ABC's - The Basics of Vitamins
So, if you do nothing else, what is the one thing that you should be doing
on a daily basis?
Well, that one is easy. You should take a multi-vitamin. That's the
foundation for any other supplements that you might take.
Vitamins and other supplements act together in a synergistic manner. For
example, when Vitamin C reacts with a free-radical, it changes form to
where it no longer acts as a free-radical scavenger. However, Vitamin E can
act upon the Vitamin C to rejuvenate it. It recycles the Vitamin C so that it
can continue it's work on those nasty little free-radicals.
Taking a good multi-vitamin is the absolute minimum for anybody and
everybody to build a good nutritional foundation. However, don't stop
If you don't want to take a handful of vitamins every day, you should at
least add a few additional supplements to your multi-vitamin. Here are the
top 3 vitamins plus one additional supplement for good measure:
A - one 10,000 IU capsule (only if your multi has less than 5,000 IU's)
C - 1,000mg (taken as 2 - 500mg tablets for ease of swallowing)
E - one 400 IU capsule
Note that it spells the easy to remember acronym A-C-E and if you follow
these guidelines you will ace your basic vitamin profile.
The one additional supplement for good measure is a fish oil capsule for the
Omega-3 fatty acids. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is highly lopsided
with too many Omega-6 oils and we need help getting the proper balance.
This will help avoid systemic inflation and a host of degenerative diseases as
I describe in my article on inflammation.
This combination of supplements will form a solid foundation for your
nutritional health. From here, I recommend only adding supplements as
needed for any specific health issues or concerns.
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