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Cooper clinic physician Dr. Lilly’s gives supplement recommendations

Even a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet can leave your body void of vital nutrients. A daily vitamin regimen can help bridge the gaps to achieve optimal overall health. Cooper Clinic Platinum Physician Steven Lilly, MD, MBA, discusses supplement recommendations he gives his patients as well as his own personal vitamin regimen.

“Vitamins and supplements are used to enhance enzyme and metabolic reactions within the body,” states Lilly. “These reactions enable your cells to use energy more efficiently which can translate to a variety of health benefits.”

Basic One Daily Multivitamin Iron Free

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While there is no silver bullet supplement to replace the benefits of a healthy diet, taking a multivitamin in addition to eating well-balanced meals can address common nutrient deficiencies. Lilly believes the foundation of a well-rounded supplement routine is a robust multivitamin first and foremost.

Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B12, C and folate, Cooper Complete multivitamins have been shown to contribute to heart health by lowering the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a key marker of inflammation in the body related to heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases. The high levels of vitamin C (150 mg in Basic One and 500 mg in Original) in these multivitamins can improve immune system health by enabling the body to resist pathogens. Cooper Complete multivitamins contain Cooper Clinic’s baseline recommendation of 50 mcg (2,000 IU) vitamin D3 for optimal bone health. While Cooper Complete’s gummy option only contains 25 mcg (1,000 IU), it still remains more robust in vitamin D than the leading gummy multivitamin brands on the market.

Vitamin D3 125 mcg (5000 IU) Supplement

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Take your pick from Cooper Complete’s six multivitamins including pill or gummy forms, as well as options with or without iron.

Vitamin D

Coming in a close second from Dr. Lilly is the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D serves a vital role in building a healthy immune system and fighting off infections and viruses effectively.

“Vitamin D also plays a critical role in promoting musculoskeletal health and maintaining bone density,” explains Lilly. “This helps decrease the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures that come with aging.”

Cooper Complete Vitamin D3 is available in 25 mcg (1,000 IU) and 125 mcg (5,000 IU). When choosing the dosage that is right for you, it is important to remember that it depends on how well your body absorbs vitamin D. Reflux medications and acid blockers that lower acid levels in the stomach can affect the absorption of vitamin D, in which case one might opt to take a higher dosage.

Advanced Omega-3 Supplement

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As most Americans do not meet the two servings of fish per week recommendation from the American Heart Association or a minimum of 8 ounces of seafood per week from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, taking an omega-3 supplement can aid in bridging the dietary gap. Cooper Complete Advanced Omega-3 supports heart health and brain function as well as optimizes lipid levels. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help reduce symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.


3 mg Melatonin Quick Release Supplement

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Lilly often recommends a melatonin supplement to his many patients struggling with sleep issues. Melatonin sends signals to the brain and the rest of the body to initiate and maintain sleep. Screen time before bed can suppress the normal increase in melatonin at night, causing difficulty in falling asleep. Nighttime melatonin concentrations also decrease as we age.

With stress and sleep being closely connected, melatonin can be an ideal solution for sleep problems while also providing stress relief. Lack of quality sleep leads to increased stress levels, depression and anxiety and decreased ability to properly deal with the root causes.

Cooper Complete offers both a quick-release melatonin supplement to help you fall asleep and a prolonged-release formula to help you stay asleep.

(You can learn about sleep hygiene steps you can take to improve sleep from reading this article from Nina Radford, MD, Cooper Clinic Cardiologist and Director of Clinical Research.)

Dr. Lilly’s Supplement Recommendations – Personal and Patient regimens

Turmeric Curcumin Supplement

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“I recommend all my patients supplement their diets with the vitamins appropriate for their lifestyle and habits,” says Lilly. “As I see such a variety of eating habits and nutritional practices among my patients, it is important to ensure they are each meeting their personal nutritional requirements with the supplementation appropriate for them.”

Lilly himself takes a daily dose of Cooper Complete Basic One Multivitamin, Omega-3, Vitamin D3 and Turmeric Curcumin Complex. “Being vitamin D deficient, I found supplementing with vitamin D has significantly helped bring my vitamin D levels into normal range,” says Lilly. “Taking my omega-3 every day has also improved my cholesterol, especially my triglyceride levels.” Lilly finds the combination of these supplements and regular exercise helps keep inflammation at bay and boosts his energy levels during the day.

As a reminder, your health care provider understands your health profile best, including your medical history, risks and current medication and supplement use. It is important to talk to him or her about which supplements are best for you.

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