Posted on: 01.01.2022 Posted by: Drlark Comments: 0

October 16, 2003


Why Supplement?

In an ideal world, our daily intake of food and beverages would

meet all our nutritional needs, and supplements would be as necessary

as snowshoes in Hawaii.

But this is the real world, in which far too many of us survive

on fast food, overly processed food, and junk food. Even whole foods,

like vegetables and fruits and grains, are too often grown in nutrient-depleted

soils, and don’t have enough of the vitamins and minerals our bodies

need. Then there are the substances we consume, like caffeine, that

actually deplete our store of vitamins and minerals.

At the same time, our lives are overly stressed and overly hurried,

increasing our body’s need for the critical nutrients our diets

don’t provide. And the major chronic diseases and conditions of

the 21st century, including PMS, heart

disease, osteoporosis,

fatigue, cancers, hypertension,

high cholesterol, and depression, have several roots in nutritional


That’s where nutrients come in. They’re a convenient, safe, and

simple way to make up the nutritional difference you may not be

getting from diet alone.

A word about recommended dosages:

In clinical practice, there exists a wide range of dosage possibilities

for any particular nutritient. The amount appropriate to each woman

depends on many factors, including how much of a particular nutrient

she may be getting from her diet.

Anyone beginning a nutritional supplement program should begin at

one-quarter to one-half the recommended dosages given here. They

can then increase their intake slowly over the course of the next

few weeks until they have reached either the full recommended dosage

or a dosage that is therapeutic for them. Some individuals will

experience therapeutic benefits at doses that are well below the

doses recommended here.

While the dosages provided in this website are appropriate for most

people, there are certain groups who should continue to use less

than the recommended dosages. Children, the elderly, and individuals

with a frail constitution or who are extremely sensitive to drugs

and nutrients usually do best at therapeutic dosages of no more

than half the recommended levels. Consult your physician or nutrititional

consultant if you have any questions about the advisability of using

a particular nutrient or to determine the dosage most appropriate

for you.

As you wind your way through the list of nutrients

on this site, keep in mind that when beginning a nutrient program,

it’s a good idea to start at one-quarter to one-half of the recommended

dosages, then increase the dosages slowly over several weeks until

you reach the full recommended amount, or an amount that seems to

work for you. Children, the elderly, and those with a frail constitution

or who are extremely sensitive to drugs usually do best at dosages

no more than half the recommended level.

It’s also best to take your vitamins in split doses, whenever possible,

twice a day, because your body can only absorb so much at one time.

Always tell your health care provider about any nutrients you’re

taking when you list your over-the-counter and prescription medications.

For more on nutrients, read on:

Essential Fatty Acids



Antioxidants and free radicals



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