The Best Vitamins and Minerals — Some Powerful Insurance
Why Take Them At All?
NOW THIS is one big catch-all bucket. Most everything fits in this “Vitamins and Minerals” category, but there are a few gems that I’d like to point out, but first, a question:
Why take vitamins and minerals at all?
If you consistently take several kinds of vitamin supplements every day, the pocketbook may rebel. If they’re not absorbed, you produce expensive pee. If you don’t remember to take them regularly, the benefits — assuming they exist — are diminished.
All that’s true in my estimation. And yet I’m a supplement hound. For me it distills down to three things:
- Certain supplements are more powerful than any food source in supplying specific benefits that I want (Resveratrol, for instance);
- It’s a good insurance policy (although by no means guaranteed) against poor quality food or immune challenging bugs and viruses; and finally
- Although I have not been subjected to scientific verification, something seems to be working for me — I’m aging better than my peers, and don’t get sick.
Three Best Vitamins and Minerals
There are dozens of excellent companies that make exceptional multivitamin/multimineral vitamin supplements. If you’ve clicked around this site a bit, you know that I have a two-decade long relationship with ProHealth and think they do an excellent job at making powerful, specific-issue vitamin supplements. That’s why I typically recommend using products from ProHealth.
When it comes to best vitamins and minerals combined together for general, everyday use, however, ProHealth can’t beat em, so it sells these three exceptional high quality products, each of which I’ve used and vouch for:
- New Chapter One Daily,
- One Daily by MegaFood and
- Life Extension Life Extension Everything (my name).
If what you want is to take the best vitamins and minerals in a single dose, rather than drilling down to find and take specific supplements that address specific issues or desired health outcomes, then either New Chapter, Megafood or Life Extension is for you.
If you do want to address specific issues or health outcomes, know that each of these companies make a long list of exceptional specific-use vitamin supplements, so do check them out at the respective sites to which I link.
Note: New Chapter and Megafood tailor their multivitamin/mineral supplements by gender, Megafood by age, and Life Extension offers both capsules and powder forms. Makes sense regarding gender, but if you use a product under the specified age, all it means is that you’d get higher doses of something you may not yet be deficient in, which would not be problematic if taken at the suggested dose.
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I alternative between New Chapter, Megafood and Life Extension products, and also consistently take the following, that together are the foundation of my supplement practice:
Natural ResveratrolThis is fast becoming a wonder supplement. Among a long list of benefits that include helping with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, Resveratrol helps cells make protective enzymes to prevent the leakage of electrons and the production of toxic “free radicals”. Reservatrol has received a lot of favorable press of late. You should investigate if this remarkable supplement might be good for you.
Vitamin D3 Called the “sunshine vitamin” because your body will synthesize it in sunlight. This has been a check-in-the-box vitamin until recently. Now, scientist are discovering that many of us are Vitamin D deficient, particularly African-Americans and Hispanics living in North America (who evolved in parts of the world with more sunlight). What’s more, there’s a link between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer. Good insurance, I’d say!
Ultimate Greens What’s that about five servings of veggies and fruits per day? Well, I usually do get that from my diet, but I fortify with this powdered mix of whole green foods. You’d be hard pressed to get this much goodness in you from your diet alone.
Acetyl L-Carnitine Cellular energy production itself produces free radicals that can harm cell structures, including the mitochondria, if the body’s natural antioxidant capacity is low. Acetyl L-Carnitine and Lipoic Acid are both naturally present antioxidants in the body that have been shown to support mitochondrial function and help reduce free radical damage.
R-Lipoic Acid is a natural form of lipoic acid that may be better absorbed and up to 10 times more effective as an antioxidant than other forms of lipoic acid (including alpha-lipoic acid). It is also safely metabolized and easily synthesized. R-Lipoic acid has been called the “mitochondrial antioxidant” because it is a key component of mitochondrial dehydrogenase complexes, which are shown to slow the natural aging process in animals.
Arctic Select Krill Oil This form of omega-3 is absorbed faster and more efficiently than that typically found in fish oil. Arectic Krill Oil supports heart health and cell membrane integrity.
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Just as with the descriptive statements made at the various company sites that manufacture and/or sell the supplement products presented in this blog, none, or nearly none, of the potential benefits stated here have been evaluated by the FDA. Likewise none, or nearly none, of the products here can be represented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before engaging a supplement program, it always makes sense to get the advice of your health practitioner.