Supplements Specialist

Rita Koshinski, DO

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician located in Monterey, CA

Dr. Rita Koshinski at Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, knows that when it comes to patient care, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. To better meet her patient’s unique health care needs, Dr. Koshinski combines traditional medicine with alternative approaches and provides guidance and recommendations for supplements in the management of your overall health and chronic diseases. If you’re seeking a primary care physician with an open mind and holistic approach to care, call today or book an appointment online.


Do I need to take supplements?

You may need to take supplements. If you’re like most adults in the United States, your diet may not quite measure up to what’s considered healthy. For your body to get all the nutrients it needs, you need to eat a wide variety of healthy foods. If you find it difficult to eat right, whether from lack of time or your taste buds, dietary supplements may help provide the essential nutrients necessary for good health.

As a holistic and integrative practitioner, Dr. Koshinski incorporates what you eat into her assessment of your health and may make recommendations for supplements based on your diet and current health. Her recommendations may include a multivitamin or individual nutrients such as calcium or folic acid. She might also make recommendations for supplements geared towards improving a health condition, such as:

  • Red rice yeast
  • Fish oil
  • Vitamin B12

As a health care practitioner who values the role supplements play in managing health, Dr. Koshinski ensures you take the right dosage and know when and how to take the supplements so they don’t interfere with any prescription medication.

What is red rice yeast?

Red rice yeast contains a substance called monacolins, which is chemically identical to the active ingredient found in popular cholesterol-lowering prescription medication. Dr. Koshinski and her team might recommend supplementing with red rice yeast if your cholesterol levels are above normal.

What are the health benefits of fish oil?

Dr. Koshinski may recommend you supplement with fish oil to improve heart health. Comprised of essential omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil may help improve blood lipid levels, reduce inflammation, and improve the rhythm of your heartbeat.

Getting an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids may also help prevent some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Why would I need vitamin B12?

If your energy levels are low or you’re having difficulty remembering things, Dr. Koshinski may recommend vitamin B12 supplements. She also prescribes these supplements if your vitamin B12 blood levels are low or you follow a vegan diet.

Vitamin B12 is an essential B vitamin that’s important for brain health, nerve function, and the production of red blood cells.

For more information about the health benefit of supplements, call Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.