The vitamin aisle is crowded, confusing, and overwhelming in its promises. Some of these are empty, and some are too powerful to be tested without guidance. After all, what is L-Theanine? Do I need it? And, at what dose? For answers, we decided to turn to frequent Goop and Dr. Frank Lipman, who distilled the offerings down to a handful of vitamins and supplements he frequently prescribes. He counts some as no-brainers—and others as little-known trade secrets—but all pack a veritable punch.
Q: We often hear that if you eat well, you shouldn't need supplements. What's your take?
A: “Supplements are essential health-boosters that can help fill in nutritional gaps and protect your body against the occasional diet slip-up. While I recommend everyone eat whole, preferably organic foods, I also believe that high-quality supplements are important as well. While they won't make up for a bad diet, think of them as your nutritional pit crew, standing at the ready to make those quick adjustments, tweaks and fixes to your internal engines to get you back out on the road.”
Q: Is it possible to take too many vitamins?
A: “While it is possible to take too many vitamins, it’s extremely rare. One should be careful with fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K. Almost all of the vitamins I recommend taking regularly are safe and hard to take too much of. However, because most people are deficient in Vitamin D, and since it’s easily measurable, I do often recommend taking that with the supervision of a doctor.”
Here are dr Lipman's recommendations:
Fab Four basic:
Multivitamin, Vitamin D3, Fish Oils, Probiotics
Feeling Stressed Out:
B Complex, Magnesium, Acetyl Glutathione, L-Theanine
Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10, Magnesium
B Complex, Powdered Greens*, Acetyl Glutathione
Living in a Cold Climate:
Magnesium, Powdered Greens*, B Complex
Missing The Sun:
Powdered Greens*, Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10
B Complex, Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10
Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, B complex
Acetyl Glutathione, Probiotics, MCT Oil
Turmeric, Fish Oil, Vitamin D3
Find out more about these different vitamins in our A to Z of Vitamins and Minerals.* No doubt you've probably seen friends and co-workers with a tall glass of greens in hand – and with good reason. Powdered greens are the easiest way to quickly nourish every system in your body, and help pick up some of the slack if you're not eating enough greens every day. They provide enhanced immunity; boosted energy levels; better digestion and, depending on the formula, a nice dose of good bacteria for your gut. Powdered greens are also full of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients and other health-enhancing entities. Just a scoop a day will deliver the same antioxidant support of three to five servings of fruit and vegetables, so toss a scoop into your morning smoothie and drink up. Make sure you're buying one made with organic fruits and veg and avoid those with added fillers and bulking agents.
Source: www.goop.com and Dr Lipman
Have you always wondered what supplements you should be taking? Here are the basic staples that in my opinion everyone should be taking daily: Omega 3’s (brain & heart health), Vitamin D (bone health & immune system support), Probiotics (digestive system & immune system support (approximately 60 percent of your immune system lives in your gut!) and finally, if you are Vegetarian or Vegan, Vitamin B12 (nervous system support). I would add a good multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement too.
Remember that supplements should be considered as medication and you need to be properly informed before you take them. Some vitamins are stored in the body so you may be at risk of toxicity if you take too much, some may harm in pregnancy whilst others may interfere with certain medications. Always check with your doctor to make sure that you are doing the right thing! Watch this video for some great supplement advice from Dr. Kenneth Boch:
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