Hi, Dr. Julie here for functional medicine Friday. Today, we're gonna talk about the top things you should know before you take another vitamin. So what are vitamins and dietary supplements, right? They're nutrients that our bodies don't make on its own. So we have to obtain them from foods that we eat.
And sometimes that would mean large quantities of certain foods or from a vitamin or a supplement. So vitamins and supplements. We use that word interchangeably. I don't want you to get mixed up as we go through this. So when we look at dietary supplements or vitamins, it's gonna be vitamins, minerals, herbals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes.
Those are names that you're gonna see in reference to supplements and they can come in tablets or liquids or capsules or powders or drinks or even energy bars. So let's go and start with our top 10 questions. And if you're following us on YouTube, that's great. Be sure to subscribe and also be sure to download our app it's on the Android and the iTunes store.
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Question number one, should I get my nutrients from food or supplements? That's a really good question. So vitamins and supplements. Are best when they're accompanied with a balanced diet, vitamins and supplements should not replace a healthy diet. It doesn't mean that you can start taking your vitamins and go to McDonald's breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day. Foods can provide calories and energy that are required for your daily activities, but vitamins don't provide energy or calories for use. They're just providing the nutrients.
Number two, do I need a multivitamin supplement? Yes. If you're not eating well and a well balanced, healthy, nutritional diet. You do need a multivitamin, but no, if you are doing a very personalized program based on your labs, and you're doing specific things to change your deficiencies. So if you don't have a specific personalized plan from us or from one of your doctors, then you should be taking a multi, if you do, then just follow that personalized plan. And honestly, in our personalized plan, we really don't give our patients meals because we give them just the things that they're deficient in.
What does the RDA mean? And what does DV mean? So RDA is the recommended daily allowance. And so this is set up by the food and nutrition board at the Institute of medicine and the national academies. And it varies by age, gender, pregnancy. It's the minimum amount of a nutrient that you need per day to be alive, right?
So we don't wanna shoot for the RDA. That's the minimum amount that you need. DV is daily value, and this is set by the food and drug administration, and it doesn't vary by age or gender. So one DV is for anyone who's four years old or older. Come on. Do you think someone who's five years old is the same as somebody who's 50 years old?
No. So we wanna look at it a little differently. We wanna look at it for each person and how it's personalized when you look at these on the labels, just know that's what this means, and it's just as suggestion of how much nutrients you should have per serving and it will often match or exceed the RDA for most people.
So what does the form of the supplement matter? Does it really matter what form you take it in? Yes, because supplements come in different forms and some of the forms of the supplement might not be beneficial. Did you know that there's seven different types of magnesium? And if you take one of them, you might be run into the bathroom with diarrhea.