What vitamins and minerals do you really need?

What vitamins and minerals do you really need?

If you’re among the more than half of Americans who take supplements, you’ve probably wondered which ones you should buy, which ones are effective, or even if you should be taking them at all.

“It may come as a surprise, but not everybody needs to take supplements,” says Michelle Petersen, an internal medicine nurse practitioner at Aurora Health Center in Two Rivers, WI. “Unless you have a condition that requires supplements, with a well-balanced diet, you may be able to get all you need.”

Though you’ll want to talk to a health professional about taking supplements, Petersen says there are some minerals you should make sure are included in your diet.

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  1. I’m surprised Omega 3 was not mentioned.

  2. What about blueberries or just berries in general. Are they not high in antioxidents, vitamin c and more?

  3. Do not know anyone who eats a balanced diet! Studies have shown that most people are deficient in vitamin D. Multiple studies have shown vitamin D to either prevent viral infections including flu, colds, and recently a study from Northwestern showing vitamin D can reduce deaths from COVID 19 significantly and even reduce and possibly prevent one from catching the virus. My physician has me on 5,000 units of vitamin D daily and said he has never had a patient he tested that was in the normal range of D. It would be impossible to get that much D from diet alone. Extra vitamin C and zinc are also helpful. Patients at Christ Hospital are given massive amounts of these three vitamins upon admission to the hospital when they have COVID. Most people can benefit from vitamin supplements since almost no one can get enough from their diet in the USA. The medical model regarding vitamins is often biased through input from the FDA and a lack of training in nutrition and alternative medicine at medical schools.

  4. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Supplementation has been life changing for so many, myself included! Supplementation fills in the nutrient gaps. No matter how healthy we eat, it is difficult to get enough of the nutrients we need from our food. And let’s face it, most Americans aren’t eating very healthy. When our bodies get out of balance from nutrient deficiencies, we are more susceptible to illness. Keeping our bodies in balance is key to overall health. With supplementation, people need a customized plan for their needs. What one person needs may not be what the next person needs. Lastly, not all supplementation is equal. It is critical to have supplements that are nutraceutical grade with an effective delivery system. I recommend isotonic supplements when possible. I wish our organization would move this route and create positions for nutraceutical consultants. I would be the first one to apply! Our patients want to know what to take and why. They want customized wellness solutions that don’t involve medication. This is what I do outside of AAH, wish I could find a way to bring it into our organization! We’re a forward thinking organization, it’s time to take it to the next level. I submitted my idea through innovations, but it never went anywhere….

  5. What about the D vitamins. I take 2000 IU of D3 daily per my PCP

  6. What about people who can’t eat the foods that contain the necessary vitamins and minerals, such as lactose intolerance or other digestive issues? Also, it’s easy to say “you can get all your vitamin/mineral needs through a balanced diet” but without a dietician creating a food plan for each individual, it is extremely likely that no one will be able to create their own balanced diet.

  7. Please advise if there is one vitamin that would provide all of the recommended vitamins in this article.

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