My HealthCheck Test Results

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

In 2002, I underwent a HealthCheck Risk Assessment by completing an online questionnaire that included physical characteristics, health habits, diet, supplement use, health history, and several other topics. The test report correctly reflected my health status but gave poor advice about supplements and diet. For further information about the test click here.

Vitamins & Supplements
Numerous studies have demonstrated that most people consume a diet that is inadequate in nutritional value for their needs. The studies indicate that the chance of consuming a diet that meets the needs for all nutrients is unlikely. This is due to a number of reasons. The most obvious is that we desire convenient, efficiently prepared packaged foods ("junk foods") which lack the nutrients we require. Another reason is that most commercially grown produce today contains fewer nutrients than food grown more naturally or organically. Commercial produce is grown with the use of artificial fertilizers, harmful pesticides and herbicides. The result is an inferior food that contains less nutritional value as well as residues of pesticides and herbicides.

Another way to ensure you can meet your nutritional needs is to take nutritional supplementation with high quality vitamins, minerals, and cofactors, which help improve your intake of essential nutrients. It is best to consult your qualified health professional to determine which supplements would best fit your needs.

Vitamin A (& beta-carotene) 5000/4000 IU
Vitamin C 60 mg
Vitamin D 200 IU
Vitamin E 15/12 IU
Vitamin K 80/60 mcg
Thiamin (B1) 1.5/1.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 1.7/1.3 mg
Niacin (& niacinamide; B3) 19/15 mg
Pyridoxine (B6) 2.0/1.6 mg
Folate (folic acid) 0.2/0.18 mg
Cobalamin (B12) 2 mcg
Biotin 0.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 4/7 mg
Calcium 800 mg
Iron 10/15 mg
Phosphorus 800 mg
Iodine 150 mcg
Magnesium 350/280 mg
Zinc 15 mg
Copper 1.5-3 mg
Sodium 500 mg
Potassium 2000 mg
Seleniu* 70/55 mcg

Daily Values On food and supplement labels, you will see nutrients listed as "Percent Daily Value," or the relative amount of that nutrient in a portion of food, compared to another standard of dietary needs. This "DV" amount is different from the RDA.

Vitamin A (& beta-carotene) 5000 IU
Vitamin C 60 mg
Vitamin D 400 IU
Vitamin E 30 IU
Thiamin (B1) 1.5 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 1.7 mg
Niacin (& niacinamide; B3) 20 mg
Pyridoxine (B6) 2.0 mg
Folate (folic acid) 0.4 mg
Cobalamin (B12) 6.0 mcg
Biotin 0.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 10 mg
Calcium 1000 mg
Iron 18 mg
Phosphorus 1000 mg
Iodine 150 mcg
Magnesium 400 mcg
Zinc 15 mg
Copper 2 mg
Sodium 2500 mg
Potassium 4000 mg

Research is indicating more than ever before that your diet plays a very important part in your health and is essential for prevention for a wide variety of diseases including heart disease and cancer. At the same time more non-nutritious foods are making their way onto store shelves. Many people do not eat enough high quality nutritious foods and they also indulge in certain foods that are detrimental to their health.

The basics of a healthy diet include at least five servings of fresh vegetables or fruit a day, high quality low fat protein, and high quality oils containing the essential fatty acids, especially the omega 3 oils derived from cold water fish or flax seeds. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain, in addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber, an important group of substances called "phytonutrients". These substances have been found to play an essential role in metabolism and detoxificiation, as well as provide protection from the development of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Avoid, if possible, any "junk" or packaged foods. These foods contain very little quality nutrition and often contain numerous substances that may be harmful to your health such as refined sugar and hydrogenated fats.

Some people find that certain diets are helpful to them such as the Zone diet, or the Atkins diet. However, each of us is biochemically unique, thus advantagous for you to consult a qualified health professional who can advise you appropriately of what would constitute a beneficial diet relative to your individual constitution.

This page was revised on August 20, 2006..

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