web analytics

I have no sense of scale

I bought one of these. It’s a single serve blender. I had it in my head that that glass on the top was like an eight-ounce tumbler so the machine would be a slim, compact addition to my kitchen gadgets.

It is, in fact, a counter-hogging brute.

Oh, well. It’s a smoothie thing. I think they designed it with gym bros in mind, one of which I emphatically am not. But I am kind of gullible when it comes to supplements.

I’ve taken and subsequently stopped taking scores of things after that one article I read in the Epoch Times (who, by the way, quietly renewed my subscription without me noticing when the three month trial expired).

So far, only two supplements make a measurable, undeniable difference: collagen (which makes my nails and hair stronger) and fish oil (which makes a definite difference to my achy hand joints).

My current smoothie is a spoonful of instant coffee, a cup of fancy Jersey milk, two spoons of collagen + hyaluronic acid + vitamin C, a spoonful of inulin (I don’t remember what this does, but I accidentally bought a big bag of it) and a scoop of protein powder (some sources say old people don’t get enough protein, some say they get more than enough, and some say you should chew your protein not drink it).

I buy my junk from a company that is obviously promoting itself for peak athletic performance. I have often contemplated writing them and saying they should make a separate website and packaging for that other potential customer base: wrinklies desperately clinging on to wellness.

Do you supplement? With what and how?


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2024, 7:55 pm

Cup of tea, anyone?

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 23, 2024, 8:50 pm

I take Vitamin D, C, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and Boron…not every day but space them out…these seem to make the most difference for me.

Tumeric is also good for anti-inflammatory but the capsules are a ripoff when you can get a couple of pounds of the stuff at Amazon for $20.

Laying off all sugar including fruit helped me a lot. Chewing nicotine gum helps me lose weight too 🙂

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 23, 2024, 9:01 pm

I put great store in daily doses of a variety of fermented grains. I find them easiest to take in liquid form. The drawback is that they are expensive and only available in bottles that are comparatively large for medicines/diet supplements. You usually have to buy them in liter size, or close to that.

Fortunately they don’t need refrigeration (there are a few types that are easier to take if they’re chilled), and a lot of them have really long shelf life.

Comment from Carl
Time: May 23, 2024, 10:00 pm

I take a Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin capsule each day. Supposed to help with joint pain. Didn’t really notice any improvement when I started taking it 3 years ago. I kid myself that I should keep taking it because it might have stopped the pain getting worse.

When I consulted my GP (a New Zealander) about the joint pain he said “What do you expect at your age. Take some Ibuprofen”.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 23, 2024, 11:03 pm

Glucosamine/Chondroitin for joints, on the recommendation of a friend (who’s actually British). He was chief data wrangler for the imaging department at Oxford University Hospitals. When they imaged him, one of the radiologists told him “You bastard – joints like a 20-year-old!”

Fish oil for Omega-3/6/9 (3 is good for the brain).

Magnesium (fatigue – and “regularity” IYKWIM).

Vitamin D.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 24, 2024, 12:22 am

Turmeric for my finger joints.
For a while if I banged my hand on something even lightly it was like I mashed it with a hammer. The turmeric definitely helps.

Also for the curry!

Fish oil eh?

Comment from p2
Time: May 24, 2024, 1:14 am

I’m with @Some Veg…I supplement things with good whiskey, I just add good cigars & mellow pipe tobacco to the mix.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 24, 2024, 3:07 am

For the past 10 years I have given myself a weekly injection of B-12. Chemotherapy for breast cancer left me with neuropathy in my hands and feet, and my sense of taste and smell was severely damaged. Without the B-12, I don’t think I’d still be here. I can taste liquids much better than regular food, I guess because the liquids touch all the taste buds. But I’m 14 years post-cancer so I don’t want to complain too much 🙂 I also think that everyone over the age of 50 needs a B-12 boost. Ask your doctor for a shot!

Plus everyday: Vit.D3 2000iu, Vit.C 1000mg, Iron 50mg, Zinc 25mg, 800mg of magnesium (very mild—a chewable I internet order from CVS pharmacy), PreserVision vitamins for eye health (way overpriced).

Uncle Badger—have you ever grown your own tea tree? I really want to try, but it’s too cold in winter where I live. I would have to bring it inside and put light on it.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 24, 2024, 5:20 am

Hello Deborah HH. No, I’m afraid the climate isn’t right for tea here (even if it is a camellia). A few years ago someone decided to see if they could grow tea commercially in Cornwall. It’s borderline even there (wetter and warmer) and apparently there is only a tiny part of the county where the climate will allow it to flourish. Their tea is very expensive!.

Comment from steve
Time: May 24, 2024, 12:31 pm

I supplement with malt beverages. One 12 ounce container at a time, as needed.

Comment from Carl
Time: May 24, 2024, 9:16 pm

My NZ GP is a very good doctor but he does come out with some not very helpful comments.

Recently, as well as “What do you expect at your age?”

– “Yeah, that’s exactly what I hear from my parents who are about your age”

– “Bear in mind that more than half of your cohort are dead”. I don’t know if that was supposed to cheer me up.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 24, 2024, 10:26 pm

There is, of course, the Australian tea tree – Melaleuca Alternifolia – but I don’t suppose that will grow in the UK.

When I first heard about the tea grown at Tregothnan in Cornwall a few years ago I thought I would try it. However, it’s phenomenally expensive and a bit of a con. What they market as Cornish tea is actually Indian tea blended with a tiny amount of Cornish-grown tea. I just checked the current prices – £10 for 25 bags. You can get 600 bags of Yorkshire tea for that price (more than 1800g of actual tea).

They do sell 100% Cornish-grown loose leaf tea at only £50 for 11g. You can get 5000g of best-quality Yorkshire loose leaf tea for that price. I think I’ll give it a miss unless someone else is paying.

Comment from Carl
Time: May 24, 2024, 10:41 pm

That was me re Cornish tea. Tried to change Anonymous to Carl but it didn’t appear to work.

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)

Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.

<< carry me back to ol' virginny