Supplement Facts: Did You Know?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Nutritional Support
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Did you know...Certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs deplete our natural, necessary stores of nutrients.

* It’s a fact that key nutrients, like vitamin B12, become significantly harder to absorb as we age.


* Certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs deplete our natural, necessary stores of nutrients.  For example, cholesterol-lowering statins reduce your production of CoQ10—a nutrient critical for your heart.


* Even recommended exercise increases free radical activity in your body—be sure you’re getting a full dose of antioxidants every day.


* Alcohol can interfere with the absorption, storage, and metabolism of nutrients.  So even if you enjoy only the occasional glass of wine, taking key nutrients consistently will keep you covered. 


* Many nutrients need time to build up in your system for full effectiveness.  This is especially true with key joint and vision nutrients such as glucosamine and lutein. To get optimal results, they must be taken as directed daily.


Few people in the Northern Hemisphere produce sufficient levels of vitamin D naturally during the winter months and your entire body requires adequate levels year-round. Supplement with vitamin D3 daily to make sure you’re covered.


* RDIs cover the bare minimums.  For optimal health, it’s critical to maintain higher levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phtyonutrients.


Now it’s your turn: Do you have a nutrient question?


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