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“I don’t feel well.” If this sounds like you – read on

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…” \

I recommend the Wellness Essentials for Men or Women by Metagenics.


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.






Foods For Smoother Healthier Skin

Almonds contain vitamin E, which supports healthy skin and helps defend against sun damage. Volunteers who consumed about 20 almonds daily and then were exposed to UV light burned less than those who took none. Vitamin E is  an antioxidant that protects against the ravages of free radicals.
Canned Tuna contains Selenium. This nutrient features immune support & helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. The antioxidant is also believed to buffer against the sun (it stops free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells).
A supplement called
E-400 Selenium by Metagenics features selenium & natural-source vitamin E.
Flaxseeds &  small  cold water fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to support the healthy function of multiple body systems. Omega 3’s help erase spots and iron out fine lines. The British Journal of Nutrition reported that participants in one study who ate about half a teaspoon daily of omega-3s in 6 weeks experienced significantly less irritation and redness, along with better-hydrated skin. Salmon is also a great source of omega 3. My recommendation for omega 3 fatty acids is EPA-DHA 720 from Metagenics.
Cooked Tomatoes contain Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red. Lycopene helps promote the healthy function and aging of cells. It also helps protect against free radical damage  caused by ultraviolet rays. Cooking tomatoes helps concentrate its lycopene levels, so tomato sauce, tomato paste, and even ketchup count. Watermelon is also a good source.
Green Tea releases catechin, an antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Research found that drinking 2 to 6 cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but might also reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin.
In my own personal experience when I take a supplement called Celepro (Metagenics) which is a combination of  Green Tea Leaf Extract, D-Limonene (from Sweet Orange Peel Oil), Lycopene, and Turmeric, I don’t get sunburn when I’m outside exposed to the sun.
Sweet Potatoes,  Papaya, Carrots & Oranges contain vitamin C, which smoothes out wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen, the main component of healthy connective tissue. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that volunteers who consumed 4 milligrams of C (about half a small sweet potato) daily for 3 years decreased the appearance of wrinkles by 11 percent.
Spinach contains folate which helps maintain and repair DNA. Protecting DNA may reduce the likelihood of cancer-cell growth. In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate the most leafy greens had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the least.
Safflower Oil & Sunflower Oil contains omega-6 fatty acids which acts as a moisturizer for people who suffer from dry, flaky, or itchy skin. They keep cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the epidermis. Scientists have found that this oil may even help people who suffer from eczema.
Carrots  contain Vitamin A which prevents overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer. That means fewer dead cells to combine with sebum and clog pores. Plus, vitamin A supports healthy epithelial tissue and reduces the development of skin-cancer cells.
Dark Chocolate contain the antioxidant Flavonols which reduce roughness in the skin and provide sun protection. In a study from the Journal of Nutrition, women who drank cocoa fortified with a chocolate bar’s worth of flavonols had better skin texture and stronger resistance to UV rays than those who drank significantly few flavonols.
The BEST supplement for the skin is REGENEMAX. It helps with wrinkles/fine lines; dry skin; thinning hair; brittle nails. Order from Xymogen @ 1-800-647-6100

Protect your joints from age-related degeneration

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.