How do I know I need a supplement?When there's a vitamin or other nutrient deficiency, it's sometimes symptom-free, something you won't know you have. You may assume that "I feel fine, so I must be fine." Unfortunately, in the case of nutrients like vitamins C and D3 and nutrients like CoQ10, to name just a few absolutely essential health givers, it's unlikely you really are fine. I'll focus on D3 for the moment, but almost every other supplement falls into the "feel it" or "won't feel it" category. Around 90 out of 100 patients I see are dangerously D3 deficient—and don't know it. I say dangerously because a 2014 study found that people with vitamin D3 deficiency were twice as likely to die prematurely—from all causes. Why? The logic is simple. D3, as well as C and CoQ10, are prime players in millions of cellular interactions we literally can't live without—and can contribute to an early death if not present or not functioning properly. In the US and Europe, it’s estimated that more than two-thirds of the population is D3-deficient, and that roughly 13 percent of all deaths in the US, and 9 percent in Europe, could be attributed to D3 deficiency. I invariably find similar deficiencies in vitamin C, in the B vitamins complex, in CoQ10, hormones, essential minerals like magnesium and potassium, essential fatty acids. Just about everything we need to thrive, most of us just don't keep a full tank of. So here's a gentle reminder to all of you good people who feel fine—please get yourself tested for D3 and any other deficiencies. Remember that all of the essential nutrients, working together, can reliably:
- Help boost your immune system
- Reduce your risk of high blood pressure
- Lower your blood pressure if it’s high
- Reduce your risk of depression
- Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and several kinds of cancer
- Help delay, even prevent, cognitive decline, generally, and Alzheimer’s, specifically
How do you know your supplement is working?It depends on what your supplement is meant to do. If it's meant to relieve symptoms or attack their causes, you should feel it working over time. Because nutritional supplements work with your body’s natural chemistry to gradually correct deficiencies or imbalances, they can take a few days to several weeks before you feel them “kick in”. For example, if you’re taking a supplement for arthritis, it could take a week or two to start to feel more flexible and limber…with results that continue ramping up over the next several days and weeks. Your joints didn’t start hurting overnight…so we can’t expect a healthy and effective remedy to work overnight either. But here are just a few conditions that you
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