Vitamin D although labeled a vitamin is actually a hormone. It is absorbed through the skin and travels to every organ in the body. Vitamin D is also important in supporting the immune system. There is more medical data on Vitamin D than any other supplement. It can be taken once a day or once a week, along as it is taken with food to improve the absorption.
Vitamin K’s primary responsibility is to help blood clot. Your intestinal bacteria make approximately half of the Vitamin K you need. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin K has shown beneficial protection of arteries, which can reduce the effects of many disease processes such as cardiovascular disease. Vitamin K is needed for the metabolism of osteocalcin, which is the protein in bone tissue.
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in fish, krill, calamari and green lipped muscle and ALA (alpha-linoleic Acid) found in hemp, flaxseed, and chia. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation in the gut and joints and improve brain function along with many other properties. We consider it one of the top tier supplements to be taking. It may prolong bleeding, similar to 1 aspirin and should be stopped prior to surgery.
All of the B vitamins are important for proper metabolism. They are water soluble vitamins and available as sublingual drops or lozenges, tablets and capsules. They are usually taken in the morning. It is important to notice if they contain niacin which can cause flushing if not taken with food.
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Magnesium has been used successfully in reducing high blood pressure, building stronger bones, reducing incidence of migraine headaches and treating some cardiac rhythm abnormalities. Epsom salts, long known for its healing properties is primarily composed of magnesium. Many cardiac drugs, diuretics, coffee and alcohol can cause magnesium deficiency. Stress can also cause magnesium deficiency. It is hard to get enough magnesium from food sources.
CoQ10 is found naturally in every cell in the body. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is an antioxidant and vital for energy metabolism. Since CoQ10 levels may deplete as we get older or we do not get enough of this vitamin from our diets, we strongly encourage our patients to take CoQ10 daily, especially if they are taking statin drugs. Adequate levels of CoQ10 can improve cardiovascular health, increase energy levels, boost the immune system and may lower high blood pressure.
Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound commonly found in the skins of grapes used to produce red wine. It is a potent up regulator of antioxidants and heart protective proteins when the system is under stress. In small amounts, resveratrol can be found naturally in grapes, some green teas, and even peanuts. It is also the main ingredient that gives red wine natural regenerative properties. It is thought to produce the benefits of the “French Paradox”.