My last journal was about antioxidant foods and problems with food. If you are having problems, it’s feasible that you may need to supplement the diet with extra Vitamins and Minerals.
I always look for a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral. The ideal levels for supplement will depend on the quality of your diet and other factors such as stress levels, age, pollution exposure and exercise.
A Vitamin supplement should include:
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 (called niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid.
A Mineral supplement should include:
Magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, selenium and chromium.
A comprehensive Multivitamin and Mineral, includes some of your antioxidants, although it may be necessary to take additional Vitamin C, as it is virtually impossible to fit the amount of Vitamin C you need in one multivitamin. Anything from 500mg to 1,000 mg a day is okay. Vitamin C isn’t stored in the body, the body just uses what it needs.
To feel the most benefit from vitamins, take them daily and with food, but avoid tea and coffee because coffee may interfere and reduce absorption. Vitamin and Mineral supplements have become a good foundation over the years to help build a good nutritional plan in the longer term.
They shouldn’t replace a balanced diet, but will help bridge the gap when we most need it.