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Nutritional Supplements


1.  What are nutritional supplements and why do we need them?

Nutritional supplements are micronutrients classified as vitamins and minerals, that are involved in the metabolic processes in the body responsible for energy production.  The typical western diet does not contain adequate amounts of many of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for normal metabolism.  A recent study found that in order to take in the recommended amounts of nutrients, it would be necessary to consume over 5,000 calories a day.


2.  Are the recommended daily allowances (RDA’s) adequate for optimal health?

The recommended daily allowances for vitamins and other supplements are determined for minimal levels of health and the prevention of major deficiencies.  The RDA’s are not considered to be adequate for the prevention of the degenerative changes associated with aging. Adequate amounts and the proper balance of nutritional supplements can help control elevations of blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, strengthen the immune system, improve stamina and performance, and reduce tissue inflammation.


3.  How do I know which supplements I need?

The specific supplements and the amount required by can be determined with special blood tests and the assessment of the health care professional based on an individual’s physiologic profile and description of symptoms. 


4.  What are the most commonly recommended supplements for optimal health and disease prevention?

The most commonly recommended supplements can be classified as “antioxidants”, the “B” vitamins, minerals, and several other key nutrients that reduce inflammation, protect the cells, improve organ function, and balance metabolic processes. Antioxidants, substances that neutralize the effects of cancer-causing free radicals and reduce inflammation, include the vitamins C and E, Beta-Carotene, Co-enzyme Q10, selenium, melatonin, and lipoic acid.  The B vitamins, which are important for proper metabolism, controlling cholesterol and homocysteine levels (a risk factor for atherosclerosis), and the production of red blood cells and adrenal hormones include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid.  Some of the essential minerals for the prevention and reversal of chronic disease are calcium, magnesium, chromium, and iodine.  Other key “anti-aging” nutrients include vitamin D, garlic, glucosamine, ginseng, green tea extract, saw palmetto, lecithin, acai berry, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil).   



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