Ask Gerda: How to Choose Your Vitamin Protocol


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Gerda Andemann

Gerda Andemann, our Senior Director of Science and Research, has a BA in Nutrition from UC Berkeley, a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, and a passion for picking cherries from our health store. She spends much of her time interpreting research – both established and emerging. You’ll find some of her deep dives into health conditions in our growing library of articles called goop PhD. You can submit your own questions to Gerda at [email protected].

Dear goop, I want to take a multivitamin, but I have no idea how to choose one. What should I look for and what distinguishes Goop protocols? — Jessica W.

Hi Jessica. There are so many products that choosing daily supplements can be confusing and challenging. It’s very hard to expect that you’ll know how to decide on a brand, let alone a specific wording. I have spoken deeply about Safety and quality assessment in the last column. For now, know that goop vitamin protocols are manufactured according to current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) as defined by the FDA and are tested to ensure they contain the required ingredients. I feel good about recommending these products to my friends and family.

I don’t know enough about you to recommend a specific product, so I’ll describe the rationale behind goop’s five multivitamin protocols, and from there, it will be very easy for you to decide on a specific product with your doctor. I think it’s a smart idea to take a daily multivitamin. Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients like lutein and polyphenols are lost during food processing, and most people I know end up eating some refined, refined sugar—things it can help to eat every day.

Daily goop protocols are designed by physicians and herbalists for people at different stages of life. The protocols come in convenient daily packs and contain essential vitamins and minerals. They all contain EPA and DHA, long omega-3 fats. But it’s also uniquely designed to:

  1. motherhood and energy

  2. Menopause and Thyroid Support

  3. Immunity, detox and skin health وصحة

  4. stress and fatigue

  5. Metabolism

About goop, women of twenty to fifty years old know that if they pass my desk and look tired or pale, I don’t hesitate to play the mommy and ask them about iron nutrition. Highly recommend mother load For people who are menstruating and therefore lose iron regularly. Chances of iron deficiency increase with heavy menstruation, not eating a lot of meat, and drinking tea with meals. Of course, a mother’s load is ideal for many women who are pregnant, nursing, or recovering from childbearing. In addition to your usual multivitamin, it nourishes growing brains with extra choline and DHA. *


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Now that I’ve reached menopause, it’s easy to keep blood iron in a good range, and as a result, I have more energy than I did before. But menopause brings with it its own set of problems. What I have to deal with right now are hot flashes. The frequency goes up and down, but they don’t seem to go away. I might occasionally enjoy a shot of the heat, but not always.

There were two reasons I decided to try madam ovary: The night sweats that woke me up and the hot flashes that kept me from working at critical times. The results exceeded my expectations. Black cohosh and rhodiola are the main ingredients. Both traditional medicine and modern research have proven the value of these herbs in mild hot flashes, mood swings, and stress-related fatigue. There is also support for thyroid function from inositol, iodine and selenium. And my eyes and skin appreciate lutein and zeaxanthin. *


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If immune support, detoxing, and your skin are what you want, I recommend it balls in the air. Contains immune essentials, such as zinc and vitamins C and D, for a comprehensive approach to healthy white blood cells. Vitamin A is included for healthy mucous membrane barriers in the nose. The balls in the air contain N-acetylcysteine ​​and niacinamide, making this protocol uniquely able to support immunity and detoxify the lungs and skin. Niacinamide, in particular, has been clinically studied and proven to benefit healthy, resilient skin cells. *


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Herbal adaptogen blends Why am I so tired? Designed for a tired body and mind. Ashwagandha, holy basil, and bacopa are taken from the Ayurvedic tradition, where they are used to help support flexibility, calmness, and focus. Large doses of B vitamins are included due to their role in the biochemical pathways that generate physical and mental energy. This daily pack offers a multi-pronged approach to a complete body reset. *


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Metabolism is the sum of the biochemical reactions in your body that generate energy and consume energy. We burn fats and carbohydrates for energy, and then we put that energy into moving, thinking, and digesting. Whether you’re on the track team or you’re just fueling a growing body, high school is a time frequently associated with a rapid metabolism. For women who feel their metabolism is slowing down and want to make sure it’s fully supported, we suggest High School Genes.


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Like tired eveing, high school genetics It provides liberated amounts of B vitamins as they convert into the catalysts – called enzyme cofactors – that are required for each metabolic reaction. But high school genes go deeper, with alpha-lipoic acid (an antioxidant and cofactor for mitochondrial metabolism) and chromium (which helps sugar get to cells to be burned). This formula benefits from a blend of herbs inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, including catechins green tea, Chinese cinnamon, ginger and licorice, designed to support healthy glucose and energy metabolism. *

Whether you take a multiple dose or not, you and your doctor may want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement vitamin d spray It’s the easiest way to take a vitamin ever: Three sprays in your mouth provide a generous 3,000 IU. It’s hard to get a lot of vitamin D from food, and most of our supply comes from biosynthesis in skin exposed to sunlight. If you use sunscreen, cover up, have darker skin tone, or stay indoors most of the time, you probably aren’t making much of this vitamin that is essential for immunity and bone health. *


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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent this article presents the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the opinions expressed are those of the said expert and do not necessarily represent those of goop.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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