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What are Dietary Supplements?

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A Dietary Supplement usually ingested in pill form (soft gels, tablets, liquids, powders) and would include one or more of the following Vitamins, Mineral, Herb or other Botanical and Amino Acid.

Are you tired, have no energy, out of shape or concerned about your health and your loved ones. These are probably some of the reasons why so many people are taking Nutritional Supplements.

Preventative medicine, there is also that old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin) meaning you take supplements to help prevent health problems in the future.

Find some who lived a long and healthy life like Jack LaLanne and copy them. He lived until the age of 96 even though his father died at 58. Up until that point he was the picture of health. And what did he preach, it was exercise and nutrition.

He became famous for his Juicing machine which was used to extract Nutrients from fruit and vegetables. The difference between getting nutrients from juicing and taking supplements is time.

Which Supplements do I Take?

There are so many supplements on the market today which ones are you supposed to take. Multivitamins are the simplest to take because they usually contain most everything and its one a day.

If you buy online you can read the reviews and ratings on certain supplements to see how everybody else feels about them. For most people I believe its Trial and Error. Common sense and moderation will also help you make decisions.

If you can’t make up your mind Ask your Doctor especially if you’re on medications or antibiotics.

Popular Nutritional Supplements

  • Calcium: For bones and teeth, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, release hormones and enzymes. (Mineral)
  • CoQ10 (Coenzyme): It is an antioxidant and cells use it to make energy and stay healthy.
  • Iodine: For thyroid hormones. (Mineral)
  • Iron: Needed for growth and development. Make hemoglobin and myoglobin. (Mineral)
  • Magnesium: For regulating muscles and nerves, blood pressure, blood sugar, bones, protein and DNA. (Mineral)
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: For heart, brain, skin, eyes, and inflammation.
  • Selenium: For reproduction, thyroid gland, DNA, protect body from free radicals.
  • Vitamin A: For vision, immune system, and reproduction. Also helps Heart, Lungs and Kidneys.
  • Vitamin B (Folate or Folic Acid): Needed for DNA.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): For Growth, development, functions of cells. Helps turn food into energy.

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): For Growth, development, functions of cells. Helps turn food into energy.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): For Liver, Skin, Hair and Eyes. Helps convert Carbs into Energy (Glucose).
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid): For Liver, Skin, Hair and Eyes. Helps convert Carbs into Energy (Glucose).
  • Vitamin B6: For Metabolism, and Brain development in pregnancy & infancy and immune function. Also make antibodies, hemoglobin, break down proteins, blood sugar normality.
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin): Nerve, digestive, metabolic and Cardo Functions. Keeps skin, hair, eyes and liver healthy.
  • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin): For Nerve and blood cells, DNA.
  • Vitamin C: An antioxidant protecting are bodies from free radicals. Also immune system
  • Vitamin D: For bones, absorption of Calcium, Muscles, Connection (Messages) between Brain and Nerves and Immune System (Combating Viruses & Bacteria).
  • Vitamin E: Acts as an antioxidant protecting body from free radicals. Immune system, Helps to keep blood from clotting.
  • Zinc: Helps immune system fight bacteria and viruses. Wounds, Taste and smell.


  1. FDA Basics - What is a Dietary Supplement. Retrieved Dec 4, 2016
  2. NIH (National Institute of Health). Date Retrieved: Dec 3, 2016


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