For Heart Health: What Should an Optimal Multinutrient Formula Contain?
How do I know if my multinutrient vitamin has everything I need for optimal heart health and overall health?
When shopping for a multinutrient formula, there are a number of “basics” that I recommend it include for maintaining optimum heart health, as well as overall health. As you’ll see from the list below, I'm not a proponent of mega-dosing. However, I also don’t believe that you can get all of the nutritional support you need by taking a supplement that promises everything in just one tablet or capsule a day. I would avoid those types of products.
This list is my baseline for what constitutes a quality multinutrient. Compare it with your multivitamin’s nutrition label to see how the brand in your medicine cabinet stacks up.
- 7,500 IU mixed carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, and alpha-carotene), and vitamin A (palmitate)
- 200–400 IU vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, gamma tocopherol, tocotrienols)
- 400–500 mg vitamin C
- 400–2,000 IU vitamin D
- 500–750 mg calcium
- 200–500 mg magnesium
- 50–100 mg potassium
- 100–200 mcg selenium
- 400–800 mcg folic acid
- 10–20 mg vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- 10–20 mg vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- 20–40 mg vitamin B6
- 200–1,000 mcg vitamin B12
- 25–50 mg vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- 10–20 mg zinc
- 100–200 mcg chromium picolinate
- 10–40 mg quercetin
- 200–500 mcg vanadium
- 1–2 mg manganese
- 1 mg copper
- 75–150 mg iodine (kelp)
- 75–150 mg molybdenum
- 50 mg inositol
- 25–200 mcg biotin
One more thing: Remember that a multinutrient is only the foundation of a complete supplement program. For optima; heart health, I also recommend that everyone supplement with at least 1 to 2 grams of omega-3 essential fatty acids daily. And if you have other cardiovascular concerns, you’ll also benefit from my “Awesome Foursome”—the four supplements I recommend for anyone looking for additional support. As a last step, I often recommend that patients take specific supplements based on other health concerns they may have.
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