I’ve endured a comprehensive vitamin regimen since Booker T. left Memphis. It’s been many decades. Along the way, I have accumulated what is now a substantial library on the subject.
My first rule of thumb for vitamin intake is that, if you are on any prescription drug, you should be 100% sure to ask your doctor for a written list of vitamins you should avoid. I have found that doctors are often expert on this subject, if not so expert on which vitamins to take. Vitamin K, vitamin D, and iron are three to do your homework on.
My second rule is to rely whenever possible on local, organic produce for the nutrients I need. However, getting all necessary nutrients this way is neither feasible nor practical-so some supplements are necessary.
If you’re part of the beer and Bordeaux crowd, you should know that both vitamins B and C are water soluble. Football tailgating outings and Bordeaux wine tastings can wreak havoc with your water-soluble Bs and Cs. You may want to introduce a regular program of B-100 complex and 500mg Ester-C with bioflavanonoids (gentle on the stomach). I like American Health’s brand.
I take multivitamins to be sure I’m covering all the bases. For years, Debbie has found Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Forward Plus Daily Regimen first-rate and convenient. And we both take Dr. Whitaker’s excellent Essential Greens, a superfood packed with phytonutrients, twice daily. We both like Emergen-C’s health- and energy-boosting packets, which are great when you’re on the road. On the one-a-day front, I like the organic products formulated by New Chapter, Inc., based in Brattleboro, Vermont.
I’ll have more about vitamins and minerals from my own firsthand experience and research in coming weeks.