7 Vitamins & Supplements Primary Care Doctors Recommend | Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When it comes to vitamins and supplements, what're the best ones to

consider? Can you take too much and what happens if you do? Should your

doctor know your vitamin intake? Can they really prevent certain

diseases? Is a multivitamin sufficient? How do you know what nutrients

you’re not getting? Are any of your prescription meds linked to vitamin

deficiencies? These are common questions asked about vitamin and

supplement use. The reality is that this is a multi-billion-dollar

industry with people self-prescribing, often blindly. In order to

educate consumers, MDVIP-affiliated

physicians, Louis

Malinow, MD. Leslie

Emhof, MD, recommend considering some of these seven vitamins and

supplements that can help you achieve optimal health.

As Americans search for key ingredients to living healthy and preventing

disease, Dr. Malinow, an internist and noted lipidologist in Baltimore,

Maryland, said the simple answer may be in what patients lack in their

daily diets. “Supplements simply ‘supplement.’ They're not a rescue

from poor habits or a replacement for healthy eating. I prefer to sharp

shoot with specific supplements rather than take a shotgun approach.”

Dr. Emhof, a Tallahassee, Florida-based family practitioner and

geriatrician, added, “Many supplements CAN interact with prescription

medications, which is why it's SO IMPORTANT to share any new

supplements you're taking with your doctor. Try to do your best with

diet and exercise first. Then add supplements to get even better.”

Faced with an alphabet soup of options, which supplements should you

choose and why? Below, Dr.

Malinow and Dr. Emhof share their top seven recommendations:

Vitamin D. Dr. Emhof calls this his No. 1 supplement and he tests

his patients annually for low levels of D. “Unless you live on the

equator, where the sun is directly overhead, you're likely vitamin D

deficient.” Vitamin D works more like a hormone and affects every cell

in the body. It's been shown to boost immune and nerve function, aid

memory and mental acuity and help with calcium absorption and bone

health. Some studies have shown that it can reduce the risk of cancer,

including breast, colon, prostate, leukaemia, lymphoma and melanoma.

Those with D deficiency have a greater risk of dying from any cause, as

well as higher risk of complications after surgeries.

Probiotics. Is your gut bacteria healthy and strong enough? If

you've taken antibiotics recently or suffer from digestive

disturbances, the right probiotic can help keep bad bacteria in check.

In addition, they can also possibly improve anxiety, depression and

immune function. “At any given time, we all have healthy

disease-fighting bacteria and unhealthy disease-promoting bacteria. Your

diet strongly influences which bacteria you've. A diet rich in sugar,

high-fructose corn syrup and processed foods will cause the wrong

bacteria to proliferate and can be damageing to your health,” said Dr.

Emhof. So, which one should you consume? Dr. Malinow warns, “A good

probiotic should be able to survive the acidic environment of the

stomach to reach the intestine where it's most effective.”

Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These are healthy fats as opposed to trans

fats. There are two types of Omega 3s: animal-based (like fish oil,

krill oil. Even grass-fed beef). Plant-based (things like

flaxseeds and chia seeds). The animal-based Omega 3s are prefered

because the body utilizes them more efficiently. They can help improve

heart disease, decrease inflammation and may reduce the incidence of

certain cancers. “I personally recommend krill oil over fish oil as it

is absorbed better. Krill oil and fish oil are both fats and as such,

they’re subject to going rancid and require preservatives to prevent

this. The preservative in fish oil supplements is vitamin E, while the

preservative in krill oil is astaxanthin, known to be one of the world’s

strongest antioxidants,” advised Dr. Malinow.

Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is essential for making proteins and is

a key factor in the ageing process. it's also very important for

maintaining an adequate energy source for cells. “Deficiencies of B12

can be caused by many common drugs prescribed for heartburn or diabetes,

including metformin, the most popular diabetes drug in the world.

antacids like Prilosec and Nexium,” commented Dr. Emhof. Some diseases,

like anaemia, can be caused by deficiency in B12 due to its role in

proper red cell production.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Oxidation is what ages us. It damages cells

over time and is thought to be what causes many diseases later in life.

CoQ10 is an antioxidant that helps our cells manufacture energy

properly. Deficiency, especially with age or for those on statin-type

cholesterol medication, often leads to muscle weakness or pain. If you

are deficient in CoQ10 and have a heart attack, you've a higher chance

of damageing more heart muscle — essentially a larger heart attack. “I

recommend all statin users (Lipitor and Crestor. Example) take

CoQ10. Patients on these drugs develop CoQ10 deficiency. This

accounts for the 10 to 30 percent incidence of muscle pain or weakness

with these medications. “If you're a statin user and have tried CoQ10

and STILL have muscle pain, add a supplement called L-carnitine. This

with the CoQ10 is my secret weapon for statin-intolerant patients,” said

Dr. Malinow.

Turmeric. Studies have shown that people from India have among

the lowest incidence of degenerative brain disease and pain from

arthritis. Many associate this with diets high in turmeric (also known

as curcuma longa or curcumin). A spice derived from a plant, turmeric is

believed to have multiple anti-cancer properties. Safe, tasty and with

no significant risks, look for a capsule brand with 95 percent

curcuminoids (the active component) and a brand that states it also has

black pepper or piperine substances which greatly enhance absorption

from the gut into the body. Turmeric is also easy to incorporate into

your cooking. “Turmeric is my go-to for cancer prevention. Some studies

have shown it helps interrupt the cancer process,” said Dr. Malinow. “It

has also been shown to prevent a buildup of the protein that leads to

the damage that causes Alzheimer’s.”

Creatine. Long a favourite of bodybuilders and athletes looking

for short bursts of energy, creatine does a lot more. It donates energy

to muscle. It won't make your muscles bigger. Will give you more

power. This can be important for anyone in rehab or physical therapy.

Use creatine an hour or so before a workout or therapy for added

endurance and potentially quicker recovery. “As we age, we lose the

ability to produce energy inside each of our cells. This loss of energy

production is common to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

supplementation with creatine can increase energy production

significantly. This leads to improved muscle strength in the elderly and

cognitive improvement in some studies using large doses. The only

concern is that you must've normal kidney function in order to use

it,” recommended Dr. Malinow.

“This isn't about illness medicine or how to get better. Wellness

medicine and how to maintain optimal health,” Dr. Emhof says. “Ask your

doctor his or her philosophy on vitamins and supplements.”

You should consult with your doctor before starting any diet, exercise,

supplementation or medication program.


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Louis B. Malinow, MD is an MDVIP-affiliated physician and board

certified in Internal Medicine and Hypertension Specialist as well as a

Diplomat, American Board of Clinical Lipidology, practising for over 19

years in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Malinow graduated from the University Of

Maryland School Of Medicine and completed his residency at Stanford

University Hospital in Stanford, CA. Dr. Malinow is one of the only

physicians in Maryland with this dual speciality in high blood pressure

and high cholesterol management. He's also a member of the prestigious

Alpha Omega Alpha medical honour society and is recognized by Best

Doctors and Top Doctor by U.S. News &. World Report

and Baltimore Magazine. Dr. Malinow has appeared on numerous news

programs advocating for preventive care and wellness.


Leslie S. Emhof, MD is an MDVIP-affiliated physician and board certified

by the American Academy of Family Physicians and Geriatric Medicine

practising for over 30 years in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Emhof

graduated from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York

and completed his internship and residency at Tallahassee Memorial

Hospital. He's a Fellow, American College of Specialists in Geriatrics

and a Fellow, American College of Ethical Physicians. Dr. Emhof is

Medical Director at Westminster Oaks and has been recognized by Best


Drs. Malinow &. Emhof are available for interviews

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