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Proper Way to Take Vitamins

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Even if you're eating a clean, healthy diet, you can still benefit from the nutrients provided by vitamins and supplements.
Air Date: 8/31/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, ND
Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, ND, is SVP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association representing mainstream ingredient suppliers and manufacturers of dietary supplements and functional food. In this capacity he reviews scientific studies relating to vitamins, minerals, nutrients and botanicals and other dietary supplements, as well as helps develop and implement self-regulatory guidelines for companies designed to encourage ingredient integrity, industry standards, and well-manufactured products.

Dr. MacKay is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and a practitioner and has been a co-owner (with his wife, also an ND) of a New Hampshire-based complementary and alternative medicine private practice for many years.

Dr. MacKay is a respected and active member of the scientific and regulatory nutrition communities in Washington, D.C. and nationally, having worked closely with the FDA, FTC, NIH (National Institutes of Health), NTP (National Toxicology Program), IFT (Institute of Food Technologists), ASN (American Society for Nutrition) and other scientific and regulatory bodies.

He is experienced in analyzing emerging research in pharmacology, nutrition, the health impact of dietary supplements and other issues pertinent to nutrition policy development. He has extensive experience pertaining to clinical development programs, product formulation, compliance issues, preparation and submission of review and monographs on nutritional ingredients. He is comfortable developing and delivering scientific lectures for health professionals as well as educating consumers about the science and practicalities of achieving sound nutrition.
Proper Way to Take Vitamins
Even if you're eating a clean, healthy diet, you can still benefit from the nutrients provided by vitamins and supplements.

Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, ND, SVP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, says there are a few general principles that should accompany vitamins, minerals, botanicals, herbs, and dietary supplements.

First, read the label and follow the directions. Also, make sure you check in with your healthcare practitioner. 

If you're prone to forgetfulness, take your regimen twice a day; once in the morning, once in the evening. This way, you don't have to be carrying them around with you and you can store them properly.

Listen in as Dr. MacKay joins Andrea and Lisa to explain why nutritional supplements are essential for optimal health and shares some tips for making sure you're getting the proper nutrients.

He also offers up his "top five" supplements to take daily:

  1. Multivitamin
  2. Omega-3
  3. Fiber
  4. Probiotic
  5. Vitamin D
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