Nutrients and Supplements for Early Recovery


The body and the brain of an individual that is relatively new to recovery is normally severely depleted of many nutrients and minerals caused by the excessive alcohol and/or drug use.  It is highly important that the body and the brain be supplied the appropriate nutrients and minerals to begin to rebuild the tissues and neurotransmitters.  This will improve mood, concentration, relaxation, energy, and sleep.  The below charts represent the most common nutrients and supplements for those in early recovery, however always consult with your Medical Doctor before embarking on any radical dietary changes.

Nutrient Supplement Naturally Occurring In
5-HTP 5-Hydroxytryptophan cheese, white meat poultry
Acetyl-L-Carnitine ALCAR n/a
Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, melons, kiwifruit, strawberries, sweet peppers, tomatoes
Calcium Calcium non-fat dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, edible bones fish, fortified foods
Cholecalciferol Vitamin D fortified milk, dairy products, eggs, liver, cod liver oil, fortified cereals
(aka: cyanocobalamin)
Vitamin B12
(in B Complex Vitamin)
eggs, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products
Docosahexaenoic acid
(aka: DHA)
Fish Oil
(aka: Omega-3)
oily fish
Eicosapentaenoic acid
(aka: EPA)
Fish Oil
(aka: Omega-3)
oily fish
Folic Acid
(aka: Folate)
Vitamin M leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce), dried beans and peas, fortified breakfast cereals
Ginkgo Ginkgo Biloba 24% standardized n/a
Iron Iron lean red meat, cooked shrimp, chicken, turkey, spinach, kidney beans
Magnesium Magnesium nuts, soybeans, legumes, whole grains, seafood, dark green vegetables, cereals, bananas, milk
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide NAD+ (aka: NADH) yeast
Potassium Potassium fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish, lean meats, grains, poultry
Pyridoxine Vitamin B6
(in B Complex Vitamin)
beans, nuts, eggs, meat, fish, whole grains, fortified cereals
(aka: Retinoic acid)
Vitamin A eggs, fortified milk, liver, oils
Rhodiola Roseas Golden Root, Roseroot standardized n/a
Riboflavin Vitamin B2
(in B Complex Vitamin)
milk, cheese, leafy green vegetables, liver, kidneys
St John’s Wort St John’s Wort standardized n/a
Thiamine Vitamin B1 pork, liver, soybeans, peanuts, whole or enriched breads and grains
TMG Trimethylglycine whole wheat, spinach, shellfish, sugar beats
Tryptophan Tryptophan chocolate, oats, bananas, mangos, dried dates, yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry
Tyrosine 4-hydroxyphenylalanine n/a
Zinc Zinc oysters, extra-lean meats, poultry, fish, organ meats, almonds


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