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Hi Rhonda,

First off, I’m a big fan and I love your podcasts. The one thing I’m not such a fan of though, is the supplement craze.

Do you have any comments on this study? By the looks of it, the only supplement worth taking is folic acid and B-vitamins (which is something I am considering, since I rarely eat meat).

In my mind, if you predominantly eat plant-based wholefoods (vegetables, berries and fruits, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds in that order), molluscs every now and then (once a month-ish) (and I do eat a bit of egg and cheese on occasions), is supplementation really necessary or even desired?

I’m a mid-twenties guy, who exercises a lot (stretching/yoga and running everyday, weights/calisthenics 3-6days/wk and intervals 2days/wk) and I strive to “optimize” my health and fitness (although I do feast on junk in social occasions every blue moon). I intermediate fast every day, every now and then I do a 2-4 day fast, and I meditate daily). Do you have any recommendations for other healthy habits I could implement? Sorry for the digression, I’d be happy with just an answer in regards to the study :)

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    The slight increase in all cause mortality by supplemental vitamin e is of a little concern. But this may be misleading because most vitamin E supplements are D-Alpha Tocopheryl but in nature there are 3 other tocopherols and another group of 4 tocotrienols. These tocotrienols in particular may have some pro health effects but a big dose of D-Alpha Tocopheryl will tend to lower out levels of the tocotrienols. Another factor with vitamin e is our genetic makeup. In my case one of my health reports generated from my 23andme dna data told me to limit my vitamin e intake,