I’m occasionally asked “what supplements should I take”. It’s often a difficult question to answer and can depend on the symptoms you are suffering from at the time. It’s also important to remember that certain supplements are unsuitable for some patients.

It has been recommended that a healthy person still takes: Omega-3 fish oils that contain EPA and DHA, magnesium, a multivitamin and coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is particularly important for those patients who take statins. It is important to note that patients taking blood thinning medication should not take omega-3 oils. During the winter months taking a vitamin D supplement is beneficial.

There has been some research to suggest that taking proteolytic enzymes, such as bromelain, can have a significant ability to reduce inflammation. However, they can not be used in conjunction with NSAIDs or if you have an ulcer.

Supplements can have a significant positive impact on your health and quality of life but always make sure you take the advice of an expert before taking anything that you are unsure of or haven’t taken before.