Archive for the ‘Supplementation’ Category

1+1= 8?

November 18th, 2010 by admin

The following is a health nugget around supplementation from Dr. Ray Strand, someone I respect GREATLY for his work and education.

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“It has always been amazing to me that the overwhelming majority of studies that just look at one nutrient alone show a definite health benefit. The reason that this is so amazing is that nutrients are not drugs. They really work together in a synergistic fashion. For example, vitamin C can actually regenerate vitamin E so that it can be used over and over again. Alpha lipoic acid, another potent antioxidant, not only regenerates vitamin E, but also glutathione, which is that very potent intracellular antioxidant. As I stated earlier, these antioxidants also need the so-called antioxidant minerals like selenium, magnesium, zinc, and copper to do their jobs. In addition, they also need optimal levels of the B-cofactors in their enzymatic reactions to be effective.

When you provide all of these nutrients at these optimal levels in supplementation, you create synergy. In other words, one plus one is not two, but instead, eight or ten. Remember, it is all about balance. You want to have enough antioxidants on board to handle the number of free radicals produced. The ideal way to best protect your health as you create synergy is to take an antioxidant and mineral tablet which is complete and balanced and also meets the pharmaceutical-grade and USP standards.”

This info is valuable because I personally have found most people supplement with only one or two “vitamins,” like a B-complex or C. Or are using a formula that is VERY incomplete let alone does not hold up to any of the VITAL quality standards as Dr. Strand mentions at the end.  This is why many of you have been recommended to take the USANA multivitamin.  Not only because of the strict standards of manufacturing, but also it is a complete formula.

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It’s Just a Matter of Time

October 28th, 2010 by admin

The following is a health nugget from Dr. Ray Strand, someone I respect GREATLY for his work and education. We love to hear your comments and receive questions via the contact form

“There is a major misconception about supplementation. In this era of medication, people believe that they should notice differences within a few days to a week or two. However, nutritional medicine is totally different from allopathic or traditional Western medicine.

Nutritional supplements are simply nutrients the body uses in its normal enzymatic reactions. They are not medicines. They are nutrients from our foods, but supplementation allows us to get them at optimal levels that diet alone cannot provide.

It takes between 6 to 12 months to replenish any nutritional deficiency and optimize the body’s natural immune system, antioxidant defense system, and repair system. If you are over 30 years of age or already have a chronic degenerative disease, it may even take longer.

This is why I stress over and over that you need to give nutritional supplementation a minimum of 6 months, or even better a year, before you evaluate the benefits. When my patients tell me that they will try using my recommended supplements for a month, I tell them not to even start. If you are not willing to try my recommendations for at least 6 months, you should not even begin.”

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