Ready to start your New Year’s resolutions? Most resolutions center around getting healthier, and vitamins are a great way to promote good health. It’s important, however, to make sure that you don’t take any supplements that may be present in the multivitamins you’re already taking.
Always consult with your physician before adding supplements into your regimen. That way, you can reduce the risk of interfering with any prescription medicines or health conditions. Your doctor may even order blood work to identify specific nutrients you may be lacking in your diet and recommend specific supplements for you.
Here’s a list of vitamins that can optimize your health.
Don’t Eat Fish? Take Omega-3.
Omega-3 (fish oil) is an essential fatty acid that keeps your heart healthy. Omega-3 reduces triglyceride levels. Too much triglycerides can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Omega-3 is found in seafood, nuts, and some vegetables, but you can find Omega-3 supplements in your pharmacy or local drug store. Some pharmacies offer free delivery for prescriptions and vitamins.
Dosage: Adults in good general health can take up to 3gm of Omega-3 per day.
Want Healthy Nails, Hair, and Skin? Take Biotin.
Biotin is a type of B vitamin that can support your metabolism, cells, and the health of your skin and nails.
Biotin is usually found in wheat bread, eggs, dairy, fish, and nuts. If you have dietary restrictions, have your blood drawn to see if you need more Biotin.
Dosage: Adults with no health problems can take about 30mcg of Biotin daily.
Want to Boost Your Immunity? Take Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. It helps bones and tissues repair themselves and supplements can boost your immunity if you’re fighting a cold.
Caution: Taking too much vitamin C can lead to diarrhea, an upset stomach, or gas.
Dosage: Healthy adults shouldn’t take more than 2,000mcg of Vitamin C per day.
Feeling Depressed? Lack Energy? You Might Need More B-12.
If you’re feeling lethargic or depressed, you might have a low B-12 level. It’s sometimes called pernicious anemia. A doctor might recommend B-12 injections or supplements over-the-counter.
B-12 is found in seafood, red meat, and dairy. It’s an essential vitamin that often helps people feel more energetic and can even improve memory.
Dosage: Adults in good health can take up to 25mcg of B-12 per day.
How to Get Started
Visit to your doctor first to find out which vitamins you might need. Then head to your local Wiley’s Pharmacy. You’ll find supplements near the prescriptions aisle or by the prescription refill counter. Ask your doctor about supplements you want to take. That way you can start your New Year’s resolutions healthy!