Ask The Herb Lady

By Cathy Schram

What vitamins should I start taking first?

Q: I really want to start on a vitamin program, but I am totally overwhelmed as to what I should be taking. What are some suggestions to help me stay healthy?

A: Congratulations! By asking that question, you have taken the first step in staying healthy and guarding against unwanted illnesses. I will outline what supplements I feel a healthy adult should take:

  • Whole food multivitamin – This type of vitamin is easily absorbed and your body will actually utilize the vitamins and minerals that are in it. I call this an insurance policy for your body. No matter how good our diet is, it generally falls short in the vitamin/mineral department.
  • Omega 3 – Our bodies need essential fatty acids to maintain normal functioning of all body tissues. You can get either fish or plant-based. I prefer fish because of the high EPA/DHA concentrations.
  • Pro-Biotic – Get a good multi-species product. You want to populate your gut and your intestines with good healthy flora.
  • Enzymes – Digestive enzymes taken before meals will help you on several levels. They will help break down your food so that it can be easily digested, thereby eliminating gas, bloating and indigestion. They also help with the absorption of nutrients from your food.
  • D3 – Many studies have shown that we are severely deficient in Vitamin D3. This vitamin is essential for bone health, mood, immune, cellular and urinary tract health. Studies have even shown it to be helpful with asthma and cancer.

It is always a good idea to speak with your health care professional to help determine what supplements could benefit you the most.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.