The only time I’ve been diligent about taking my vitamins has been when I’ve been pregnant. Or when my vitamins are in the shape of 60’s cartoon characters.
A few weeks ago, I turned on my kitchen TV and Oprah was on with Dr. Oz. I like Dr. Oz. More than I did Dr. Phil. Way more. I believe that he does his homework and really knows what he’s talking about. And cares about his patients.
Besides. He wears scrubs on national TV. Not expensive Armani suits. I like that.
Anyhoo. The show was dedicated to holding onto your health for as long as possible. And since I have entire body parts falling off of me, I perked up my ears. And when he started talking about vitamins, I got out my pencil and started writing.
I’ve been avoiding vitamins simply because I don’t know what I’m doing. I had no idea what I needed. I know I needed something. My gynecologist tells me that every time I go in for the annual scraping. Just didn’t know what.
I took copious notes, and here’s what I came up with:
As a currently menstruating woman who is over 40, (and I’m not bitter, but praying for menopause) I need the following vitamins:
•Baby Aspirin – 162 mg. = 2 per day (by the way, they are no longer packaged as “Baby Aspirin” anymore, but rather, a low dosage aspirin.
•Vitamin D – 1000 mg.
•Multivitamin (with iron) and 5000 units of Vitamin A (cut in half, taking half in the morning, and half at night.)
•Calcium – 600 mg. (with Magnesium 200 mg.) to avoid getting “stopped up.”
•DHA/Omega 3 – 600 mg.
Here’s a tip that Dr. Oz didn’t give. Don’t take your 3 hungry children to the store when you need to linger over all the vitamin labels. And for the love of all that is good, don’t forget your reading glasses.
Go here for more vitamin information at Oprah.com.