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Friday, 30 June 2017 15:20

We always get asked why we use the supplement brands that we do. Dr. Ross gives us the answers. If you have an extra 2 minutes to spare, watch the extended video which has, even more, information about Metagenics supplements.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 17:00

By: Jake Filkins, Chiropractic Intern

Fatty Acid supplementation has become widely accepted for supplementation. So much so that one can find fish oil at nearly every supermarket, and in most cases, for fifty cents a pill. Fish Oil has become a buzz word highlighted on all of America’s favorite T.V shows: Dr. Oz, The Doctors, etc. What most of us don’t know is what fatty acids should we be taking, and why shouldn’t we just go pay ten dollars at the local Walmart for 100 capsules.

There is a lot more “fat” in the body than what we all see in the mirror as every cell in our body has a membrane, or shell, made out of fatty acids (the smallest unit of fat). This means that we actually need fat; well good fat, to not only survive but thrive. There are three types of fatty acids that our bodies utilize to line our cell membranes with. These are called Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 fatty acids. These acids are also called essential fatty acids meaning that we must consume them opposed to our body being able to create them. There is a reason for why they are named Omega 3, 6, and 9, but let’s just focus on what they mean to our body. Omega 6 is pro-inflammatory 3, and 9 are anti-inflammatory. This correlates to what lines our cells and in turn if our cells are prone to inflammation or fighting inflammation. Basic math says all we have to do is eat more Omega 6, and 9 fats relative to Omega 3s. Basic studies show that the instead of having a ratio of 4:1 Omega 6, and 9 to Omega 3; the average American has a ratio of 15:1 – 17:1. This is due to the large amounts of processed vegetable oils in the American diet that has created an increase in added dietary fat in the American diet of nearly 45 pounds since the end of WWII.

So if we can’t eat a proper ratio of fats why can’t we just supplement the good oils so that we don’t have to change our diet? Only half true. Eating a less inflammatory diet will do wonders for the daily aches and pains, yet we still need to supplement. The unfortunate thing that the two most beneficial fatty acids to take Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) are extremely unstable and, just like food that is left out, can spoil quickly. This is compounded by the fact that about supplementation is that is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meaning that there is no one watching to ensure that the generic brand fish oils are being extracted, prepared, and stored properly. So really what you’re buying when you get the $9.99 dollar pills at Target is rancid spoiled fish fat. Not all supplements are created equally, so come in and talk with Dr. Ross, and Dr. Amy about the processes guaranteed Metagenics EPA and DHA essential oils are fresh, and more importantly, can help you feel better. 

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Friday, 17 February 2017 22:40

Why Should We Supplement with CoQ10?

by: Dr. Amy Crain

CoQ10 can be found in every cell in the body and is required for our cells to produce energy. It can help protect your body from free radical damage. People who have a wide variety of heart-related conditions such as, heart attack, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure need extra protections from free radicals.There are no known risks to this supplement. 

However, there is a growing body of scientific data showing substantial benefits of CoQ10 supplementation for people suffering from angina, heart attack, and hypertension. Other studies show it may play a role in the prevention of, or benefit to people already suffering from, neurodegenerative diseases. Other benefits include; helping reduce the risk of fatty liver disease in people with obesity, helping to reduce signs of normal aging, help in maintaining blood pressure levels, boost your immune system and support with your nervous system.

This nutrient is also recommended for people on statin drugs to offset the Co-Q depleting effects of the medications. Statin drugs lower cholesterol by reducing an enzyme in your liver, which not only reduces the production of cholesterol, but it also reduces the production of coenzyme Q10. Lowering CoQ10 increases your risk of a variety of different health problems such as:

- Premature aging

-Accelerates DNA damage

-Fatigue

-Muscle weakness

-Soreness

-Heart failure

I recommend everyone talk to their health care provider on the benefits of taking CoQ10, especially if they have any of the conditions talked about above. This is one of the supplements I view beneficial for nearly all adults.

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