Vitamins, the Spice of Life

Health and Super Foods“Recommended Dietary Allowances.” “Minimum Daily Requirement.” Do you sometimes feel bullied by vitamin manufacturers and dietitians?

Since the science of nutrition got off the ground, 40 or so nutrients vital to our health have been identified. And depending on what they’re selling, we’re told we need more or less of one or the other. In fact, with rare exceptions, a varied diet will fulfill all requirements for most people, without the need for supplements. The key word is variety.

It’s simple common sense. If all you ever eat is popcorn, you’ll have plenty of zinc but will need a host of supplements to stay healthy.

Variety isn’t hard to find. With, for instance, 40 different fruits and 20 styles of pasta, there’s no reason to have meat and potatoes every day.

Dietary supplements, or course, help relieve a number of deficiencies. And we all may encounter a deficiency from time to time. Use your judgment, and ask your physician.

Chances are, a little of everything will do. Indulging in variety will keep you healthy.

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.


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