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Mission Statement

The importance of diet and nutrition in human health and disease is well established. Basic laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies have all contributed to our understanding of the minimum daily requirements (MDR) for both micro- and macro-nutrients necessary for survival and disease prevention. Caloric restriction experiments in a variety of species have also suggested a connection between diet and aging. Although people are similar in their general nutritional requirements, considerable individual variability exists with respect to personal tastes, lifestyles, eating habits, food availability, cooking practices, nutrient absorption, environmental stress, and other factors that make the “one diet fits all” approach impractical. A more direct approach is to monitor a combination of nutrition-related parameters and outcomes (such as serum nutrient levels, oxidative stress, body composition, and health risk indicators) and modify nutritional intake in a targeted fashion to correct specific imbalances as they are detected. The result is a program of diet and supplementation that is customized to the specific needs of each individual patient with the goal of achieving intake of the ideal combination of nutrients that will produce optimal health and longevity.

Researchers and scientists continue to find out more about how individual nutrients can help prevent and treat disease. But they are also learning how whole foods may allow nutrients to work together. For example, antioxidants like beta carotene, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C, when consumed in foods, appear to protect against the development of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic degenerative diseases.

The old RDAs have been replaced by Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), which show how much of a nutrient we need every day to maximize health and lower the risk of chronic disease (in contrast to RDAs, which listed the minimum amount needed to prevent a deficiency). The field of clinical nutrition is now increasingly incorporated into mainstream medical treatment.

Who needs supplements?

If you’re generally healthy and eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and fish, you likely don’t need supplements.

However, the dietary guidelines recommend supplements — or fortified foods — in the following situations:

  • Women who may become pregnant should get 400 micrograms a day of folic acid from fortified foods or supplements, in addition to eating foods that naturally contain folate.
  • Women who are pregnant should take a prenatal vitamin that includes iron or a separate iron supplement.
  • Adults age 50 or older should eat foods fortified with vitamin B-12, such as fortified cereals, or take a multivitamin that contains B-12 or a separate B-12 supplement.
  • Adults age 65 and older who do not live in assisted living or nursing homes should take 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily to reduce the risk of falls.

Dietary supplements

also may be appropriate if you:

  • Don’t eat well or consume less than 1,600 calories a day.
  • Are a vegan or a vegetarian who eats a limited variety of foods.
  • Don’t obtain two to three servings of fish a week. If you have difficulty achieving this amount, some experts recommend adding a fish oil supplement to your daily regimen.
  • Are a woman who experiences heavy bleeding during your menstrual period.
  • Have a medical condition that affects how your body absorbs or uses nutrients, such as chronic diarrhea, food allergies, food intolerance, or a disease of the liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas.
  • Have had surgery on your digestive tract and are not able to digest and absorb nutrients properly.

Talk to your doctor or a dietitian

about which supplements and what doses might be appropriate for you. Be sure to ask about possible side effects and interactions with any medications you take.