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Pregnancy – Multivitamin supplements

Women who began using multivitamin supplements around the time of conception had a lower risk of giving birth prematurely, says a new study. Multivitamin use was associated with a 16% reduction in the risk of pre-term birth and a 20% reduction in the risk of preterm labor, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The reported benefits were limited to normal weight women, and no benefits were observed in overweight women, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in the U.S. and the University of Aarhus in Denmark. “It may be that multivitamin use around the time of conception could be a safe and simple strategy to improve pregnancy outcomes, similar to folate supplementation,” wrote the researchers. The authors said that their results should be “interpreted with caution” because multivitamin use is linked to other lifestyle factors. “Because of current recommendations, it is unlikely that a randomized trial of peri-conceptional multivitamins is feasible,” they said. “Therefore, methodologically rigorous prospective observational studies may be the only way to investigate if multivitamin supplementation around the time of conception may reduce risk of preterm births or small-for-gestational-age births.” The researchers followed 35,897 women participating in the Danish National Birth Cohort. Multivitamin use was recorded during a 12-week period around the time of conception. Premature birth was defined as birth prior to the 37th week of pregnancy. Results showed that normal weight regular users of multivitamins—defined as using for four to six weeks around the period of conception—had significantly reduced risks of preterm birth and labor. Multivitamin use was also associated with a 17% reduction in the risk of giving birth to underweight babies, relative to the gestation period. “The dominant brand of multivitamin supplements reported in the Danish National Birth Cohort contained 200 mcg of folic acid,” the researchers explained. “Thus, folate may be involved in the multivitamin-small-for-gestational-age births association, but other micronutrients may be important in the association between peri-conceptional multivitamin use and pre-term birth.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 94:906-912, 2011

I recommend the prenatal formula by Metagenics.


Top 7 Supplements for Men

Tribulus Fruit – a key herb used traditionally to support male libido and healthy sexual function.
Dr. Tucker’s pick: Tribulus Synergy by Metagenics. This provides Tribulus Fruit, Ashwagandha Root & Cowage Seed. This all-in-one herbal formula is used for vigor, vitality & positive mood.
CoQ-10  – can lower your blood pressure while boosting your levels of ecSOD, an enzyme thought to protect blood vessels from damage. CoQ-10 may also improve sperm quality. Japanese researchers found it can increase fat burning during exercise. This is an absolute must supplement if you are taking a statin drug (cholesterol lowering drug).

Dr. Tucker’s pick:  NanoCell-Q by Metagenics. This is a highly absorbable form of CoQ10. I also like the orange flavor. Natural sources include meat, fish, eggs, and broccoli.


Vitamin D – is a hormone that helps your bones absorb calcium. Vitamin D has been linked to reduced levels of depression, reduced risk of colorectal cancer, less chance of a heart attack, and supports the immune functions.


Dr. Tucker’s pick: Iso D3 by Metagenics. This delivers 2,000 IU of the active form of vitamin D in the body. Natural sources include sunshine and fortified milk.

EPA-DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids – these are essential! Fish oil can reduce triglycerides, boost HDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, supports healthy brain & nervous system function. Omega 3’s also support optimal joint function. Omega 3’s may lower your risk of colon and prostate cancers as well. I want everyone of my patients, male & female on this supplement! 
Dr. Tucker’s pick: OmegaPure 780 by XYMOGEN (call 1-800-647-6100 to order. Use PIN TUC 500) or EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics. Natural sources include salmon, tuna, or other fatty fish.
Resveratrol this is a powerful antioxidant.You can’t stop the clock, but you can slow it down. This chemical, found in the skin of grapes, seems to interact directly with genes that regulate aging. Resveratrol has been shown to promote DNA repair in animals, enhance bloodflow to people’s brains, and halt the growth of prostate-cancer and colon-cancer cells.
Dr. Tucker’s pick: Resveratin by XYMOGEN. (call 1-800-647-6100 to order. Use PIN TUC 500). Natural sources include red wine and red grape juice.
EGCG – this is an anti-oxidant in green tea. Men who took green-tea extract burned 17 percent more fat after moderate exercise than those taking placebos, according to one study. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer and can improve heart health.
Dr. Tucker’s pick:  Celepro by Metagenics. I love Celepro because it supports healthy cellular aging. It contains green tea leaf extract, D-Limonene, Lycopene & Turmeric. This combination offers protection against free radicals.
Multivitamin/mineral – every guy should be on a comprehensive, high qualty multivitamin/mineral. My recommendation for idiot proofing what you should take is the Wellness Essentials for Men packets by Metagenics. These packets contain the Tribulus, EPA-DHA, zinc, quercetin, E, B’s, etc that all of us guys need. Don’t mess around, start taking a good quality supplement like this one offered by Metagenics.
BonusProbiotics are healthy bacteria that crowd out the disease-causing bad bacteria in your gut. These address problems caused by antibiotics use, chemotherapy, irritable bowel syndrome, and support healthy immune function.