Most people find the supplement aisle at their local drug or health food store overwhelming. Analysis paralysis can set in quickly when faced with the various supplements available, not to mention the myriad manufacturers. Have you ever wished that someone would just tell you what you should take to maximize your health and prevent disease? We’ll attempt to do so here, but first…
The old cliché holds true—you are what you eat. But with soils leached of their nutrients by unsound farming practices, and the processing that food undergoes today, it has become more and more difficult to eat a balanced diet. For most of us, the only way to ensure a balanced diet is to supplement nutrients.
What Should You Be Taking?
Start with a good multiple-vitamin. Think of multiple-vitamins as the foundation to nutritional supplementation. They’re a good place to start, but they won’t meet all of your body’s needs. For the following, you will probably need to augment what your multiple-vitamin provides:
- The B Vitamins (and there are a bunch of them!). They promote heart health, boost your nervous and immune systems, make your skin and hair healthy, and lots more. Since the B Vitamins are so important to so many functions within the body, the best thing is to take a good Vitamin B-Complex, in addition to your multiple-vitamin.
- Vitamin C and mixed tocopherol Vitamin E. Either of these are good anti-oxidants on their own. But together they promote glutathione, the king of anti-oxidants.
- Vitamin D3. It regulates calcium levels throughout the body (which is very important), helps calcium to build strong bones, and boosts the immune system. Recent research suggests that the body needs 3,000 to 5,000 IU per day (depending upon how much sunlight you get per day).
The same way you start with a multiple-vitamin for vitamins, you should start with a good mineral complex for minerals. Sometimes multi-vitamins also contain minerals; so be careful you don’t double up.
Other Must Have Supplements
- Omega-3 Fish Oil is important for good health in general, but especially for a healthy brain and heart. Flax seed oil is another good source of Omega-3s.
- CoQ10—not long ago it was thought that CoQ10 was critical to heart health only. Studies have now discovered that there are CoQ10 receptors throughout the body, making it important to overall health.
- Trans Resveratrol (sometimes called “red wine in a pill”) and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)—both are super anti-oxidants.
- DIM (diindolylmethane) is an extract taken from cruciferous vegetables that helps to safely metabolize estrogen. Researchers are finding it to be an effective cancer preventative (particularly breast cancer for women, and prostate cancer for men).
- Folate—folic acid is folate’s synthetic form, and is present in most supplements. But folic acid has come under some scrutiny recently. In older adults, this synthetic form of folate is thought to prevent some forms of cancer, but possibly promote others. Folate’s natural form “folonic acid” is safe and can be obtained through a compounding pharmacy. Folonic acid is critical to controlling homocysteine, a major cause of arteriosclerosis. It’s also important for hormone absorption and function.
Treatment Including Supplements
- Your Renew Man doctor will check via lab testing your thyroid function, and if it’s low, may recommend iodine supplementation (in addition to thyroid medication).
- Your Renew Man doctor may check your Vitamin D levels, and recommend supplementation as appropriate. It’s important to be sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D, but this is a vitamin you don’t want to be getting too much of. Testing is important.
- Your Renew Man doctor may check via lab testing your iron levels (particularly if you’re suffering from hair loss or symptoms of anemia), and recommend supplementation as appropriate. Again, it’s important to get enough iron, but it’s also important to be sure you aren’t getting too much of this mineral.
- Your Renew Man doctor may check via lab testing your B Vitamin levels, and may recommend supplementation as appropriate. Some of our clients incorporate B12 shots into their treatment plans.
For convenience, Renew Man makes supplements available online to its clients. Supplements provided by Renew Man are from one of our carefully screened compounding pharmacies, or from manufacturers who sell only through doctors’ offices. Quality is assured.
However, everything talked about here can be purchased at any good health food store. Just keep in mind that supplements are not FDA regulated, which means supplements purchased over-the-counter can be of varying levels of quality.