NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:

PREFERRED PRODUCTS, DOSAGE GUIDE & CLINICAL DATA

INTRODUCTION

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WHAT THIS RESOURCE IS, AND WHAT IT IS NOT... 

This resource is intended to be a database for some of my preferred nutritional supplement products, along with dosage information and some links to relevant scientific literature on the topic.

 

This resource is NOT intended to be a source containing information on what supplements are beneficial for what health/medical condition (although some of that information may be found in the footnotes below each supplement). This resource is NOT comprehensive. Again, it is a selection of SOME of my preferred nutritional supplements. 

 

HOW THIS RESOURCE IS ORGANIZED...

There’s a saying familiar to many nutritional professionals, “You’re not what you eat, you’re what you ABSORB.” As such, this resource starts with supplements for the digestive and renal systems, including... 

 

Digestive System Support 
* the stomach (ex. enzymes, betaine HCL, etc.)

* the intestines (ex. probiotics, prebiotics, etc.) 

* the liver & gallbladder (ex. milk thistle extract, TUDCA, etc.) 

* the kidneys & renal system (ex. potassium, apple cider vinegar/acetic acid, etc.) 

 

Macronutrients 

We then move on to essential and therapeutic macronutrients not already discussed, including... 

* proteins & amino acids (ex. grass fed whey protein, collagen protein, etc.) 

* fats & fatty acids (ex. high EPA/DHA omega 3s, MCT oil, etc.) 

* therapeutic carbohydrates (ex. d-ribose, etc.) 

Micronutrients

Next, we shift into coverage of the essential and therapeutic micronutrients not already discussed, including... 

* water & fat soluble vitamins (ex. vitamin C, vitamin D3, etc.)  

* major & trace minerals (ex. iodine, iron, zinc, etc.) 

Other Anti-Parasitics, Anti-Bacterials, Anti-Fungals, Anti-Virals and Other Immune Support

After covering macro and micronutrients we shift into other anti-parasitics, anti-microbials and other immune system support, including... 

* anti-parasitics (ex. wormwood, clove, etc.) 

* anti-bacterials (ex. garlic oil, oregano oil, etc.)

* anti-fungals (ex. grapefruit seed extract, etc.)  

* other immune support (ex. bovine colostrum, beta glucan, etc.)

Other Toxic Metal Chelators 

After anti-parasitics, anti-microbials and immune support we transition to toxic metal chelators/removers, including ALA (contraindicated if dealing with yeast issues), calcium disodium EDTA, DMSA, DMPS, etc.

Other Pain-Relief Supplements 

After toxic metal chelators, we next move on to other pain-relieving supplements, including turmeric/curcumin, CBD oil, and others. 

 

Other Antioxidant Supplements

After other pain relief supplements we look at other antioxidant supplements, including CoQ10, trans-resveratrol, lutein, etc.

Other Hormone Support Supplements

After other antioxidant supplements comes other hormone support supplements, including  progesterone cream, inositol, etc.

 

WHY THIS RESOURCE IS ORGANIZED THE WAY IT IS...

Again, there’s a reason the supplement categories are placed in this order. I generally recommend an emphasis on supporting digestive system health first. This helps improve digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as elimination of waste material. Doing this also positively impacts GI and systemic inflammation levels, reduces (to a degree) parasitic and/or pathogenic load levels and positively impacts endocrine system functioning (hormones).

 

Next, I generally consider essential macro and/or micronutrient supplements, with a goal of utilizing those supplements that are likely to have the most positive therapeutic effect, as based on client’s lab test and health assessment results.

 

After utilizing digestive system support and select macro and/or micronutrient supplements for a time (it may be a week, it may be a month, depending on the individual) the body (and its pathways of elimination) are usually much more ready to handle the side effects of a detoxification protocol, be it from parasites, pathogenic microbes (including candida) and/or toxic metals (ex. mercury, lead, aluminum, etc.). 

 

While pain relief supplements are listed next, these are often recommended at the start of a supplement protocol if daily acute or chronic pain is present.  

 

Lastly, the other categories of supplements are also considered.  

 

SUPPLEMENTS NOT LISTED...

There are several additional supplement categories I haven't listed on this resource, including adaptogens, other cardiovascular supplements, other mood supplements and other respiratory & seasonal allergy supplements. Preferred products and dosage information for those supplements are available to my consulting and coaching clients, and I will try to add that information here as I'm able. 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING THE PRODUCTS LISTED BELOW...

Significant effort has been taken to ensure the quality, value, usability and accessibility of the supplements below. This means sourcing supplements that fit as many of the following criteria as possible…

  1. High quality raw material (ex.   

  2. Safety/low risk of adverse effects (ex. methylcobalamin vs cyanocobalamin)   

  3. Formulas that increase bioavailability (ex. curcumin w/ piperine vs curcumin w/o piperine)  

  4. Therapeutic dosages (ex. 50-100B CFU probiotic vs 5B CFU probiotic)   

  5. Few if any unnecessary fillers/additives (ex. flow agents, artificial colors, etc.)  

  6. Strong scientific evidence for efficacy & safety

  7. Strong anecdotal evidence for efficacy & safety

  8. Comes in form conducive for regular consumption (ex. some powders are quite taste adverse and are more suitable in pill form)

  9. Exceptional effects when compared to other products (ex. probiotic vs marshmallow root for many GI issues)

  10. Produced by reputable company  

  11. Relatively easy to obtain (ex. available thru Amazon, Walmart.com, Swanson, Vitacost, etc.)

  12. General preference for natural form vs synthetic (ex. fish oil derived vitamin A vs retinyl palmitate)

  13. Standardized extracts generally preferred vs whole herb formulas (ex. 95% curcuminoids turmeric supplement vs non-standardized turmeric)  

  14. Few if any common allergens (ex. wheat/gluten, GMO corn, soy, etc.)

  15. Good value 

 

Note that there are sometimes "cleaner" versions of supplements than the one I have listed below. I try to consider ALL of the factors above before recommending a product, and if a supplement with 1-2 fillers (ex. magnesium strearate, strearic acid, etc.) meets many of the above factors and is significantly cheaper than a similar product with fewer additives and flow agents I often recommend the better value supplement. 

PILLS VS POWDERS VS LIQUIDS...

PILLS (capsules, softgels, tablets, chewables, etc.): I generally give preference to supplements in pill form, as I’ve found it’s usually easier for most people to stay consistent with pills vs powders, liquids and other forms. I also tend to recommend pill form if the powder version is taste averse (ex. white willow bark, curcumin, n-acetyl cysteine, etc.) or if convenience is highly preferred over value.

 

POWDERS: I generally recommended powders when the amount taken to reach therapeutic dosages isn’t feasible with pills and the powder is not taste averse (ex. glutamine, glycine, whey protein, collagen protein, lysine, high-dose vitamin C, etc.). Powders are also generally a much better value than pills (although often less convenient). Even with the powders that fit the above criteria, if the therapeutic dosage levels are lower than 1/8 tsp (which often requires a digital scale), I generally opt for the pill form, for convenience sake.

 

LIQUIDS, SPRAYS, ETC.: I sometimes recommend supplements in liquid form if a suitable pill version can’t be found (ex. raw apple cider vinegar) or if, like powders, the amount needed to reach therapeutic levels isn’t feasible with pills and the liquid isn’t taste averse (ex. MCT oil). I also commonly recommend iodine (Lugol’s) in liquid form, as it tends to be absorbed better than the pill versions.

 

Bottom line: Find the supplements that you can be consistent with, that are sustainable for the long-term, and give you the results you want/need.

PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE & AVAILABILITY

Supplement brands, product offerings, product names, dosages, formulas, ingredients, sizes, pricing and availability all are subject to change.

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