meat and dairy products. Without any sources to show this false except our common sense, we could discount it, however there are numerous sources. Our actual need for vitamin B-12 is so minute that it is measurable in micrograms (millionth of a gram) or nanograms (billionth of a gram). One milligram of vitamin B-12 will last you over two years, and healthy individuals usually carry around a five-year supply. But here’s the rub: Putrefaction hampers the secretion of ‘intrinsic factor’ in the stomach and retards the production of vitamin B-12. So flesh-eaters are more apt to develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency than vegetarians! This has been known for some time and was discussed in part in a report entitled ‘Vitamins of the B Complex’ in the 1959 United States Department of Agriculture Year Book. The propaganda states just the opposite!”

In the past I have taken Vitamin B-12 supplements because of the hype of media telling me I needed it. Then I did something that is really more important that anything else you could do to help your nutrition program. I research and studied nutrition. The more you research and study , the more you will realize how blatently you are insulted by the meat and dairy industries and other industries trying to “tell you what is right.” Study to learn what your body needs, and know what harmful ingredients to watch out for.

- Big Rob