Supplements and Micronutrients

There is a broad spectrum of supplements and micronutrients that are recommended by CHI.  These are alphabetized and should be at the top of most supplement lists.

B complex vitamins

All of the B vitamins are important for proper metabolism.

  • Vitamin B1, thiamin, helps convert carbohydrates into energy. Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, is crucial for many activities in the body.
  • Vitamin B2 is a powerful antioxidant and also helps convert amino acids into neurotransmitters, which are necessary for proper brain function.
  • Vitamin B3, more commonly known as niacin, given in the proper dosage, assists in lowering cholesterol levels. Too much Niacin, however, may cause liver damage. Niacin has also proven useful in certain allergic conditions because it prevents the release of histamine. It may produce a harmless flushing.
  • Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid, is the anti-stress vitamin. Vitamin B5 is crucial for the formation of antibodies, essential for the production of adrenal hormones, assists in the proper utilization of vitamins by the body and helps convert protein, carbohydrates and fat into energy.
  • Pyridoxine or Vitamin B6 is necessary for proper metabolism, especially essential fatty acids, and assists in the creation of necessary neurotransmitters. Vitamin B6 is important in the formation of eicosanoids. A shortage of Vitamin B6 can lead to various types of nerve damage and insulin resistance.
  • The fatty covering that protects nerve fibers in your body is called the myelin sheath. Vitamin B12 is necessary in the production of the myelin sheath. Severe deficiencies of Vitamin B12 may cause a deterioration of the myelin sheath, which is evident in patients with multiple sclerosis. Low levels of Vitamin B12 may cause increased homocysteine (a substance that is formed from protein metabolism) levels which, in turn, may cause more clotting in the arterial walls. Vitamin B12 is important in the production of red blood cells.
  • Biotin, a B-complex vitamin, is needed to process the protein and fat we consume.  People with elevated blood sugar levels seem to have lower Biotin levels.
  • CHI offers AIO by Ceregenex that includes a concentrated blend of bioavailable Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Amino Acids, Minerals, Polyphenols, Flavonoids, Anthocyanins, including these B vitamins as well as eight Super Fruits consisting of Blueberry, Black Cherry, Pomegranate, Acai, Acerola, Camu Camu, Amla, and Caja natural purees, as well as AC-11 which has shown to repair DNA damage. Visit Ceregenex

CoQ10

CoQ10 is found naturally in every cell in the body. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is an antioxidant and vital for energy metabolism. Since CoQ10 levels may deplete as we get older or we do not get enough of this vitamin from our diets, we strongly encourage our patients to take CoQ10 daily, especially if they are taking statin drugs. Adequate levels of CoQ10 can improve cardiovascular health, increase energy levels, boost the immune system, lower high blood pressure and may reverse gum disease.

Magnesium

Did you know that magnesium has been used successfully in decreasing the risk for heart attack, preventing high blood pressure, asthma, kidney stones, lessening the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and preventing various irregular heart rhythms? Epsom salts, long known for its healing properties is primarily composed of magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for making all the muscles in your body flex and for assisting in energy production. Magnesium also ensures that the body utilizes calcium correctly. Many cardiac drugs, diuretics, coffee and alcohol can cause magnesium deficiency. Stress can also cause magnesium deficiency. Patients with heart disease or kidney problems need to consult their primary care physician before taking magnesium. We recommend magnesium daily. Food sources of magnesium are spinach, oatmeal, broccoli, yogurt, avocados, brown rice, most dairy products, blueberries and green leafy vegetables.

Omega 3

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Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound commonly found in the skins of grapes used to produce red wine.  It is a potent up regulator of antioxidants and heart protective proteins when the system is under stress. In small amounts, resveratrol can be found naturally in grapes, some green teas, and even peanuts. It is also the main ingredient that gives red wine natural regenerative properties. It is thought to produce the benefits of the “French Paradox”. It can also help soften wrinkles, aid in weight loss, improve nutrient intake, help remove built up toxins from your body, and improve overall energy throughout the day. With the addition of this improved energy, many individuals are also able to get to sleep easier at night. CHI recommends Resveratrol daily.

Vitamin D

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Vitamin K

Vitamin K’s primary responsibility is to help blood clot. Your intestinal bacteria make approximately half of the Vitamin K you need. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin K has shown beneficial protection of arteries, which can reduce the effects of many disease processes such as cardiovascular disease.  Vitamin K is needed for the metabolism of osteocalcin, which is the protein in bone tissue. Vitamin K also plays a role in transforming glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver.