Top 5 Must Have Supplements For Lymies

10 May

Buying Supplements

Below are the supplements I take daily and I know they are Dr. Oz approved and also my LLMD approves them. I think every person with Lyme or tick-borne diseases should have these in your collection. Even healthy people should take these daily. Probiotics are a must have and every person taking antibiotics or Lyme meds should have them. I have recommended my top two probiotics on another post HERE.

You can find all of these supplements fairly cheap if you know where to shop. I buy my supplements online from Swasonvitamins and take advantage of buy-one-get-one deals and their $2.99 shipping. I have heard Vitacost is another great source but they seem to be a bit higher than what I pay. I also buy on Amazon and use my Prime free shipping.

If you go to your local drug store they seem to be about double the cost compared to online prices and deals. I know how little money we have with Lyme and all of our medical costs so trust me I have shopped around for the best deals. You may find some dirt cheap supplements searching on Google but make sure they are a legit source.


Top 5 Must Have Supplements

Vitamin D/Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is very important for us who suffer with Lyme disease. Many of us (myself included) are bedridden and never get to set foot out of the house. We never see or feel the sunlight. Because of this it is important to take your Vitamin D daily. Almost everyone I know with Fibromyalgia or Lyme has low Vitamin D levels. Low Vitamin D levels can make many people think they have Fibromyalgia (FM) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Vitamin D has emerged as a “star supplement” because of its many nutritional benefits for men, women and children. Vitamin D plays a key role in the proper absorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth and has been shown to support colon, breast, prostate, ovarian, heart and colorectal health. This important vitamin also supports a healthy immune system in adults. Unfortunately, too many Americans have suboptimal levels of vitamin D.

(From Dr. Oz Website on supplements)


Fish Oil or Krill Oil (Omega 3)

I take one of these daily. I prefer the Krill oil over the fish oil. I highly recommend buying the ones shaped like a tiny red soft gel with a vanilla flavor and orderless. If not you will have a large horse pill smelling like fish. The red pills also give you less indigestion and you don’t get that fishy after taste. You want to take about 100mg per day.

Omega 3’s – Research indicates omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) play a role in a variety of processes in the body that keep us healthy! People who eat omega-3 rich fish several times a week probably do not need to take omega-3 supplements, but those of us who don’t get enough from diet alone may benefit from supplementing with fish oil daily. In fact, 500 mg per day of EPA/DHA is recommended by many health care professional organizations. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to support heart health as well as joint, brain and eye health. They also have been shown to help maintain triglyceride levels already in the normal range and may reduce the risk of heart disease later in life.

(From Dr. Oz Website on supplements)


Ubiquinol (CoQ10)

**While on Mepron and Malarone you will need to stay off of CoQ10.

A lot of people will ask me what is CoQ10 when I mention it. CoQ10 is something we should all have since many of us suffer from Lyme depression. The older you get the less CoQ10 the body produces but CoQ10 can also deplete from taking Mepron and Malarone. I am told that CoQ10 can help with depression after taking Babesia meds for so long.

I am currently taking 800mg a day of CoQ10 just to build it back up in my system since I just stopped 2 months of Merpron. Then in a week I will switch to about 200mg per day.

What is the role of coenzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10) in the body?
Coenzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10) is a vitamin-like compound that aids in the production of the body’s energy. That is because it is found primarily in our mitochondria – small cell structures that act as the powerhouse of a cell. The highest concentrations of CoQ10 are where we need the most energy – your heart, liver and kidney.

How do the antioxidant properties of coenzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10) protect my body/my heart?

CoQ10’s energy generation makes it vital to heart health, while its powerful antioxidant properties add yet another layer of protection in maintaining a healthy heart. Together with vitamin E, CoQ10 fights damaging free radicals.

(From Dr. Oz Website on supplements)


B Vitamins

Many of us with Lyme and coinfections have cold sores or EBV issues. B vitamins can help with the sores and give us a boost of energy. Although I never notice any energy boost from B12 injections or the pills I know some do. Make sure you at least have B6 and B12 in your supplement collection if you can’t afford the B vitamin family pack.

Thiamin: Also known as vitamin B1, Thiamin is necessary for the body to produce energy from the foods you eat, and is also needed for the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Thiamin is found in a wide variety of foods, although some of the best sources of Thiamin are lentils, whole grains and pork. Thiamin can also be found in red meats, yeast, nuts, sunflower seeds, peas, milk, cauliflower, spinach and legumes.

Riboflavin: Also known as vitamin B2, Riboflavin is a basic building block for normal growth and development. It is needed for healthy energy production and also supports the antioxidant activity in the body. Riboflavin is found in a variety of foods such as fortified cereals, milk, eggs, salmon, beef, spinach and broccoli.

Niacin: Niacin is also known as vitamin B3, and supports over 200 chemical reactions in the body including energy production and fatty acid synthesis. Niacin in the form of nicotinic acid has studied for its role in cardiovascular health. Good sources of Niacin include beef, poultry and fish as well as whole wheat bread, peanuts and lentils.

Pantothenic Acid: Also known as vitamin B5, pantothenic acid helps support fatty acid synthesis and energy production in the body. Pantothenic Acid is widely available in plant and animal food sources. Rich sources include organ meats (liver, kidney), egg yolk, whole grains, avocados, cashew nuts, peanuts, lentils, soybeans, brown rice, broccoli, and milk.

Vitamin B6: Involved in over 100 cellular reactions throughout the body, vitamin B6 is instrumental in keeping various bodily functions operating at their best. B6, also known as pyridoxine, is needed to metabolize amino acids and glycogen (the body’s storage form of glucose), and is also necessary for normal nervous system, hormone and red blood cell function. Vitamin B6 is fairly abundant in the diet and can be found in foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, bananas, fish, fortified cereal grains and cooked spinach.

Biotin: Biotin, or vitamin B7, is commonly found in foods such as brewer’s yeast, strawberries, organ meat, cheese and soybeans. For those who are biotin deficient, studies show that biotin may help in the health of hair, skin & nails. biotin also supports healthy carbohydrate, protein & fat metabolism.

Folic Acid: Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid is needed for DNA synthesis, the formation of red blood cells and for the metabolism of amino acids. Folic acid is most commonly known for it role in fetal health and development as it is critical for the formation of a baby’s spinal cord and nervous system. This important developmental process occurs during the initial weeks of pregnancy, and so adequate folic acid intake is especially important for all women of child-bearing age. Fortified foods such as breads and cereals are good dietary sources of folic acid. Other good sources are dark green leafy vegetables such as asparagus and spinach as well as brewer’s yeast, liver, fortified orange juice, beets, dates and avocados.

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, plays a critical role the pathways of the body that produce energy. It is also needed to for DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation and for healthy nervous system function. Individuals who follow vegan or vegetarian diets may benefit from a B12 supplement since B12 is predominantly found in foods of animal origin such as chicken, beef, fish, milk and eggs.

(From Dr. Oz Website on supplements)


Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be used to support the immune system but it is also used in the Salt/C protocol. With Lyme and co’s we already know we have a low to non-existent immune system. We should be taking immune boosters and immune support from other supplements and herbals of your doctors choice but Vitamin C is one you should have already. I take chewables and capsules and about 1000mg per day or more.

Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system, a common worry in the winter months. Vitamin C supports the body’s defense system by protecting the integrity of cells, and affecting the production and function of white blood cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight against free radicals in the body. Free radicals are molecules that can harm your healthy cells and negatively impact the way those cells function in the body.

(From Dr. Oz Website on supplements)


Top 5 Supplements

  1. Vit D/Vit D3
  2. Fish/Krill Oil
  3. Ubiquinol (CoQ10)
  4. B Vitamins
  5. Vitamin C


Brands I Buy/Recommend

Swanson EFA 100% Pure Krill Oil
($12.99 and best bang for the buck)

MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil 
($20 – $30 best taste and smell so try to find cheaper brands similar to their pill)

Costco Vitamin C Chewables
(500 tbalets and 1000mg for $16.89)

Swanson Vitamin C w/ Rose Hips
(1000mg capsules $8.49 but go on sale often)

Swanson CoQ10
(Only 100mg but you get 100 soft gels for $7.89 and they go on sale often)

Swanson Ubiquinol
(100mg and 60 soft gels – This is pricey but it is better for you $21.99)

Vitamin D and the B Vitamins are fairly cheap all over. Look for the best deals online or in stores. I buy Vitamin D3 in bulk in 500 count bottles since I take 4000mg or more per day.



9 Responses to “Top 5 Must Have Supplements For Lymies”

  1. Becki September 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Reblogged this on Bloody Lymey and commented:
    Awesome blog ………… worth reading for sure!

  2. zenata February 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    I got lyme back in 1995,I’m 43 i work out 7 days a week my mom is a nurse partition and really helped out with different herbs to take ;my relationship with Christ is very strong so i don’t claim the lyme because he has delivered me,but i still must stay on top of it with different herbs so thanks for the detail.

    • 49erBry March 2, 2014 at 12:51 am #

      This was an older post before I knew everything about lyme but make sure the B12 is methyl not the regular B12 C-WORD? and add liver, kidney and lymph support herbs as well. Good luck with everything.

    • zivko grcic July 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      good for you! which herbs do you suggest??

  3. roseagn April 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Lyme of My Life! and commented:
    Also NT Factor!

  4. Arthur Compton December 31, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    Supplements described above are really effective and they do not have much of side effects as the other supplements have. Try these supplements or consult for any help with GreenGuru.

  5. cindy April 2, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    How do you know how much to take of each? I am a 63 yr.old female approx. 145-150 lbs. I dont exercise but i am active.

    • 49er Bryan April 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

      If you buy a bottle it will tell you for example 100mg (25% of daily dose)… So you know you need 400mg for 100%. Vitamin D you will need at least 4000-6000IU per day as we get older we need more. I use up to 10,000IU and if you are low on Vit D or don’t go outside much you may want to try 40,000IU for two weeks and drop down to 5,000IU for life. Check with your doctor on your Vit D levels, it’s very important with Lyme and meds like LDI. CoQ10 you can buy what you can afford I get 200mg as our bodies make less as we age. It’s like changing oil in a car. Fish oil try to find the best and highest dose, it’s good for the heart and cholesterol. Buy B-Complex to get your B vitamins. Also you can buy a women’s one a day vitamin if you want to try that route. But those are lower doses of what you need daily. It will tell you on the label. Good luck

    • 49er Bryan April 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

      Vitamin C I think I take 500-1000mg a day and it’s good for preventing of colds and cancers.

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