I get many questions in my classes, seminars and practice… “What vitamins should I take?”
This is a loaded question, but I’ve been able to recommend a good foundation for supplementation. This, of course, is dependent upon a good diet and lifestyle, which we’ll probably go into another post.
So here we go. The five pillars.
1) A high quality Multivitamin. Centrum one-a-day is not an option (sorry Centrum!) I have some pharmaceutical grade recommendations on the website, but barring that, “Nature’s Way” is an acceptable brand.
2) EPA/DHA, also known as Fish Oils. These can help with mental function, cardiovascular health, and countless other conditions. Suffice it to say, they should be a mainstay of everyone’s nutritional regimen.
3) Probiotic. We have bacteria in our intestines that help us digest food and manage our immune system. If we have a proper balance, we’re in good shape. If we don’t, then we may find ourselves with frequent colds, flus, and other immune compromising conditions. If we can simply provide our intestinal tract with beneficial probiotics, we can decrease the probability of catching the cold, flu or other maladies.
4) Green Drink.
5) This one is variable based on gender. For women, I recommend a high quality calcium supplement: 1200mg Calcium, at least 600mg Magnesium, and 400IU’s Vitamin D. Actually Vitamin D should be higher based on many recent studies (Boy do I have to catch up on my blog posts!! Vitamin D is
For men, I recommend a good selenium supplement as this can be good for prostate health. Eating 7 Brazil Nuts per day can give you what you need and your high-quality multivitamin may give you just that. Making sure you are taking care of your prostate health EARLY will help. There are other things that can do to stave off BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy), but we’ll have to go into that in another article.
You can find many of these supplements at your local healthfood store, but can find find much higher quality supplements at your naturopathic physician’s office. Either way, this is the minimum I would recommend for a healthy lifestyle as far as supplements.
It’s also important to recognize that some