What Supplements Should I Take?
I get asked this question so often.
Firstly, let me say that supplements are NOT a substitute for a healthy lifestyle!
Using diet and lifestyle modification, you can support your immune system and create a strong, resilient internal environment. If you care about your health, you’ll want to nurture this important protection system.
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Germ Theory Versus Terrain
The ‘germ theory’ vs ‘terrain theory’ is basically the argument that germs are the danger and we need to keep finding ways to kill them off. Terrain theory argues that if the body is well and balanced then germs that are a natural part of life and the environment will be dealt with by the body without causing sickness.
“Germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the cause of diseased tissue.” – Antoine Béchamp
Both theories are, in fact, important.
Are All Supplements the Same?
The truth about supplements is that a HUGE percentage of them are not absorbed into the body (called Biovailable). Or – believe it or not – they’re TOXIC.
So one of my commitments to you – and the world at large – is to bring potency, purity, safety, biological availability and effectiveness to what I recommend. My team and I go to great lengths to share supplements that I feel confident about and meet my standards to support you – and those you love.
Even the healthiest diets usually fail to provide the right amounts of nutrients needed to achieve and maintain optimal health. Large national surveys show that we do not get all the nutrients we need from food alone.
So, high-quality nutritional supplements should be a key component of a healthy lifestyle, too. But the question remains: Which supplements should I take?
There are some “baseline basics” that I recommend and some specific issues that need “extra support”.
- High quality, pharmaceutical-grade antioxidant and mineral.This is the foundation for any health support regimen. This covers the basic vitamins and minerals your body needs for day-to-day functions. If you aren’t on a high quality multivitamin that has third party validation, now is the time.
- Daily Probiotic Health (and immune support) begins in the gut. It is integral to the immune system. Look for brands that offer several species of good bacteria.
- Vitamin D (amount depends on your blood test) Blood levels should be above 30 ng/dl, however, optimal levels are probably closer to 50ng/dl for most. Adequate vitamin D status is critical for optimal immune function and I always want to know your Vitamin D level and use a calculator HERE to determine best daily amount.
- Pure Fish Oil
What Supplements Should I Take for Immune Support?
These are the specific recommendations for supporting your immune system. I am going to refer to Dr Michael Murray and share with you his recommendations. I hope it gives you a guide.
- A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula . CLICK HERE for the one I recommend
- Vitamin D – 2,000-4,000 IU per day
- Vitamin C – 500 mg twice per day
- Zinc – 20 to 30 mg per day for men and 15 to 20 mg per day for women.
- Selenium – 100 to 200 mcg per day (preferably as SelenoExcell).
- N-Acetylcysteine – 600 mg twice per day.
- Quercetin LipoMicel Matrix – 500 mg per day.
- Melatonin: 3 to 5 mg at night
- Probiotic Daily CLICK HERE for the one I take
Michael T. Murray, ND, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine.He is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of more than 30 books including co-author of the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. Learn more at www.DoctorMurray.com
Special Attention to Vitamin D
Considerable evidence indicates that approximately 70% of the population have insufficient levels of vitamin D (blood levels below 30 ng/ml)
A high percentage (60%) of nursing home residents, African-Americans, and those with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other comorbidities have blood levels of vitamin D indicative of severe deficiency (less than 20 ng/ml).
A search of ClinicalTrials.gov reveals there are currently about 40 ongoing clinical trials with vitamin D3 in for either the prevention or treatment of COVID.
Now is the Time to Increase your Vitamin D. We need to get everyone’s vitamin D level up into the safe zone of greater than 34 ng/ml.
Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice and any changes should be done in consultation with your healthcare provider.
Sekine T, Perez-Potti A, Rivera-Ballesteros O, et al. Robust T cell immunity in convalescent individuals with asymptomatic or mild COVID-19. bioRxiv 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.29.174888
Le Bert N, Tan AT, Kunasegaran K, et al. SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell immunity in cases of COVID-19 and SARS, and uninfected controls. Nature. 2020;10.1038/s41586-020-2550-z. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2550-z
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