RAY D. STRAND, M.D.

Specialist in Nutritional Medicine

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Description of Nutritional Supplements

Listed below are descriptions of nutritional supplements.

Additional Liver Support

For those individuals suffering from any chronic liver disease, adding nutritional supplements that support liver function is very advantageous. I would recommend finding a product that contains milk thistle (200 to 300mg), alpha lipoic acid (additional 100 to 200mg), and trimethylglycine (TMG—1,000 mg). You can also add additional antioxidants to my cellular nutrition if you would like.

Antioxidant Tablet

The more antioxidants this tablet contains and the more varied the antioxidants the better.

B Cofactors

Folic Acid 800 mcg to 1000 mcg Vitamin B 1 (Thiamin) 20 to 30 mg Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 25 to 50 mg Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 30 to 75 mg Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 80 to 200 mg Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 25 to 50 mg Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 100mcg to 250mcg Biotin 300mcg to 1000mcg

Bioflavanoid Complex of Antioxidants

Bioflavanoids offer you a variety of potent antioxidants. Having a variety of bioflavanoids is a great asset to your supplements. The amounts may vary but should include the majority of the following:

  • Rutin
  • Quercitin
  • Broccoli
  • Green Tea
  • Cruciferous
  • Bilberry
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Bromelain

Calcium/Magnesium Tablet

Supplementation of additional calcium and magnesium are recommended because of the high incidence of osteoporosis and magnesium deficiencies, which can lead to heart arrhythmia problems. I recommend consuming additional calcium/magnesium tablets of 600 to 800 mg of calcium and 400 to 600 mg of magnesium so you get their recommended levels as noted in my cellular nutrition recommendations. Now these may also contain extra vitamin D, vitamin K, and Boron to help the body utilize the calcium and magnesium supplements more effectively.

Carotenoids

It is important to have a mixture of carotenoids. Beta-carotene should not be taken alone. As you learn about the power of synergy, you will realize the importance of mixing several different carotenoids as well as several different antioxidants.

  • Beta-carotene 10,000 to 15,000 IU
  • Lycopene 1 to 3 mg
  • Lutein/Zeaxanthin 1 to 6 mg
  • Alpha-carotene 500 mcg to 800 mcg

CoQ10

CoQ10 is a very potent antioxidant and a very important cofactor for the production of energy within the cell. It has been shown to significantly optimize the immune system. CoQ10 is difficult to absorb and it is absorbed better if it is mixed with some fat. 30 mg of gel form is equal to 100 mg of powder form. I prefer the gel form of CoQ10.   Children should take about 1 to 2 mg per pound per day.

Essential Fats

These essential fats are just that—essential. Our body cannot make them, so we need to get them from our diet. They are critical in the production of hormones called prostaglandins, which control inflammation, cell growth and differentiation, blood clotting, and key aspects of our immune system. We get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids in the Western diet, however; almost all of us are deficient in the omega-3 fatty acids. The best way to get some additional good omega-3 essential fats is by taking filtered, fish oil capsules or cold-pressed flax seed oil.

Fiber Supplement

Fiber passes through the gastrointestinal tract without being absorbed, allowing not only our nutrients to be absorbed at a much slower pace, but also helping to eliminate toxins as it cleanses the colon. An increased amount of fiber is very important in our overall diet and can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I recommend between 35 and 50 grams of fiber each day. Most Americans only consume 8 to 10 grams of fiber each day and if we have a bowel movement every other day, we feel like heroes. Our paradigm is limited. Perhaps a broader worldview would prove enlightening. Dr. Burkitt, a surgeon, famous for the disease, “Burkitt’s Lymphoma,” practiced in Africa for over 20 years. While in Africa, he did not see a single case of colon cancer, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, gall bladder disease, or even appendicitis among the native population. He attributed this remarkable finding to the fact that his native African patients consumed 60 to 70 grams of fiber per day and typically had three to five bowel movements every day. When Dr. Burkitt returned to the United States, he spent most of his time promoting the health benefits of a high fiber diet.

Constipation is a $3 billion business in the United States alone. Patients in the U. S. think they are heroes when they have a bowel movement every other day. When I refer a patient to the gastoenterologist, I can count on the fact that he or she will recommend my patient to eat more fiber. The fiber in low-glycemic carbohydrates provides most of this necessary fiber, however, many of us need to supplement our diet with additional fiber in order to obtain the 35 to 50 grams needed each day. I guarantee the tremendous health benefits reaped by making this intentional effort will prove worthwhile.

Recommended Fiber Supplement: Blend of soluble and insoluble fiber-----10 to 30 mg depending on your dietary consumption of fiber (ideal is 35 to 50 grams of total fiber daily)

Glucosamine Sulfate

Glucosamine sulfate is needed for cartilage production. Studies have shown that the use of glucosamine sulfate may actually slow down the process of joint deterioration. When you combine glucosamine sulfate (1500 to 2000 mg) with some natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric, MSM, or Boswellia, you have additional support for your joints. Some companies also combine the use of chondroitin sulfate with their glucosamine sulfate.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is probably the most potent antioxidant available today. It is 50 times more potent than vitamin E and 20 times more potent than vitamin C when used along with other antioxidants—especially vitamin C. When it is used by itself, it is only 3 to 4 times more potent than vitamin C and 6 to 8 times more potent than vitamin E. This truly brings in the concept of synergy. One plus one is not 2, but instead 8—10—or even 20. Nutrients work together not only attacking different types of free radicals but also working in different parts of the body. The various antioxidants even have the capability to regenerate other antioxidants so they can be used over and over again. This is why it is so important to add the optimizers to the basic cellular nutrition—synergy is created and the potency of your supplements greatly increases. Children should take 1 to 2 mg of grape seed extract per pound daily.

Mineral Tablet

Minerals are a critical aspect of a complete and balanced nutritional supplement program. I recommend chelated minerals. This means that the mineral is attached to an amino acid for better absorption—minerals are noted to be very difficult to absorb. There are many different forms of minerals, which have great claims in how well they are absorbed. It is important that the amounts of these minerals are clearly presented on the label. It is especially important that your mineral tablet be complete and balanced because these minerals compete with one another in the absorption process. I will often recommend additional antioxidants in many of my clinical recommendations; however, I do not increase the level of minerals above the following recommendations because of their potential toxicity. You must be very careful when considering the combination several different supplements to achieve these levels because you will most likely get too much of certain minerals. It is better to try to find a mineral tablet that comes close to these recommendations. You will usually need to add an additional calcium/magnesium tablet to accomplish these goals.

  • Calcium-------800 to 1500 mg---depending on your dietary intake of calcium
  • Magnesium-----500mg to 800mg
  • Zinc-----20 to 30 mg
  • Selenium-----200 mcg is ideal
  • Chromium----200 mcg to 300 mcg
  • Copper---1 to 3 mg
  • Manganese----3 to 6 mg
  • Vanadium---30 to 100 mcg
  • Iodine---100 mcg to 200 mcg
  • Molybdenum---50 mcg to 100 mcg
  • Good Mixture of Trace Minerals

Additional Nutrients for Bone Health

  • Silicon---3 mg
  • Boron----2 to 3 mg

Children 2 to 8 years of age or under 50 pounds—should take one-fourth (1/4) of these recommended nutrients Children 9 to 16 years of age or between 50 and 110 pounds—should take one-half (1/2) of these recommended nutrients.

Other Important Vitamins

  • Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)-----450 IU to 800 IU
  • Vitamin K 50 to 100mcg

Additional Essential Nutrients needed to improve homocysteine levels and brain function:

  • Choline-----100 to 200 mg
  • Trimethylglycine----200 to 500 mg
  • Inositol----150mg to 250 mg

Children 2 to 8 years of age or under 50 pounds—should take one-fourth (1/4) of these recommended nutrients Children 9 to 16 years of age or between 50 and 110 pounds—should take one-half (1/2) of these recommended nutrients

Phytoestrogens

Phytoestrogens are natural estrogens found in our foods that have the ability to bind to estrogen receptor sites; however, do not exert any estrogen affect. These are products like Black Cohosh, soy isoflavones, licorice root, and Dong Quai. Consuming phytoestrogens are ideal when you are trying to improve the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause safely.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto has been shown in clinical trials to help control benign Prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Some companies add lycopene and other cancer fighting supplements to their saw palmetto products.

Vitamin A

I discourage the use of straight vitamin A because of its potential toxicity. Instead I recommend a mixture of carotenoids. Carotenoids become vitamin A in the body as the body needs and they have no toxicity.

Vitamin C

In many clinical situations it is very wise to add additional vitamin C. This requires taking vitamin C tablets and adding it to your cellular nutrition. I recommend adding anywhere from an additional 1,000 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C in these situations. Children could add about half this amount—depending on their size.

Vitamin E

It is important to be getting a mixture of vitamin E’s just like in with the carotenoids, in order to create synergy. This should include d-alpha tocopherol, d-gamma tocopherol, and mixed tocotrienol.

  • 400 to 800 IU

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