Dr. Ann Kulze delves in the often-confusing area of vitamins and supplements. Dr. Ann explains that getting nutrients from "real food" is best.
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Dr. Ann Kulze: There is perhaps no area of health and wellness that evokes more like confusion like what do I do when it comes to supplements. And the great news is if you let science be your guide it’s really straightforward and really simple. And here’s the first thing you need to know so listen this is very important. The glorious goodness of auto nutrition can only be had through eating meaning they will never be a perfect; more harmonious way to get your nutrients than from real food, real food. So the very best supplement is the knife and a fork. Now, that being said you also have to know that there has been lots of powerful data over the last decade and so telling us that even a marginal deficiency of a certain few key nutrients may increase your risk of a life threatening Crohn's disease like heart disease and Alzheimer's disease and cancers and osteoporosis. So with this new data, it is prudent and my recommendation, as a health and wellness expert are that the average healthy person do supplement which is a few basic things. Number one, a simple basic multivitamin; number two, high quality fish oils you can get that omega 3. The third thing is vitamin D, wow it’s been a lot of amazing that science coming out with importance of vitamin D and raise of deficiencies which are epidemic and for women, a little extra calcium. So again, for the average healthy adult, we have a multivitamin, we have a little fish oil, we have some extra vitamin D and for women calcium. Couple other very important points is always to take your supplements with food, with food because if you’re taking without food they maybe completely worthless. And if you have any chronic medical problems, if you take any prescription drugs, if you’re pregnant or nursing please don’t take a supplement without first checking with your healthcare provider. For ICYou, this is Dr. Ann, until next time, enjoy health.