Daily Vitamin? Where do I start??

Dear Dr Zub and Lisa,

I’ve never been much of a supplement person and therefore don’t take any.  I’ve also heard that it’s just ‘expensive urine’.
I’m wondering if there are supplements you recommend taking regardless of daily food intake?

Great Question!

Even with the healthiest of diets, our society is stressed out (depletes us of nutrients and decreases quality digestion to absorb nutrients), we are accosted with chemicals in our food, in the air, on our skin and in things like plastics (which also deplete us of optimal nutrition) and unless we eat 100% organic, we are getting less optimal nutrients even if we eat 100% non-processed whole foods (which most of us admit we don’t or can’t).

There are 4 that we feel most can benefit from: Multivitamin,  Magnesium, Vitamin D3, and Omega fish oil.

#1. Multivitamin – To help support a strong immune system, absorption of vitamins as most of us regardless of perfect eating aren’t getting nearly enough nutrients. or high antioxidant supplement such as Juice Plus (made with only dehydrated 17 fruits and veggies). We trust this company because of their double blind placebo studies published and they have a longstanding Child Health Study – free vitamins for the kids if a parent takes them. There is no danger in ‘overdosing’ vitamins if you are ingesting a food based multivitamin like this one – they are vegan and gluten free.  (*caution to those who have other food restrictions).  We recommend these be taken with food.

#2. Vitamin D3 – This is hugely important for immunity, mood, protection from cancer, and strong, healthy bones. Most people are deficient (optimal level is 50-60- traditional medicine says ‘normal if over 30’ but to me that is keeping us alive- not optimal health). Vitamin D is vital to optimal health.  If you don’t know your vitamin D level, we recommend sticking to 2000iu/day (with food). If you are taking a vitamin D supplement, adequate calcium, Vitamin A, and magnesium intake are also required.   It is also important to ensure sufficient Vitamin K for bone and cardiovascular health and healing. (Most people aren’t aware that bones require D3, Magnesium, Vitamin K and Calcium – not just calcium).

#3. Magnesium – Every organ in the body (especially the heart, muscles, brain and kidneys) needs this key mineral. It contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones, activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.  Yet nearly 75% of Americans are deficient or severely deficient.   We recommend Magnesium be taken at night (might just help you sleep better!)  We posted about the importance of magnesium in a past blog.

#4. Omegas – (unless you eat a low mercury fish 2-3x/week), fish oil supports optimizing brain, gut, immunity, and vessel protection. At the same time reducing overall vascular inflammation.   We recommend Nordic Naturals as they test for purity and have many different dosages for EPA and DHA. We recommend these be taken with food. (*fish oil may thin the blood, we recommend speaking to your practitioner about taking these if you are taking blood thinners)

CAUTION when buying supplements – they are often made with cheap ingredients that are hard for our bodies to break down (or may contain chemicals we don’t want to put in our bodies day after day).  This can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s hard to know what to trust and what will work for you. And as recent studies have shown many ingredients in supplements don’t work or contain harmful additives.
We have done our research to offer you direct access to high quality, pure and efficacious supplements.

Thanks for your question~ We welcome further questions on living 4 Better Health.

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