Random Thoughts: Supplementing on the Cheap

by Paleo Rob on 08/02/2011

I often get emails saying that people would like to supplement there diet with some extra vitamins/minerals but can’t afford it. The key supplements I take are:

  • Zinc
  • Iodine
  • Vitamin D3

The cheapest place I have found to buy supplements is over at at iHerb.com. There range is extensive, and 1323011_pillsprices are ridiculously hard to beat.

Also if you want to get a further $5 off your first order at iHerb.com enter the coupon code KOS516

Going through each of the supplements I take you can see that if you want, you can get a pretty good deal of useful supplements for a very reasonable price. Going through the ones above:


Now Foods L-OptiZinc

Cost: $5.08
Servings: 100
Cost per Serve: $0.05 or 5c per day

Zinc has numerous benefits, especially in regards to healthy immune system function. I don’t get nearly enough from my diet, so I have to supplement daily.


Now Foods, Potassium plus Iodine

Cost: $7.63
Servings: 180
Cost per Serve: $0.04 or 4c per day

Sure its Potassium plus Iodine but it has a good amount of Iodine (it really should be called Iodine plus Potassium). Iodine is a must for optimal thyroid function. I supplement daily.

Vitamin D3

Healthy Origins – Vitamin D3 5000IU

Cost: $16.95
Servings: 360
Cost per Serve: ~$0.05 or 5c per day

Vitamin D3, the super vitamin*. Nearly impossible to get from food, and very difficult to get from nature (dam office worker lifestyle) vitamin D3 was the first vitamin I have supplemented and I am only on my second bottle? Why? Because its so ridiculously cheap, that even if you don’t believe all the hype around it, its worth taking it as a type of Pascals Wager.

Buying these three key Vitamins and Minerals you are looking at about (0.05+0.04+0.05)*31 = $4.34/month. That’s not bad for a pretty good boost to your overall health.

Some Extras

Some extras that are relatively a bit more pricy but great if you can get them include;


Natural Calm Magnesium

Cost: $22.75
Servings: (assuming 2tsp a day) ~48 Servings
Cost per Serve: $0.47 per day.

I have talked up Natural Calm and Magnesium before. I will do it again. This stuff is awesome. It helps with so many different functions in the body it’s ridiculous and most of us are severely lacking in it. Supplement Daily.

Omega 3

Now Foods DHA500 Fish Oil

Cost: $28.68
Servings: Assuming 6 per day. 30 Servings
Cost per Serve: $0.96 or 96c a day

The Omega3 essential fatty acids are very important for your overall well being. There benefits are widely talked about, and taking a good quality supplement is imperative. I take Now Foods DHA-500. They have Omega3 ratios similar to that of wild fish (about a 2 to 1 of DHA to EPA). They are on the pricey side, but you pay for quality.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen February 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi Rob,

Big hello from sunny QLD. Just wanted to say I think you are doing a fantastic job. I really look forward to your posts and can’t thank you enough for connecting me to paleo meat suppliers.

PLEASE – the spam on this site is getting out of hand. Is there any way of blocking these people?
It’s so disappointing that something so worthwhile is getting bogged down in such crap.

Thanks to you Rob – keep doing what you are doing. 🙂


Paleo Rob February 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hey Kristen.

Thanks for the praise I am glad you enjoy the site. I am sorry about the spam. It sucks I know. Can you be more specific with what spam you are talking about, and I will do my best to moderate better!

All the best!


Kristen February 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

It was more in reference to the forum posts, but I logged on this morning and you have waved your magic moderator wand. *Yay*
I ordered through iherb as a result of your post- should expect them sometime this week. Great prices!
Thanks Rob.


Paleo Rob February 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

Haha yeah took a while to fix that!

iHerb is great, and SO much more cheaper than buying local (as well much greater variety). Only problem is that if Customs flags your purchase it may take longer to get to you which sucks. But generally they are on time.


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