Common sense should tell us that taking a multivitamin every day is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, but according to Yale Medical School Professor Dr. David Katz on a recent Today Show segment, a lot of people think this is the case. However, Katz suggests, it’s best to get the majority of our nutrients through the foods we eat, such as:
- Vitamin B12 from fish and beef
- Vitamin B6 from potatoes and bananas
- Vitamin C from oranges and broccoli
- Vitamin E from almonds and peanut butter
- Beta-carotene from carrots and spinach
- Folate from beans and asparagus
YES to Vitamin D and Omega-3 Supplements
In addition to swapping multivitamins for a healthier diet and lifestyle, Dr. Katz did recommend two daily supplements that he and many other experts believe are important for every person: Vitamin D and Omega-3s from fish oil.
Because of a lack of sunlight, many Americans today aren’t getting enough Vitamin D and may benefit from at least 1,000 IU daily to promote skin, bone and mood health. Fish-derived Omega-3s have also been linked to improved health—with benefits that include enhanced heart, brain, digestive and immune function—and leading experts recommend 1,000mg-4,000mg daily for total-body support. ReNew Life’s Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega is an excellent choice, with 1,025mg Omega-3s and 1,000 IU Vitamin D₃per single gel cap.