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Post  Chris M Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:02 pm

Let's focus on the legal ones rather than EPO or HGH - although if any of you take those, DO TELL US HOW THAT'S GOING! - but what are people taking as non-prescription stuff during training?

I've seen people in blogs posting about taking iron.  Does that help?

I take a multivitamin but that's it right now.

Vitamin B?  C?  Spirulina?  Magnensium?  Potassium?  Salt tabs?  Premade products like the Hammer stuff?   What else do people take during training that they think has been working well?
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Post  mul21 Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:33 pm

Ever since a bout with dead legs a few years ago and a subsequent blood test that revealed a pretty low level of vitamin D, I've been taking a Calcium plus D pill once a day.  Other than that, just your run of the mill multi vitamin and maybe a carb heavy dinner the night before long runs and races.

I am very diligent about downing a Slim Fast or glass of chocolate milk after hard workouts that total 10 miles or more.  Long runs 14 and up get that as well.  The difference in the way my legs feel the next day is very noticeable, along with the difference in the way I feel the next day when I do an ice bath after a long/hard workout.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:19 pm

I'm a supplement taker - I take a zinc/magnesium/calcium tablet and an iron supplement in addition to a multi-vitamin with Vitamin D.  The first one has helped me deal with my cramping issues (and I will still take salt tablets before and during a marathon, and even the week before if it is humid since I sweat a lot and salt helps to balance water loss) and the iron as my serum ferritin has been low for years and I can tell energy-wise when I haven't taken it for a while, especially in the summer (again you lose iron in sweat).
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Post  Nick Morris Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:41 pm

I take a cocktail of supplements...

Fish oil
Vitamin D
B12
Iron
Multivitamin

I have been taking the fish oil and multivitamin for a few years now.  I added the B12 a couple of years ago to help boost energy and metabolism.  I then added the vitamin D because of my calf muscle twitching (which seems to be better these days). And then I just started taking the iron on Monday.
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Post  ounce Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:11 pm

Multi-vitamin
2,400 total of fish oil

The below I take for keeping the thyroid and all the other glands healthy.
43.75mg Lugol's iodine
9,000 IU vitamin D3
2,000 mg vitamin C

Under my low carb plan, I take 2 grams of salt daily and a gallon of water, plus another 2 grams before a run that will be sweaty.
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Post  Mark B Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:39 pm

I take an Airborne daily for its megadose of Vitamin C, mostly, and have been taking 1-2 tablets of calcium-magnesium-zinc to see if it'd help with cramping during extra-long runs. It seemed to help.
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Post  Schuey Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:22 pm

Spirulina, a host if Hammer products, Vega plant base pre workout powder drink, Vega plant base recovery. Raw plant base protein, pea protein, hemp protein and hemp seeds.
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Post  Schuey Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:23 pm

Spirulina, a host of Hammer products, Vega plant base pre workout powder drink, Vega plant base recovery. Raw plant base protein, pea protein, hemp protein and hemp seeds.


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Post  Nick Morris Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:52 pm

Outside of my normal daily cocktail of supplements, I also use GU Brew for my long runs, GU and Gu Roctane gels during my long runs, and Push Recovery after every run.
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Post  KBFitz Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:51 am

Fish oil for cardio health.

Glucosamine-Chondroitin-MSM for joint health.
No other issues. No other supplements.
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Post  Michael Enright Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:53 pm

An old-timer's multivitamin ("silver")
500 mg of vitamin C
a baby aspirin

That's it.

Oh, and this summer I've been eating a lot of donuts, because my daughter works at Dunkin'.
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Post  Jerry Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:36 pm

Is this spiraling something posted before that is sort of considered as enhancement thing? 

I remember I took something like that and stopped after one bottle due to some stomach reaction. I clocked sub 3 that cycle though, so Now I am willing to try anything special. 

My diet only started recently: glucosamine/Chondroitin, and one day for men pro edge.

Second Question, giving our workouts, shall we take more than 100% daily value?
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Post  mountandog Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:18 pm

beer, red wine, white wine, vodka or gin and tonics.
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Post  Jerry Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:40 pm

mountandog wrote:beer, red wine, white wine, vodka or gin and tonics.

 Minus running would be my dream life. Ha
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Post  mountandog Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:08 pm

Jerry wrote:
mountandog wrote:beer, red wine, white wine, vodka or gin and tonics.

 Minus running would be my dream life. Ha

 running allows this to be my dream life - otherwise I'd be a blimp!
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Post  Ben Z Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:14 pm

Here is what I use on a consistent basis:


  • Multivitamin
  • Iron - I switched to an aquaterian diet last year so I'm always nervous I'm not getting enough iron. Despite what many people believe you usually don't get enough iron from spinach, PB, etc. unless you are eating things like an iron-fortified cereal everyday
  • Endurolytes / S-Caps - On anything over 90 minutes I take electrolytes. Definitely think it works.
  • Hammer Gel or Cliff Shots - Best gels I've found. Plus, each contains a different type of carb source which I've found works well to alternate
  • If you consider Spirulina a supplement I use that too every now and then when making green smoothies
  • I use Udo's Oil as well in smoothies or rice/pasta dishes
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Post  dot520 Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:48 pm

Multivitamin/mineral
B complex
Vitamin E
Flaxseed oil
Iron (vegan from Curry leaves)  Just started taking it and the placebo effect is fantastic!  Smile
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:28 pm

Is Mila considered a supplement?  I put it in my oatmeal in the morning just about everyday.
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