Nutraceuticals are products containing substances like vitamins and minerals to support health. They are also referred to as supplements. Supplements potentially have a significantly beneficial impact on your health. But which supplements are the best?
It’s important to choose high-quality products. Many over the counter brands (the cheap ones) contain fillers and additives. They may contain synthetic nutrients instead of natural ones, which are harder for the body to absorb and can ultimately create inflammation and cause harm. Others don’t actually have the amount of the claimed ingredient. Fortunately, there are many brands of vitamins and supplements that have proven quality. At Mission Health & Wellness, we’ve developed relationships with several companies that shown us we can be comfortable recommending their products.
Why do we need supplements?
Many of us do not get the vitamins and minerals we need from our food. This may be due to poor food choices but also the quality of our food is often impaired. Modern farming practices and poor soil quality unfortunately have decreased the nutritional value of some of our foods. Sometimes we need more of certain nutrients due to stress, health conditions, and lifestyle choices such as alcohol intake or cigarette use.
Prescription medications can also increase our need for certain nutrients. Some individuals simply don’t absorb dietary nutrients and can have symptoms of deficiency. For some people, nutritional supplementation can be beneficial to correct deficits and provide an extra health boost to enhance wellness and decrease the risk of disease.
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Vitamin D3 is essential in maintaining the innate and adaptive immune responses (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). Individuals with a deficiency in vitamin D will have an increase in susceptibility to infection. Although the mechanism is not clearly established, vitamin D is also known to have anti-viral effects. Vitamin D3 is also essential for healthy bone production.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in fish oil. Most of us do not get a proper amount of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Modern foods contain a much higher amount of Omega 6 fatty acids which when out of balance can promote inflammation.
Omega 3 fatty acids provide support for cardiovascular, joint, cognitive and skin health. They can also help lower triglyceride levels and have shown positive mood effects.
It’s especially important that your Omega 3 vitamins are high quality. There is so much contamination of our seafood, that improperly sourced Omega 3 can actually be harmful.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in the GI tract and help the body function properly. They aid in a variety of gastrointestinal issues. The exert a positive influence on immune function, digestion, skin health, vitamin production and detoxification.
Most people need to be on a probiotic. Environmental exposure can destroy healthy bacteria in the GI tract. Certain medications like antibiotics and acid blockers, as well as diets high in sugar and processed foods also decrease normal GI flora. This can lead to a cascade of symptoms associated with what is called “leaky gut”.
Probiotics are also important for healthy immune function. There are clinical trials that have shown probiotics reduce acute respiratory infections, many of which are caused by viruses (Cochrane.org).
Iodine enhances thyroid function which supports the immune response. Iodine also regulates cortisol and contributes to normal immune function. An Iodine formula that also includes 10mg of Zinc( which has been shown to reduce the severity of respiratory illness) is even better!
Iodine can also help with proper estrogen metabolism. It can ease pain associated with fibrocystic breasts. It also may be beneficial for the prostate. Iodine receptors are prominent in thyroid, breast, ovary, and prostate tissues. Deficiency of Iodine can increase cancer risk in these tissues. Iodine is also a potent antioxidant.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals to support cellular function and homeostasis. Glutathione is found in virtually every cell of the body and plays a critical role in protein synthesis, enzyme function, transport, and cell maturation. Glutathione promotes liver health and is a critical part of a healthy immune system.
B12 is essential for nerve health and mitochondrial support. It also can aid in carbohydrate metabolism making it an adjunct to many weight loss programs.
B6 helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also can help with PMS symptoms.
Magnesium can help decrease anxiety and promote a restful night’s sleep. Magnesium intake is associated with positive mood, lipid metabolism, and lean body mass. Higher intakes of magnesium are associated with healthy cardiovascular function and glucose utilization. Magnesium intake can also increase bone mineral density. Magnesium glycinate is less likely to cause loose stools than other forms of magnesium.
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties. It can treat joint pain and fibromyalgia. It also may help prevent cardiovascular disease.
This supplement promotes brain serotonin levels to support emotional well-being, healthy eating behavior, and healthy sleep. Many people are able to wean off anti-depressants by using this natural and better tolerated supplement. It’s important not to use 5-HTP while taking traditional anti-depressants.