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Core 4: The Ultimate Supplement Solution

If you've read a magazine or searched the internet lately you know there's a lot of information (and therefore confusion) about choosing and using nutritional supplements. But if you've got the facts, making the right decisions about how much of which supplements you should be taking is pretty simple.  While it may lack sex appeal, science has clearly shown that optimizing your vitamin D level maybe the SINGLE most important and reliable thing you can do to support your health, improve your appearance, and maximize your athletic performance potential.  

In order to continually highlight the importance of optimal levels of vitamin D, we had a contest last month that gave two lucky people the opportunity to win an at-home vitamin D assessment by answering the following three questions: 

What is vitamin D good for?
Do you take vitamin D?
Do you know what your vitamin D level is?  

While 60% of the contest participants were knowledgeable enough to be taking vitamin D, 90% of them had no idea what their vitamin D level was.  I am happy to report that both of our contest winners now know exactly what their levels are and have taken steps to improve them. 

Here's a brief recap of our winners' assessment results: 

The first winner was not taking vitamin D. Not too surprisingly, her levels were very low at 19 ng/dl.  She began a comprehensive vitamin D restoration program right away!

The second winner had a level of only 41 ng/ml. While not deficient, his levels are not within the optimal range (55 to 70 ng/ml) needed to receive all the benefits associated with vitamin D supplementation.  What was disappointing about this winner's result was that his level was less than optimal even though he had been taking 4000iu of vitamin D daily.  By performing the assessment, he learned that either his dose was too low and/or the vitamin D supplement he had purchased was not getting the job done.  Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common finding.  

Whether it is due to inadequate dosing,  poor supplement quality and/or poor absorption, many people who are taking vitamin D (even in the recommend and appropriate dose of 1000iu per each 30 pounds of body weight) do not achieve optimal vitamin D levels.

Get the most out of your vitamin D

In addition, neither of the contest winners were taking the omega 3 or whole-food micronutrient supplement support that necessary for activating vitamin D.  As I previously shared in thisarticle, supplemental nutrients act synergistically inside the body; the absorption and metabolism of any one particular nutrient can be affected (to a greater or lesser degree) by another.

In order to maximize the benefits you’ll receive from increasing your intake of vitamin D, you’ll also need to make sure that you’re getting enough of the proper co-factors. For vitamin D, the two most important are omega 3 fatty acids and the mineral magnesium.

Please reread this  article  which outlines what will happen when you optimize not only your intake of vitamin D, but your omega 3 fatty acids and whole-food, micronutrient concentrates. These three, simple products should form the foundation of your nutritional supplement program. Without them, you won't benefit fully from any other supplements you take. 

Want to learn even more about what vitamin D and how easy it is to assess your level at home? 
Then check out the site and other blogs articles where you can learn about all the essential nutrients your body needs for optimum health, energy and performance. And how a variety of at-home assessments can take all the guesswork out of deciding how much of which products you should be using.  

The Core 4 Foundations program includes a highly-effective vitamin D product, a super-premium omega 3 fatty acid blend, a tasty, food-based micronutrient powder (made exclusively from raw, organic fruit and vegetable concentrates), and last (but certainly not least) a potent antioxidant formula.

Don’t take my word for it. Read comments from actual Core 4 Program members here