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What Supplements Do Doctors Take?

By    |   Friday, 06 February 2015 02:49 PM

“Physician, heal thyself” is part of a Biblical proverb from the Book of Luke that has turned into a medical cliché. But the fact is, what doctors do themselves to stay healthy can be very telling.
 
After all, it’s one thing to advise patients to do something and quite another when it is your own health at stake.
 
Newsmax Health asked four top physicians to reveal what supplements they take on a regular basis. All the supplements cited are available at health food stores or on the Internet.
 
Michael A. Smith, M.D., author of “The Supplement Pyramid”: multivitamin, omega-3, CoQ10, probiotics, DHEA, blueberry extract, pomegranate extract.
 
“Because of our toxic environment and depleted agricultural soil, taking supplements is absolutely necessary for living a healthy, vibrant life,” he says. “I never miss a day of these
critical, life-extending nutrients.”
 
Dr. Smith says that DHEA positively affects the immune system along with boosting muscle and nerve tissue. Blueberry extract improves brain function and pomegranate extract provides arterial support, he says.
 
“It’s also important to get enough vitamin D. I make sure I get 5,000 IUs a day,” he says.
 
Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center, author of “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program,” and Mind Health Report newsletter: multivitamin, omega-3.
 
“When I travel, I also use melatonin for jet lag. I find that it helps me sleep through the night
when my body is trying to adjust to different time zones,” he says.
 
Dr. Small adds that his research on longevity indicates that curcumin as well as pomegranate
extract may be beneficial antiaging supplements.
 
“We’re undergoing doubleblind placebo controlled trials at the present time,” he tells Newsmax Health. “Depending on the results of those studies, I may change my regimen.”
 
Erika Schwartz, M.D., leading national wellness expert and author of the Healthy Balance newsletter: combination supplement containing B12, L-carnitine, CoQ10, green tea extract, omega-3 fish oil, vitamin C, probiotics, milk thistle.
 
“I’ve been working with supplements for two decades so I feel comfortable in my understanding of their use and integration into a well-rounded wellness and anti-aging program,” she says. “The supplements I take increase energy production at the cellular level, support and enhance the immune system, decrease inflammation, and support hormone balance.”
 
She doesn’t take the milk thistle daily, but uses it in a four-week course twice a year to detoxify the liver.
 
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of “The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution”: omega-3, multivitamin powder with amino acids, ribose.
 
“With half the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients being stripped out of our food during
processing, simple, high potency nutritional support is key,” he says.
 
Dr. Teitelbaum prefers supplement powders and drinks to capsules “because I don’t like
pills!”
 
The full version of this article appeared in Health Radar newsletter. To read more, click here.
 

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'Physician, heal thyself' is part of a Biblical proverb that has turned into a medical cliché. But the truth is, what doctors do themselves to stay healthy can be very telling. Here’s a look at what supplements top doctors take.
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