Issues with Supplements – By Dr. Holly

Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly

Many claim that supplements are of no value. Unfortunately, many are great for expensive bowel movements.  So why are some excellent, some mediocre and some out right useless?  Well there are a lot of reasons, so let’s look at a few.

A few primary issues that we need to look at with supplements are:
 Are they real or are they synthetic:

  1. a) More and more research is showing that synthetic supplements may not only be useless but in effect cause more harm than good.
  2. b) When synthetic supplements are made they are often the chiral form:

There are several different types of chirals, but let’s look at one easy type. Your left and right hands are mirror images or chirals of one another. They are both hands, each with a palm; 4 fingers; a thumb.  But they are mirror images of one another.  Think of your hands a nutrient.  If your left hand can fit into a given receptor – your right hand won’t be able to. OR, if an enzyme can fit between the fingers on your left hand – it won’t be able to on the right hand.  Think of putting a nice tight fighting glove onto the left hand, which belongs on the right hand. The dimensions are different. The same issue occurs with nutrients.

  1. c) Whether they are synthetic vitamins or minerals or omega 3s or other nutrients – stay away from them – pay more and get the real thing.
  1. When a compound is taken out of its natural environment, where it interacts with all kinds of other compounds – and is isolated
    – can it perform as it does when it is interacting with all the other compounds?
  2. a) This is what Big Pharma does – is it what Nutraceuticals should be doing as well?
  3. b) Let’s look at a compound like turmeric – the primary herb found in curry. They will isolate the curcumin compound in turmeric and then put it into capsules and sell it to you. But curcumin on its own is hard to absorb…it needs fatty acids and better yet, it is needs peperine. But you rarely find that in health food store capsules.
  1. Another common issue in health supplements is the actual amounts. If it says it is Vitamin D3 – is it really Vitamin D3 or is it 60 – 70% Vitamin D2?

 Another complexity of issues concern:

a) What kind of soil is the compound grown in i.e. Toxic or healthy; nutrient dense or nutrient poor; agriculturally grown or wild crafted

b) How and when is it harvested i.e. plants can have a dramatically different nutrient profile if it is harvested before or after the dew; or morning vs afternoon; etc.

c) Are they pasteurized or irradiated or in some other way harmed during processing.

d) Are magnesium stearates or other lubricants added in during the formulation?

Anybody can take a supplement, just like anybody can eat food.  But the more information you have, the wiser decision you can make.

Be wise enough to wisely take care of your health.

Here’s to your health!
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