Vitamin Q&A: The Best Supplements

By Rovenia Brock, PhD

Posted on | By Rovenia "Dr. Ro" Brock

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of supplements that are on the market? Nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock clears up the confusion by answering your common questions.

How can my health benefit from an omega-3 supplement?

Research indicates omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) play a role in a variety of processes in the body that keep us healthy! People who eat omega-3 rich fish several times a week probably do not need to take omega-3 supplements, but those of us who don’t get enough from diet alone may benefit from supplementing with fish oil daily. In fact, 500 mg per day of EPA/DHA is recommended by many health care professional organizations. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to support heart health as well as joint, brain and eye health. They also have been shown to help maintain triglyceride levels already in the normal range and may reduce the risk of heart disease later in life.

How does an omega-3 supplement help to preserve heart and brain health?

Omega-3 fatty acids help to protect mental and physical health. The two primary omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both EPA and DHA promote and maintain the normal, restorative response throughout the body. In addition, EPA/DHA supports heart health and circulatory integrity, and may help maintain healthy triglyceride levels already in the normal range. Those with documented heart health concerns are advised to supplement with 1000 mg of EPA/DHA per day. DHA is a constituent of membranes of nerve cells in the brain and is thought to play an important role in normal brain development and function.

Why is vitamin D important to my overall health?

Vitamin D has emerged as a "star supplement" because of its many nutritional benefits for men, women and children. Vitamin D plays a key role in the proper absorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth and has been shown to support colon, breast, prostate, ovarian, heart and colorectal health. This important vitamin also supports a healthy immune system in adults. Unfortunately, too many Americans have suboptimal levels of vitamin D.

Article written by Rovenia "Dr. Ro" Brock
Nutritionist and Author, Dr. Ro's Ten Secrets to Livin' Healthy