Following are suggestions for a daily supplement regimen. All of these formulas can be found separately; however, some contain virtually all the nutrients you need in easy-to-take daily packages. As always, recommend that clients discuss any supplement changes with their physicians before beginning.
Multivitamin and mineral. Recommend a comprehensive and balanced multivitamin and mineral supplement formula containing all the major vitamins, minerals and trace minerals; select an iron-free formula if your client is postmenopausal.
Antioxidant. Antioxidants help stop free radical damage and reduce damage from environmental stressors.
B-complex. Recommend a high-potency B-complex supplement that provides all eight essential B vitamins: thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), folic acid (B-9), cyanocobalamin (B-12) and biotin (B-7).
EFA. Recommend an EFA supplement that provides omega-3 fatty acids. This may be in the form of fish oil, flaxseed oil or ground flaxseeds added to food, or in capsule form. Vegetarians or those not eating fish or taking fish oil supplements should add a microalgae-derived DHA supplement.
Lecithin. Recommend the use of soy lecithin granules sprinkled on or added to foods, or a liquid soy lecithin in capsule form.
Glucosamine. Recommend 1,200 mg of either glucosamine sulfate or glucosamine hydrochloride (HCL) every day. Glucosamine is the building block of the ingredients needed to repair the dermis, as well as all of the connective tissue within the human body. It is excellent for joint health and may help reduce wrinkles.
Calcium. Recommend a calcium supplement for bone health. Most women should take 1,000–1,500 mg of calcium with vitamin D daily, depending on dietary intake of calcium.