How can you enjoy more energy, an improved metabolism, and an overall increase in your endocrine system? The answer is found in the quality of fuel and supplements you give your body—are you giving your body all the micronutrients it needs to function optimally?
Unfortunately, various factors in today’s modern world, such as poor soil conditions, and air and water pollution, limit access to the vitamins and micronutrients that your body needs for optimal health. The aforementioned conditions reduce the bioavailability and nutrient density of your food, even when shopping organic or at your local farmers’ market.
The greater part of adults living in the United States consumes at least one, if not more, dietary supplements daily. Dietary supplements can consist of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, amino acids, herbals and botanicals, enzymes and many others. These supplements can be found in various forms including tablets, gel caps, powders, capsules, soft gels, and liquids. All of the supplements work to help restore specific functions within the body. Some may serve the purpose of reducing your risk of disease, while others serve to make sure that your body is receiving an adequate amount of vital elements needed to function.
If there is one type of fat that you do not want to cut out of your diet, it is omega-3 fatty acids. The benefits of fish oil can help with enhanced cognition, improved heart and blood health, inflammation, and memory.
Two of the most critical forms of omega-3 that your body requires and craves for optimal health are EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid). The acronyms of EPA and DHA are almost always synonymous and are found in cold water fish such as sardines, salmon, herring, halibut, trout, and tuna. These omega-3 fatty acids provide a wide variety of clinical and personal benefits. DHA appears to have a greater impact on mental clarity. It has been suggested that DHA is more effective when it comes to improving overall cognitive performance as well as preventing cognitive decline in healthy adults. Stress responses also benefit from both forms of omega-3. DHA suppresses the neurological response of aggression while EPA moderates stress affected immune activity. EPA also has been known to have greater antidepressant effects.
EPA and DHA are most commonly known for their positive effects on cholesterol levels. EPA is proven effective in lowering the overall level of LDL cholesterol, also known as the “bad” cholesterol, while DHA helps to combat elevated total triglyceride counts and increase HDL cholesterol levels, the “good” cholesterol. When researching omega-3 fatty acid supplements, a 3:2 ratio of EPA to DHA is recommended, or vice versa.
Another omega-3 fatty acid is ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). ALA is a naturally occurring antioxidant compound produced by the body that helps to protect against damage on the cellular level. ALA serves vital functions such as converting glucose into energy for the body to function. This antioxidant is obtained from plant-based sources like flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp, flax oil, avocado, and walnuts.
Your body only needs a small volume of vitamins and minerals, hence why they are referred to as micronutrients. Even though the body only requires a slight amount of micronutrients, failure to properly absorb these critical vitamins and minerals can result in a greater risk of developing chronic disease.
Vitamins and minerals differ significantly in very fundamental ways. Even though both are micronutrients, vitamins are organic and can be dilapidated by natural factors such as heat, air, or acid. It is harder than ever for the body to attain the vitamins it needs because cooking, storage, and exposure to air can deplete these compounds. On the other hand, minerals are inorganic and maintain their chemical structure leaving the body open to easier accessibility. Minerals can most often be found in soil and water, finding their way into your body through the foods we consume such as plants, fish, animals, and fluids.
There are two forms of vitamins, water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. Each serves a unique purpose in the body, but perform quite differently.
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water which provides a quick absorption rate in the body. These vitamins travel throughout the body to different tissues, and if not used, the excess is excreted. Water-soluble vitamins consist of Vitamin C and Vitamin B complex: Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7 (biotin), Vitamin B9 (folic acid), and Vitamin B12. Vitamin A is also water-soluble in its Beta-Carotene form.
Fat-soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. These vitamins are soluble in fats, and travel throughout the small intestines and blood flow via fat globules. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins are retained in the body if not used and stored in the liver and fatty tissues. Vitamin D has gained national recognition as being linked to an increased risk of disease if levels are insufficient. A pharmaceutical grade multivitamin is recommended to prevent any early onset of illness.
Incorporating a high-quality, targeted dietary supplement regimen in your diet can help fill nutritional gaps to restore, improve metabolism, and maintain good health—the emphasis here is on high quality. Not all supplements are created equal. Just like you might buy a generic brand of breakfast cereal, there are generic, mass-produced supplements as well. Made to have a long shelf life, these supplements usually contain fillers and additives that have little to no nutritional value or do not adhere to established safety and compliance standards. At Evolutions Restorative Health, high-quality, physician-preferred supplements are the standard with your comprehensive treatment plan. Each brand is carefully researched to ensure manufacturing principles are the highest in the industry and each supplement contains the purest ingredients.
Dr. Kenneth Raskin of Evolutions Restorative Health prescribes only carefully chosen pure, high-grade supplements from leaders in science-based nutritional manufacturing for his patients. Each of the following industry-leading supplement companies is focused on delivering the highest-quality products to support good health and complement your lifestyle plan.
BodyLogicMD offers top-of-the-line supplements made from the purest ingredients and carefully formulated to meet the high standards of the nation’s leading physicians. From time-released multivitamins with a broad nutrient profile to optimize function of your total body to premium fish oil supplements with superior levels of EPA and DHA to support your brain and heart health, BodyLogicMD delivers a wide selection of nutrients to maximize your health.
Ortho Molecular Products delivers the purest ingredients from the manufacturers who meet the highest standards of safety and quality in the industry, all backed by evidenced-based studies and well-established clinical data.
Although this company started as a nutrition counseling business, they have grown to create an outstanding line of expert-approved supplements that contain quality ingredients and dosing recommendations backed by intensive research. Designs for Health is only available through qualified healthcare professionals.
Thorne Research is known in the healthcare world as being a company that is devoted to providing first-class products to support healthy lifestyles for a vast array of health concerns. The company’s foundation is rooted in alternative medicine, and they continue to lead the way in on-going research to create products that support healthy lifestyles. Thorne Research is one of the top choices among physicians and their patients.
Using ingredients that have been tested for purity and sourced from the finest suppliers available, Metabolic Maintenance creates their products based on the latest wellness research. Certified manufacturing takes place in-house producing potently dense products that are free of preservatives, fillers, binders, artificial ingredients or excipients.
Benefits of Targeted Vitamin and Dietary Supplements
Looking to address age-related concerns, support a healthy lifestyle, or deal with deficiencies? Dr. Raskin and his team can develop a targeted supplement regimen to ensure you meet all your health goals. Supplement regimens at Evolutions Restorative Health are designed to maximize your overall health and enhance your quality of life. Working with each and every patient personally, a supplement plan that ideally suits your objectives and lifestyle is carefully selected. Take the guesswork out of choosing the right strategy for your health—get a plan designed for exactly what you need to achieve your health goals. Schedule your first consultation with Dr. Raskin and experience true wellness today.
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