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Old 02-25-2015, 11:17 AM   #1
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Supplements on LCHF

Do any of you have positive or negative experience with these on LCHF:


Garcinia Cambogia (supposedly appitite control and carb blocker)
white velvet bean (carb blocker)
Salacia Reticulata Extract (carb blocker)
green coffee bean/CLA (reduce glucose response)
Berberine HCI (reducing blood glucose, insulin spikes)
Banaba Leaf (reduction in blood glucose, insulin spikes)
Gymnema Sylvestre (may block sugar disgestion in the mouth)
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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In my humble opinion, you shouldn't need any of those you listed on a ketogenic woe because you aren't going to be eating much in the way of carbohydrate and your blood sugar response should be consistently low because you are eating low carb.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:34 AM   #3
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I agree with Cathy, and in my opinion the only effect you will see/feel if you get any of those is the lighness of your wallet!

If you do feel like you need supplements do some research into essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids...
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:25 AM   #4
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I agree, why would you need or want any of these if you are eating very low carb?
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:44 PM   #5
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When my dad was on insulin he always saw the doctor upping his dose as giving him leeway to add more sugar. Relying on carb blockers and appetite suppressants strikes me as being more of the same, and even if not that, the potential for problems if you run out at a bad time.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:06 PM   #6
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Berberine is supposed to work as well or better than Metformin with fewer side effects, but I've never tried it. I have PCOS with severe insulin resistance so I need a little help with my blood glucose beyond just diet. If I couldn't get Metformin (some doctors mistakenly believe PCOS "goes away" after menopause, I'd take Berberine instead.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:27 AM   #7
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My SIL is a nutritionist, and when I asked her what she thought I should take on this WOE and to aid weight loss, she recommended a liquid multivitamin with minerals, sub-lingual B-12 for energy and to fight cravings, a powdered magnesium (drink) supplement, and liquid carnitine to assist with fat burning. I've been taking it for a few weeks now and it definitely seems to be helping a bit...especially my magnesium, which I had been neglecting to take, along with potassium. My muscles are happy!
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:36 AM   #8
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All I take are B12, Potassium, Magnuesium and Vitamin C. But I don't take the Vitamin C because of this WOE. It's more of a personal preference.
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:50 PM   #9
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Everyone is different and responds differently to different foods, etc. If you are really curious do a bunch of BG testing before use of each one for a base line, then at half hour intervals after use of each. Only test one at a time.

I've been keto for over a year, LCHF, feel terrific. I take no vitamins or supplements of any kind. I get all my micros from LC food. My docs agree, I don't need any.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:48 AM   #10
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Do any of you have positive or negative experience with these on LCHF:


Garcinia Cambogia (supposedly appitite control and carb blocker)
white velvet bean (carb blocker)
Salacia Reticulata Extract (carb blocker)
green coffee bean/CLA (reduce glucose response)
Berberine HCI (reducing blood glucose, insulin spikes)
Banaba Leaf (reduction in blood glucose, insulin spikes)
Gymnema Sylvestre (may block sugar disgestion in the mouth)
I don't take any of those, but I do take a fair amount of supplements. My advice is to read Dr. Atkins book on the Vitanutrient Solution. Like so much of his work he was again way ahead of his time and has specific recommendations based on age, gender, lifestyle, diet, and of course health-related concerns. It's a fascinating read even if you choose to take no supplements at all. (He explains what foods contain some of the vitamins and minerals as well, along with saying which supplements you *dont* need and ideal dosages of those you do.)
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:33 PM   #11
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Do any of you have positive or negative experience with these on LCHF:


Garcinia Cambogia (supposedly appitite control and carb blocker)
white velvet bean (carb blocker)
Salacia Reticulata Extract (carb blocker)
green coffee bean/CLA (reduce glucose response)
Berberine HCI (reducing blood glucose, insulin spikes)
Banaba Leaf (reduction in blood glucose, insulin spikes)
Gymnema Sylvestre (may block sugar disgestion in the mouth)
I cannot take supplements. I just do not do well with them. A person can get everything they need in their food.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:52 PM   #12
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I just flat out don't trust supplements. Really pretty much anything can be in them since they aren't regulated and in my opinion, they are just a means for companies to make revenue. I stick to as natural a food I can get.
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