As physicians, one of the most common questions we are asked is “what vitamins should I take?” We wish the answer was simple enough to be the same for everyone. However, as with many things in life, the answer differs based on the individual. Just as we do not all eat the same, live the same, exercise the same or have the same health concerns, the vitamins we take and the amounts of each one should not be the same for everyone.
If we all have different vitamin needs based on these factors, you may wonder “How do I figure out what vitamins to take?”. In our practices we can run through a list of questions with people about these life factors and then determine which nutrients they need and which amounts based on their answers.
After years of making recommendations about which vitamins to take we realized that this process could be streamlined. Not only could we create an online tool in our vitamin quiz to help recreate the experience of this conversation with a doctor, but we could create the products for people to take that we had always wanted to have for our own patients. Thus, the birth of Vous Vitamin®. As physicians we always struggled to find vitamin and supplement products to recommend to our patients. The industry is not well regulated and manufacturing of these products are not overseen by the FDA as are other prescription and over the counter medicines. It’s hard to know the level of quality in any vitamin products or to be certain that they are pure, safe and contain what is listed on the bottle (see more on supplement safety here). We created Vous Vitamin® to end these concerns and to help match individuals with the exact vitamins they should be taking in a single pill, all in one vitamin product.
Our customers take our personalized vitamin quiz to answer questions as if they were seeing us in the office. After answering detailed questions about their diet, lifestyle and unique health concerns they then get an all in one custom vitamin to meet their exact needs. Formulations vary for the individual based on things they tell us. For example, carnivore may need less iron than the vegan and the resident of Florida may get more year round sun and need less vitamin D than the Minnesotan. Prenatal needs and certain people at risk for heart disease may benefit from an essential add on of Omega3.
You can search the vitamin aisles of your local retailer for hours and consult with various online sources all day, but most likely you will end up more confused than when you started. You may come home with a bag full of vitamins that are potentially harmful together or with other medications you take. Even worse, you may come home with products that contain unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. Vitamins can be a complicated business. A doctor’s expertise is needed to navigate these waters. We wrote The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion About Vitamins and your Health to help provide people with useful information. We also created Vous Vitamin so everyone can have our expertise at their fingertips.
So, when confronted with the question “What vitamins should I take?”. We finally have a simple answer. Take our personalized vitamin quiz and we will not only tell you what is medically sound to take, but we will send it to your door!
Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three teenagers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your vitamin survey now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.
The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products offered by Vous Vitamin® are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice. The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.