Dr. Roizen concluded his talk at Supply Side Marketplace answering the one question he knew his audience probably cared about more than any other: What role does he see dietary supplements playing in peoples’ health? Are they optional, beneficial, or potentially damaging?

In a rapid-fire run-through, here are the supplements he believes people should incorporate in their diet:

• The ‘Odd’ Omegas (3, 7, 9). 900mg of DHA every day for the benefits of decreased memory loss and prevention of the early stages of macular degeneration. The odd omegas also decrease inflammation, and improve the risk factors for diabetes.

EE ethyl ester fish oils are not as effective as the triglyceride form “and EE is about 90 percent of what is out there on the shelves. So, that is something that you as an industry need to address.”

• Vitamin D 1,000 IU a day. This is shown to be good for cardiac health and cancer prevention.

• Calcium, 600mg from a supplement, but no more than that. (Another 400mg should come from diet.)

•  Half a multivitamin taken twice a day.

•  After age 55, lutein in addition to DHA, to prevent the first-stage development of macular degeneration.

• 2 baby aspirins a day, consumed with half a cup of warm water to protect the stomach lining from irritation. Aspirin his shown benefit for both cardiac health (a 10-45 percent reduction in heart attacks) as well as a reduction in major cancers.

• CoQ10, 200mg a day. (We don’t have good data on coQ10 yet, so the dosage is a bit of a guess, Dr. Roizen said.)

•  Probiotics (Yet to have conclusive data on type and amount.)

In addition, people should limit all red-meat consumption to one serving of 4oz of red meat per week. Oh, and by the way, pork is not “the other white meat.” Pork is red meat, just like beef, he said.