A lot of the discussions among Malaysian keyboard warriors include the topic of supplementation, i.e. how one does not need to take any of them for general health. This is especially so for fish oil, where numerous studies have shown that taking them does lead to a positive trend of improved outcomes in those of high risk of CVD, just that the results are not statistically significant and especially so with proper implementation of guideline-directed medical therapy. This doesn't mean that fish oil isn't effective (hence cardiologists are still prescribing them); just that in those who are given all of the proper drugs and interventions (giving in correctly or incorrectly to the pharma industrial complex), fish oil doesn't make a big difference. I'd be interested in seeing how omega-3 fish oil compares on a head-to-head basis with standard medical therapy as regards to costs, NNT's (numbers needed to treat) and NNH's (numbers needed to harm) as many modern drugs and stents and surgical costs are much more expensive than fish oil (with the costs hidden somewhat by subsidies and insurance schemes), but on the other hand the standard capsule dose of fish oil could be too small (as even 1 g/day of supplementation is considered an insufficient dose).
Anyways, I take 3 supplements now that I hope will improve my overall health and physical performance. They are not the same goals. Taking things for health only mean that you don't fall sick/die young. Taking things for performance mean that you take stuff to get you over the edge, whether it's better stamina, more reps/plates on the bar, faster recovery, etc. People don't care if you're only 1% stronger, that may not be significant statistically; that can be the difference between 1st and 2nd place. I decided the other day to look at some studies done on vitamin C, fish oil and magnesium on athletes.
On vitamin C:
I guess 250 mg/day (is that elemetal or the compound weight?) of magnesium is too low; remember, magnesium is a major intracellular ion, and thus plasma values may not properly display the true total magnesium levels. Currently, I take 30 mmol/day (from 1 g of the aspartate dihydrate formulation) of magnesium, and will continue to do so.
Now on fish oil:
That’s a lot of fish oil. And:
That’s one excuse to continue encouraging my 3rd child with postinfectious bronchiolitis obliterans to continue taking my fish oil, as long as he actually takes them. But in general, there’s not much that I see is studied regarding fish oil for athletes. And my current intake of just 2 capsules per day is probably an underdose, but taking more means a much higher expenditure.
All in all, I see no evidence that I shouldn’t be taking the above 3 supplements. My estimated time before developing a heart attack or stroke may not be different much from someone who doesn’t take the above supplements (the bane of statistical significance), but at least I can lift heavier than most before I die while being completely stimulant-dependent for daily living; you don’t lift 3 times a week being a dogtor without taking stuff to at least keep the eyes half-open. I guess that can already be considered a good life, and damned statistics won’t be able to negate the numbers on that bar. Unless if I start taking roidz.