I get a lot of questions about supplements. Following are supplements that I used during my recovery and some that I still take either currently or on occasion.
When taking supplements it’s important to listen to your body. We are all different and what works for some doesn’t always work for others. If you have a negative reaction then stop taking the supplement. You also have to go higher than the recommended dose with a lot of supplements to get their full effect. Start with the recommended dose and slowly increase until you get the desired effect.
Most important of all you cannot supplement your way back to good health. Supplements need to be taken in addition to a good diet to be effective.
Curcumin is my most recommended supplement and I still take it to this day and will probably always take it. There are 1,500 studies and 7,000 articles on turmeric’s (curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric) numerous benefits. I like curcumin to reduce systemic inflammation, reduce inflammation in the brain (helps with brain fog), and to support a healthy gut. It is also anti-cancer, prevents Alzheimer’s, and has found to be as effective as Prozac for depression. I take a 1g a day maintenance dose. I recommend 5-10g for higher levels of pain. The brain I recommend has bioperine to increase bioavailability. It is fat soluble to take with fat. A little bit of coconut oil will work great.
I like this curcumin by Viva Labs and have used this curcumin by Innovix Labs too since they both contain bioperine, making it 2,000 more bio available. Consume with some fat like coconut oil for maximum absorption.
Get into the habit of cooking with turmeric as well. I sprinkle a little on my eggs and add to soups,stews, and some veggies.
A popular anti-aging herb with a number of medicinal properties and is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial (kills Lyme spirochetes), antifungal (kills candida), antioxidant, and anti-cancer. It can also cross the blood brain barrier and reduce inflammation in the brain, is immune supportive, and good for your gut.
Resveratrol has a synergistic effect when taken with Curcumin.
I like this Resveratrol from LEF because it is sourced from Japanese Knotweed and also has quercetin which blocks the enzyme that produce cytokines so this is good to decrease pain.
Japanese Knotweed is the main herb recommended by Stephen Buhner for his Lyme protocol. It has several compounds in addition to resveratrol, including emodin, polydatin, and trans-resveratrol, all considered wonder drugs in their own right.
I’ve used this Japanese Knotweed before and it’s a good value is you like to buy in bulk. The downside is the taste, which is extremely bitter. If you don’t do well with things that don’t taste good then use the Resveratrol from LEF. Buhner recommends 500 mg – 2,000 mg, 3-4x a day. This Japanese Knotweed by Green Dragon Botanicals is also recommended by Buhner.
L-Glutamine is an amino acid with a number of benefits for those suffering from Lyme or autoimmune diseases in general. L-Glutamine is anti-inflammatory, protects and supports growth and repair of the gut lining, kills bad bacteria, and is immune supportive. It is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain and helps with memory, focus and concentration. Glutamine supports sleep by stimulating production of Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) and supports detoxification through increased synthesis of glutathione. I’ve also read that it reduces sugar cravings.
Start with 1 gram 2x a day and work your way up to 5g 2X a day for a total of 10g. I have heard of people doing up to 40g a day.
Improving Mitochondrial Function
Following are some supplements to help you improve the functioning and efficiency of your mitochondria.
ALCAR is extremely important because without it we cannot burn fat. It also allows you to clear lactic acid from your tissues and blood. Lyme disease generates excess lactic acid and this leads to pain, fatigue, and other symptoms.
ALCAR comes from the methylation of the amino acids lysine and methionine along with iron, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Lamb, pork, and seafood are the best sources of ALCAR.
ALCAR increases nitric oxide which vasodilates blood vessels and increases growth hormone. It improves your blood lipid profile by decreasing triglycerides, lowering LDL and increasing HDL.
All of your cell membranes and mitochondria are made from lipids. When you have too much inflammation you get more lipid peroxidation. Lipid peroxidation causes cellular damage and ALCAR lowers this.
And it increases acetylcholine levels in the brain, which improve nerve and muscle function, memory, and concentration. Low acetylcholine is common in people with Lyme disease because Lyme spirochetes diminish its release.
Recommendation: Take 600mg ALCAR 1x a day and work up to 4x a day. As always, listen to your body and reduce your dose if you don’t feel good.
CoQ10 (must be Ubiquinol, not Ubiquinone)
CoQ10 comes in two forms. Ubiquinol and Ubiquinone. Ubiquinol costs more than Ubiquinone however it is far more easily absorbed in your gut and usable by your mitochondria so make sure you buy the right kind. This is an even bigger issue if you have the NQQ1 SNIP, which can be found using the 23andme genetic test.
CoQ10 protects against lipid peroxidation, protects all of your cellular membranes, and it is the number one protector of HDL and LDL, and it raises HDL (good cholesterol).
Poor diet, stress, alcohol, drugs, heavy metals, EMFs, and infections (i.e. Lyme spirochetes) all destroy CoQ10 levels and reduce its ability to scavenge free radicals in your body.
CoQ10 is very difficult for your body to make and requires many vitamins and nutrients and if just one of these is off you can have massive deficits.
An excess of CoQ10 is most important for mitochondria to be maximally efficient.
Recommendation: Take 100mg CoQ10 1x a day and work up to 500mg a day. As always, listen to your body and reduce your dose if you don’t feel good. CoQ10 affects sleep in some people so take it in the morning. It can also improve sleep for some so this is something that you can experiment with.
D-Ribose basically recharges the charge in the batteries of your cells. It forms DNA and RNA, protects your liver, and rebuilds cellular energy pool substrates by allowing you to make more ATP.
The older you are, the less D-Ribose your body makes, and the more you need to replenish. It takes 2 to 10 days for your body to replenish your D-Ribose stores and get the charge back up in your cells so be aware of this when supplementing .
D-Ribose can also help with fibromyalgia, muscle pain, chronic fatigue, and migraines.
D-Ribose is a 5 carbon sugar (most sugars are 6 carbon) and won’t cause blood sugar spikes and has been shown to lower resting blood sugar.
Recommendation: Take 5g a day and work up to 20g a day if you are dealing with bad pain or fatigue. As always, listen to your body and reduce your dose if you don’t feel good though I’ve never heard of anyone having negative effects with this.
Taurine is a very special amino acid that maintains the ph gradient that is needed in your mitochondria to create the power that it does. It keeps potassium and magnesium in your cell and keeps excessive amounts of sodium out.
It is protective of your brain, heart and blood vessels, and lowers blood pressure. It also supports your liver and is a major factor in the excretion of biotoxins.
Taurine is found in seafood and meat and tends to be low in vegetarians.
Low Taurine can cause high blood pressure, fatigue, and muscle aches. It can also be used to help those with uncontrollable facial twitches.
Taurine is a modulator of GABA, which is calming and supports sleep, and increases dopamine levels in your brain.
Recommendation: Take 500mg a day and work up to 2,000mg a day split into 2 doses. As always, listen to your body and reduce your dose if you don’t feel good.
One of the best ways to improve your sleep is by fixing your circadian rhythm. When we are exposed to blue light at night (from computers, tablets, smart phones, tv, LED lights, fluorescent lights) our brain thinks it’s day and it increases production of cortisol and decreases production of melatonin and this affects your sleep. It’s best to avoid blue light exposure at night all together but sometimes that’s just not possible. If this is the case you can minimize your exposure with blue blocker glasses.
Pluggz offers grounding shoes so you can get the benefits of grounding anytime you are outside. I recommend that everyone ground for at least 20 minutes each day. If you don’t like to walk around barefoot then Pluggz offers some stylish options. There’s a limited selection for men however the selection for women is great.
With ticks being so small and hard to see these are a great help in removal