Does Your Physique Actually Take up Dietary supplements?

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The nutrients our body needs help it function optimally. Vitamins support healthy immune function, the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin support eye health and the omega-3 fats ALA, EPA and DHA support immune and brain function and development. Minerals support the functioning of nerve cells as well as the health of bones, muscles and cardiovascular system. And there are plenty of other nutrients that work together to keep our bodies going.

Research on nutrient absorption

Still, many of us are not getting enough of the nutrients we need. According to the Nutritional Guidelines for Americans, a USDA publication, vitamins A, D, E, and C; Choline; Calcium; Magnesium; Iron; Potassium; and fiber is “under-consumed nutrients” in the American diet. Of these nutrients, vitamin D, calcium, iron, potassium and fiber are under-consumed in such low quantities that they are considered “nutrients of public health concern”.

Fortunately, research shows that nutrients from supplements are absorbed into our bodies to fill nutritional gaps. In some cases, the amount ingested from dietary supplements may be higher than what is ingested from food, as found in studies of vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin B12 intake. And the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports that people who take multivitamins have a greater chance of meeting the recommended intake of almost all micronutrients. Other studies show that nutrients like ALA, EPA, and DHA are also absorbed from fish oil supplements.

Most of the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and then into the blood. To see if nutrients are being absorbed, researchers generally test directly by measuring nutrient levels in the blood before and after supplementation. Or they test indirectly by observing the health effects on people who take supplements compared to people who don’t.

The advantage of the daily logs

As for frequency, science shows that taking supplements most days of the month (more than twenty-one days) increases the chances of your body getting enough nutrients. Goop’s vitamin and supplement protocols come with a 30 day supply of daily packs so you can conveniently take your supplements every day without opening multiple bottles. Each package contains healthy amounts of vitamins and minerals for general health and at least 1,000 milligrams of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA to support the immune system and healthy brain function. * The proprietary blend of phytonutrients (in all Goop protocols except The Mother Load) supports cell health, protects against oxidative stress and promotes a healthy immune system. * Gerda Endemann, Senior Director of Science and Research at goop, recommends Balls in the Air to support the immune system, detoxification and the skin. Why am I so tired to support physical and mental exhaustion? has an adaptogenic blend full of traditional herbal extracts. And High School Genes is designed to support healthy glucose, energy metabolism, and antioxidant activity. *

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At times when there is a greater need for certain nutrients, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, research shows that supplementing with multivitamins and DHA can benefit both mother and baby. The Mother Load was developed for pregnancy, breastfeeding and the puerperium. Its calcium and magnesium duo support muscle relaxation and bone health, and the choline and additional DHA support healthy brain function and development.

Perimenopause and menopause are important life transitions that require appropriate support. Endemann decided to try Madame Ovary because of “night sweats that woke me up and hot flashes that kept me from functioning at crucial times”. And Madame Ovary also supports thyroid and eye health. *

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An extra dose to consider

There are some nutrients that are harder to get enough of, even when taking a well-designed multivitamin. Vitamin D is one of them. It’s difficult to pack enough vitamin D into a softgel with other nutrients, and even more difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone, so your doctor may recommend taking an extra dose of vitamin D with a multivitamin supplement. The highly effective vitamin D softgels from Hum Nutrition offer a vegan source of vitamin D3 called cholecalciferol. And a few sprays from The Nue Co. Vitamin D Spray offers an innovative way to get a heavy dose of Vitamin D (also in cholecalciferol form).

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied on for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article contains the advice of a doctor or alternative practitioner, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily reflect the views of goop.