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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 Brent T. Ingram, DDS

San Jose dentist Dr. Brent Ingram received his doctorate of general dentistry from The University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and his B.S. in Accounting at Pepperdine University. However, the study never stops when you’re a dentist. Since taking over the practice at Complete Dental Care over 10 years ago, Dr. Ingram has gained certification in Invisalign®, 6 Month Smiles® as well as the latest methods of Endodontics, Laser surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry. Born and raised in Los Altos, California. Dr. Ingram currently lives in Santa Clara, with his wife Amy, son Rafe and new daughter Rhys Lillian, (who has no teeth but she’s trying!). Besides family time, he also enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, theatre and watching his favorite basketball team, The Golden State Warriors.

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