Most of us ask ourselves why nutrition is important. Some of our patients take a “ton” of supplements. Some take none. Some people (and I’ve heard this on many occasions) tell me that they haven’t even opened them and that they are sitting on the counter. In our practice, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Ball, and I all discuss nutrition. It’s an integral part of what we do, because we know that nutrition can help the body so incredibly well that we see quicker changes in our patients who take certain supplements quicker compared to those who don’t. We have our personal favorites, and all agree on SPM and Inflavonoid Intensive Care as our go-to products for inflammation. Pain is one of the manifestations of inflammation and you can’t have pain without inflammation.
When it comes to nutritional supplements, how do you choose? First and foremost, we look at the manufacturer. Are they testing their products? Are they aware of the process their products affect the body? Are they leaving out secondary nutrients that allow for the absorption of the primary nutrient (like Vitamin D + K)? Are they dedicated to research and development?
Multivitamins are probably the biggest concern for most people. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association recommends everyone should be taking a multivitamin on a daily basis. A lot of multivitamins do not contain Vitamin D, vitamin K2, and magnesium, all so very important for muscles and bones. I cannot stress enough the importance of Vitamin D (K cannot be taken in patients with certain conditions). On a personal note, I was able to bring my Vitamin D levels from 15 to 78 ng/m. PhytoMulti from Metagenics contains all of these! It also includes diverse phyto-nutrients found in the Mediterranean diet and promotes health aging; as well as manganese which is essential for the metabolism of many bodily functions including reducing inflammation.
Let’s not forget about our diet! The best place to get nutrients is from the food we eat. Our body has adapted to receiving nutrients from our food. Most supplements are simply that—supplements, meaning we should be getting some of our nutrients from our diets, particularly whole foods. If we are not, that becomes a problem, and our supplements become less effective, and we notice less of a difference.
We carry Metagenics supplements. Recently, we had an opportunity to sit down with our Metagenics representative to discuss new products and how to access best practices for our patients’ well-being. He brought up some new discoveries, such as SPM Active being reported as helpful for patients with Long-Haul Covid and Lyme!
Metagenics supplements can also be purchased online HERE
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