Alkaline diet supplements, chosen wisely, can take your health, vitality, weight loss, muscle gain, inflammation out, pain out and energy goals to the next level…quickly.
The wrong supplements?
Well, they are just a massive waste of money, and a little heartbreaking.
Which leaves me with two goals:
- I don’t want you wasting your hard-earned money
- I DO want you getting to your goals faster
Today I’m going to give you the lowdown on the supplements I use, those I’ve used before with great success, what I look for in a supplement and what I believe to be the core, most important for you on the alkaline diet.
But First: An Important Message About Alkaline Diet Supplements
While I love supplements, and they’ve been a huge part of my life since I was about 19, you need to know the truth:
Supplements, taken alone, will do little to nothing to advance your goals.
Taking supplements without changing your diet and lifestyle is like spending money on a sports car and putting no petrol in it. You’re wasting your money and getting no results.
I cannot emphasize this enough:
Supplements are there to SUPPLEMENT, not replace.
They are not intended to replace the work of a healthy, alkaline diet. They are not there to do the heavy lifting for you – they barely work if thrown into an unhealthy environment. (Note: if you want to get my Beginner’s Guide to Living Alkaline you can grab that here)
When you nourish your body correctly AND use supplements, the benefits are magnified tenfold.
They work together synergistically. In the right environment, the supplements can get to work, the body can use them more effectively and more efficiently, the goodness can be absorbed.
Supplements are there to supplement, they’re there to either be a safety net of nutrients you need but may have missed that day, or they are there to play a specific role alongside the foods and drinks you consume.
OK – supplements are there to supplement, not replace. Excellent, we’ve got that covered. You’re on board, right? Sweet.
Alkaline Diet Supplements
This is the complete guide to the supplements I use and recommend. I have broken it down into two sections: core supplements, and extras.
I have given a number of recommendations for each of the core supplements, to allow for both personal preferences and also to make sure at least one product is available in every country.
The products in the “Core” section are the ones I take daily.
Sometimes I may use others temporarily to address a particular concern, goal or plan – and you can do the same too.
Let’s get into it!
The CORE Alkaline Diet Supplements I Use Daily
#1 Green Powders
This is the big-boy, most important supplement. I recommend this for everyone.
A green drink is a powdered supplement, usually made of a combination of grasses, vegetables, fruits, algae and other foods.
The combinations range from just one food (wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina etc.) through to dozens (some contain over 50 different ingredients).
I recommend looking for something in-between – about 8-10 ingredients is a good sweet spot. That way you’re not spreading the nutrient spectrum per serve to wide and thin.
With green drinks it’s paramount that you source an organic, non-GMO blend. There are no excuses on that one.
There are a few ingredients I don’t love to see in green drinks too:
- High Fruit Content: a little is OK, preferably there isn’t any. Low sugar fruits like tomato, lime, lemon, grapefruit are fine, but I don’t like to see a lot of higher sugar fruits in there
- Mushrooms: again, a little medicinal mushroom is fine (reishi, cordyceps etc), but I don’t like this to be a big component
- Algae: spirulina and chlorella are acid-forming. Yes they do contain minerals, but these are minerals that are abundant in other greens and grasses, so why have the algae in there?
- Xylitol: this sweetener is highly refined and not really tested long-term for human health. Makes a good toothpaste, but not proven yet as a safe sweetener
A perfect blend in a green drink hits all of my ‘Triple A’ goals: alkaline; antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory.
This is why I personally use Alkamind Daily Greens right now – it has strong alkaline (wheatgrass etc.), antioxidant (beets etc.) and anti-inflammatory (turmeric) ingredients, and tastes awesome.
And of course, it ticks all the boxes in terms of quality, organic, non-GMO.
I really felt the difference when I started using it.
Now, I know Alkamind isn’t available in Australia just yet, so I also recommend Mirabooka.
Ross’ Recommended Green Drinks:
- Alkamind Daily Greens
- Mirabooka Greens
#2 Alkaline Minerals
The core alkaline minerals are ESSENTIAL for fighting inflammation, acidity, and oxidative stress in the body, and I definitely recommend supplementing with these.
They are minerals that are often a little low in a regular ‘multi’ vitamin product, but they’re so important throughout the body, and many of us are deficient in at least one of them.
Magnesium and potassium are often so lacking in the diet, and a chronic deficiency in just these two is such a marker for inflammatory conditions.
If you can have one of these (just one scoop) daily – it will bring a remarkable, noticeable difference to your health (especially with digestive or fatigue conditions).
Look for a product that contains a mix of 3 or more of the Core Four Alkaline Minerals – sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
Ross’ Recommended Alkaline Mineral Supplements:
#3 Omegas & Healthy Fats
These are the second (and equally) most important of the alkaline diet supplements. And the truth is – they’re really a food – you can add tons of different sources of these to your recipes – BUT – they are so important that I highly recommend you supplement too.
You need a baseline of these daily – so, every day, I really urge you to get:
- 3 tbsp of omega 3 oils
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil or MCT oil
If you’re concerned that the fat will make you fat – or that saturated fats from the coconuts will cause CVD – please read these two guides:
For the other oils, omega 6 and omega 9, the PUFAs, and so on – don’t worry about supplementing with these. Most people get way more omega 6 and 9 than they do omega 3 (and this imbalance causes issues in its own right).
So just focus on the 3’s and the coconut oil.
In terms of omega 3, please try to buy the very best you can afford. You really do get what you pay for.
You need to find a high-quality, tested, researched source if you’re buying fish oils, and organic is a must for plant oils.
I actually like to mix up my omega 3 intakes from different sources, plus I always include a phospholipid omega 3 each day now too.
My daily regimen might look something like:
- 1000mg flax oil
- 2000mg omega 3 from fish or krill
- 500mg phospholipids
I mix that up, sometimes 1000mg phospholipids and less straight omega 3.
The phospholipids are important as they can more easily cross the blood-brain barrier, carrying the oils to where they need to be to support cognitive health.
For coconut oil, definitely go organic and make sure it’s 100% coconut oil (nothing else added).
Ross’ Recommended Oils:
- Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend
- Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 3
- Nordic Naturals Phospholipids
- NOW Flax Oil Capsules
- Organic MCT OilIf too much coconut or MCT oil upsets your GI tract and makes you feel queasy:
- SR Organic MCT Oil Powder
#4 Multi Vit & Min
Having a good multi-vitamin and mineral just makes sense. It won’t give you a lot of anything in particular, but it will give you the basics, like a safety net.
You want to have a good range, and a well formulated product. And that’s why for this one I recommend Thorne Research.
Oh so important to fight inflammation! Turmeric – most often advertised as curcumin is perhaps the most powerfully anti-inflammatory compound on Earth and I highly recommend getting yourself a high-power, high-quality turmeric supplement as soon as you possibly can.
Curcumin is the compound within turmeric that has the strongest anti-inflammatory capacity, which is why it is isolated from the whole root for supplementary purposes, but when people say curcumin or turmeric supplement, they’re effectively saying the same thing.
There have been over 800 published research studies showing the anti-inflammatory power of curcumin, and you just can’t go without it while you’re fighting inflammation (or wanting to keep it out).
Ross’ Recommended Anti-Inflammatory Supplement:
#6 Sulforaphane & Glutathione
Sulforaphane is a natural phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts and cabbages. It is one of the most potent disease-fighting compounds on earth. It has been demonstrated to have a wide variety of health benefits, including:
- Reduced inflammation
- Helps prevent cancer
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease
- Improves liver health
- …and more!
Other potential benefits of sulforaphane include treatment for arthritis, skin conditions, and type 2 diabetes. It also enhances detoxification and may improve neurological disorders like autism and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, it has anti-aging properties that slow down or stop the aging process.
And Glutathione is just as important, especially in combination with sulforaphane. When you have these together, it is a very efficient combination.
Glutathione is a nutrient found in every single cell of your body.
It is often referred to as the “master antioxidant” because it plays an important role in the functioning of all other antioxidants. It has several critical functions for optimal health. Some of these are:
- Helping with weight loss
- Reducing inflammation throughout the entire body
- Protecting the body from toxins
- Increasing energy levels
- Preventing or slowing down cancer progression
- Boosting the immune system and more…
These are both absolutely essential to get every day, and I strongly recommend you supplement them. Thankfully you can get it all in one!
Ross’ Recommended Supplement:
#7 (Optional, but I know people will ask…) ALKALINE PROTEIN POWDERS!
It isn’t an essential for most, but it also needs more explanation than the other extras below, so here goes.
Your decision to use a protein powder is entirely up to you. It might be because you’re hitting the gym, or have been advised to after a challenging health condition, or because you think you need more if you’re not eating meat (this last reason is misplaced, but it’s up to you!).
Whatever the reason – you can absolutely be alkaline and use protein powders.
The only rules are:
- Non-dairy: whey is SUPER acid-forming
- No artificial crap: no flavorings, no preservatives, no colors
- Sprouted, and organic
If you follow these rules, you’re set. I know the concept of ‘no flavorings’ (even ‘natural’) is a big one for some, but think of protein powder as something you add to your beautiful-tasting alkaline smoothies, rather than something you just mix with water on the run.
In terms of ditching the whey – this used to be an issue 10 years ago when vegan protein was quite poor. It used to be where a whey supplement will give you 22-25g protein per 30g serve, the vegan versions gave you 6-7g protein. Not good.
But now we have beautiful, clean, sprouted brown rice and sprouted pea protein powders that pack a 22-25g serve too!
Here are my recommendations:
Alkamind Daily Protein
Extras (and especially for immune support)
- Vitamin D: Life Extension D3 (5,000iu)
- Zinc: Thorne Research Zinc Picolinate
- Selenium: Jarrow Formula’s Selenium Synergy
- NOTE: Combination of Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, and others: Thorne Pic-Mins
- Digestive/ Fiber: Psyllium Husks Now Foods
Daily, The Core Alkaline Diet Supplements I Take Are:
- 1x Brocco-Glutathione
- 2x Meriva SF Curcumin
- 1x Thorne Basics
- 2x scoops of Daily Minerals
- 2x scoops of Daily Greens
- 2x Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega OR Daily Omega 3
- 1x NOW Flax
- 1x Nordic Naturals Phospholipis
- Optional: scoop of Daily Protein & MCT Oil Powder in my smoothie!
You don’t have to take all of this!
If I had to choose just the very, very most important it would be:
In that order, and then:
- Protein and MCT
To make it more affordable, you can do what I do too – which is have one day per week completely off. And then one week per quarter completely off.
I think it’s great to give the body a break, and mix it up to keep it on it’s toes! And this reduces the costs quite a bit too.
What To Look For In a Supplement: Markers of Quality
Now, more than ever, we have access to some of the most unbelievably high quality supplements. BUT, costs of manufacturing, access to marketing and an audience (social media, paid traffic, amazon’s marketplace etc.) means it’s never been easier to start a supplement company – and so there are a lot of poor quality, cheaply produced products out there.
You need to be aware and be careful.
Especially in the alkaline diet supplements market – where green drinks have become so popular.
I have recommended two green drinks in this guide – but a quick search on amazon.com reveals 325 different brands, and that’s just in one category.
How I Measure Quality in a Supplement
- Is It Organic & Non-GMO: cheaper brands won’t bother with this, so first up, it’s a good way to filter out any cheaply made products immediately. But also – it’s so important! If you’re buying a product like a green powdered blend – this is a highly concentrated plant food! Each scoop contains a LOT of greens, and you don’t want to be putting concentrated GMO crops or chemically sprayed plants into your system!Organic and non-GMO is an absolute must.
- Variety of Ingredients: this is most pertinent with green drinks, where you want a good mix of grasses and vegetables. This is highly preferably to just one ingredient, such as wheatgrass, as you’re getting a wider spectrum of nutrients.
- No Sugars: this is a must. Sugar basically undoes all of the good work of the supplement! A tiny amount of fructose free, natural sweetness is OK – monkfruit (luo han guo), stevia, or dried peach etc., but don’t get a supplement containing dextrose, fructose, cane sugars, honey – and even worse (as I’ve seen in the effervescent vitamin products) – aspartame!
- No Fillers, Thickeners, Binding Agents, Flow Agents…: this is a whole guide in itself (and one I’ll probably write in a few days or so), but you need to be looking out for:
- Magnesium Stearate
- Stearic Acid
- Titanium Dioxide
- Silicon Dioxide
- Potassium Sorbate
There are more, but that’s a good start. I don’t have the time here to go into the negatives of each of these, but the big picture is: if your supplement contains these ingredients, you really should question the quality of that supplement.
Summary: Your Alkaline Diet Supplements
The purpose of this guide was to give you an overview of the most important alkaline diet supplements, which I believe you should focus your resources on, and to make sure you don’t waste a single penny on supplements you don’t need.
Remember, supplements are there to supplement. They are not there to replace a healthy, alkaline diet.
Supplement companies are AMAZING marketers, and they can make all manner of different products and ingredients sound like the ‘magic button’. And while there are useful supplements for specific goals – caprylic acid for getting rid of candida for example.
BUT, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get some amazing products that will speed up your efforts and make getting to your big health goals faster and easier than ever.