Low Carb Friends

Low Carb Friends (http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/)
-   Nutritional Ketosis / High Fat, Low Carb (http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/nutritional-ketosis-high-fat-low-carb/)
-   -   Recommended Vitamins and Minerals? (http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/nutritional-ketosis-high-fat-low-carb/796895-recommended-vitamins-minerals.html)

Lovamelin 02-11-2013 01:32 PM

Recommended Vitamins and Minerals?
On the keto diet there are things that are obviously lacking. I have taken a multivitamin for years. So I'll just keep going with that. I have also been taking Fish Oil (omega 3 fats) for years for my joints actually, plus the other benefits of it. But I've read you can be deficient in things like vitamin D, calcium, and some other minerals. From what I've read they say a multivitamin will take care most of this. Other than that perhaps taking an additional calcium and vitamin D supplement could help keep those in check. Does that sound accurate?

Also I take a green tea supplement for the antioxidant, energy, and cleaning out properties. I heard this can combat the ketosis benefits. Is that true? Thanks.

reddarin 02-11-2013 01:43 PM

Supplement with magnesium for sure. Potassium is a typical one too.

Just be aware of any health conditions or Rx meds you take. Like BP meds and potassium - you have to be careful about that.

Jimmy Moore has a couple of podcasts you might find interesting:

Google 'jimmy moore bowden vitamins atlcx 26'

Google 'jimmy moore robbins magnesium llvlc 602'

Lovamelin 02-11-2013 01:45 PM

Yes but..
Am I getting enough of those in a multivitamin or do I need additional magnesium and potassium with my multivitamin? That was the general thrust of the question. Also any other observations on the other questions?

Lovamelin 02-11-2013 01:57 PM

From other research I've seen Vitamin D and B show up commonly. Some also suggest Carnitine and Chromium for the abilities to facilitate the metabolic change of using fats instead of carbs. But the evidence seems low and largely anecdotal on those.

reddarin 02-11-2013 02:32 PM

No, it is unlikely that your mult-vitamin is providing enough potassium or magnesium. And LC is diuretic so it is important that you supplement minerals that you will be shedding every day.

Vitamin D is good to take if you are not constantly out soaking up the sun.

You can get a panel done at the doc's office to check your levels on most of it if you have an appointment coming up.

Here is what I take:

Omega Red (x2)
Magnesium (oxide but I take 800mg)
Potassium (x3 of the 99mg)
CoQ10 (x2 of them)

I'm sure that others are taking more vitamins/minerals than me. And I'm a guy so your needs may be a bit different.

When you start supplementing with magnesium try to do it when you will be home for the day. It can upset your stomach till you get used to it. In fact, I take my 800mg throughout the day because the dosage my cheapy bottle comes in is 3 pills for 400mg so I take 6 spread out. But if you go from zero to 800mg you'll be bathroom bound for who knows how many hours.

reddarin 02-11-2013 02:46 PM

Oh, to directly answer your question about the multivitamin - no it does not provide enough of some of the important minerals like magnesium and potassium.

Also! Sodium. LC is not a low sodium way of eating. If you neglect your sodium intake you'll have some problems. Just make sure that you consider any health or meds issue but 5g of sodium is what you should be getting from a combination of food and added salt. Table salt is only 40% sodium so keep that in mind.

I created a thread about sodium:


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:50 PM.