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How to Choose Health Supplements

How to Choose Health Supplements? (2)

Part 2

I previously delved into the multifaceted topic to offer insights into the practical aspects of the healthcare product industry. Merely discussing the positive aspects, engaging in empty talk, and evading specific issues is a prevalent tendency in the production of healthcare products, often observed among businessmen and salespeople.

As consumers, it is crucial for us to consistently educate ourselves, enhancing our capability to discern. Unlike medications, where professional guidance is commonplace, selecting and utilizing healthcare products often falls solely on our shoulders. It remains a predominantly self-directed endeavor. Therefore, we must actively pursue knowledge to empower ourselves in making informed choices.

Approaching Health Products with Caution: A Beginner’s Guide

Therefore, when your knowledge and understanding are limited, it’s advisable not to set overly ambitious goals or have unrealistically high expectations. Take it slow, learn through observation, and start with simple choices. If you’re uncertain, especially when dealing with a product from an unfamiliar brand, resist the temptation to demand the highest dose and opt for the most expensive option. Remember, this isn’t like ordering takeout or buying luxury clothing.

Dosages can be adjusted gradually, but pushing for the highest dose right away won’t necessarily lead to better results. Excessive doses can be more detrimental than beneficial to your body. This doesn’t imply that healthcare products are entirely risk-free, as excessive amounts of certain ingredients can indeed pose health risks. The key lies in understanding whether the manufacturer can be trusted, whether the raw materials are safe and reliable and whether the product meets established standards regarding harmful substances and additives.

Learning About Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Substances

In terms of variety, beyond the fundamental ingredients like multivitamins, minerals, and trace elements mentioned earlier, there’s a supplement that proves beneficial for everyone – Omega 3. Renowned for its significant impact on the cardiovascular and nervous systems, Omega 3 is a must for all.

Furthermore, there exists a plethora of potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances, both standalone and in combination. The field of functional medicine widely acknowledges their universal benefits, deeming them necessary measures for overall well-being.

Allow me to share my personal experience. Among the array of healthcare products, the most memorable for me is undoubtedly the multivitamin tablets I took during my two pregnancies. These tablets, tailored for pregnant women, also included iron and iodine. Alongside those, my supplement journey included sporadic calcium tablets, calcium and magnesium tablets, multi-enzyme tablets, deep-sea fish oil, and red yeast rice capsules aimed at lowering blood lipids. Often, I found myself swayed by differing opinions—one person praising a product today, another favoring a different one tomorrow. In a somewhat bewildered state, I made impulsive purchases, like grabbing a bottle at Costco and consuming it without much thought. However, after a few days, devoid of noticeable reactions—positive or negative—I decided to halt its consumption.

Embarking on a Health Transformation Journey: Unveiling My Experience

Later, I delved into the realm of American functional medicine theory, and serendipitously stumbled upon a crucial revelation—I had inadvertently hit the right button. The significance of Vitamin D3 unfolded before me. A follow-up blood test, eight months hence, revealed a remarkable rise in Vitamin D levels from 10 ng/ml to approximately 50 ng/ml.

Even armed with theoretical knowledge, an understanding of nutrition, and insights into the functions of various health products, I found myself at a standstill. My hesitations were multifaceted—I feared my prolonged ill health, dreaded the prospect of medication, felt overwhelmed about where to commence, and grappled with indecision.

Choosing not to dive into health supplements, I opted for a more foundational approach—my lifestyle and eating habits. This path held no “side effects,” posed no risks, and didn’t demand extravagant spending. It simply required a shift in purchasing habits—away from past unhealthy snacks and beverages, towards fresh ingredients and wholesome foods, heralding a transformative change in my life.

While we often recognize our unhealthy lifestyle and dietary patterns, a lack of profound understanding hinders decisive action for change.

Amidst these transformations, I gradually tapered my medication use and, bolstered by newfound confidence, contemplated introducing supplements to facilitate the restoration of normal bodily functions.

Enter the second and third products in my journey—Ortho Molecular Products’ sustained-release vitamin B3 (Time Release Niacin) at 500 mg and externally applied transdermal absorption patented technology product glutathione (initially CentrolDrugs, later switched to Aura GSH’s Glutaryl, a beauty product). Both aimed at combating years of dyslipidemia, fostering lipid metabolism, and enhancing liver antioxidant, detoxification, and detoxification functions.

A blood reexamination a month and a half later delivered astounding results—significant drops in blood lipid levels, improved liver function, and normalized aminotransferase levels.

This surpassed my expectations, boosting my confidence. My “luck” played a crucial role, for I was still in the early stages of learning functional medicine, providing me opportunities to interact with experts, scholars, doctors, and pharmacists in the field. Subsequently, I ventured into a multidimensional product—Optimal Multi (later merged with Klair Lab) from ProThera-acquired Complementary Prescriptions.

Why this product? Primarily, its nutrient content surpassed other similar products, such as the common Centrum multivitamin. Optimal Multi featured a comprehensive package, including multivitamins (5 capsules), Omega-3 fish oil (1 capsule), a special Green Energy Blend capsule, and a phytonutrients blend.

The World of Compound Health Formulas

These compound formulas are a treasure trove of nutrients, encompassing a myriad of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, detoxifying elements, immune boosters, and energy-enhancing components. Back when I first encountered them, the complexity of the ingredients bewildered me, yet even now, I hold these formulas in high regard.

The pivotal factor lies in the collaboration of three companies. Their combined technical prowess, production process excellence, and a top-notch scientific research team ensure the safety and reliability of the products. With 8 comprehensive tablets (including capsules) neatly packed in a daily-use bag, the hassle of juggling different bottles becomes a thing of the past, all at a reasonable price.

Subsequently, ProThera unveiled Antiox TheraPack, akin to Optimal Multi but with reduced ingredients—half the dosage, omitting fish oil, and six pills per day. A pragmatic choice for those seeking convenience, albeit with a slightly diminished impact. This product later transformed into MultiThera, now under the wing of Klaire Labs.

Theoretically, if your nutritional status is suboptimal, initiating a compound formula with a higher dose is recommended. After replenishing your body’s nutrient requirements, transitioning to half the dose serves as a viable long-term maintenance strategy.

However, adhering to a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits remains paramount. The discovery of effective health products doesn’t grant a license to revert to old habits. It’s crucial to remember that these very habits led to an unhealthy body and ailments—an indispensable realization!

After several months on Optimal Multi, I experienced overall well-being, particularly notable given my history of nutritional deficiencies and imbalances due to selective eating and medication use.

Subsequently, I discerned that most medications deplete the body of nutrients. The liver, especially, requires copious nutrients and energy to process chemical drugs. This realization contributed to my health woes, plunging me into a vicious cycle.

During this period, I continued supplementing with individual vitamin D3 (5000 IU), Niacin (500 mg), and topical glutathione—the trio that illuminated my path. Despite some overlap with the compound formula, careful analysis assured me that I wasn’t surpassing recommended dosages.

For instance, the compound formula’s vitamin D3 content is 1,000 IU. Adding a 5,000 IU pill results in a daily intake of 6,000 IU, well within the limit suggested by functional medicine experts.

The Niacin complex formula contains 25 mg, and supplementing with an additional 500 mg pill totals only 525 mg daily—well below the maximum 1,000 mg dose.

The 75 mg of N-Acetyl Cysteine in the compound formula serves as the raw material for glutathione synthesis. Can one have too much of such a beneficial substance?

I share these examples to alleviate the confusion that many, including myself, have faced when choosing supplements based on price or individual health conditions. Over the years, I’ve felt an obligation to share my experiences and insights. Understanding medical knowledge, nutritional theories, and the intricacies of disease and health is challenging, especially for those not in the medical field. As a fellow learner, I recognize the detours one might take in this journey.

Hence, I feel a duty to help everyone grasp these concepts theoretically and practically. By understanding product characteristics, assessing suitability, and making informed choices aligned with your economic capacity, you can find products that offer optimal value for your well-being.

H Zeng

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