At 50 years of age, Joe Rogan is in better physical shape than many 30 year olds. An experimenter of many years, Joe is constantly tinkering with his body for optimal health.
Whether he’s injecting testosterone, devouring elk meat or hulking down vegetable smoothies, Joe is always on the look out for performance enhancing substances.
In this post we’ll look at the actual supplements Joe has discussed taking, with sources.
Joe Rogan’s Daily Vitamin & Minerals:
- Multivitamin – Pure Encapsulations Athlete Pure Pack
- Omega-3 Fish Oil – Carlson’s Super Omega-3 Fish Oil
- Vitamin D – Thorne Research – D3 1,000iu
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin – 365’s Glucosamine Chondroitin & MSM
Daily Vitamins & Minerals
You can see from this old YouTube clip that Joe has always taken a lot of supplements. However, as far as we can tell from his podcasts, he keeps things a bit simpler these days.
Multivitamin – Pure Encapsulations Athletic Pure Pack
Due to Joe’s UFC and stand up comedy commitments, Joe has to travel a lot around the USA. This explains his choice of multivitamin supplement, which is offered in handy little packets, containing a range of different vitamins, minerals and fish oil. This is a time saver, because you don’t have to open up x number of different vitamin tubs to allocate your daily ration.
As the name suggests; Athletic Pure Pack – is formulated around those involved in sports. On top of the regular vitamins and minerals, it contains things like creatine (forstrength), Co-enzyme Q10 (joints) and L-Glutamine (supplying muscles with their most used amino acid).
Each sachet contains a number of pills, specifically:
- Vitamins & Minerals – 3x capsules
- EPA/DHA Omega-3s – 1x capsule
- Creatine (Kre-Alkalyn) – 2x capsules
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – 1x capsule
- Coenzyme Q10 – 1x capsule
- L-Glutamine – 1x capsule
Personally, I need a good multivitamin supplement, but don’t need the extras this contains; like creatine, l-glutamine etc. The same company who make Athletic Pure Pack also make a multivitamin called Pure Encapsulations – O.N.E. It is used by Joe’s regular guest Dr Rhonda Patrick. For more discusison on O.N.E see this post on Dr Rhonda Patrick’s supplements.
Omega-3 Fish Oil
Joe values omega-3 fish oils highly, and ensures he’s taking them regularly. In the same Tom Papa podcast above, you can skip to 1:02:40 where they talk about the importance of fish oils, and how it’s more effective than getting your omega-3s from flax seed or hemp oil.
It actually comes in two different versions, one with beef gelatine capsules, and another with fish derived capsules (suitable for pescatarians). A 2 capsule serving contains 1,200mg omega-3s, including 600mg EPA & 400mg DHA.
In this section of Joe’s podcast with Tom Papa he discusses how important vitamin D3 is to our health.
Since then, Joe’s had Dr Rhonda Patrick on the podcast, who suggests the average person needs around 4,000iu of D3 per day in order to maintain an ideal blood concentration of 40 – 60ng/ml. She points out that not only is too little D3 bad for us, too much is also bad! See her video on Vitamin D3 for all the juicy details.
Joe’s multivitamin already contains 500iu of D3, so you’d want approximately 4 of these Thorne D-1000 capsules in addition.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin
Since Joe was young, he trained as a taekwondo fighter, competiting nationally. Even after he finished fighting competitively, he still trains hard. This leads to a lot of wear and tear on the joints, and thus Joe uses glucosamine & chondroitin.
He first mentioned it in a 2009 post on MMA underground:
Then in his 2011 supplement cupboard video, he shows that he’s using 365s Glucosamine Chondroitin & MSM.
Cognitive Enhancers – Alpha Brain Instant + Kegenix Prime
These days the term “nootropics” is common place, and it seems most people are familiar with the idea of cogntitive enhancing supplements. However, as with many things, Joe was ahead of the curve. One of the first (if not the first) he took was one called Neuro1. The product came about after NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski started losing his memory, following a 16 year career. In the market for solutions, Bill brought together doctors, scientists, and nutritionists to create a solution which solved his cognitive decline – Neuro1.
Given Joe’s involvement at Onnit, and his prior use of Neuro1, I don’t think it’s a stretch to imagine that Onnit’s flagship product Alpha Brain took some “inspiration” from Neuro1.
These days, Joe’s go to nootropic is Alpha Brain, both in pill form and sachet form. Although he notes that all the supplements ingredients could be bought separately for less, it would just require more time and effort.
Interestingly, Onnit did sponsor a 63 person study that published results showing that Alpha Brain improved “delayed memory recall” vs a placebo. Specifically that’s where participants are told/shown something, then a break occurs, then they’re later asked questions that requires them to recall the information they were earlier provided. Now, given that Onnit sponsored the study, we should use appropriate scepticism in interpreting their positive results; but thought it interesting to mention nonetheless.
Active ingredients of Alpha Brain include:
- Alpha GPC
- Huperzine A
Alpha GPC, a type of choline, is also favoured by Dr Rhonda Patick, a regular guest on Joe’s podcast. She takes around 800mg (substantially more than 2 capsules of Alpha Brain contains) before intense writing or public speaking events. See more on Rhonda’s use of it here.
Recently, the thing that gets him “fired up” is to combine Alpha Brain Instant (a flavoured, powdered form of regular Alpha Brain), with an exogenous ketone supplement called Kegenix:
The difference between Kegenix and other exogenous ketones is their hybrid formula. It contains both exogenous ketone salts (beta-hydroxybutyrate) and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs, in particular C8 (caprylic acid) are readily converted by the body into ketones
Since Joe’s post about Kegenix, the company have re-branded the product to “Kegenix Prime” and discontinued their Wild Berry flavor. The formulation has removed the green tea extract, but maintains the same combination of exogenous ketone salts and MCTs. It comes in two flavours; Orange Blast & Lemon Twist.
Ok, so, coffee – what’s the big deal? It’s one of the most common drinks in the Western world, and probably not worthy of a special spot in this list. True.
But at the same time, coffee is one of the strongest (unregulated) cognitive enhancers available to man – and Joe’s a big fan.
Whilst it may be difficult to find reliable evidence on the effectiveness of some of Alpha Brain’s ingredients, there are hundreds of studies on caffeine and its effects.
UFC star Chael Sonnen has talked in the past about how he’s able to supplement caffeine before a fight, and it gives him a boost.
Joe’s current coffee beverage of choice is one called Caveman Coffee Nitro Cold Brew. It’s a single estate coffee, “infused’ with nitrogen, containing 250mg caffeine per can (!) It’s fairly pricey, even when bought in bulk (24 pack); at $3.33 per can.
Hopefully this post has given you a window into the products Joe takes to keep himself healthy and in shape. I’ve included a list of sources below, so you can verify for yourself the information.
1. Two minute clip of Joe Rogan’s house tour, where he shared his supplement cupboard:
Discusses glucosamine, chondratin and vitamin B complex
2. Joe Rogan’s post on the MMA Underground forums (from 2009)
3. Joe discusses his morning supplements in a 2013 Instagram post
– Pure Encapsulations Athlete Pure Pack
– Carlsons Super Omega-3 Fish Oil
– Onnit Spirulina & Chlorella
– Vitamin C & Lysine
4. Joe Rogan Experience episode #802 with Tom Papa (May 2016):
Covering his multivitamin, vitamin D3 and omega-3s.
– 1:08:50 discusion on Pure Encapsulations Athletic Pure Pack
– 1:01:55 discussion on vitamin D3, vitamin B12, vitamin B3 & omega-3s
5. A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel group, efficacy study of alpha BRAIN administered orally
6. Joe’s Instagram post about Caveman Coffee’s Cold Brew Nitro