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Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements

Used for years to treat menopause symptoms, this plant has proven beneficial in new studies.

Are you Getting Enough Vitamin C?

This vitamin, particularly good for vegetarians, should not be overlooked

Here’s the vitamin C conundrum: We can’t live without this essential nutrient, yet our bodies don’t make or store it. To replenish our supplies, we turn to antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables—citrus, kiwis, strawberries, tomatoes, red and green peppers, broccoli—yet dietary vitamin C degrades easily during storage and cooking. Perhaps that’s why 25 percent of Americans get less than the recommended intake. 


Tired of looking for protein in all the same places? Try these new power-packed, flavorful sources.

Protein is the building block of life: a macronutrient vital to creating and repairing everything from bones to muscles to skin. And if you want to maintain a healthy body weight, research shows that it’s best not to skimp on protein. It provides a sense of satiety, which puts the brakes on overeating. You probably know that tofu, yogurt, and beans can all help you get your fill. But these other protein heavyweights are delicious options to explore, too. 

A lot of people know that vitamin D allows the body to use calcium for maintaining strong bones. But it’s more than just a supplemental supplement: vitamin D is necessary for proper muscle, nerve, and immune function—and inadequate levels have been linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, hypertension, and multiple cancers. “Everyone can benefit from vitamin D supplementation, especially vegetarians,” says Dr.

It used to be that when you had a stomachache, you’d reach for the Pepto, or maybe a cup of peppermint tea. Today, you might consider popping a probiotic.

Made from resin from a tree that grows in India, northern Africa, and the Middle East, boswellia may be used to treat chronic pain and arthritis.

A member of the ginger family, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is widely used in Indian cooking, giving curry its distinctive yellow hue. The plant is also a pillar of Ayurvedic medicine due to the properties of curcumin, turmeric’s most active ingredient.

“Everyone with any type of cardiovascular disease should take coenzyme Q10,” says Julian Whitaker, MD, founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute Medical Clinic in Newport Beach, Calif. “It’s the single most powerful supplement for strengthening the heart muscle.

If taken correctly, this type of ginseng may help to restore your mental and physical energy.

supplement_smartsIllustration: Aleks Sennwald