Personalised Nutritional Supplementation

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Supplementation can be a very powerful tool in helping you optimise your health and achieve your goals.

But only if it is done properly.

With this in mind, let’s discuss the common pitfalls that many people — including healthcare professionals — fall into when attempting to utilise a supplementation plan.

The average Joe then gets further confused when some medical doctors tell him that nutritional supplements are a waste of time. It never occurred to him to ask whether medical doctors are trained in nutrition.

The fact is the majority of them are NOT trained in nutrition in medical school unless they are proactive in being trained in nutrition after medical school.

The predominant question I am often asked is “Which is a good supplement?” when the question should be “Which supplement do I need?”

Perhaps part of the reason a lot of medical doctors frown upon supplements is due to the fact that up to 99 per cent of those who take nutritional supplements take them blindly, rather than based on their individual needs.

When assessing a supplement, the key aspects can be broken down into:

● Form

● Delivery

● Need

Different Strokes

Funnily enough, the first mistake you can make is calling a vitamin a vitamin. In truth, the more accurate word to use is “vitamer.”

A “vitamer” is a specific form of a vitamin that possesses a specific molecular structure and potency whereas “vitamin” refers more to the function of the vitamin. Vitamins come in different forms and molecular structures that possess different potencies

In previous articles, I mentioned there are numerous commercially available forms of vitamin B12. Each of these forms is a “vitamer.”

The most commonly commercially attainable B12 vitamer is cyanocobalamin. Unfortunately, this form of B12 has a considerably lower absorption rate. For people consuming this form, they are unknowingly picking up quite a “useless” supplement.

In contrast, I recommend methycobalamin as a better absorbable form for the body and acts as a more effective supplement ensuring that you get the most out of your supplements.

Another example is alpha lipoic acid or commonly referred to as ALA. ALA comes in two forms — the R form and the S form. The majority of commercially available supplemental ALA comes in a 50/50 mix of R and S forms of ALA. However, only the rALA is effective and so, a lot of these consumers are getting only 50 per cent of the benefits. I would recommend only pure 100 per cent rALA.

Horse to the water

There is no point having the most potent supplement in the world if it perishes before it can even be used whether within your digestive tract or even during the manufacturing process.

At a very basic level, light sensitive supplements should be kept in dark containers that prevent their exposure. How sensitive can these nutrients be? Exposing a glass of milk to sunlight destroys a significant amount of the vitamin D in it!

A common example is probiotics. A wide range of probiotics are frequently destroyed during transportation if the supplements are not kept refrigerated at all times. Furthermore, the usual strains of probiotics including L. acidophilus are destroyed during the freeze drying process that is part of the manufacturing process.

We use an effective spore-forming probiotic; spore forming is nature’s way of encapsulating these micro-organisms ensuring that they survive both the manufacturing process and the delivery process WHILE still retaining all the beneficial characteristics.

Vitamin C is very potent molecule and antioxidant that has shown promise in helping people with a range of metabolic conditions and degenerative diseases. Liposomes are small “pockets” or balls that can improve the absorption of nutrients dramatically.

In fact, liposomes merge with cells and release the nutrition into them directly making them very powerful tools.

Your needs

Something we talk about a lot — it can be overwhelming to try and consume every single supplement that your mother/brother/cousin/auntie/boss says is good for you. Not to mention expensive!

It is all about identifying which supplements you NEED using the right diagnostic tools. Without this information, you are flying blind and have no idea that what you are doing is having any effect.

Despite assurances by vendors that supplements are safe, all minerals and fat soluble vitamins are toxic at excessive levels. So be careful with that calcium supplement or it can lead to diminishing magnesium or clog up your arteries if they are not properly absorbed.

The solution? Establish your need.

The above is daunting enough for most and coupled with the complexity of determining individual health needs, consulting with an experienced practitioner is essential for effective nutritional healing.

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