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The Case for Supplements…

The Case for Supplements…

In a perfect world, we would all eat a nutrient dense diet consisting of leans proteins, whole grains and abundant fruits and vegetables. In this Utopia we would be surrounded by clean air and an environment free of toxins and carcinogens and we would rarely encounter stress in our day to day life. Unfortunately, we do not live in this perfect world. Even when we make attempts at optimizing out diets many of us fall short. The Standard American Diet is very nutrient poor and most Americans fail to get in even two vegetables a day, falling far short of the recommended 6-8. Processed foods are a unfortunate staple in the American diet and are not only nutrient poor but can strip the body of its ability to process and absorb vitamins and minerals. Our food supply also seems to be less nutrient dense because of poor soil quality, GMO practices and mass production. Stressors in the environment and in our daily lives also play a role in reducing our body’s abilities to optimize nutrients. Given these many factors more and more practitioners are recommending patients supplement their diets with vitamins and minerals. Of course, patients should make every attempt to eat well, minimize toxins in their environment and manage stress, but supplements offer additional support and benefits. Your practitioner can run specific tests to help identify deficiencies and recommend specific formulations where needed, but most individuals would benefit from the following basic supplements daily;

  1. A good Multi-vitamin preferably in a gel or capsule form with at least the minimum RDA levels of essential vitamins and minerals. In most cases, it is best to find a multi-vitamin that is free of iron as this can cause GI upset.
  2. An Essential fatty acid supplement totally 1200 mg of DHA EPA ( omega 3 and 6 in a 3:1 ratio). The source must be free of toxins and especially mercury. This must be stated on the bottle.
  3. Vitamin D3 1000 IU – 2000IU daily

Your practitioner may recommend additional supplements based on your personal health profile or disease state or if nutritional testing uncovers deficiencies or risks. Until then it would be beneficial to implement the basic supplements listed above.

When buying supplements, patients are encouraged to buy nutraceuticals that are third party tested inspected and certified. The supplements must say they are free of artificial binders, fillers, colors or additives. They need to be free of sugars, fructose or artificial sweeteners. They need to be from organic sources when possible. They must be free of heavy metals and toxins, especially mercury. If a supplement does not meet these standards patients should not consume. Many over the counter supplements do not meet the minimum standards and patients must be diligent in researching these products and avoiding those that lack these basic requirements.

At Thrive Center for Personalized Healthcare and Wellness we are committed to patient health and safety. Because of the confusion surrounding over-the-counter supplements we did the research for you and are proud to offer supplements from Prothera, Inc, Klaire Labs, Pure Encapsulations and Vital Nutrients. These supplements meet our stringent recommendations and requirements and patients can feel assured they are getting the best quality products at cost effective pricing. Here are a few of the supplements we now offer (tax not included in pricing):

 

Prothera, Inc. Line

Omega-thera (100 soft gels) $28.00

A unique blend of Omega 3, 6 and 9 with conjugated linoleic acid to rebalance fatty acid intake. Contains fatty acids difficult to obtain from diet combined with ultra-pure fish oil and premium plant seed oils. Essential fatty acids reduce triglycerides, increase HDL cholesterol and reduce small density LDL and CRP. Fatty acids also reduce inflammatory cytokines involved in inflammation.

B-Complex (60 capsules) $22.00

Activated forms of B-complex vitamins used in states of high demand requiring maximum absorption. Includes Metafoin ( L- methylfolate), a bioactive form of folate not found in most B supplements.

CoQ10 100 mg (30 soft gels) $30.00

A valuable anti-oxidant for the heart and immune system.

Niacin-SR (100 tabs) $13.00

A sustained released niacin used to help with cholesterol metabolism. Regular use has been shown to reduce triglycerides, LDL, APO-B and shifts LDL from small type particles to large type.

Vitamin D3 1000IU (100 capsules) $9.00

Vitamin D3 5000IU (100 capsules) $13.00

Naturally occurring form of Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is involved in calcium and bone health as well as cell growth, inhibiting excessive cell growth, as seen in certain forms of cancer, and stimulating normal cell maturation.

 

Klaire Labs ( Probiotics)

Thera-biotic Complete 25 billion species

60 capsules $43.00

120 capsules $80.00

Highly potent hypoallergenic blend of 12 probiotic species offering the most complete spectrum available from Klaire labs. Probiotic species and the gut microbiome have many important roles in the body includingsupport of immune functions and reduction of inflammation, protection against bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens, stabilization of the gut mucosa, production of enzymes like lactase, and vitamins like Vitamin K and B. Probiotic species also have a role in reduction of LDL, Triglyceride and Total cholesterol levels.

 

Pure Encapsulations

O.N.E Multivitamin

60 capsules $34.00

120 capsules $65.00

A comprehensive once-daily multivitamin that includes a sustained release CoQ10. Provides all essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A,B,C, D and E provided in bioavailable forms. Unique in that it provides 2000IUs of Vitamin D3 and 50 mg of CoQ10. Also provides Metafolin ( L-methyl-folate) the active form of folate.  Hypo-allergenic and vegetarian.