Nutraceuticals

The use of vitamins, minerals, vita-nutrients and herbal preparations are vital for preventative medicine, optimizing bodily functions, maintaining good health and for the safe and effective treatment of certain disease states.

Several nutraceutical products of special interest are discussed below:

Chrysin Creams

By supplementing with the natural aromatase inhibitor, chrysin,  men should be able to increase their free testosterone levels and reduce their estrogen levels thus achieving a normal youthful hormone balance. This can result with an increase in strength and stamina, increase in energy levels, improved muscle tone, increased libido, improved sexual function, improved mood and mental agility and a greater zest for life. Although the short term benefits are remarkable the real benefit comes with long term use as a healthy hormone balance can prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, angina, heart attack and stroke.

10% Chrysin Cream is available here.

Glyconutrient Food Supplement

Glyconutrients are a newly discovered class of vital biologically active sugars. They lie at the core of your cells ability ability to communicate all of their needs and are absolutely vital for proper cellular function. Virtually undectected until recently these sugars offer the new missing link in our diets that may help cure a whole array of diseases associated with impaired immunity. Glyconutrients are unique because they can help correct an over active immune system or boost an under active one. Our mixture provides all eight essential glycoproteins to help regulate the immune system.

Glycontrients are available here.

Glycofactors

These capsules contain 500mcg chromium (as picolinate), 300mg lipoic acid and 5mg vandium which is a combination of the three most potent nutritional agents used to treat insulin resistance. It is very important to control insulin levels as elevated levels have many ill effects on our physiology.

Glycofactor capsules are available here.

Selenium

Oral capsules containing the selenomethionine form of selenium in strengths of 300 mcg elemental selenium  or alternatively Selenium drops containing sodium selenite should be used as a powerful antioxidant. Selenium is one of the most potent and beneficial antioxidants known which has been shown to protect against free radical damage.

Selenium capsules are available here.

Di-indolmethane/Indol-3-Carbinol

The use of di-indolmethane (DIM) and Indol-3-carbinol (I3C) (two naturally occuring phytonutrients found in broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage) in humans is effective in adjusting the pathways of estrogen metabolism to favor the production of 2-hydroxy estrogen metabolites. This shifts in estrogen metabolites is significant and showed an approximate 75% increase in production of 2-hydroxyestrone (“good” metabolites) and a 50% decrease in 16-hydroxyestrone (“bad” metabolites). An increased proportion of the 16 hydroxy metabolites is correlated with increased risks of certain cancers so it considered beneficial to reduce its formation. This relationship has been documented in several case-control studies. Case-control studies have also documented that low levels of 2-hydroxy metabolites are associated with breast cancer in women, breast cancer in men, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, and systemic lupus erythematosis. In addition increased PSA production in men (prostate risk factor) was specifically inhibited by 2-methoxyestradiol, the beneficial estrogen metabolite whose production is promoted by DIM.  Therefore women with breast cancer, high risk of developing breast cancer, women taking estrogen supplementation, and men with prostate problems may all benefit from the use of either DIM or I-3-C. It has also been reported that DIM increases the metabolism of estrogens and testosterone so may be useful when trying to reduce elevated levels. We recommend using DIM, as opposed to I3C, as it appears to have many advantages.

The usual dose for DIM is 40 to 60mg daily for women and 60 to 80mg a day for men.

The usual dose for I3C is 300 to 400mg daily.

5% DIM cream is available here.

200mg indol-3-3carbinol capsules are available here.

Iodine Supplements

Super Saturated Potassium Iodide (SSKI) Drops – Six to eight drops of SSKI daily helps your body metabolise estrone (a slightly carcinogenic estrogen) and 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone (a dangerous estrogen metabolite) into estriol thus producing a far more favourable and safer estrogen balance. Thyroid monitoring is essential as large doses of iodine can theoretically adversly affect thyroid function however it is not common. SSKI is useful in conditions such as estrogen imbalances, fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian cysts.  It can also be used to aid thyroid function when iodine stores are low as the thyroid utilises the iodide form.

Lugols Solution is another iodine supplement which contains iodine and potassium iodide. As different tissues utilise different forms of iodine this is considered an all over iodine supplement. It is better for conditions involving the breasts such as fibrocystic breast disease and as a general iodine supplement.

The type of iodine supplement used will be determined by what you are trying to achieve with its use.

Lugols solution is available here.

SSKI drops are available here.

Glutathione (GSH)

Glutathione is a powerful intracellular antioxidant that maintains mitochondrial and cellular membranes as well as DNA. It also prevents liver damage and facilitates detoxification. It is very useful in the treatment of chronic fatigue, autism and cystic fibrosis, to name a few. GSH is a very powerful antioxidant and therefore oxidises rapidly in the presence of water. Therefore formulations such as nasal sprays should be avoided. Injections should be administered soon after being prepared and creams containing any water should also be avoided.

GSH is available as injections, slow release capsules, topical lotions, lozenges and for nebuliser use.

Glutathione products are available here.

5-Hydroxytryptophan

5-Hydroxytryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid metabolite which the body uses to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that relaxes the mind and instils a sense of emotional well being.

5-Hydroxytryptophan capsules are available here.

GABA

Gamma-aminobutyric acid is both an amino acid and a mood enhancing neurotransmitter. It prevents nerve cells from firing too much, thus having a claming effect. This results with a relaxed or sedative effect which makes it ideal to calm the mind and body in much the same way as tranquilizer drugs like valium and serepax without the risk of developing dependance, tollerance or side effects.

700mg GABA capsules are available here.

Beta-Sitosterol

Beta-Sitosterol is the active ingredient found in Saw Palmetto and pygeum but now available in a much more potent dose. It is used to treat prostate problems. It acts by blocking estrogen receptors in the prostate, blocks alpha receptors causing the bladder and prostate muscles to relax, reduces prostate swelling and oedema by suppressing inflammation mediators, blocks DHT binding to receptors and at very high concentrations it also inhibits 5-alpha reductase.

Beta Sitosterol Capsules are available here.

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Lipoic Acid

A potent antioxidant used for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, to help maintain blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance. It also increases cellular energy production by protecting ATP production. It reduces inflammation and increases immune function.

Lipoic Acid capsules are available here.

Vandium

Vandium improves fasting glucose levels by acting similar to insulin. It works by stimulating GLUT-4 transporters within the cell which in turn carry glucose into the cell. Vadium is safe taken on a daily basis in doses between 50 to 150mg a day, with diarrhea and gastric upset occuring at higher doses up to 400mg.

Vandium Capsules are available here.

Vitamin B12 Lozenges

Lozenges containing either cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin are available which provide a way to administer Vitamin B12 without the need for injections as it is absorbed directly into the blood stream.

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Dimethylglycine

Dimethylglycine has been used by atheletes for endurance as it has been reported that it increases oxygenation of cells.

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Trimethylglycine

Trimethylglycine (TMG) is used to reduce high homocysteine levels. The usual dose is Trimethylglycine 500mg combined with Folic Acid 0.5mg, Vit B6 50mg and Vit B12 1mg. All these ingredients are used by certain enzymes in the body to reduce homocysteine. The usual dose is one capsule daily if your homocysteine levels are between 6 to 8, two capsules daily if levels are between 8 to 9 and three to four daily if above 9.

In addition TMG (also known as Betaine hydrochloride) may also be used to aid digestion as it is able to help acidify the stomach and thus improve protein digestion. It should only be used in cases where low acidity has been established.

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Phosphatidylcholine

Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a phospholipid that serves as a major component of the cell membrane.  It is essential for normal cellular menmbrane composition and repair. It is found in higher concentrations in younger people, particularly in brain tissue, and, as a normal part of the aging process, the amount of PC in the cell membrane decreases, which is an important aging process.  By taking supplemental PC, you can reverse the age-related decline of PC in your cell membranes and keep it at a youthful level.It has numerous medical applications and is a commonly used medication in Europe and has been approved for both oral and intravenous use in Germany. It assists the liver with detoxification and is used in cases of serious liver disease such as cirrhosis. Studies have found that PC improves the memory of mice with dementia and can aid memory and learning in normal human subjects by increasing the production of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter.PC also been used to help remove cholesterol from the arterial walls and invokes the hepatic export of VLDL’s. Dosage: 400 to 1600mg per day. Daily amount can be divided and taken throughout the day. It is equally effective when taken with or without food.

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PYRIDOXAL 5 PHOSPHATE

In order for vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) to be utilized by the body it must first be converted into its active coenzyme form – Pyridoxal-5-phosphate or P5P. It is primarily in the liver that P5P is synthesized from pyridoxine. P5P is associated with numerous enzymes, many of which are involved in amino acid metabolism. This necessary process produces the neurotransmitters dopamine, nor adrenalin, GABA, as well as the hemoglobin in red blood cells. Many B6 supplements on the market are the inactive pyridoxine HCL form. In some cases supplementation of this form singularly, caused a reversible numbness & tingling of the extremities. In doses as low as 200 mg daily over a 3-year period. This problem was thought to be secondary to the liver’s inability to convert this form into the useable P5P form. Using P5P avoids this problem.

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Malic Acid

Malic acid is synthesized in the body through the citric acid cycle. Its importance to the production of energy in the body during both aerobic and anaerobic conditions is well established. Under aerobic conditions, the oxidation of malate to oxaloacetate provides reducing equivalents to the mitochondria through the malate-aspartate redox shuttle. During anaerobic conditions, where a buildup of excess of reducing equivalents inhibits glycolysis, malic acid’s simultaneous reduction to succinate and oxidation to oxaloacetate is capable of removing the accumulating reducing equivalents. This allows malic acid to reverse hypoxia’s inhibition of glycolysis and energy production, possibly improving energy production in fibromyalgia, and reversing the negative effect of the relative hypoxia that has been found in these patients.

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Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)

Many benefits of Vitamin D3 are now being establised and is available in various doses form 1000U to 4000U. Doses above 1000IU require a valid doctors prescription.

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CoEnzymeQ 10

CoEnzymeQ 10 (ubiquinone) is essential to energy production in every cell of our body allowing the cells to live longer.

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Special Note

Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate and should not replace a balanced diet.

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