Here I give my thoughts on the Hardy multivitamin & mineral formula with a once-over from the Brain of Rachel.
First, let’s look at some key mood nutrients that are in the Hardy formula.
- lithium orotate in trace amount
- acetyl L-carnitine
I cannot address these in this post. Refer to my list of Mood Repair Books.
Main takeaway. Yes, you might need these key mood nutrients. But, you might also need different ones, or some other ones that are not included in the Hardy formula. Tailoring this to yourself would be important over the long run. One strategy would be to try one bottle of the Hardy formula and see if it makes any difference. If it does, and you want to improve or save money, read on… This post is about combining products.
My caveat: I haven’t done a price comparison yet. I suspect my plan shaves off some dollars. It’s not easier, but it’s likely cheaper. The Hardy formula could get super expensive for an adult. And, my point in this post is that the Hardy is not as complete. The money that I would “save” on my basic multivitamin (which is pretty much what the Hardy formula is), goes toward purchasing the additional bonus supplements that I take.
Piece together a less expensive regimen. It might look similar to mine, with some tweaks.
Start with a multivitamin such as Thorne Research Basic Nutrients 2/day. I take two and my daughter takes one capsule per day. This is already higher in the major B vitamins (yes, methylated). It also contains the vitamin K in ample amount. The minerals are chelated.
Add Seeking Health Optimal PC for your choline and inositol in premium form for brain support.
You could add some Vitamin E (since the multivitamin doesn’t contain as much as the Hardy formula). Or eat some egg yolks and almonds.
You might add more:
- calcium (or high quality dairy and spinach)
- copper – some mood disorders need more, some need less.
Power Up! Add-ons
Other things you would add that weren’t in the original Hardy formula anyway (not included in that $129 pricetag)
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (fish oil).
I also add for myself KAL B-6, B-12 Folic Acid Drop Ins (mis-named “folic acid” because it’s actually folate on the facts label). I buy this on Amazon.com
Any additional vitamin D you might need. I buy Thorne Research D & K drops. Cost per drop is cheap. One bottle per year.
collagen – which you can count toward your protein needs for the day (count as a super food). This contains lots of glycine which is calming. I buy various kinds of this (tablets, gelatin powder, broth powder). Email me for details.
magnesium – try Magtein (Magnesium L-Threonate). I buy NOW brand on Amazon.com