“Vitamin D is extremely important for maintaining bone health, but from a mental-health perspective, low vitamin D levels have been implicated in depression. One in ten people in the United States will develop depression, and it causes huge losses in quality of life and productivity. Like many Americans, I wear sunscreen, so I lose out on a major source of vitamin D. I take 5,000 mg of vitamin D most days, which is a lot, but my vitamin D levels otherwise run low; most people could take 400 to 1,000 mg.” –Gail Saltz, MD, psychiatrist and author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius. Here are 9 signs you might not be getting enough vitamin D.
“Zinc is one of the most important minerals to stave off infection. It promotes immunity and helps your body resist invasion by bacteria and viruses. It is also important for nervous system development, and for moms-to-be, zinc is super important for a healthy pregnancy. In addition to recommending it to patients for general prevention, I recommend it to my allergy patients because they are generally more prone to infection. The recommended dietary allowance of zinc is anywhere from 8 to 11 mg per day, depending on your age and if you are male or female. I take a daily multivitamin that contains it.” –Tania Elliott, MD, allergist and chief medical officer of the preventative health company EHE