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Every August for the past eight years, we have featured some type of Buyer’s Guide for supplement shoppers. And while this year’s buyer’s guide section is a little bit diff erent from the others, it’s one of the best we’ve done— and also one of the most important.
Written by Michael A. Smith, MD, and based on his new book, The Supplement Pyramid, “The Big 4” on p. 32 details four nutrients everyone should incorporate into their lives. As a doctor who specializes in nutritional supplementation, Smith says he is repeatedly asked whether a person should take supplements. His answer is always a resounding “Yes!” He says, “I’m so emphatic that nutritional supplements aren’t just a good idea in today’s modern world— they’re essential!”
His new book presents a smart, easy- to- follow approach to supplements— all built around the concept of a pyramid. The foundation, which you’ll read about in Smith’s “Big 4” article, encompasses nutrients essential to life. “Because of their vital importance to human biology, we all need to take the same foundational supplements,” he says. The other two portions of the pyramid are the “middle tier,” which outlines very specifi c personalized supplement recommendations, and the “top tier.” The latter incorporates “extra” supplements, or the ones that “really take your health to the next or optimal level.”
Smith’s article covers just the “foundation” level of his pyramid, but you can get more information ( including a video presentation) on mysupplementpyramid. com. You can also enter to win one of three copies of The Supplement Pyramid. See p. 34 for details.