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I am a healthy 23 year old male looking for a general vitamin supplement program for preventive medicine. What do you recommend?

For general preventive medicine, you may wish to start with the basic supplements essential for health promotion, assuming that you are in good health. These would be the Basic Multiple formula that I recommend (see below), some extra vitamins C and E, and probably some natural carotenoids. The extra E and carotenoids can be taken any time of day, since they are fat-soluble and not rapidly turned over. If you do not divide the water-soluble supplements into at least two doses per day, some of them will be less well absorbed and excreted more rapidly. They will still benefit you, but perhaps not as much.

Your program should have at least 3000 to 4000 mg of vitamin C per day. If you are athletic, or have specific health problems, your program would have additional supplements.

Basic multiple formula
(available from QCI Nutritionals, at:, or 888-922-4848)

Vitamin A 10,000 IU
Vitamin C 1200 mg
Beta-carotene 15000 IU Vitamin D3 400 IU
Vitamin E 400 IU (d-alpha + mixed)
Thiamine 100 mg
Riboflavin 50 mg
Niacinamide 150 mg
Niacin 40 mg
Pyridoxine (B6) 100 mg
Folate 800 mcg
Vitamin B12 100 mcg Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 500 mg
Calcium 500 mg
Magnesium 500 mg
Iodine 200 mcg
Zinc 30 mg
Selenium 200 mcg
Chromium 200 mcg
Copper 3 mg
Manganese 20 mg
Molybdenum 100 mcg
Potassium 99 mg
Choline 150 mg
Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg
PABA 50 mg
Vanadium 50 mcg
Boron 3 mg
Sea trace elements 100 mcg
L- and NA- cysteine 200 mg

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