Dr. Vicki's Basic Essentials: 5 Daily Supplements for Men & Women

Recently, I’ve received dozens of phone calls and emails from patients and blog fans. All of them pose the same question: which nutritional supplements should they order on my Fullscript store to support optimal health? The confusion is understandable. Everyone is unique, so the right mix of vitamins will differ from one to the next. Plus, there are 1000s of brands and variations out there — all of which vary in quality, potency, and efficacy. In short, it’s a lot to swallow. 


To eliminate the confusion, I’ve done extensive research and put together what I call my Basic Essentials. They consist of five daily supplements every man and women can take with confidence and peace of mind. And I’ve made ordering them easier than ever. Once you’ve opened your Fullscript account*, log onto the site and go to product catalog. On the left, there’s a column called Conditions. Click on the category called ALL WELLNESS. There you’ll find the best, highest quality products for each of my Basic Essentials…pre-picked at discounted prices!


Of course, there is no substitute for my private consultations. Prior to and during each session, I review your health history and evaluate your specific needs. Then I develop a customized regimen just for you. However, if you choose to do it on your own, the five vitamins below are an ideal place to start. But before you take anything, make sure they don't conflict with any current health conditions or medications. If you have any questions or doubts, please consult your physician. Lastly, remember that vitamins are a supplement to a healthy diet, not a substitute.



My Five Basic Essentials…


1) Basic Multi-Vitamin.  A good multi-vitamin is an ideal, one-stop supplement for meeting many of your body’s daily requirements. As men and women have different nutritional needs, you'll see that I have prescribed a different multi-vitamin for each. These multi-vitamins are organic, free of GMOs, heavy metals (save those for your playlist) and other toxins. 


2) Omega-3 Fish Oils  (EPA and DHA).  Omega-3 fish oils are essential to your short- and long-term health on many levels. They support healthy heart and brain function, keep your blood flowing, and reduce the risk of clotting. (For more on healthy heart and brain function, read my blogs, The Skinny on Fats Parts 1 & 2.)  If you’re currently taking blood thinners or preparing for surgery, DO NOT TAKE Omega-3 fish oils until you consult your doctor. I chose this reputable brand because they are free of toxic metals and are third-party verified.   


3) Coenzyme-Q 10  (ubiquinone or ubiquinol). CoQ 10 is a vital antioxidant that supports healthy mitochondria, the energy powerhouses found in practically every cell of your body. Mitochondria transform nutrients into usable energy. (Think of them as your own personal solar panels.)  CoQ 10 also helps maintain optimal heart health and prevents damage caused by oxidative stress. The latter -- an imbalance between the body's production of free radicals and its ability to neutralize them -- is at the root of many illnesses. Ubiquinol has been shown to be a more easily absorbed source of CoQ 10 than ubiquinone. 


4) Vitamin C  (ascorbic acid among other components). Another potent antioxidant, Vitamin C also helps combat free radical damage. It helps repair and regenerate skin tissue, and promotes collagen production for a healthy, youthful appearance. Vitamin C also helps guard against heart disease, specifically oxidative damage in blood vessels due to LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It may even help discourage atherosclerosis. Plus, it assists in the body’s absorption of iron and other minerals essential to wellbeing. A super immunity booster, it’s been proven to protect against and fight colds and flus. But not all Vitamin C supplements are created equal, as many sources contain GMOs. The one I have chosen is organic and non-GMO.


5) Vitamin D3  (cholecalciferol). Appropriately nicknamed The Sunshine Vitamin, Vitamin D3 is naturally produced by the body through exposure to sun. Technically, it’s considered a pro-hormone rather than a vitamin. It aids the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and is necessary for healthy bone growth and remodeling. (This is where mature bone tissue is removed and new bone tissue is formed.)  It also supports healthy teeth. Research has shown that Vitamin D3 is crucial to preventing many illnesses, including diabetes, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. It is recommended that you have your blood levels of vitamin D checked in the form of 25(OH)D to see your starting point. Then take your recommended dosage and have your levels checked again in six months.  


Wait a minute…you said five this is six! Sorry, consider it a bonus supplement I strongly recommend…


6) Probiotics. Maintaining a healthy, diverse microbiome — the natural, healthy bacteria, fungi, and viruses in your gut, throughout your body, and even on your skin — is vital to your wellbeing. As Hippocrates knew, “All disease begins in the gut”. Your mental and physical state depends on the health of your microbiome. (Much more on this in a future blog.) In addition to eating fermented, probiotic-rich foods that increase your good bacteria (organic sauerkraut, yogurt, kim chee, kombucha)  as well as eating prebiotics, the fiber that nourishes the good bacteria you already have (jicama, asparagus, onion, and garlic), taking a good probiotic is an important part of your daily health regimen. 


Each of the above Basic Essentials should be taken once daily. I’m confident they'll help put you on the path to optimal vitality and longevity. And with Fullscript, it couldn’t be easier or more affordable. As always, I’m available for long-distance phone or Skype consultations to create a regimen of supplements—as well as other dietary and lifestyle adjustments—that more specifically address your personal health needs. But whichever way you go, you’re on the right track!






*Open your Fullscript account now!


Opening your Fullscript account is free. Simply click on the link below, enter your name and email address--and start browsing. No credit card information is required and there's no obligation to buy anything. You can order on your own, or I can prescribe a regimen to meet your unique needs.