What Supplements Do I Really Need? Plus a Healthy Dinner Recipe

Despite what the doom and gloom media may pump out about how nutritional supplements don’t have any benefit and can in fact be dangerous there are a few supplements most everyone should be taking AND are perfectly safe.


There are two types of supplements.  Food based and synthetic based.  You can easily tell the difference because a food based supplement will typically contain a much lower percentage of the daily requirement of the vitamin being supplied whereas the synthetic will have an astronomical amount, sometimes exceeding 2,000% of a given nutrient.


Food based vitamins are just that, concentrated foods.  Synthetic vitamins are typically isolated from a chemical substrate and are virtually worthless (see the media was right about those since they base their misguided headlines on studies done with synthetic vitamins.).


Think of it this way… if Vitamin C were a bike tire a food based Vitamin C would include the center metal ring of the tire, all the spokes, the metal rim and the rubber tire.  Synthetic Vitamin C would offer 1,000 of the little inner metal rims.  Clearly you aren’t going anywhere fast with those 1,000 metal rings from the center of the full tire but only 2 full Vitamin C “tires” could get you all over town.


This is the central delusion with supplements and why food based supplements are not only extremely effective but also extremely safe.


So where is a good place to start?  Here is the core 3 all people should be taking to cover the basics of a good supplement program.


1)Food Based Multi-vitamin

2)Fish oil supplement

3)1,000IU Vitamin D supplement


Once you cover the basics you can get fancy.  As is usually the case, simple is just best way to do things.



And now for the healthy dinner recipe featuring a boost of natural Vitamin C


Tuna and Artichoke in Lemon Sauce

1 can tuna

1 can artichokes

1 teaspoon of capers

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

juice from ½ lemon

Redmond Real Salt to tasted

5-6 twists of black pepper

2 tablespoons roasted garlic hummus

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients except artichokes and stir to mix well.  Add artichokes and stir into mixture.


Serve over a mixed green salad.

Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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