Nutraceuticals are products containing substances like vitamins and minerals to support health. They are also referred to as supplements. Supplements potentially have a huge 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. 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 Amethyst Wellness, we’ve developed relationships with a few such companies that make us feel 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 choice 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.
Here are some of the nutraceuticals we often recommend at Amethyst Wellness:
When we provide hormone pellets, we conduct lab testing which can allow us to identify micronutrient deficiencies. There are other supplements that help with healthy hormone metabolism.
DIM (Di-indoylmethane) is one of our most recommended products for hormone clients. DIM supports healthy hormone metabolism. DIM is anti-inflammatory and it favorably affects the balance of estrogen metabolites. It can decrease the symptoms of poor estrogen metabolism such as breast tenderness. DIM is also an aromatase inhibitor. It can therefore increase levels of free testosterone. The bottom line is the DIM improves estrogen metabolism and supports testosterone action.
The BioTe DIM formulation also contains Sulforaphane and Pomegranate extract which have numerous benefits including antioxidant effects. They also may help protect against breast and prostate cancers.
ADK 5 (or ADK 10)
Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions. We routinely test for vitamin D levels as part of the BioTe protocol. Most people need some level of supplementation. We offer ADK 5 which has 5,000 units of Vitamin D3 or ADK 10 which has 10,000 units of Vitamin D3.
Many experts in the field of functional medicine are recommending the higher dosage during the pandemic for the immune supporting benefits of vitamin D3.
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. In 2017, a large prospective trial showed taking vitamin D can reduce the odds of developing respiratory infections by approximately 42% (BMJ 17;356:6583).
Vitamin D3 is also essential for healthy bone production.
The BioTe formula also contains vitamin A which is required for normal development, growth and maintenance of bones. The formula also contains Vitamin K2 which is essential for bone health and it improves cardiovascular health.
Omega 3 + CoQ10
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.
The BioTe formula also contains CoQ10 which supports cellular energy, cardiovascular and neurological health.
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 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).
BioTe’s Multistrain probiotic 20B helps to maintain a healthy balance of GI flora.
Iodine enhances thyroid function which supports the immune response. Iodine also regulates cortisol and contributes to normal immune function. The BioTe Iodine formula also includes 10mg of Zinc which has been shown to reduce the severity of respiratory illness. Zinc may improve the integrity of respiratory cells by protecting them from inflammation and infection (Molecular Physiology 2006; 290:433-441).
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.
Vitamins, Minerals and More
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant which 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 of our clients 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.
Hair Skin and Nails Ultra
This is a great product that contains biotin and collagen as well as other ingredients to support skin elasticity and hydration, healthy hair, and nail strength and thickness.
SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine) is a metabolite present in all living cells. It functions as a donor of methyl groups in over 100 different reactions and contributes to the synthesis, activation and/or metabolism of hormones, neurotransmitters, nucleic acids, phospholipids and proteins. SAM-e also promotes positive mood, glutathione production and joint comfort.
This is pineapple extract that can help prevent or decrease the severity of bruising. This can be particularly helpful with injectable aesthetic procedures.
XanthiTrim supports healthy weight management when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. It contains brown seaweed and pomegranate seed oil. It encourages resting energy expenditure and thermogenesis, which results in oxidation and utilization of fats rather than fat storage. The formula also contains green tea which can promote resting energy expenditure and thermogenesis and is a natural appetite suppressant.
Which supplements do YOU need?
At Amethyst Wellness, we provide free consultations and can make recommendations. We have many of the above products in stock. Clients can pick up what they need (please call first) or we can put them in the mail.
Many of the products are also available for purchase online. Pure Encapsulations is a great brand free from additives. You can order here.
Please call 386-283-4180 or visit amethystwellness.com
Here’s to your health,