My daily vitamin- I still take Garden of Life prenatals (once I'm done with that, I will either switch to their womens one a day or the Thorne listed below) I love this brand in general and recommend them to everyone. I like the prenatal because it has folic acid in the form of folate (the naturally occuing form) and vitamin k in the form of MK-7 (more on this later). I also really like Thorne Basic Nutrients. If your multivitamin doesn't tell you what form most of the nutrients are in, you should be concerned. And if it does, look those up. (You may not need anything else if you take a good quality multi vitamin)
A probiotic- I take Nutriwest Total Probiotic . It has 70 billion cfus! This helps keep my gut in check and my immune system on point (a total must with three germ infested kids)
Vitamin K2/D3- I use the liquid form from Thorne . It's 2 drops a day and provides vitamin D3 and vitamin k2 in the form of MK-4. I also like Live Wise Naturals , this is k2 MK-7. I think it is well known that vitamin D3 helps your body to absorb calcium and is therefore good for your bones. This is true. Vitamin D3 helps your body to absorb calcium from what we eat into your bloodstream. This is an extremely important step, but the less talked about vitamin k2, has an even more important job. It directs the calcium into your bones and away from your soft tissue. Your soft tissue includes your arteries and your heart, and calcification of your arteries causes heart disease. The lack of vitamin k2 in the American diet is due to our food soursces. K2 can be found in butter, eggs, cheese, and meat....but these need to come from pasture raised animals. Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox is a great book for more information on this topic. I also like this website to learn a little about the difference between MK-4 and MK-7...at this point I think they are both important and I would find a way to get both.
Cod Liver Oil- I use standard process because I know they have very high standards for the way they obstain and process the Cod Liver Oil. It maintains its natural profile vitamin A, vitamin D, DHA, EPA omega-3 fatty acids. There are so many benefits to vitamin A; vision, healthy skin, your immune system, your bones and teeth, fetal development and fertility all depend on it. (No Amazon link because it's listed for way too much money but I do carry this in my office)
I know there are 1000's of supplements out there. I do believe it's one place not to try and save money. If you are going to pay for them and take the time to take them everyday, you want to be sure your body can use them and that they are in the best form, this studies shows why they are not all created equal. If you have any questions or want to go through what you're currently taking, I'm happy to help! Check me out at www.carriedurkeeacupuncture.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.