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Recommended Supplements for Most Adults:

Vitamin C: 2 - 3 grams/day (1000 mg = 1 gram)

Vitamin E: 100-400 I.U./day

Folate: (folic acid) 400 - 2000 mcg/day--(to reduce homocysteine levels, a risk factor for coronary heart disease)

Women: Flax seed oil: 3 grams/day-- (in refrigerated one-gram capsules); (provides omega-3 fatty acids)
      AND
Fish oil: 3 grams/day-- (in refrigerated one-gram capsules, MaxEPA or equivalent); (provides omega-3 fatty acids)

Men: Fish oil: 3 grams/day-- (in refrigerated one-gram capsules, MaxEPA or equivalent); (provides omega-3 fatty acids)

Selenium: 100-200 mcg/day-- In one study, people taking 200 micrograms of selenium a day for over four years had a 46% lower risk of lung cancer, 63% lower risk of prostate cancer and a 58% reduction in colorectal cancer. Overall, the cancer risk dropped by 37% compared to people taking a placebo (ref: Journal of the American Medical Association 1996;276:1957-1962)

Multivitamin: without iron for men and post-menopausal women (adjust above amounts as needed); iron is an oxidant and oxidizes LDL-cholesterol to a form more likely to be taken up by the arterial wall. Premenopausal women may benefit from a multivitamin with iron.

See note below for Vitamins B-6 and B-12, not specifically included in Dr. Ornish's recommendations.


Editor's comment:

For their effect on serum homocysteine, some cardiologists at least are recommending daily doses of three "B" vitamins, not only folic acid.

Folic Acid     2 mg  (2000 micrograms)*
Vit. B-6     100 mg  (milligrams)
Vit. B-12   500 mcg (micrograms)

See article on Vitamins "B"


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