10 Nutritional Supplements Your Patients Should Know About

Most docs agree that almost everyone could benefit from a few extra vitamins in their daily diet. But whether your personal regimen includes a single multivitamin or an all out vitamin fest, adding key nutritional supplements to your chiropractic clinic could improve your patient’s heath and boost your bottom line.

Here are 10 nutritional supplements that are a great starting point for your chiropractic business:

  1. A good basic Multivitamin – Even when eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables we can still end up deficient in certain key nutrients. Look for a multivitamin that supplies a blend of balanced Bs including 300 mcg of biotin (100% of the RDA), natural Vitamin E (d alpha tocopheryl vs dl alpha tocopheryl) Be careful when recommending multi-vitamins who are currently on blood thinners. For those patients, select a supplement that does not contain Vitamin K.
  2. Vitamin C – This powerhouse of a vitamin can bolster immunity, strengthen weak capillaries to help prevent bruising, even help prevent skin wrinkling. Suggest your patients aim for a minimum of 500 mgs. daily. Smokers may need even higher supplementation.
  3. Vitamin B complex – Essential for a proper functioning nervous system, good digestion, and healthy skin and nails. This water soluble vitamin also supports and increases the rate of metabolism.
  4. Vitamin E – This powerful antioxidant helps to neutralize free radicals and prevent abnormal blood clotting. (Patient on anti-clotting medication should consult their physicians prior to supplementation.) It has also be shown to reduce the risk of heart attack in healthy individuals.
  5. Omega Fatty Acids – Essential fatty acids are not produced within the body, they must be consumed through diet and supplementation. Omega fatty acids prevent inflammation, which makes them a good choice for patients with arthritis and auto-immune disorders. There is evidence that suggests they may help patients with ADD and ADHD. Essential fatty acids have also been linked to improvements in mental health.
  6. Calcium Magnesium – Beyond the obvious benefits of building and maintaining bones and teeth, cal-mg also regulates heart rhythm, helps those suffering from insomnia, and assists in blood clotting. Post menopausal women may require more than the standard daily recommendation of 1000 mg.
  7. Vitamin D – New evidence suggests we should increase our daily intake of vitamin D. This nutrient boosts the immune system and fight off viral infections. One study showed that those participants with low levels of vitamin D with more prone to colds, flu, and upper respiratory infection. Vitamin D deficiency may also be linked to heart disease.
  8. Probiotics – A daily dose of a high quality probiotics can help to augment the digestive system’s beneficial bacterial. The list of benefits associated with taking probiotics is substantial. Probiotics are said to help irritable bowel syndrome, promote urogenital health, stimulate B-Lymphocyte and related anti-body production, as well as reduce inflammatory and hypersensitivity responses.

Choosing the right nutritional supplement manufacturer is as important as choosing the right vitamins. There is a glut of poor quality vitamins on the market and a lot of bad information accompanying them. Many consumers believe all vitamins are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. A synthetic vitamin vitamin will not deliver the same results as one that is naturally derived and bio-available.

We recently discovered the book, A Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, authored by Lyle Mc William, a Canadian biochemist. This book offers an excellent starting point for those looking for high quality nutritional supplements. In his book, Mr. Mc William awards 5 stars to four brands of vitamins.

  • Douglas Laboratories Ultra Preventative X – 5 out of 5 stars
  • USANA Health Sciences Essentials – 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Roots Herbal Multi-Max Immune – 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Extension Foundation Life Extension Mix – 5 out of 5 stars

Toward the bottom of the list, he rates many of the vitamins often favored by budget conscious consumers:

  • Centrum Silver – 0.5 out of 5 stars
  • Centrum, all varieties – 0.5 out of 5 stars
  • Equate One Daily – 0.5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirkland Daily, (Costco’s brand) – 0.5 out of 5 stars
  • One A Day, all varieties – 0.5 out of 5 stars
  • Safeway Select – 0.5 out of 5 stars

This information is derived from NutriSearch’s Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, by Lyle McWilliams. 4th edition, 2007.

For our own patients, We personally promote and recommend the supplements manufactured by Shaklee and Douglas Labs to our own patients. Shaklee and Usana are multi-level-marketing companies. Therefore you would need to contact a distributor in their area. Athough this might be seen as a disadvantage we believe the impressive results gained by using these vitamins makes the effort worthwhile. (Recently one of our patients tried the Shaklee’s cholesterol reduction formula for one month and experienced a cholesterol reduction of 35 points.)

Educating your patients is central to your success. Not everyone understands the value of adding vitamin supplements to their diet. Nor the reasons to invest in higher quality multi-vitamin. You ‘ll play an important part in helping your patients understand the critical role quality nutrients play in in their every day health and well being.

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