Supplements--What are you taking?

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    I have recently joined the world of vitamin supplement takers. The loss of a loved one to cancer has sort of scared me into taking care of myself. I am a healthy weight and get exercise, unfortunately my diet has been far less than nutritious. To improve my overall vitality, I did research into different supplements. I am a poor college student, so I could only buy a few. I am now taking the following 3 supplements:

    -Men's multi-vitamin: has basic vitamins, antioxidants, obviously a must for any healthy life.
    -Garlic Supplement: Proven to lower bad cholestoral and fight heart disease, may also be a good anticarcinogen.
    -Fish/Flax/Borage supplement: I do not eat fish (they taste bad), thus I need a source for important omega acids...this is it.

    What do you guys take/recommend and why?
     
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    The multi-vitamin is the best of the items you listed - just make sure you get one which is balanced for your body.

    Rather than taking a fish oil supplement (for the Omega fatty acids) you should just have a helping of baked fish once or twice a week. Using regular food items for your nutritional needs is better than any pills as the food is naturally more bio-available than the pills.

    BTW, bake your own garlic cloves and then use them as a spread on toasted bread with a light splash of olive oil. Beats the hell out of what we call "garlic bread" both for taste and for nutritional value. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top and broil it for a little bit for extra flavor and protein.

    I'd also recommend regular helpings of fresh broccoli each week. It's full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Same thing for baby spinach (after the CDC warnings about e. coli are gone)
     
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    I am a big brocolli fan...how do you recommend preparing it to preserve the nutrients? I eat a lot of frozen brocolli (probably not as healthy).
     
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    Steam it in a pot designed for steaming vegetable.
     
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    I steam it in the microwave with a light cover of olive oil. Hot and crisp is the way I like it. Sometimes I add melted cheese over it for a texture and taste contrast. I also take it chilled or at room temperature (raw).

    As with most vegetables, if you boil it in water, you'll break down the fiber and dilute the nutrients out of the broccoli. Most vegetables will retain a great majority of their nutritional value if you only cook them to the point that they get hot through-and-through. More than that and you begin destroying the nutritional value of the vegetables.
     
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    Poor man's steam tray....

    Ridged plastic bacon-tray for the microwave (Wal-Mart $10 or so)

    Lay the broccoli on the ridges of the tray and put a couple of tablespoons of water over the vegetables. The water should distribute to the tray below the vegetables allowing for easy vaporization/steaming. Cover with a paper towel or paper napkin taking care to stay out of the water. Microwave for a couple of minutes and let stand to finish steaming.

    Just one of the ways I do it - especially when I'm crunched for time.

    BTW, a good cue to determine whether the broccoli is over-cooked or not is color. As long as the broccoli has a vibrant green color, it is still in good shape. When the broccoli starts dulling in color, it is getting over-cooked. Again, this is a good rule-of-thumb for all vegetables.

    And of course, add salt and pepper to taste.
     
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    LOL, dude, I don't cook in my $100 popcorn popper and pizza reheater. I use it only for what I just mentioned.

    I eat most veggies raw or close to it; although, I have recently removed spinach from the lineup. I grill almost any meat or fish.
     
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    Just an option for those who don't want to go out and buy a veggie/rice steamer. A decent retail steamer is only about US$90, but some people cannot afford such a luxury item.
     
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    How did supplements turn into cooking techs?
     
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    BR-549 asked for some culinary tips.:)
     

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