The temperatures are changing and the medical offices are filling up. Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but it is also the beginning of cold and flu season. This year, we want to make sure you spend more time doing what you love, and less time recovering from an illness. Take this trusted advice from your chiropractor and see what a difference it makes in your overall health!
Following are the Top 10 Supplements on the market as well as their intended impact:
N-acetyl cysteine is a mucinogen, which means it breaks up mucus. It is often used to improve bronchitis, sinus infections, COPD, and pneumonia. Often NAC is used in hospitals to treat acetaminophen overdoses, ALS, and liver toxicity.
A multi-vitamin can be a great daily foundation for a individual’s health. Make sure your multi-vitamin contains a complete B-vitamin, dissolves in vinegar in less than 7 minutes, does not use calcium carbonate as its calcium source, is not made synthetically, but is made from whole foods, and is reasonably priced.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid found in dairy, meat, eggs, nuts, beans, and oats. It is a precursor to the production of thyroid hormones, dopamine, and adrenaline. It’s not a stimulant, but does work well as a treatment for weight loss (appetite suppressant), ADD, mental fatigue, depression, and PMS. Do not take within four hours of sleeping.
Gama Amino Butyric Acid is a neurotransmitter produced and utilized in the brain. It acts as an inhibitory to the central nervous system; therefore it has a calming effect on the brain. This supplement is often used to treat anxiety and induce healthy sleep patterns.
6. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the only version of Vitamin D that is readily absorbable as a supplement. Your body can make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. You can ingest Vitamin D when you eat/drink milk, fish, fish oils, and egg yolks. Vitamin D deficiency is widely common and can cause many biological problems including a decrease in bone density (Rickets), cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, severe asthma in children, and cancer. Vitamin D may help conditions such as diabetes (types I and II), hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D deficiency can be created by limited sun exposure and overuse of suntan lotions, reduction in dietary Vitamin D intake, dark skin, living in the North, age related kidney dysfunction, digestive disorders, and obesity. Most common months for Vitamin D deficiencies are October-April and August.
5. AM Blend
This supplement is a powerful combination of amino acids designed to maximize fat
burning while aiding in the stabilization of blood sugar, curbing appetite, improving daytime cognition, and improving liver metabolism. It can be added to water or combined with a mixture of green tea and a low-sugar juice for a great tasting drink.
4. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive Leaf Extract is know as nature’s antibiotic. This powerful plant extract kills viruses and bacteria by inhibiting their ability to replicate. It is most effective when taken at the first sign of symptoms. This supplement is exceptional in reducing symptoms and shortening the length of time symptoms are present.
3. Whey Protein
Protein supplements are a fantastic way to improve muscle-to-fat ratios by stabilizing blood sugar and increasing muscle recovery and size. When combined with resistive weight training or high-intensity interval training, whey protein is a fast track to burning body fat and decreasing fat deposits around the hips, thighs, and abdomen. Good protein mixtures have a greater than 75% yield ratio of protein to total grams per serving. Whey protein powders should be found in an isolate form or micro-filtered to improve intestinal absorption. Avoid any protein source that uses Soy Protein Isolates or Hydrolyzed Soy Proteins. High-quality protein powders will dissolve without the use of a blender and will not cause intestinal cramping.
2. Flax/Fish Oil
Omega-3 fats are essential to a healthy life. Widely known as DHA and EPA, these fatty acids are used to produce eicosanoids, which are known to reduce inflammation and improve fat and cholesterol ratios in the body. Omega-3 fats have been shown to:
Improve: depression, anxiety, psoriasis, arthritis degeneration, hair and skin disorders
Reduce: blood pressure, macular degeneration, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Lupus symptoms, hormone deficiencies
Fight: cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s, Diverticulitis, IBD, etc.)
The quality of fish/flax oils is highly important. The ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s should be close to a 4:1 ratio. Sourced from Krill, Sardines, Herring, Salmon, and/or Flax are preferred.
L-Glutamine is a conditional essential amino acid that is widely used in many different processes of the body including: protein synthesis, regulation of acid-base balance, cellular energy, and production of all three muscle types. Broken down into glutamic acid and then into glutathione, L-glutamine is a powerful detoxifier of the body. It’s used in large quantities during times of stress, both physically and emotionally. It can be found naturally in foods such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, wheat, cabbage, beets, spinach, parsley, and oats.
Used clinically to:
- Improve alkalinity to aid in body fat burning.
- Increase muscle production.
- Reduce muscle soreness and healing time.
- Reduce symptoms caused by prolonged stressful time periods.
- Improve healing after a burn or infection.
- Help the body fight cancer cells.
- Improve gastrointestinal problems and ulcers.
- Improve the immune system’s ability to kill bacteria and viruses.
- Improve deep sleep patterns.
- Reduce alcohol cravings.
- Reduce sugar cravings.
Curcumin is the major component of the well-known spice Turmeric (Curcuma longa). Extensive scientific research on Curcumin has demonstrated that it has potent free radical scavenging properties capable of dramatically reducing inflammation. Through this and other mechanisms, Curcumin may support colon health, promote joint comfort, support healthy neurological function, and help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Patients suffering from arthritis pain and/or looking to decrease their cardiovascular risk factors often find Curcumin very beneficial.
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For more information or to speak with our staff, please call our Roanoke, Virginia office at: 1-540-344-1055
Dr. Daryl Rich, DC, CSCS