In “The Vitamin Solution,” a new book by Drs. Romy Block and Arielle Levitan, the authors give us the same old advice: “Take your vitamins!” But this time, the docs clarify the exact pills we should be popping, including these four favorites, which provide some of the most wide-ranging health benefits your body craves:
Vitamin C, 250 milligrams daily: Don’t underestimate the power of vitamin C, which has been shown to do more than help fight the common cold. It may also help with anxiety, memory, dementia, blood pressure, hair and nail growth, as well as your immune system.
Vitamin D, 400 to 2,000 international units daily: Block and Levitan champion the importance of vitamin D, one of the most common deficiencies. Its wide range of benefits addresses bone density, depression, fertility, sleep and migraines, as well as boosting prevention of cancer and dementia.
Magnesium, 320 to 420 milligrams daily: Found in fruits and vegetables, nuts and whole grains, magnesium is one of the doctors’ favorite vitamins. It alleviates everything including migraines, muscle aches, PMS, insomnia and moodiness.
Iodine, 150 milligrams daily: With home cooks and restaurants increasingly trading table salt for less-processed sea salt, we’ve lost one of our main sources of iodine — key for metabolism and thyroid function.