Unlocking the Secrets to Longevity
Dr. Michael Roizen recommends supplements to aid in the prevention of heart disease, mental dysfunction, and cancer.
What I do is as fun as life gets with clothes on: I get to help people be healthier and live with less disability. At some point during a consult, after we cover fundamental steps to preventing heart disease, cancer, mental decline, and a ballooning waistline, a typical patient might pull out a sack of supplements and ask me, “What do you take, Doc?”
In North America, 93 percent of people do not get even 80 percent of the recommended daily value of nutrients as advocated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while 99.9 percent do not get 100 percent of the recommended daily value.
Now before I continue, know that I am biased: I chair the scientific advisory board of both the California Walnut Board and a company that produces DHA omega-3. Nevertheless, these are the eight “helpers” or supplements I take and usually recommend to my patients:
More than 60 percent of Americans have vitamin D levels that fall below the recommended levels of 35 ng/ml and higher that strengthen bones, protect against cancer, and help reverse diabetes. The most natural source of vitamin D is the conversion of inactive vitamin D2 through sunlight, but because of geography and the increased use of sunscreens (a good thing, by the way), most of us do not get the amount we should. Ask your doctor to test your vitamin D levels annually. If you are deficient, find out what dosage of vitamin D supplements you would need to reach a blood level of 40 to 80 ng/ml. Until then, start with 1,000 IU a day.
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