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There’s a whole world of mostly unregulated nutritional supplements that promise all kinds of remarkable yet vague health benefits, always accompanied by the legal disclaimer: “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
What does “supports anti-oxidant health” really mean anyway? Well, as a biology major, I can tell you that oxidants are “free radicals," highly-reactive molecules that are believed to play a part in most degenerative diseases and cancers. And anti-oxidants are compounds that stop free radicals from doing their damage. It sounds great, but the science isn’t all there yet. Yes, consuming anti-oxidant rich vegetables leads to better health, but the assumption that anti-oxidants are the reason hasn’t been conclusively proven, nor is there solid evidence that nutritional supplements in pill form serve the same function. The annals of science and medicine (I love saying that 😉 are littered with studies suggesting that things are healthy for us that later turn out to be just the opposite (margarine!). That fact should have us all eating more vegetables, and taking fewer pills, but the promise of better memory, more flexible joints and less cancer is too alluring.
With everything I know, I still take the long list of vitamins and supplements below, with the same cautious hope my Jewish grandmother lit candles in Catholic churches. It couldn’t hurt. Except these possibly could hurt, so here’s my legal disclaimer: I’m not a doctor (though I sometimes play one in the bedroom), and you should consult your own physician before starting any supplementation plan. My only advice here is about buying them. Save yourself some big bucks by shopping where I do: Puritan's Pride They’re currently running their super “Buy 1, Get 2 Free” sale. Puritan offers the holy trinity of high quality, low prices and great service on vitamin and supplement orders. If you’re going to be taking questionably helpful supplements, you should at least not be paying through the nose for them.
My Daily Regimen
Oh, and one more helpful tip: I package my daily regimen in little zip-lock bags that I pack up myself once a month.