Listed below are my recommendations for daily dietary supplements:
Even a well balanced diet will not get you the appropriate levels of these vitamins, which are anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants remove oxygen free radicals from the body, which occur naturally as a byproduct of metabolism and can cause damage in cells leading to heart disease, cancer, and aging. The body also produces free radicals when exposed to sunlight, X-rays, ozone, tobacco smoke, car exhaust, and other environmental pollutants.
Large doses of beta carotene are not harmful except to smokers, because the body converts only as much beta carotene to Vitamin A as it can use. Taking too much Vitamin A as a supplement can be toxic. Instead, choose supplements in the form of “beta carotene.”
Baby aspirin provides cardiac protection, as well as 50% protection against colon cancer but fish oil capsules are safer. Vitamin D3 prevents osteoporosis; extra calcium isn’t needed and can increase the risk of calcium plaques in the blood vessels.
Coenzyme Q-10 is an oil soluble vitamin, very similar in structure to Vitamin E. It is an antioxidant and removes oxygen-free radicals in the same way as Vitamins A (beta carotene), E, and C. There seems to be a particularly beneficial effect on heart and liver function. It is available in health food stores as Ultra Q 10 (100 mgm) and as Accel, one per day. When given to people with heart disease, the recovery of heart function can be dramatic. In Japan,Sweden, Italy, Denmark, and Canada, Coenzyme Q-10 is a conventional and widely prescribed heart medication. Worldwide, six international symposia have been held documenting not only its efficacy, but its almost astounding lack of side effects. In Japan alone, it is the treatment of choice for heart failure for millions of people. In the United States, CoQ-10 is not taken seriously by the medical community, some of whom have not even heard of it. Its future status here remains in question.
Coenzyme Q-10 Benefits. Coenzyme Q-10 as well has many useful actions. It is an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals which contribute to the aging process and are produced naturally in the body, environmental toxins including ultraviolet light from the sun, radiation (including X-rays), cigarette smoke, and air pollution. If you live in Dallas, Texas, or many other places as well, you had better be taking it. CoQ10 enhances the immune system, helps heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and periodontal (gum) disease.
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori may be involved in cognitive impairment and dementia (early Alzheimer’s Disease) through the induction of sequential atrophic gastritis, vitamin B12-folate deficiency, and elevated homocysteine blood levels. This was pointed out in an article in the American Journal of Clinical Neurology in 2007. Vitamin B12-folate supplementation is therefore a reasonable suggestion, in my opinion, for people over age 50. Helicobacter treatment and prevention would also seem to be a good idea, especially in those who seem to be losing mental acuity