When you’re taking supplements, size matters

Q:I take some of your NuLogic products and am happy with them so far. But my question is: Does one size fit all? In other words, is the dosage the same for a 120 lb woman as a 260 lb man? Would there be a better result (albeit much more expensive) if I (the 260 lb, 6’4” man) took more than the dosage/serving size listed on the bottle?”

Dr. Fred:

That’s a great question—and you are correct in your assumption. The dosage recommendations on the bottles are based on an “average” 150-pound  man. So I would say unless you are over 200 pounds, the recommendations on the bottle are adequate.

In the case of a 260-pound man like you, a slightly higher dosage would be appropriate. Similarly, a lower dosage would be effective if you are a small petite woman (say, under 110 pounds).

In a patient of either size, I might dose by one pill or capsule more or less than the given recommendations.  But there’s no way to say with any certainty how this would work out without seeing that patient directly, and getting a full picture of his or her needs.

If you’re hoping to get more out of your supplement regimen by experimenting with different dosages, it’s always a good idea to work with a doctor who can prescribe a safe protocol.

If you don’t already have one, the American College for Advancement in Medicine (www.acamnet.org) is an excellent resource for finding a holistic practitioner in your area. Just type your zip code into their search engine to see a list of physicians near you.