3 Supplements You Should Consider Taking NOW


Discussions about whether or not to take supplements usually turn into heated debates.  Some experts believe you can get everything your body needs by simply eating the right foods.  Others believe our bodies need a little more help, especially after the age of 40, even if you’re eating a well-rounded diet.

In their book The Great Life Makeover, physicians Daniel Monti and Anthony Bazzan give their expert recommendations of which supplements to take for optimal health.  Their work at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia has helped thousands of people live healthier and happier lives.  The following are their recommendations for daily supplementation:

  • Multivitamin:  According to Dr. Bazzan and Dr. Monti, EVERYONE, regardless of age, should take comprehensive multivitamin.  Our bodies need higher amounts of certain essential nutrients than we can typically get from food.  And, certain medications can deplete the body of certain nutrients which can lead to deficiency.

Proper supplementation can actually help overcome bad genetics.  We all have good genes and bad genes, but the right supplementation (coupled with a healthy lifestyle) can help you turn ON the good genes while turning OFF the bad ones.

For example, women have both good and bad estrogen.  The good estrogen protects you while the bad estrogen may cause various types of cancer.  Certain supplements can increase the good estrogen and decrease the bad estrogen which can help you in the fight against a family history of estrogen-dependent cancers.

If You Are Over 40:

Probiotics:  Your gut is home to more than 100 trillion different microscopic organisms. And like your genes, you have both good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria are crucial for digestion, function of the immune system, production of vitamins and for keeping bad stuff (like fungi and yeast) in check.

Some people only take probiotics when they are taking an antibiotic.  Since antibiotics kill off the good bacteria along with the bad, they can wreak havoc on your body.  By taking probiotics daily, you’re not only improving the health of your gut, you’re fighting off unwanted inflammation and improving the function of your immune system.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids are just that—you can’t live without them.  Omega 3’s are the major component of the protective coverings (membranes) of the trillions of cells in your body.  They act as gatekeepers to keep the bad stuff out while letting in the good stuff.

If you think you get enough Omega 3’s in your diet, you should probably think again.  Omega 3’s are found in cold-water fatty fishes (tuna, salmon, mackerel, halibut & sardines), nuts, pumpkin seeds and some grains.  But it’s not healthy for you to eat too much of these types of fish because they tend to be high in mercury.  And unless you’re eating the skin, where the fatty acids are concentrated, you’re not getting enough Omega 3’s.

So take your fish oil pills!
If you don’t like the taste, put them in the freezer. If you’re a vegan, flaxseeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

By taking a comprehensive multivitamin, good probiotics and essential fatty acids on a daily basis, you are building a strong foundation for a healthier you.  Other recommended supplements by these physicians include carnitine (for heart, muscle and brain health), Coenzyme Q10 (for heart health and male fertility) and creatine (for increased physical and mental performance).

It’s important to remember that a bad diet cannot be “fixed” by taking supplements.  Living a healthy life consists of eating the right foods, engaging in regular physical activity and embracing a wide variety of healthy behaviors (while shunning the bad ones).  These recommendations may not be for everyone, but I think they’re worth looking into.  Please consult with your physician before beginning any new regimen of supplements.


Stay Well & Smile,



Originally Published in  GlobalFit‘s GO! Newsletter


  • Julie
    May 8, 2013

    COQ10 also helps with muscle tone issues as well – not strength but tone. It’s one of the supplements recommended for people with Parkinson’s Disease. My son has low facial muscle tone which effects his speech and his eyes. When we were told that his eyes “cogwheel” (someone rarely seen in children and very common with Parkinson’s patients), we started him on COQ10. It’s made a big difference and we have noticed the cogwheeling has all but stopped.

    • May 8, 2013

      Thanks for taking the time to share your story Julie. The doctors who wrote the book recommend COQ10 as well. Most people think it’s just for heart health, but as you know, it’s also good for muscle tone. Best of luck with your son!

  • Cyndi Russell
    May 8, 2013

    Vitamins make me burp!

    • May 8, 2013

      Try a different brand! And if you take Fish Oil capsules, put them in the freezer. It makes a big difference! 🙂

  • Carmen Trigueros
    May 8, 2013

    Dear Molly: This is a great article, I am working now on developing recipes for a detox of metals, when can we chat about this? There are many vitamins in the market that can confuse you, combination of a good nutrition, exercise, water, juice, sauna, is the best alternative medicine for me. Lets discuss more. Carmen Trigueros

    • May 8, 2013

      Thanks Carmen. Please share your recipes with us! We could all use some detoxing. I hope you are feeling better–call me anytime. Molly

  • Lynn Pecora
    May 8, 2013

    Thanks Molly for this information! I do not currently take a multivitimin so will consider! This is not for everyone but I do take Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, also known as”DE”, must be Food Grade. It has been reported to absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. DE is a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier. Also, used for cholestol lowering, lowered my overall number by 12 points……….FDA approved in Canada not US!

    • May 8, 2013

      Thanks for this information Lynn. You’re the only person I know taking DE so you can be our case study! Has it positively affected any other part of your life? And please let us know where you order it. Thanks so much!

  • Lynn Pecora
    May 8, 2013

    The most recent place I ordered on-line was from Earthworks Health. Most importantly, make sure it is Food Grade!
    I encourage all to read the literature before making any decisions. I add about a tablespoon to water with a “shot” of OJ and Metamucil- weird I know…….I have been doing this for about 2 years with weekend and vacation breaks factored in. I do believe I heal faster with anything involving a skin tear and my nails grow very fast, not a plus for me, I like to keep them short! Once my recent supply is depleted I may take a break and record any changes, will keep you posted!

    • May 8, 2013

      Thanks Lynn! Let us know what happens when you take a break from it…I think that’s a great idea and we will look forward to hearing an update from you!

  • Vicki
    May 9, 2013

    Hi Molly
    Every morning I take a multitude of vitamins, green vibrance, flax seeds w sesame seeds in coconut water. Works for me!

    • May 9, 2013

      Hi Vicki: Can you please tel us what green vibrance is and where you buy it? Thanks!

      • Vicki
        June 20, 2013

        You can get it at vitamin world but I get mine from Amazon. Love it and have Larry taking it every morning as well.

  • Miko
    January 7, 2014

    Thanks for this article. I just re-upped my probiotics by calling Dr. Bazzan’s office and ordering them directly from Jayne at the admin desk. I also take a Whole Foods brand multi-vitamin and calcium-potassium-magnesium pill, a high-grade fish oil that was recommended by a pharmacist and some vitamin D. I don’t swallow pills easily at all. I wait until I’m ready to swallow a mouthful of food, and then slip a couple vitamins in so I don’t know they’re there!

    The “Great Life Makeover” has some shocking information. I have always been a milk lover but I greatly reduced my dairy intake overall after reading that book.

    My wife has been doing bio-identical hormone therapy for years with Bazzan and it has made a HUGE difference for her. Her hip joints were aching so terribly before the therapy. Standing after sitting for awhile caused her immense, stabbing pain. She’s only 49. That pain has disappeared. Bazzan has an excellent practice. They do a complete blood workup every time she goes. Our insurance is the worst so we pay a lot of money for it but the alternative is just too painful.

    • January 7, 2014

      Hi Miko:
      Thanks for taking the time to share your wife’s story with us. I am glad the bio-identical hormone therapy is working for her. I can’t do it because I have a high ratio of dangerous estrogen. I wish I could 🙂

      May 2014 bring you both lots of happiness and good health! And keep up the probiotics!

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