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Supplements and OTC

  1. January 24, 2024

    Multivitamin goodness

    Multivitamins are good for the brain.
    Multivitamins are good for the brain.
    Multivitamins are good for the brain.

    That is, a third study has confirmed that multivitamins have “a statistically significant benefit” on older folks’ cognition and memory."

    This latest meta-analysis, done by Mass General Brigham researchers, went a step further than the previous studies; it included in-person assessments like cognitive tests (“Who was Fred Flintstone’s wife?”). With those previous studies, more than 5,000 participants were included, so it’s pretty conclusive evidence.

    [I]nvestigators observed a modest benefit for the multivitamin, compared to placebo, on global cognition over two years. There was a statistically significant benefit of multivitamin supplementation for change in episodic memory, but not in

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  2. January 02, 2024

    Supplementing supplements

    A lot of expectant moms know that folic acid is important for their babies, so they take a supplement to make sure they get enough. Ditto for a multivitamin. But that might not do the trick.

    A new study out of Australia found that standard supplements given to expectant moms, even the ones that include folic acid, didn’t give the women as much as they needed, especially riboflavin and vitamins B6 and B12.

    An “enhanced” supplement did better — at least keeping the women’s vitamin B12 levels nicely elevated for at least six months after giving birth. (“This is probably important for the mother’s ability to supply her baby with vitamin B12 if she breastfeeds.”)

    They found, though, that pregnant women will likely need more than a standard multivitamin, including an extra jolt of riboflavin, B6 and B12, and vitamin D, too.

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  3. October 06, 2023

    IV nutrient therapy picks up where a normal diet leaves off

    Ever wonder why we can’t just get all our nutrients from the foods we eat?

    Unfortunately, the typical American diet is known for its excess sugars, saturated fat and sodium, while having a deficiency in the recommended fruits, vegetables, dairy and healthy oils (1). It’s referred to by dieticians and nutritionists as the Standard American Diet (this is often abbreviated as SAD, a fitting acronym).

    With our busy lifestyles, it is all too easy to reach for processed and fast food to fuel our bodies, which may leave us depleted of essential nutrients. But even if we have a perfect diet, that still doesn’t mean that our bodies can absorb all the necessary nutrients from our food due to poor digestion issues.  

    When we eat food, our bodies break it down into nutrients like vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. These nutrients are then absorbed from our gut into the bloodstream, where they are circulated throughout our bodies. The prevalence of digestive issues

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  4. August 19, 2022

    A Practical Guide to Taking CoQ10

    Addressing Energy Production and Overall Health

    CoQ10 or coenzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient found in every cell in the body. CoQ10 plays an important role in making energy in the cells and protecting the body against free radicals. Coenzyme Q10 helps provide the energy for the healthy function of your heart, brain, muscles, kidneys, and other tissues.

    CoQ10 is extremely helpful in strengthening the contraction of the heart muscle. As a pharmacist, I see many individuals taking medications that tend to lower the body’s Coq10 level. It is common to have a low CoQ10 level when using cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. Thirteen controlled studies conducted between 1990–2004 demonstrated significant drops in CoQ10 levels, due to the use of statin medications. Acid blockers, some blood pressure medications, and certain diabetes medications are some of the other drugs that lower coenzyme Q10 levels.

    Source: NIH

    In addition, after the age of 35 to

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