What’s going on: You don’t “feel like yourself.” Random bouts of insomnia, feeling run-down, depression, and irritability. Poor wound healing, frequent colds, and other signs of a weak immune system can also arise.
Misdiagnosis: Fatigue and/or stress
Real diagnosis: Vitamin deficiency
What to do about it: “Seek a complete nutrition and lifestyle assessment by a health care practitioner,” suggests Jeffrey Tucker, DC, a sports medicine doc who treats celebrities and athletes. A multi-vitamin/mineral supplement can get you started until more specific assessments are done. If not corrected, symptoms can progress to easily bruised and wrinkled skin, thinning hair, mouth sores or cracks on the mouth, and brittle nails.
Are there certain multi-vitamins you recommend for active women & men? Are some better than others and how do you know?
RDA level vitamins are not likely sufficient for the needs of the typical individual today. Recall RDA is the minimum intake to prevent classic vitamin deficiency diseases – such as scurvy, beri-beri, or similar. The Institute of Medicine has, over the years, increased the RDA for some nutrients, from vitamin C to folic acid, and most recently vitamin D. Finding vitamins with more therapeutic levels of vitamins and minerals may be more efficacious as compared to a one-a-day RDA type tablet. In addition, quality is important. Look for GMP Certification.
“…[NSF] Good Manufacturing Practices are guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure the product produced has the identity, strength, composition, quality, and purity that it is represented to possess…Available to all manufacturers of dietary supplements…Demonstrates independent third-party verification of continuing conformance to GMPs…” http://www.nsf.org/business/gmp/index.asp?program=GoodManPra \
I recommend the Wellness Essentials for Men or Women by Metagenics.
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.
As we age joints tend to become less flexible, full-range movement becomes more difficult and pain and stiffness ever more apparent.
Nutrients of particular importance for healthy aging joints includes:
• Vitamin C for collagen formation;
• Omega-3 oils (from nuts, seeds, oily fish and wheat germ) for anti-inflammatory effects;
• Sulphur-containing amino acids (from some vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and dairy products) for joint cartilage health;
• Bioflavinoids (from all fruit and vegetables, and buckwheat) for anti-inflammatory effects and improved local circulation;
• Antioxidants (selenium and vitamin E) for protection against the damaging ‘free radicals’ that proliferate in the body with age;
• Zinc and copper for a range of protective benefits.
• Glucosamine sulphate for reducing pain and stiffness, increasing mobility and offsetting the joint space narrowing that typically occurs in degenerative conditions;
• Kaprex , which provides joint relief and elasticity;
In summary, to help prevent chronic joint pain and stiffness, nutritional supplements can make a big difference.
To get all of the above ingredients I recommend taking Wellness Essential JOINT FOCUS by Metagenics( www. drjeffreytucker.meta-ehealth.com)
To place a phone order with Metagenics call 800 692-9400. My PIN is TUC500