And a third—the subject of this eponymously named column-is “What supplements should I take?”
Before I answer it, I want to note a caveat.
I’m not a believer in one-size-fits-all in anything—not in nutrition, diet, supplement programs, exercise, or, really, anything in life. My mantra is that everyone is different-- we are, after all, biochemically, hormonally and metabolically unique—and we need to honor and celebrate that uniqueness, not ignore it. A supplement program for a stressed out 68 year old male executive is going to be vastly different from a supplement program from a 19 year old female college basketball player.
That said, there are still five basic supplements that I believe 99.99% of the population would benefit from, based on my own clinical experience and based on research about what they do. The value of each of these five supplements is-- in my opinion-- pretty incontrovertible. Whatever additional supplements an individual might benefit from, these five are still a terrific foundation.
- Fish Oil (2-4 grams daily of combined EPA / DHA)
- Magnesium (400-800 mg daily)
- Vitamin D (2,000-5,000 depending on blood test)
- A High-Quality Multiple Vitamin
For those who don’t mind swallowing some extra pills, there’s no reason to stop with these five. Next month, I’ll tell you aboutsix more superstar supplementsthat I consume every day in addition to the five foundation nutrients discussed this month.
See you then!
Six More Supplements You Should Take
Jonny Bowden, “the Nutrition Myth Buster,” is a board-certified nutritionist and the best-selling author of 15 books including The Great Cholesterol Myth, Living Low Carb, the 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth and Smart Fat. To learn more about healthy living, motivation and nutrition, visit jonnybowden.com.
Note: The statements presented in this column should not be considered medical advice or a way to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Dietary supplements do not treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of a medical professional before altering your daily dietary regimen. The opinions presented here are those of the writer.