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GAC
03-05-2007, 07:24 AM
I'm a 50+ year old male who was always, when younger, healthy as a horse. But over the last few years I've started to "suffer" various physical symptoms that simply go along with aging. My body is gradually giving out on me. Of course my mind says otherwise and refuses to listen to the body. ;)

Now one area of concern for aging men is prostrate/prostrate cancer. I've had my troubles over the last few years with chronic prostatitus and various dietary issues. I've had biopsies down in the past, and they've found what they call "irregular" cells. It doesn't mean it's cancer; but it means I need to be monitored regularly. And I am. For any of you that are familiar with what a PSA is, mine has spiked at 6.3 (which is very high).

Besides changing my diet and eating habits - I stay away from spicy foods, pop, caffeine (coffee - for the most part), drink lots of water daily, take fiber, eat more fresh fruits/vegetables - one of the herbs I am starting to take is Saw Palmetto. I was told by a fiend, with a similar problem as mine - that it helps.

Another one I just bought is Omega 3 Fish Oil. I don't have any heart/circulation problems at all. My cholesterol is fine. But I heard it helps with joints, arthritis and such.

So what all do some of you take and recommend?

RedsBaron
03-05-2007, 07:44 AM
GAC, as you know, I'm much, much younger than you, but I do take a few supplements. In addition to a multi-vitamin, I take an 81 mg aspirin every day for heart health, 1000 mg Omega 3 fish oil softgel daily (again for heart/circulation), Glucosamine/Chondroitin for bones & joints, and Selenium for prostate. One orthopedic surgeon did recently suggest that I take the pill for bones & joints; everything else is self-prescribed. I always drink both tea and potfulls of coffee--according to some studies coffee apparently reduces one's cancer risk. Oh, I drink red grape juice as well.
Of course I need to exercise a whole lot more and lose weight, either of which is probably more important than all the pills. Reducing stress would also be nice.

HumnHilghtFreel
03-05-2007, 07:54 AM
I take a multivitamin every morning with a glass of juice and a pill I get from GNC called "Ripped Fuel" that helps with metabolism and energy when I go to the gym. That's about it as far as supplements go though.

cincinnati chili
03-05-2007, 08:30 AM
The Cream, The Clear, Colt 45, Beef Jerky.

Glad I could help. :)

Heath
03-05-2007, 08:47 AM
If you folks read the title quickly, you'll notice that he's talking to me.


:D

GAC
03-05-2007, 08:47 AM
Glucosamine/Chondroitin for bones & joints, and Selenium for prostate.

So I can get these (above) over the counter, such as a GNC store?

RedsBaron
03-05-2007, 09:07 AM
So I can get these (above) over the counter, such as a GNC store?

Yes. If you really want to freak out some people here, try Wal-Mart.;)

creek14
03-05-2007, 10:06 AM
I take 2 multi vitamins a day. One in the morning and one at night. I take biotin - my hair was falling out at an alarming rate, and since I started taking biotin it hasn't been falling out and looks healthier. I take Omega 3. And I take Glucosamine & Chondroitin, although it doesn't seem to help my ankle. Finally I drink pretty much nothing but water. I'll occasionally have cranberry or orange juice, but not all that often. And I limit alcohol to a drink every couple of months, if that often.

Of course, I'll make an alcohol exception for the Gathering. :all_cohol

Oh and I don't buy any of it at Wal Mart. :p: :mooner: ;) ;)

KittyDuran
03-05-2007, 10:18 AM
I drink a lot of tea (hot and iced)... but not herbal teas. Also cannot stand the taste of green tea (which is good for you). Always drink tea w/o sugar (no artifical sweetners as well).

Otherwise I'm in pretty good shape and I've lost 15 pounds last month. Had a scare last month when my regular mammogram showed up abnormal, but another specialized mammogram and ultrasound showed up negative.

The hardest part in keeping fit and healthy is that I HATE to exercise and I have a hard time drinking lots of water.

Rarely drink alcohol - my biggest vice is chocolate (any kind) and pizza... two things among others that I've given up for Lent.

Sweetstop
03-05-2007, 10:29 AM
I hope to get most of what I need from a good, fine-tuned diet, miles of walking + lots of water, but do take a women's multi-vitamin once a day and oyster shell calcium + D twice a day. On the downhill side of 50, I feel better now then I did ten years ago, probably because I decided a while back (due to hypertension and generally feeling crappy) to get back to a natural, comfortable weight for my height and frame (I'm 5'2") and went from 128 down to 105. l

westofyou
03-05-2007, 10:44 AM
Olive oil and cranberry juice (unfiltered organic)

Those are my supplements.

Sweetstop
03-05-2007, 10:47 AM
Olive oil and cranberry juice (unfiltered organic)

Those are my supplements.


Yep...Olive Oil, Garlic, Green Teas, Cranberry Juice or dried cranberries...everyday

Sweetstop
03-05-2007, 10:48 AM
GAC, as you know, I'm much, much younger than you, but I do take a few supplements. In addition to a multi-vitamin, I take an 81 mg aspirin every day for heart health, 1000 mg Omega 3 fish oil softgel daily (again for heart/circulation), Glucosamine/Chondroitin for bones & joints, and Selenium for prostate. One orthopedic surgeon did recently suggest that I take the pill for bones & joints; everything else is self-prescribed. I always drink both tea and potfulls of coffee--according to some studies coffee apparently reduces one's cancer risk. Oh, I drink red grape juice as well.
Of course I need to exercise a whole lot more and lose weight, either of which is probably more important than all the pills. Reducing stress would also be nice.

Leaving nothing to chance are you, Counselor..:D

westofyou
03-05-2007, 10:54 AM
Yep...Olive Oil, Garlic, Green Teas, Cranberry Juice or dried cranberries...everyday

My wife inhales green tea, I inhale black tea, she takes a multi vitamin that I occasionally take as well, otherwise tons of tofu and garlic and onions and lots of spice.

I have a friend who lives in Chicago, he's a real estate agent. says he gets his exercise going up stairs. He eats about 8 vitamins a day to get what he thinks he needs.

What he needs is to eat right and exercise.

Johnny Footstool
03-05-2007, 11:13 AM
I take a multi-vitamin and a B-complex every day. The B-complex greatly reduces the number mosquito bites I get in the summer.

macro
03-05-2007, 11:44 AM
http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/04/29/One-A-Day_Men_s_Health_Formula_Multivitamin-resized200.jpg

This is all I take. It supposedly has something that helps decrease the risk of prostate problems.

Ravenlord
03-05-2007, 12:17 PM
an iron-free multivitamin
biotin
b-complex
calcium & magnessium
zinc
oil of oregano
olive leaf extract
one whole garlic clove
grape seed extract
vitamin C
creatine
amino acids
fish liver oil
green tea
honey
omega fatty acids


now if only my diet resembled my vitamins and herbs.

GAC
03-05-2007, 12:18 PM
Yes. If you really want to freak out some people here, try Wal-Mart.;)

It's where I got mine. Same brands, yet far cheaper then going across the street to the GNC store.

A buddy of mine also takes acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) which is a friendly inhabitant of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It, as well as some related strains of bacteria, is known as a probiotic. Probiotic organisms secrete enzymes that support healthy digestion.

Our intestinal flora helps regulate our digestion and stool patterns. Yeast also lives in our intestines. The yeast and the bacterial flora are constantly competing for space, and generally they keep each other in check. Sometimes, however, our bacterial flora can get depleted, such as when taking antibiotics. This allows the yeast to overgrow, which can then lead to a variety of problems:

Sweetstop
03-05-2007, 01:25 PM
I drink a lot of tea (hot and iced)... but not herbal teas. Also cannot stand the taste of green tea (which is good for you). Always drink tea w/o sugar (no artifical sweetners as well).

Otherwise I'm in pretty good shape and I've lost 15 pounds last month. Had a scare last month when my regular mammogram showed up abnormal, but another specialized mammogram and ultrasound showed up negative.

The hardest part in keeping fit and healthy is that I HATE to exercise and I have a hard time drinking lots of water.

Rarely drink alcohol - my biggest vice is chocolate (any kind) and pizza... two things among others that I've given up for Lent.


If you drink Earl Grey tea, you might like Bigelow's Earl Grey Green Tea. It's got that natural oil of bergamot flavor, which makes it taste less green tea-ish.

I like iced teas, also...unsweetened...with a piece of fresh mint (my favorite) or slice of lemon.

As you probably know, a bit of dark chocolate can be good for you, evidently. I usually eat a small piece of Dove dark or a bite of good single-origin chocolate every day. Helps take care of sweet tooth but less calories than cookies, etc.

WebScorpion
03-05-2007, 02:10 PM
I take a multi-vitamin, Move-Free(glucosomin/chondroitin), I drink a black tea called PG Tips (from England), and I eat yogurt every day which contains L. Acidophilus. I eat chocolate, drink alcohol, coffee, and caffienated soft-drinks sporadically...less than every day, but more than once per week.

Chip R
03-05-2007, 02:37 PM
Our intestinal flora helps regulate our digestion and stool patterns. Yeast also lives in our intestines. The yeast and the bacterial flora are constantly competing for space, and generally they keep each other in check. Sometimes, however, our bacterial flora can get depleted, such as when taking antibiotics. This allows the yeast to overgrow, which can then lead to a variety of problems:


TMI. :mooner:

KittyDuran
03-05-2007, 06:12 PM
If you drink Earl Grey tea, you might like Bigelow's Earl Grey Green Tea. It's got that natural oil of bergamot flavor, which makes it taste less green tea-ish.

I like iced teas, also...unsweetened...with a piece of fresh mint (my favorite) or slice of lemon.

As you probably know, a bit of dark chocolate can be good for you, evidently. I usually eat a small piece of Dove dark or a bite of good single-origin chocolate every day. Helps take care of sweet tooth but less calories than cookies, etc.Unfortunately, Earl Grey is one of regular teas that I'm not fond of... Tho' a co-worker swears by Bigelow's Green Tea with Lemon - so I might have to try that.

I luv dark chocolate and Walgreen's a couple weeks ago had some of the special dark on sale - got a couple bars.

Red in Chicago
03-05-2007, 07:29 PM
i take a multi vitamin everyday, along with some omega 3 softgels...i routinely eat foods with tomatoes, olive oil and garlic, so don't get too close:evil:

GAC
03-05-2007, 08:57 PM
TMI. :mooner:

Sorry. I got that off a medical website. Maybe I should have said that it acts like Drano and helps to keep the pipes free flowing by preventing plugging and sludge buildup? :eek:

Falls City Beer
03-05-2007, 09:37 PM
I've read there are few, if any, benefits to supplements?

I don't take any.

I don't smoke, I exercise, and I drink tons of tea of all kinds.

But let's face it, genetics is what's going to catch up to all of us. If the folks had it, chances are, so will you. So get the parts checked which your parents failed to properly monitor.

Some prostate cancer and a couple of heart attacks in my family history--I'm leaning towards heart problems in my case; tall guys tend to have cardiopulmonary issues.

Yachtzee
03-05-2007, 10:11 PM
I used to take Solyent Green, until I read the ingredients.

vaticanplum
03-05-2007, 10:42 PM
I've read there are few, if any, benefits to supplements?

I don't take any.

I don't smoke, I exercise, and I drink tons of tea of all kinds.

But let's face it, genetics is what's going to catch up to all of us. If the folks had it, chances are, so will you. So get the parts checked which your parents failed to properly monitor.

Some prostate cancer and a couple of heart attacks in my family history--I'm leaning towards heart problems in my case; tall guys tend to have cardiopulmonary issues.

I totally subscribe to this basic theory. my addendum to it is: listen to your body. All of these theories of certain kinds of diets, certain kinds of vitamins, and people never learn how to pay attention to themselves. I know when I'm hungry and I can usually tell what I need to eat -- when I need vegetables and when I need carbohydrates. I have a ton of energy and I try to get it out during the day and I need good food to do that. When I've taken vitamins, I've never really noticed a difference; I think the best vitamins and supplements are in food. I walk everywhere I can and I eat an apple every day. Those are my two constants. And I'm incredibly healthy (knock on wood) -- haven't been sick once, actually, since I quit smoking over a year and a half ago. Smoking was the worst. I could feel how badly my body reacted to it, much worse than it does to alcohol.

So there are all my fabulous health and living secrets. Pay attention to your family history, pay attention to yourself, and pay attention to common sense. I'm pretty young so I'll have to read up a bit more as I get older, but I hope I'll be able to pretty much stick with that.

creek14
03-06-2007, 07:49 AM
I agree that supplements are probably not all that needed when you are 40 or younger.

But bad, bad things start to happen to your body when you hit your mid 40's. Bad. As bad as Bob Boone managing the Reds bad.

Now, maybe it's a placebo effect, but I don't think I can placebo myself into growing fingernails that no longer split and hair that no longer falls out.

And after my mom started taking Omega 3, her cardiologist took her off one of her meds.

So enjoy youth and the need to not have stock in One A Day as long as you can.

TeamCasey
03-06-2007, 09:04 AM
I take a multi-vitamin and a B-complex every day. The B-complex greatly reduces the number mosquito bites I get in the summer.

B complex is my happy pill. I think it gives you better spirits/energy.

It also makes you pee chartreuse ...... which is fun for a few laughs.

Ron Madden
03-07-2007, 05:43 AM
Barley hops and tobacco smoke. :evil: