Getting Kids to Take Their Supplements

Renowned pediatrician Dr. Jared Skowron shares with us some simple tips for getting kids to take their supplements. Easily mix supplements in yogurt, applesauce, popsicles and even gelatin for a quick and simple treat. If you or your loved ones have difficulty taking supplements, these tips could be perfect for you. For practitioners, learn valuable ways to help improve patient compliance for adults and kids alike!


How to Read a Supplement Label

Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA, and all labels need to follow a consistent format to make it easier for consumers to understand supplements. There are some tricks to understanding dietary supplement labels well, so be sure to pay attention to the following points when you're evaluating your supplements.

The "Supplement Facts" title is an indicator that the product is marketed for sale in the USA and is an FDA standard. The serving size, and sometimes the number of servings per bottle will be included to help you compare more easily between products Make sure the serving sizes match when you're comparing supplements to get an accurate comparison between the products. Vitamins and minerals will always show the dose in both weight and % daily value to help you understand how you're hitting your dietary requirements. Many supplements will have doses that exceed the recommended daily amount. Always talk to your health care practitioner to make sure that you're taking the right dose of supplements. Dietary supplement ingredients that aren’t vitamins or minerals won't have a % daily value because the values haven’t been established as they are not essential ingredients in the diet.

Herbs will sometimes have additional information listed in the supplement facts panel. You might see ratio numbers (ie. 4:1) that designates how much raw material of the herb (fresh or dried herb) went into making the supplement version of the herb. Herbs might have a standardization amount that corresponds to how much of an active ingredient is present in the herbal supplement. The dose of the active ingredient is often listed, but not all the time. Proprietary blends are common in dietary supplements. The total amount of the proprietary blend in a serving needs to be listed on a supplement, which means that you don't get all of the information about every ingredient that is in the blend. Ingredients in a proprietary blend are listed in order from most to least. This is similar to how food ingredients are listed on nutrition facts panels that you find on prepared foods. The daily value percent is established against a 2000 calorie diet. While this is the standard calorie amount across most labels, it's always important to scale your requirements based on the calorie intake that you need to reach your health goals.

 

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ECS part 3 with Dr. Hector Lopez, ECS Expert

On this episode of Healthy Happenings, Dr. Holly asks Dr. Lopez specifically about Hemp derived Phytocannabinoids. When looking at factors to consider when it comes to dosing, personalization and customization is key. The dosing regimen is so individualized and patients should be titrated from low doses to higher ones slowly. Dr. Lopez suggest to look at product type where you CBD that is an isolate (just the 99% cannabidiol compound) which is available in two different forms, synthetic and crystal isolate derived from the hemp plant. This is important because consumers should be aware of where the CBD isolate is coming from. If the CBD isolate is coming from total organic chemical synthesis, then it’s been shown that it’s actually a different stereoisomer than the one that is naturally biosynthesized in the plant. The synthetic CBD isolate is actually going to have some activity at the CB1 receptor and patients may say they get a little “buzz” from it. Whereas the hemp derived CBD isolate does not have activity at the CB1 receptor and patients will not report that buzz or high feeling. Holly makes a good summation, starting patients with CBD “go slow and low” when it comes to dosing. The other product to consider with dosing is the full-spectrum hemp derived CBD. This is made by taking the hemp plant and extracting the CBD, a whole host of other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other bioactive compounds. With these products, the dosing usually ranges from 3mg-75mg a day and this often causes confusion for people compared to the dosing of the 99% CBD isolate.

Considering contraindications, it is important for patients to work with a practitioner! Any time you are dealing with a natural product that has bioactivity, particularly phytocannabinoids are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system like drugs and medications, consulting your physician is the best choice, especially one who is comfortable working with botanicals. Physicians should be aware of the the main enzyme pathways like the cytochrome P450-2C9, 2C-19 and 3A4 and any drugs that use those pathways when prescribing CBD as well. The other obvious issue is with hypersensitivities and allergies. If you are not sure if you have an allergy to CBD, but you do have one with hops or other botanicals in the same family then you should test first.

When assessing the ECS, Holly asks how do you encourage practitioners to actually do that with patients and what tools you can use. Dr. Lopez states that we are still in the infant stages of assessing the ECS, but you can consider the endocannabinoid tone of the patients. The ECS affects many things, but the high level items to look at are the nervous system where you can look at neurologic stability (anxiety, mood, stress management, sleeping, quality of sleep, etc.). Holly suggests that practitioners “stay tuned” with the ECS because these are difficult clinical modern day issues that are very common. Considering the ECS, it brings a new level of assessment and treatment in the essence of “do no harm”.

Holly also asks what consumers and practitioners should be looking for in a brand that is manufacturing CBD products. He suggests that full traceability is very important so that a product can be followed from “seed to shelf”, where the brand has control of the entire supply chain. The seed should be characterized so that you know you’re starting with a hemp cultivar of cannabis sativa and not a marijuana or drug cultivar that allows you to start with a plant that will be manufacturing and synthesizing higher levels of CBD and much lower trace levels of THC and still allow you to bring some of the other phytocannabinoids and bioactives with it. Also, look to see if the brand is sponsoring their own research, do the have data on toxicology and safety, because there are few brands in the non-drug market currently doing this. Some brands are also sponsoring human clinical trials on CBD products as well.

Stay tuned with Healthy Happenings to hear more about CBD with industry leading experts.

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Dr. Hector Lopez integrates several safe and non-invasive approaches to optimize patient recovery and improve overall health. As a pain management doctor his innovative injection therapy, chronic pain management methods, minimally invasive spinal procedures, and nutritional consulting help patients return to daily life. For many patients dealing with chronic pain, medication and surgery are not always the best options. As an orthopedic specialist, Dr. Hector Lopez understands the needs of chronic pain sufferers seeking a less invasive and more natural alternative for pain management.

Advanced training and medical experience as a pain management specialist allow Dr. Lopez to provide safe and sensible alternatives to harsh procedures. His injection therapies restore function in joints damaged by injuries, tendonitis, or arthritis, and minimally invasive spine procedures relieve neck pain and back pain more comfortably. Also highly trained in nutritional medicine and physical therapy, Dr. Lopez supplements pain relief with a pain-friendly diet and exercise program. Consider getting treatment from a pain specialist who focuses on the most important issue: the patient's well-being.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Chris Shade on the Endocannabinoid System 101

On this episode of Healthy Happenings, Dr. Holly asks Dr. Shade what exactly the ECS system is and how it was discovered. Dr. Shade likes to describe the ECS system as what brings us neuro endo immune poise, essentially what helps bring us to balance. The ECS is a system of receptors in the body with more receptors than any other receptor system and is not unique to humans. Taking away the stigma of marijuana, the structure of CBD was only revealed in 1963 and the CB receptors weren’t even discovered till the 90’s. There are two main receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 is dominantly in the central nervous system and CB2 is mainly in the periphery in organs and immune cells. There is some crossover however. To remind people, THC the psychoactive component in marijuana is a phytocannabinoid that goes to the CB1 receptors. CBD works more on the CB2 receptors and a more powerfully healing side of the ECS.

At a glance, you have 2 receptors, we have 2 phytocannabinoids coming from the outside (THC and CBD) and then two main endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol that all have their own lifespans of being formed and destroyed like any neurotransmitter or signaling molecule would. We all have different levels of this and it’s called your endocannabinoid tone.

Understanding these systems, it helps to look at the parasympathetic (rest digest) and sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous systems. With neurotransmitters, the fight or flight is associated with glutamate. When this is too active, it translates as anxiety and chronic tension. In the body, this can lock up systems. On the other side, you have GABA working with the parasympathetic. To help limit the glutamate, the ECS helps keep the system in check. We can however become deficient in our own ECS and that is where the phytocannabinoids come into play to help us. CBD potentiates the CB receptors and catalyzes a pooling up of endocannabinoids and then stimulates them to do their jobs. As a phytochemical, CBD regulates anti inflammatory genes. In essence, this system can become unbalanced like any other system of the body.

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Dr. Christopher Shade, PhD, founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific®, specializes in the biological, environmental, and analytical chemistry of mercury in all its forms and their interactions with sulfur compounds, particularly glutathione and its enzyme system. He has patented a mercury speciation diagnostic process to analyze human toxicity, founded the only clinical lab in the world offering mercury speciation analysis, and has designed cutting edge systems of nutraceuticals for detoxification and antioxidant protection, including advanced phospholipid delivery systems for both water-and fat-soluble compounds. His Quicksilver Delivery Systems® nanoparticle technology increases the bioavailability of supplements and protocols leading to higher efficacy products.

Dr. Shade is regularly sought out to speak as an educator on the topics of mercury, environmental toxicities,neuroinflammation, immune dysregulation, and the human detoxification system in the United States and internationally. He has helped corporate executives, professional athletes, celebrities, children with autism, patients with chronic immune disorders and more. He strives to evolve the way the medical industry delivers care, and he is perpetually broadening the way the world understands health.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Healthy Happenings with Dr. Holly Lucille and Dr. Jack Wolfson

On this episode of Healthy Happenings, Doctors Lucille and Wolfson discuss the implications of the modern American diet and lifestyle and how it correlates to rising rates of cardiovascular disease in the US. Doctor Holly points out how there is so much conflicting information around health and diets for cardiovascular disease. For example, different doctors can recommend anything from low fat diets to vegan to paleo. While the discussion around nutrition can be very emotionally charged, Dr. Wolfson urges that the answer is simple. Human beings adapted to eating organically and to eat meat for millions of years which boils down to paleo. As a board certified cardiologist, Dr. Wolfson first recommends that the food you eat should be organic first. He created a paleo pyramid that revolves around a foundation of eating plants like green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds and foods with good fats like avocados and olive oil. Dr. Wolfson also suggests that eating fish is very important because you get the heart healthy omega oils from them that you can’t get from flax and walnuts. Adding some high quality free-range organic meat can be good too. In his opinion, grains and gluten containing grains are not necessary for a human as well as dairy products. One way to look at it is that cow’s milk is for a baby cow, not designed for the human digestive tract. If you are going to eat dairy, Dr. Wolfson recommends eating or drinking raw milk.

Much of this is elaborated in Dr. Wolfson’s book The Paleo Cardiologist where he recommends that people see an integrative physician first who will address a patient’s overall health and not be too quick to recommend just pharmaceuticals for treatment. Our doctors also urge people to examine stress and its correlation to cardiovascular health. For treatment and prevention, there are several tests you can take including testing for “leaky gut” or hyperpermeability. In essence, people are getting chemicals into the body that don’t belong there and the immune system system activates with inflammation and it damages the cardiovascular system. When these tissues become “leaky” that’s where disease develops. Unfortunately when many doctors see this inflammation, they sometimes don’t look to see where it started from in the first place. Getting on a protocol for leaky gut can make a huge improvement in cardiovascular health.

Dr. Holly asks Dr. Wolfson what he considers as heart healthy nutrients. He recommends primarily that everyone should be on a daily multivitamin. After that a probiotic, omega 3 fish oil, daily greens drink, and digestive enzymes as a foundation. Luckily we have advanced testing available these days to look further into what other nutrients may be necessary for patients and their unique needs. Combining major diet and lifestyle changes can be all you might need to keep your heart health in check or even help combat disease.

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has emerged as one of the world’s leading holistic natural cardiologists, and was a Natural Choice Award Winner in the Holistic MD category from Natural Awakenings Magazine. His ideas have been featured by NBC and CNN and covered in publications like the USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to opening Wolfson Integrative Cardiology, Dr. Jack was Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Paradise Valley Hospital in Arizona. He was also a partner in Arizona’s largest cardiology practice.

As a trusted leader in heart health and natural heart health, Dr. Jack has taught more than 10,000 physicians his natural heart health best practices. His book, The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health, was an Amazon # 1 best seller. He is an in-demand lecturer about natural healthy living without Big Pharma pills and invasive procedures.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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How to Naturally Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Dr. Espinosa shares that 40-50% of men suffer from sexual issues. He suggests that younger men are having issues as well where even about 30% of men in their 30’s have erectile dysfunction. Dr. Holly asks why ED is being seen more often in younger men and what it can possibly mean. Dr. Espinosa shares that most men define their manhood based on their last sexual performance, this plays a major role in confidence and personal lives. When it comes to erections, Dr. Espinosa states that there may be a major problem if a man has not had a spontaneous or sexual erection in 3 months or more. This can lead way to serious vascular or cardiovascular issues.

Prevalence of ED in younger people can be attributed to an increase in pornography use (it is much easier to have access to now than in the past) according to Dr. Espinosa. This leads to teenagers getting an ideal of sex that is unrealistic and further hinder their ability for emotional intimacy with future partners. Another reason is stress causing too much adrenaline production, which is a chemical that is really an “erection killer”.

Dr. Espinosa suggests that there are 3 reasons why men can get erections. The first is neural pathways from the brain to penis, vascular for blood flow and lastly muscular structure that allows those muscles to work. If any of these pathways are hindered, that can change a man’s ability to have erections. Getting enough nitric oxide, having healthy penile muscles and having balanced neurotransmitters are important to have a successful erection.

It is important for women to understand a few things about being with a partner with ED. Primarily, knowing that it is “not you” is paramount, especially for couples. This can inadvertently add an extra layer of stress to a man already dealing with ED. Second, it helps for women to know that “he’s not cheating on you”. This is a common paradigm Dr. Espinosa sees in couples. Seeking natural support for these issues is important too because many common pharmaceuticals like beta blockers can cause ED. Also, if a prostate is enlarged enough, it can cause neurogenic ED.

ED can also come from men who have overused erectile drugs. Abuse of PD5 inhibitors causes several issues like priapism which can break down the muscles in the penis. Over use is a problem as well because the organ can literally be exhausted and once an erection happens again, they can experience performance anxiety. This leads to the question, what can people naturally do about erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Espinosa cautions people to use PD5 inhibitors very carefully because it’s a short-term fix. Using a smaller dose is recommended with perhaps some other natural supplements can be more successful. Another issue with PD5 inhibitors can be delayed ejaculation because these drugs can numb those nerves which can be very frustrating for both partners. Dr. Espinosa recommends seeing a naturopathic doctor to address underlying issues like hormone imbalance and metabolic syndrome issues. Staying “lean and mean” goes hand in hand with this, focusing on interval weight resistance.

For supplement support, the amino acid arginine is effective for vascular flow, but Dr. Espinosa suggests using l-citrulline because it is a powerful precursor to arginine. The problem with arginine is compliance because you need to take higher doses 3-4 times a day for it to be effective, hence making l-citrulline a great option. Horney Goat Weed, also known as epimedium is a Chinese herb that has a chemical in it called icariin which is a PD5 inhibitor possessing the same effect as popular prescription drugs. Rhodiola and Ashwagandha are adaptogenic botanicals that have historically been used for ED as well. With ED, identifying and treating the cause is key. Taking a holistic approach can potentially treat this disorder and is encouraged for men hoping to really obtain their health and vitality without pharmaceutical intervention.

Dr. Geo Espinosa is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and certified functional medicine practitioner recognized as an authority in holistic urology and men’s health. He is a professor and holistic clinician in Urology at New York University Langone Medical Center and faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine. As an avid researcher and writer, Dr. Geo has authored numerous scientific papers and books including co-editing the Integrative Sexual Health book, and author of the best selling prostate cancer book: Thrive, Don’t Only Survive. Dr. Geo is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and formulator at XY Wellness, LLC and lectures internationally on the application of science-based holistic treatments in urological clinics. On his free time, he enjoys writing on his popular blog, DrGeo.com, spending time with his wife and three kids and practicing the Israeli martial art, Krav Maga.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Natural Partners Culture: Week of Wellness and Wackiness

At Natural Partners we are bigger than our business and our “WOO(Win Others Over) Week,” and “All Hands In” annual celebrations highlights, the Natural Partners culture, our relationships with each other and our passion for our business.

The week is filled with appreciation for the hard work of all Natty P’s and their contributions in spreading wellness, while expressing our gratitude for all that we have accomplished together as a team.

Natural Partners Culture Week

During WOO week, each day is centered around a universal company theme that is based on our 10 core values.

  1. Treat others the way you would like to be treated
  2. Work with a sense of integrity at all times
  3. Get the job done with teamwork and cooperation
  4. Win others over and provide excellence in client service
  5. Constantly grow and learn
  6. Be innovative
  7. Create a positive company atmosphere
  8. Be bigger than our business
  9. Find a way to create a healthy environment
  10. Embrace positive change.

Tied into each theme were team-based activities that emphasized teamwork, creativity,and inter-departmental cooperation.  Some of these team activities included building a newspaper tower, a healthy version of iron chef, creating a team poster and designing and racing a team built car. All activities reinforced skills the Natural Partners team uses everyday. Our atmosphere is a little bit rock and roll. (In fact, naming all The Beatles is a question during our new employee interview process.)During WOO Week you can feel the culture, camaraderie, wholeness and fun that exemplifies what we experience all year long.

Natural Partners Core Values

Part of the WOO Week experience involves the crowning of the Natty P Rock Star and Rock Starlet. Every member of the Natty P team votes on the man and woman who embody the Natural Partner’s core values. This year our Rock Stars are Dianne Forbes, and Jason Dec.  Who had this to say about WOO Week…

 “I believe WOO Week adds enjoyable competitiveness, and it helps keep an already tight knit Company, that much tighter. I believe it gives us all a chance to intermingle with each other and be even sillier than we are on a daily basis. It makes Natural Partners (to me), a company that is great to work at because I choose to.... not because I HAVE TO.” 

- Dianne Forbes, Rock Starlet

 WOO Week is a "cultural" rite of passage for Natural Partners Inc. It's a celebration designed specifically for the employees!  WOO Week helps to demonstrate what's possible when culture truly becomes embedded into the company's DNA. The daily event(s) bring people together through shared activities, teamwork & wackiness!  The NattyP "culture" is an ecosystem, almost like a living organism!  Once people experience the NattyP "way" first hand - the word "culture" transcends from the theoretical into applied action in all that we do. WOO Week is essential to this process. “

 - Jason Dec, Rock Star

Natural Partners Company Culture

At Natural Partners we believe in the possibility of world wellness and freedom from suffering on the planet. We try to live this vision everyday. We are grateful and cherish the opportunity to work with others who live this vision as well.We appreciate and honor all of our manufacturers and client/partner relationships. We love what we do, and we hope it shows.

Natural Partners Spreading Wellness



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Are You Absorbing Your Vitamins?

Absorbing your vitamins

You’re health conscious. You've got protein powder, fish oil, COQ10, a daily multi-vitamin, etc. You take these supplements every day; they don’t just sit in your kitchen cabinet. But how much of these supplements are you actually absorbing and how much are literally going down the toilet?

There are two main factors that affect the way your body absorbs nutrients. The good news is both can be altered by your actions.

  1. The type and quality of supplements you take.
  2. How you consume them. (intervals at which you take the supplements during the day, dosage amounts, etc.)

For example, whey protein, the most common ingredient in protein powders, can only be absorbed at a rate of 10 grams per hour. Furthermore, it takes 1.5 hours for the protein to pass through the section of intestines that can actually absorb it. So that 22 gram protein shake you drank for lunch, only gave you 15 grams.

Vitamin and mineral absorption can also be hindered by the combination you take them in. Too much of a specific supplement can result in your body not absorbing other vitamins or minerals. For example, too much vitamin A can block absorption of vitamin K. Furthermore, Calcium competes with Iron in the absorption arena, even with normal doses.

So, how can we counteract these negative effects? For whey protein, you can do a couple things to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth.

  1. You can spread out your consumption of the protein powder so that you are only drinking 15 grams of protein every 1.5 hours.
  2. You can start taking digestive enzymes to help your intestines absorb that critical protein.

It’s a little more complicated for supplements, the strategy changes depending on which ones you are taking. For example Calcium absorption is increased by vitamin D and the consumption of food. Also, brands that have been independently tested and certified either by USP or NSF actually have the stated amount of the vitamin per dosage.

These are just a few examples of how you can efficiently take supplements. A little education can go a long way, there are countless absorption strategies depending on what your specific needs are. It’s just a matter of finding out what works for you.


 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Sources:

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/rr-whey-too-much
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/body-absorb-vitamins.htm
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/improve-bodys-absorption-vitamins-2898.html
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/expert.q.a/01/15/vitamins.absorption.jampolis/


Feeling Your Age? Try Krill Oil

Try Krill Oil

If you are feeling worn-out; are a little stiff; have a few average body aches and pain; and have trouble reading small print without getting a headache these days, try krill oil. Krill oil is rapidly becoming the sought after nutritional supplement for inflammation and general anti-aging.* 100% pure krill oil has very robust antioxidants containing Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and astaxanthin.  Krill oil contains omega-3’s and is nearly 100% absorbable, which makes it more sufficient at lower doses than fish oil. Krill oil is also more shelf-stable and does not become rancid as fish oil does. Additionally, there is no distasteful fishy odor or “fish burps” associated with krill oil. But what are the health benefits?

Krill supports general heart health and triglyceride levels.* It also aids in improving brain health and cognitive function, minimizing the symptoms of arthritis, and research shows it may reduce PMS symptoms.* The astaxanthin that is contained in the krill provides support for eye fatigue (reducing eyestrain), cognitive ability, muscle and joint (is considered one of the most powerful anti- inflammation supplements) along with support for skin.* Another benefit is that many types of fish and fish oils contain mercury and other heavy metals- some may be over the acceptable and safe limit. Krill is not prone to this type of contamination since it is harvested from the untouched and pristine Antarctic waters. Similarly, krill is also far more sustainable as a food source than fish. Krill harvesting is closely monitored and carefully regulated to ensure its environmental sustainability. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international environmental organization comprised of 25 countries with a mission to preserve marine life and the environmental integrity within and surrounding Antarctica.

With today’s continuing advancement in technology, we are able to protect, expand, and support health from the inside out. Our nutrition becomes critical as new research focuses on health at the cellular level. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid molecule from the same family as beta-carotene, lycopene, and zeaxanthin, though astaxanthinWhen we are under stress and during the normal aging process, our bodies may lose the ability to produce high levels of the antioxidants that are produced internally when we are subjected to environmental factors such as pollution, toxins, and processed food. When searching for a good quality krill oil, read the label and be sure it contains 100% krill oil and a significant amount of astaxanthin (1-2 mg per serving) to help support overall health, slowdown cellular aging, and manage inflammation.

Linda Hlivka
Clinical Nutritionist
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 *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
**This blog was written by an outside source. This blog does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Natural Partners.