Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research, has a degree in nutrition from UC Berkeley, a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from MIT and a passion for picking cherries from our wellness store. He spends a lot of time interpreting research – established and new. You will find some of her deep dives into health issues in our growing library of articles called goop PhD. You can send your questions to Gerda [email protected].
Dear goo, I want to take a multivitamin, but I have no idea how to choose it. What should I look for and what is special about goop protocols? —Jessica W.
Hi, Jessica. There are so many products that choosing a daily supplement is confusing and difficult. It is too much to expect to know how to decide on a brand, let alone a particular formulation. I talked about it deeply safety and quality assessment in a recent column. For now, know that vitamin goop protocols are manufactured in accordance with current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) as defined by the FDA and have been tested to make sure they contain the desired ingredients. I feel good recommending these products to my friends and family.
I don’t know enough about you to recommend a particular product, so I’ll describe the rationale for Goop’s five multivitamin protocols and since then it should be pretty easy for you to decide on one with your doctor. I think it’s a smart idea to take multivitamins every day. Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients like lutein and polyphenols are lost during food processing, and most people I know end up eating a little refined sugar and flour – things that everyday multi can help with.
goop’s daily protocols were designed by doctors and herbalists for people at different stages of life. The protocols come in convenient daily packages and contain essential vitamins and minerals. They all contain EPA and DHA, long omega-3 fats. But they are also uniquely formulated for:
•motherhood and energy
•menopause and thyroid support
•immunity, detoxification and skin health
•stress and fatigue
Around the goop, women in their twenties and fifties know that if they walk past my desk looking tired or pale, I don’t hesitate to pretend to be a mother and ask them about an iron diet. I highly recommend Maternal burden for people who are menstruating and therefore regularly lose iron. The chances of having an iron deficiency increase with heavy menstruation, not eating a lot of meat and drinking tea with meals. And of course, Mother Load is ideal for many people who are pregnant, nursing, or recovering from having children. In addition to the usual vitamins, it feeds the developing brain with choline and additional DHA. *
Now that I’m postmenopausal, it’s easy for me to keep my blood iron in a nice range, and as a result I have more energy than before. But menopause brings with it its own special problems. What I have to face now are the hot flashes. The frequency goes up and down, but they never seem to disappear. Sometimes I can enjoy the heat, but not always.
They decided to give it a try for two reasons Madame Ovary: night sweats that woke me up and hot flashes that kept me from functioning at key moments. The results exceeded my expectations. Black cohosh and rhodiola are the main ingredients. Traditional medicine and modern research have established the value of these plants for mild heat, mood swings and stress-related fatigue. There is also support for thyroid function from inositol, iodine and selenium. And my eyes and skin appreciate lutein and zeaxanthin. *
If support for immunity, detoxification and your skin is what you want, I recommend it Balls in the air. It has the basics of immunity, like zinc and vitamins C and D, for a comprehensive approach to healthy white blood cells. Vitamin A is involved in healthy barriers to the nasal mucosa. And Balls in the Air contains N-acetylcysteine and niacinamide, which makes this protocol uniquely capable of supporting immunity and detoxification in the lungs and skin. Niacinamide has been specifically studied clinically and has been shown to have benefits for healthy, elastic skin cells. *
The plant adaptogen is mixed Why am I so tired? it is designed for the body and mind under stress. Ashwagandha, holy basil and bacopa are taken from the Ayurvedic tradition, where they are used to support resilience, calmness and concentration. Abundant doses of B vitamins are included because of their role in biochemical pathways that generate physical and mental energy. This daily package provides a versatile approach to resetting the entire body. *
Metabolism is the sum of biochemical reactions in your body that generate energy and expend energy. We burn fats and carbohydrates to get energy, and then we expend that energy in movement, thinking, and digestion. Whether you’re on the trail or just encouraging a growing body, high school time is often associated with a fast metabolism. For women who feel their metabolism is slowing down and want to be sure it’s fully supported, we suggest high school genes.
Like Effing Tired, High school genes provides liberal amounts of B vitamins because they are converted into catalysts – called enzymatic cofactors – that are needed for any metabolic reaction. But high school genes drill deeper, with alpha-lipoic acid (an antioxidant and cofactor for mitochondrial metabolism) and chromium (which helps sugar enter cells to burn). This formula uses a combination of herbs inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, including green tea catechins, Chinese cinnamon, ginger and licorice, designed to support a healthy glucose and energy metabolism. *
Whether you are taking multiple foods or more, you and your doctor may want to consider a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D spray is the easiest way to take vitamins ever: Three mouth sprays provide a generous 3,000 international units. It’s hard to get a lot of vitamin D from food, and most of our supply comes from biosynthesis in skin exposed to sunlight. If you use sunscreen, cover yourself, have dark pigmented skin, or stay inside most of the time, you probably don’t create much of this vitamin that is essential for immunity and bone health. *
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article contains the advice of a physician or physicians, the views expressed are those of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of the goop.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.