Are digestive enzymes for me?

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Digestion is the process that breaks food down so that it can be absorbed. Digestion starts in the mouth with salivary enzymes and chewing, and continues into the stomach where more enzymes are added along with churning motion.

So often, I find that people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. But as a naturopathic doctor, I like to try other strategies first to improve digestion.

How do I choose a high quality supplement?

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Choosing good quality supplements is very important! I have people say, “Oh, I took that for a month and never felt better” and when I ask about brand and quality I learn that they have chosen a low quality supplement. As a naturopathic doctor, I spend hours each week looking for the right form/dose/type of nutrient or herb produced by a high quality manufacturer. This time goes directly to my practice members when I make brand specific recommendations.

Do I need to take a multivitamin?

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Multivitamins are not standardized, but most contain approximately 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of many vitamins and minerals. No multivitamin contains 100% RDA of calcium, magnesium, potassium, or phosphorus as those are bulky ingredients.

Do I need to take supplements?

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Usually research looks at vitamin and mineral supplementation, but in my practice I use herbal supplements as well. While research is mixed about the value of general vitamin supplements, I find that if used appropriately they can be helpful.