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Supplements and Cod Liver

Anyone who has been following the Weston Price Foundation and has used cod liver oil in the past is probably vaguely familiar with the questionable nutrient properties of these oils, as well as supplements in general. You can read about the rancidity of the oil here: http://drkaayladaniel.com/a-big-dose-of-codswallop/

Dr. Ron heart problems here: https://www.drrons.com/product-blog/Too-Much-of-a-NOT-so-Good-Thing

It really is unfortunate that we are mislead in both nutrient content of foods as well as negative aspects of food from oxidizing to pollution.

The main nutrients people are striving to get in cod liver oil are Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, and Omega 3. It really is a nutritionally complete food and makes it so you don’t have to worry about purchasing organ meats or wild caught fish to meet these nutrient requirements.

Alternatives that I personally use are lambs liver and veal brain, if that doesn’t float your boat (and it shouldn’t), then wild caught fatty fish like salmon, herring, or mackerel is a safe bet. (Fish roe/caviar being ideal, but not practical for most) Canned cod liver is of course the best canned option, followed by canned fatty fish.

If you are not averse to dairy or eggs, and have access to high quality, raw, pastured products, you can obtain complete nutrition with much more approachable foods, like scrambled eggs or a tall glass of raw milk.

At the end of the day you can take a few pills if you cannot afford or do not have access to the former. I suggest a cod liver oil supplement for Vitamin A and Omega 3s, a D3 supplement, as well as K2 if you don’t have quality animal fats in your diet.

All of the supplements that I recommend/use are on my amazon shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/franktufano

The Rosita brand products are available on perfect supplements:

Liquid Cod Liver Oil: http://www.perfectsupplements.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RO-EVCLO-5&Click=5becdcfa8a5cd&a_bid=818e12c0

Cod Liver Soft Gels: http://www.perfectsupplements.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RO-EVCLO-SOFTGELS&Click=5becdcfa8a5cd&a_bid=2cd6ef64

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Plant VS Animal Vitamins

 

If you asked someone why fruits and vegetables were good for you I bet they would have a hard time giving you a straight answer, let alone explaining it in depth. There are many different forms of vitamins, deviated specifically by the plant vs. the animal form. Unfortunately for many vegans, we do not have ruminant digestive systems and cannot convert many of the nutrients in plant based foods into the versions our body needs.

In this video I touch on Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin K2, Minerals, Vitamin A, DHA, Protein, Vitamin D, as well as carnosine/taurine.

Vitamin B12 and iron cannot be obtained in adequate amounts from plant foods, as we see common deficiencies on plant based diets. Vitamin K1 needs to be converted to K2 in the digestive tract. Minerals in plants are in different forms (oxalates) than certain animal forms (usually taurate). Retinoic Acid (Vitamin A) is drastically different than beta-carotene, and some people can’t even convert beta-carotene. DHA is only available in reasonable amounts from fatty fish as the body cannot effectively convert ALA into an adequate amount. Protein is a bit up in the air with protein powders (labaratory expreiments). Vitamin D can be obtained from the sun but is only present in animal foods. Carnosine/taurine have many health benefits and are only found in animal foods.

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Vampire Diet?

As much as it started with a joke about my appearance; out of all the possible things I could name my diet, the vampire diet seemed like my best bet. Its funny, marketable, fits me perfectly, and makes sense. Although I wanted to use other names like “The Healthiest Diet,” “The Indigenous Diet,” “The Natural Diet,” because they would all be correct to some degree, they didn’t sell the complete package.

 

According to folklore, AKA google, vampires age 10x slower than humans, so if a vampire was 25, they would technically be 250. That is one idea behind this diet, that it will allow for the most youthful appearance through its high vitamin and mineral intake. The other aspect of living a long period of time ties in too. By removing inflammatory foods and focusing on high vitamin foods, it makes the most sense in the context of what would be optimal for longevity.

 

Vampires also drink blood, and although I am not emphasizing a necessity on drinking blood in particular, certain raw animal foods, approachable or not, are the main focus of this diet. You might not wake up and drink a glass of blood and take a bite out of a goat liver, but the same nutrient density can be achieved with raw milk and pastured eggs for example. High quality animal foods, raw or cooked, supply the highest, most bio-available amount of vitamins out of any food there is. Not to mention, they cause the least inflammation, especially compared to plant foods.

 

Sleeping in a coffin during the daytime isn’t exactly what I would say is ideal for health, but sleep is another factor along with sunlight and exercise that might not fit into a typical vampires activities. I think everyone would agree that, in the context of conventional wisdom, staying out of the sun is better for youthful appearance. More recently even public knowledge has been pointing to the importance of Vitamin D3, and if we didn’t have access to modern supplements, the sun would be the only choice. Although you won’t see a vampire laying out by the beach or pumping some iron in the gym, I think modern problems call for modern intervention, and this is the vampire diet, not lifestyle, right?