Because many nutrients are crucial to the body’s natural ability to cope, a daily multivitamin and mineral is especially important during times of stress. Take vitamin B complex as well; the extra B vitamins it supplies promote the health of the nervous and immune systems and can counteract fatigue. Calcium and magnesium are worthwhile too, because they can relieve muscle tension and strengthen the heart.
Warnings: High doses of some B vitamins can be toxic and/or cause nerve damage. Vitamin B6 may prevent the drug levodopa from working properly and folic acid and vitamin B6 have been show to interfere with some anticonvulsants.
Calcium, Magnesium:Dosage: 250 mg of each twice a day.
Comments: Take with food; sometimes sold in a single supplement.
Warnings: People who have thyroid or kidney disease should check with their doctor before taking calcium or magnesium. Calcium and magnesium may decrease the absorption of some antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline, and tetracycline. Calcium may intensify the potassium-depleting effects of diuretics such as chlorothiazide, hydrocholorothiazide, and indapamide. Avoid calcium supplements made from dolomite, oyster shells, or bonemeal because these compounds may contain unacceptable levels of lead.