Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research, has a BS in nutrition from UC Berkeley, a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from MIT, and a passion for cherry picking from our wellness store. He spends much of his time interpreting research – both established and emerging. You’ll find some of his deep dives into health conditions in our growing library of articles called goop PhD. You can send your 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 is special about goop protocols? —Jessica W.
Hi, Jessica. There are so many products that choosing a daily supplement is confusing and difficult. It’s too much to expect to know how to decide on a brand, let alone a specific formulation. I talked in depth evaluate safety and quality in a recent column. For now, you know that goop vitamin protocols are manufactured according to current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) as defined by the FDA and are tested to make sure they contain the desired ingredients. I feel good about recommending these products to my friends and family.
I don’t know enough for you to recommend a specific product, so I’ll describe the logic behind the five goop multivitamin protocols, and from there, it should be easy enough for you to decide one with your doctor. I think it’s a smart idea to take a multivitamin every day. Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients like lutein and polyphenols are lost during food processing, and most people I know end up eating a little refined sugar and flour — things that many do every day. can help.
Goop day protocols have been designed by doctors and herbalists for people at different stages of life. The protocols come in convenient packages every day and contain essential vitamins and minerals. All contain EPA and DHA, the long-lasting omega-3 fats. But they are also formulated solely for:
•motherhood and energy
•menopause and thyroid support
•immunity, detoxification, and skin health
•stress and fatigue
Around goop, women in their twenties to fifties know that if they pass my desk they look tired or pale, they don’t hesitate to play the role of mom and ask them about their iron nutrition. I highly recommend it The Charging Mother for people who are menstruating and therefore regularly losing iron. The likelihood of being iron deficient increases with heavy periods, not eating a lot of meat, and drinking tea with meals. Of course, The Mother Charge is ideal for many people who are pregnant, nursing or recovering from children. In addition to the usual vitamins, it nourishes developing brains with choline and more DHA. *
Now that I’m in postmenopause, it’s easy to keep my blood pressure in a good range, and as a result, I have more energy than I’ve had before. But menopause brings with it its own particular set of problems. What I have to deal with now are the hot flashes. The frequency goes up and down, but they never seem to go away. Sometimes I can enjoy a heat stroke, but not always.
There were two reasons I decided to give it a try Madame Ovariu: night sweats that woke me up and hot flashes that prevented me from working at crucial times. The results exceeded my expectations. Black cohosh and rhodiola are the star ingredients. Traditional medicine and modern research have established the value of these herbs for mild hot flashes, mood swings and stress-related fatigue. There is also support for thyroid gland function from inositol, iodine and selenium. And my eyes and my skin appreciate lutein and zeaxanthin. *
If support for immunity, detoxification, and your skin is what you want, I recommend it Balls in the Air. It has the basics of immunity, such as zinc and vitamins C and D, for a general approach to healthy white blood cells. Vitamin A is included for healthy barriers of the mucosa in the nose. Balls in the Air contain N-acetylcysteine and niacinamide, which make this protocol only capable of supporting immunity and detoxification in the lungs and skin. Niacinamide, in particular, has been studied clinically and has shown benefits for healthy and resilient skin cells. *
The herbal adaptogen mixes Why Am I So Effing Tired? it is intended for a stressed body and mind. Ashwagandha, holy basil and bacopa are taken from the Ayurvedic tradition, where they are used to help sustain resilience, calm and focus. Generous doses of B vitamins are included because of their roles in biochemical pathways that generate physical and mental energy. This daily package provides a multiple approach to a total body reset. *
Metabolism is the sum of the biochemical reactions in your body that generate energy and consume energy. We burn fat and carbohydrates to gain energy, and then we spend that energy moving, thinking and digesting. Whether it’s on the track team or just to feed a growing body, high school is a time often associated with a fast metabolism. For women who feel that their metabolism is slowing down and want to make sure it is fully supported, we suggest High School Genes.
Like Effing Tired, High School geniuses provides liberal amounts of B vitamins because they are converted into catalysts — called enzymatic cofactors — that every metabolic reaction requires. But High School Genes dig deeper, with alpha-lipoic acid (an antioxidant and cofactor for mitochondrial metabolism) and chromium (which helps sugar enter cells to be burned). This formula benefits from a combination of herbs inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, including catechins in green tea, Chinese cinnamon, ginger and licorice, thought to support healthy glucose and energy metabolism. *
Whether or not you take a multi, you and your doctor may want to consider vitamin D. supplementation. The Nue Co. Vitamin D spray it’s the easiest way to take a vitamin ever: Three mouth sprays provide a generous 3,000 international units. It is difficult to get a lot of vitamin D from food, and most of our supply comes from biosynthesis in sun-exposed skin. If you use sunscreen, cover, have dark pigmented skin, or stay on most of the time, it is likely that you are not manufacturing much of this vitamin which is essential for immunity and bone health. *
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should never be invoked for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article presents the advice of doctors or physicians, the views expressed are the views of the expert cited and do not necessarily represent the views 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.