3 Supplements I Most Often Recommend To My Clients
When I first decided to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, I thought the bulk of my job would be educating people on how to make healthier choices. But, I learned that nutrition isn't just about reading food labels to make healthier choices at the grocery store.
A large part of my current work is recommending supplements. Here are the 3 supplements I most often recommend to my current clients and why...
This probably is not a surprise. Most clients come to a dietitian because they aren't eating well. If they aren't eating well, they aren't getting enough vitamins & minerals. So, of course, I recommend a multivitamin-multimineral supplement. The particular multivitamin formula does vary. Clients who are menstruating often need more iron, for example. Some formulations, like the New Chapter Every Woman's One Daily Whole Food Multi, provide more than just vitamins & minerals. This product includes adaptogenic herbs, like eleuthero & maca, to help support a healthy stress response. You can find New Chapter Every Woman's One Daily and other quality multivitamins at my shop at https://wellevate.me/Paula-Wesson
Again, this may not be a surprise. People end up in my care because they aren't eating well. A lot of people do get enough protein. But there are also a variety of reasons people aren't getting enough. People with certain medical conditions, like end stage renal disease on dialysis, need more protein than healthy individuals. Older adults may eat less protein due to pain or difficulty chewing or swallowing. Clients may eat mostly processed foods. For example, one client is living on mostly soda & pudding! He's getting plenty of calories & carbs, but he's not getting protein. I recommend a variety of protein supplements including protein powders, protein shakes, gelatin, collagen, and even high-protein ice cream! For clients with significant wounds, protein supplements pair well with my next supplement...
#3: Vitamin C
This is not one I personally take regularly nor is this something everyone should take regularly. However, I recommend this frequently to clients with chronic wounds. Vitamin C can help with collagen formation in pressure injuries, surgical wounds, diabetic ulcers, arterial ulcers, and venous stasis ulcers. I also frequently recommend vitamin C for clients who are on diuretics which increase vitamin C excretion. Lastly, some clients may benefit from vitamin C if they have a low vitamin C intake. (Scurvy or vitamin C deficiency is still around!) That said, I don't recommend self-prescribing vitamin C. High doses can cause diarrhea and kidney stones. Unless a doctor or dietitian has recommended a vitamin C supplement, stick to getting vitamin C from fruits and vegetables. Besides oranges, it's found in strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, and broccoli!