Atkins Basic #3 and Alternative Products

Atkins Basic ThreeIf you are on Atkins, you have probably heard about Atkins Basic #3 multivitamin supplement. Dr Atkins developed it himself to support and improve the nutritional profile of Atkins Diet.

Unfortunately, Atkins Basic #3 is no longer available to buy. Atkins Nutritionals discontinued its production.

But we still have the formulation, as presented in Dr Atkins’ original book. So you can get a similar product, or a combination of products, to replicate his recommendations.

Dr Atkins position on supplements

Dr Atkins considered supplements essential for successful weight loss.

The subtitle to “Nutritional Supplements” chapter of his original book was “Don’t even think of getting along without them!

In addition to a whole chapter of his original book, Dr Atkins wrote a separate book about the benefits of vitamins – Dr Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution.

According to Dr Atkins, nutritional supplements can help your diet in many ways, beyond simply preventing deficiencies. They can help you to:

  • increase your energy levels
  • cope with Atkins flu symptoms
  • reduce metabolic resistance
  • push through a weight loss plateau
  • speed up transition to ketosis
  • curb sugar cravings
  • improve your mood and sense of well-being
  • protect your health over the long term

Read more about Dr Atkins’ recommendations on supplements…

Atkins Basic #3 formula

Atkins Basic #3 included high dosages of nutrients involved in regulating blood glucose and fat burning, especially chromium, pantethine, selenium and biotin (vitamin B7). It also contained antioxidants, probiotics and green tea extract.

Several versions of the formulation are listed on the internet, with some variations in quantities. The safest bet is to check the official Atkins Book – Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution. Robert C Atkins (27 May 2009). Ebury Publishing. p. 301-307. ISBN 978-1-4070-2768-5.

Here’s the full list of Atkins Basic #3 ingredients as listed in the book.

Three tablets Amount per serving Daily Value
Vitamin A (as acetate) 4000iu 80%
Vitamin A (as natural beta carotene with mixed carotenoids) 7500iu 150%
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate) 360mg 600%
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 200iu 50%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol succinate) 150iu 500%
Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 5mcg 5%
Vitamin B1 (as thiamine HCI) 25mg 1666%
Vitamin B2 (as riboflavin) 25mg 1470%
Niacin (as niacin/ niacinamide) 20mg 100%
Vitamin B 6 25mg 1250%
Folate (as folic acid) 600mcg 150%
Vitamin B 12 (as cyanocobalamin) 200mcg 3333%
Biotin (vitamin B7) 150mcg 50%
Pantothenic Acid (as dcalcium pantothenate) 60mg 600%
Calcium (as calcium ascorbate/sulfate) 250mg 25%
Magnesium (as oxide/sulfate) 125mg 31%
Zinc (as zinc monomethionine) 10mg 67%
Selenium (as selenomethionine) 50mcg 71%
Copper (as copper sulfate) 1mg 50%
Manganese (as manganese chelate) 5mg 250%
Chromium (as polynicotinate) 300mcg 250%
Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate) 30mcg 40%
Potassium (as citrate) 10mg <1%
Pantethine 20mg
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine 60mg
Inositol Hexanicotinate 50mg
Para Amino Benzoic Acid 50mg
Citrus bioflavonoids 50mg
Quercetin 50mg
Green tea (20% polyphenols) 40mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 21mg
Grape Seed Extract 20mg
Boron (as calcium borogluconate) 200mcg
Vanadium (as bis-glycinato oxovanadium) 40mcg

Dr Atkins stipulated in the book that Atkins Basic #3 not a “magic” formula.

He advised that buying other products with similar ingredients is ok, although you might need to get several different supplements to recreate the mix.

Why is Atkins Basic #3 no longer produced

Dr Atkins founded Atkins Nutritionals to produce Atkins-compatible snacks and supplements. After his death in 2003, the company struggled.

Atkins Nutritionals filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and was later bought out by a private equity company.

The current owners of the company are not in any way affiliated with Dr Atkins himself or his family. They continue to sell Atkins-branded sweets and snacks. Some critics claim these products are not always compliant with the original Atkins Diet principles.

At some point during the company re-organisation, supplements product line was considered unprofitable and got discontinued.

How to replicate Atkins Basic #3

The general principle is to get a high-quality, iron-free and sugar-free multivitamin.

In addition, it should contain high dosages of vitamins B, C and E, plus chromium and selenium.

Read more about choosing a multivitamin for your low-carb diet…

Atkins Basic #3 alternative – Nutri-Align Multivit

We developed Nutri-Align Multivit based on recommendations from nutritionists and leading low-carb diet authors.

As part of our research, we studied the works of Dr Atkins on supplements, including his rationale for Atkins Basic #3 formulation.

Nutri-Align Multivit covers most of Dr Atkins’s recommendations for a multivitamin. It includes high dosages of vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as extra chromium, selenium and green tea extract.

Nutri-Align Multivit includes higher dosages of magnesium and potassium, compared to Atkins Basic #3. The latest research confirms many potential benefits of these two minerals for low-carb dieters.

Nutri-Align Multivit is sugar-free and iron-free.

See the full list of ingredients for Nutri-Align Multivit.

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10 Ways To Remember to Take Your Supplements

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It’s a stupid way to waste £50. But I’ve done it more than once.

First, decide to improve my well-being. Proceed to spend £50 on supplements. Feel so good about being on the path to health and righteousness!

Take supplements as recommended for maybe one or two days. Then miss a dose. Then another.

Taking pills is easy. But I still forget to do it.

So all the pretty bottles disappear to some distant drawer. Here they spend the rest of their shelf life, covered by the fog of forgetfulness. Their unconsumed health benefits slowly wasting away.

Don’t fall into the same trap. Here are simple tips to help you remember your supplements – and not waste your money.

1) Put them where you can see them

Out of sight, out of mind. The first step is making your supplements visible.

Don’t hide them in a drawer. Place them somewhere where you can see them.

Figure out where you will be when it’s supplement time, and use that area.

For example, put them on the kitchen counter if you are taking supplements with meals. Bathroom shelf for first thing in the morning. Or on your desk if it’s during the working day.

2) Add your supplements to an existing routine

The best way to develop a new habit is to link it up to an existing one.

That’s one of the reasons for taking supplements with meals. Once you get used to this, it becomes automatic.

If your life is too hectic for set meal times, think of some other milestone. For example, commuting or getting ready for work in the morning.

3) Reward yourself with a treat

This tip is a bit sneaky. The idea is to have (or do) something you enjoy right after taking your supplements.

Kind of like training a dog. Works for humans too!

For example, have a small bit of chocolate. Or a cup of coffee. Or do something you enjoy – sit down and read, or relax for 5 minutes.

Choose your treat wisely, so that it’s not counterproductive. Scoffing three extra chocolate bars a day would negate any positive supplement effect.

4) Dish them out in a pill organiser

Use a pill organiser (also known as pill dispenser, pill caddy or pill case) to measure out your supplements on a daily or weekly basis.

It’s just a plastic container with labelled cells for each dose. So you can see exactly where you are with taking your supplements.

You can carry your pill organiser with you in your bag. Just make sure it doesn’t become another hiding place!

5) Use a pill organiser gadget

If you like gadgets, why not get one more just for supplements?

This is the smarter, flashier younger brother of the pill dispenser. These clever things can measure out your tablets as and when required, send reminders and alarms, and log your intake.

6) Get a reminder app

Yes, of course there is an app for that! Get the latest technology to pester you with relentless resolve.

Although mostly designed for medicines, they work just as well for supplements and vitamins.

Phone reminder apps

Most phones have a standard default alarm app, which can also be used to setup reminders.

7) Sign up for a reminder messaging service

Setup a reminder and get a nudge via email, phone or text message every time you are supposed to take your supplements.

8) Tick boxes off on paper

If the last thing you need is one more app bothering you, just use plain old pen and paper instead.

Print out (or draw) a simple table with boxes for supplements times. Tick them off every time you do.

The table acts as the reminder. The completed rows of ticks give you a sense of accomplishment.

Simple supplements log: Download in Excel | Download in PDF
Just add the names of your supplements to the first column.

9) Move pots from one place to another

Sometimes all you need is just a simple system to track your supplements intake.

Moving supplement containers across a set space is as simple as it gets.

Just choose a pattern to move the container every time you take your pills.

For example, use a small shelf to keep your supplements. Start in the morning with the container on the left. After taking your morning dose, move it to the middle. Then to the right after taking the mid-day dosage. And to the left again after you take them at night.

10) Say it out loud to be mindful

We go about our daily tasks on an autopilot. We easily forget anything that’s not part of the autopilot.

One slightly mad method to break the autopilot is to say something.  State clearly what you are about to do. This will focus your attention, and you will remember taking the action.

Look at the tablets in your hand before you take them, and say something like – “I am taking my Tuesday morning supplements”.

A bit crazy – but it works.

Remember your supplements – and don’t miss out on their health benefits.


Remember your supplements