Everything you wanted to know about vitamins (in just 5 slides)

If you are concerned about what supplements and vitamins you should take (I have always been curious), I did the research and tried to distill everything you should know to just 5 slides.

There is a lot of incomplete data and a lot of unclear information. In the 5 slides below, I try to simplify everything so you do not need to do the research yourself.

Enjoy this and please pass it on to others. And let me know which supplements you use to be healthier and increase cognition.

5 thoughts on “Everything you wanted to know about vitamins (in just 5 slides)

  1. Tony D.

    Very nice Auren. What did you use to design the slides, if I may ask?
    I would really only add Vitamin D to the multivitamin and the omegas. We are all probably deficient, studies prove.
    Doses of B-12 have helped me enormously.

  2. Matt

    Hi Auren,
    Quick question: Could you post links to or share some of the better source material you found while putting together this deck? (While I know your intent is in part to bypass that step, I would certainly appreciate it, and it may be helpful to other readers.)
    Great post by the way, slide 2 is a wonderful compression of the content!
    Just found your blog link-jumping back from the Founders Fund site of all things. Your presentation video on how to interview A-Players was quite enjoyable as well, though it may help to touch on how you approach benchmarking and comparing a field of strong candidates.

  3. Auren Hoffman

    Here are some representative resources, by slide:
    2 and 3
    The NIH’s Daily Reference Intake tables- updated yearly to reflect official consensus on amount of vitamins and minerals proven to be necessary and effective.
    The USDA’s searchable interface for how much of each nutrient is contained in servings of common foods.
    4 and 5
    Extended-Release Niacin or Ezetimibe and Carotid Intima–Media Thickness Allen J. Taylor, M.D., Todd C. Villines, M.D., Eric J. Stanek, Pharm.D., Patrick J. Devine, M.D., Len Griffen, M.D., Michael Miller, M.D., Neil J. Weissman, M.D., and Mark Turco, M.D. N Engl J Med 2009; 361:2113-2122November 26, 2009
    Vitamin D, disease and therapeutic opportunities.
    Lori A. Plum, Hector F. DeLuca. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 9,
    941-955 (1 December 2010) doi:10.1038/nrd3318 Review
    Effects of Oral Potassium on Blood Pressure-Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials Paul K. Whelton, MD, MSc; Jiang He, MD, PhD; Jeffrey A. Cutler, MD, MPH; Frederick L. Brancati, MD, MHS; Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH; Dean Follmann, PhD; Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH. JAMA. 1997;277(20):1624-1632.
    doi: 10.1001/jama.1997.03540440058033
    Nutritional therapies for mental disorders. Shaheen E Lakhan and Karen F Vieira Nutrition Journal 2008, 7:2doi:10.1186/1475-2891-7-2
    The DHA-EPA Omega-3 Institute- The Source for Objective Science-based DHA/EPA Omega-3 Information http://www.dhaomega3.org/Overview/DHAEPA-and-the-Omega-3-Nutrition-Gap-Recommended-Intakes
    What Vitamins Should I Be Taking, Doctor?- Clinical Practice Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H.
    N Engl J Med 2001; 345:1819-1824December 20, 2001
    What Vitamins Should I Be Taking?- Correspondence N Engl J Med 2002; 346:1914-1916. June 13, 2002


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