In these tough economic times, I hear a lot about healthcare costs.
But no matter what your opinion on the new healthcare laws, the truth is that modern medicine still focuses on disease instead of wellness. In my opinion, that’s simply the wrong approach!
If you want to save on health care and sidestep the red tape so prevalent in the insurance industry, look to prevention.
After all, fighting cancer, heart disease and diabetes can cost you thousands of dollars yearly in medication, doctor visits and treatment. But it’s a LOT cheaper to keep from getting sick in the first place.
5 supplements that can save your life!
Along with eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise, here are my top 5 supplements for staying healthy:
It’s virtually impossible to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need through diet alone. Taking a multi every day can help fill in any nutritional gaps and provide extra antioxidant support.
A multi also helps you body convert the food you eat into better, more stable energy.
What’s more, a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found a link between multivitamins and a lower risk of heart attack in women.1
Look for a whole foods multivitamin from a manufacturer you trust and take one daily with food.
One of the most prevalent problems I see in my practice is chronic inflammation. It shows up in patients as cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Modern life and the standard American diet just keep this inflammation simmering away. But you can tamp down inflammation with curcumin.
Derived from the curry spice, tumeric, curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory that acts as a scavenger of nitric oxide and inhibits COX-2, a pro-inflammatory substance, better than pharmaceuticals!
It also helps ease arthritis pain.
There’s only one catch—the body has trouble absorbing curcumin so look for a curcumin supplement that includes piperine from black pepper to boost absorption. Take 750 mg. of curcumin and 2–5 mg. of piperine every day.
3. Fish Oil:
Taking 3,000 mg. of fish oil daily can lower your triglyceride levels and cut the risk of suffering a stroke in half.
The reason is that fish oil reduces stickiness in the blood and prevents dangerous clots from forming.
As an extra benefit, fish oil also improves mood, supports healthy skin and joints, enhances brain function and reduces inflammation.
But fish oil may offer even more benefits. A study found that people with the highest blood levels of omega-3s—the type of fat found in fish oil—had the least chromosome damage, a marker for aging and age-related disease.2
4. Vitamin D:
If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, it may seem like vitamin D can do just about anything. It helps prevent some types of cancer and may enhance bone health.
Research also suggests that it supports healthy blood pressure and protects against depression. It also strengthens the immune system.3
The problem is, many Americans are woefully deficient in this critical nutrient. You can easily remedy this, however, by taking a minimum of 1,000 IU of D daily.
Just be aware that vitamin D is fat soluble so make sure to take it with a meal containing some fat for the best absorption.
The best way to support digestive health is by stocking your gut with beneficial bacteria.
But taking a probiotic supplement every day doesn’t just improve digestion. It also supports healthy cholesterol levels, enhances immunity and boosts the absorption of the nutrients in food.
These beneficial bugs are sold as powders, liquid, capsules and tablets—many of which need to be refrigerated.
The minimum dose to prevent common illnesses is one billion live organisms a day. While that might sound like a lot, it’s actually about the same amount you’ll find in a cup of yogurt.
But when it comes to probiotics, more is better. In fact, it isn’t uncommon to take two to six billion organisms per day in divided doses.
These 5 supplements can provide a great foundation, no matter what the current state of your health—and all for just pennies a day. In my book, that’s one of the best investments you can make.
1. Rautiainen S. Multivitamin use and the risk of myocardial infarction: a population-based cohort of Swedish women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. September 22, 2010. Published online ahead of print.
2. Farzaneh-Far R. Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2010;303:250-257.
3. Buhr G. Nutritional supplements for older adults: review and recommendations–Part I. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly. 2009;28:5-29.
Dr. David J. Blyweiss began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 1982.
His dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, and recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of "western civilization origin."
Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, protemics, and other related "orthomolecular" disciplines directed towards patients' biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as "functional medicine." This knowledge allows him to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most "difficult-to-treat" conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.
Dr. Blyweiss was one of the initial researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (Phisohex) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the WHO (World Health Organization) in vaccinating children in the islands of the Carribbean. He has traveled much of the world, most recently to Belize, Central America, Gabon, Africa, and Zagreb, Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit as well as researchers and their stem cell transplantation teams. He has consulted for and created state-of-the-art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.
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