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Supplements 101: Vitamins, Minerals, and You! Part II

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN

As we enter into the second part of Supplements 101 you can see by the chart that there is a whole lot of action going on in our body!! At all times—every second of every every hour of every day—something is being carried, transformed, transcribed, duplicated, manufactured, disabled, reconstructed, translated or conducted, and vitamins and minerals are the assistants that make it happen. When a deficiency is present (not enough of or cannot be used properly), an entire cascade of reactions can happen causing a domino effect and leading to less than optimal health.

In an ideal world we would get all the micronutrients needed (micro-small, macro-large, as in fat, protein and carbohydrates = macronutrients) from a balanced, varied, and whole-foods based diet. That is not always possible for many different reasons, that we may or may not be able to address, so sometimes a supplement is required to increase that particular deficiency. Your physician and registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can help you decide what may benefit your health and nutritional needs, as well as identify alternative sources to meet those needs. Here is a quick guide from the National Institute of Health and Office of Dietary Supplements to highlight some of the major needs and sources.

Keep these on your radar as well:
Vitamin A (think: promoting eye health)
Zinc (healing, sensory functions, cellular functions)
Magnesium (muscle action, heart health)
Co-enzyme Q10 (cellular functions, aids in muscle action, addresses weakness often accompanied from taking statins for high cholesterol)

THE BOTTOM-Bottom Line: There is so much more to teach you, tell you, explain to you, but alas we have come to another close. Again, these vitamins and minerals are all found naturally in whole foods, mainly whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and fruits, and vegetables. The more variety you eat in a well-balanced proportionate diet, the better off you will be. Be sure to consult professionals before taking a supplement or self-diagnosing. Follow your gut, if there is money to be made from them selling you this supplement, it is never a bad idea to ask lots of questions and thoroughly research the product.

We’re here to help. I would love to help you explore what your body may need with food or supplements and invite you to come on in.

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