Nutritional supplements aren’t just uncontrolled, they’re out of control. The Fibromyalgia/CFS/Lyme patient co-operative store ProHealth offers 341 products for extra energy alone, among a totally bewildering array of natural solutions. Mailouts offer miracles, only just short of promising a cure. There’s some 600 compounds in your blood, and no body wouldn’t benefit from supplementing so as to make a new you – with boosted verve and pep. All supported by laboratory tests, of course.
This proven formula I’m revealing at this link, is also cost effective. All you need is a copper bracelet, top-ups of zinc, and regular lemon juice. Schooldays science showed this combination will give you extra power!
The suggestion is nonsensical – as indeed are arthritic bracelets, and there’s minimal evidence for zinc supplementation (low levels are associated with poor nutrition, which should be prioritised instead). Lemon water is rumoured to alkalize your body despite the obvious contradiction of being an acid, however since its flavonoids are beneficial to liver function I’d encourage consumption anyway. The reality is that your system is self-regulatory (no, I’m not going to discuss anomalies such as essential amino acids!), so if your condition is not deteriorating then chemistry is in balance. You can’t simply swallow or inject turbo. Any supplementation really needs to be informed by a reported deficiency.
To explain by example. Coenzyme Q10 is synthesised by the body and sold in 75-150mg capsules. Sometimes known as ubiquinone, since it’s ubiquitous. Found everywhere, it’s vital to cellular powerhouses the mitochondria. Citing the usually conservative TGA consumer advisory as a firm endorsement:
- -The elderly have an increased requirement for CoQ10 as levels decline with age.
- -CoQ10 may support healthy immune function
- -Protects body from oxidative stress
- -CoQ10 Converts food energy into ATP to drive cellular machinery and is an essential antioxidant, which regenerates other antioxidants
- -Tissues that are metabolically active have a higher requirement for CoQ10 such as the heart
- -CoQ10 may maintain and support cardiovascular health.
- -CoQ10 levels deplete with Statin therapy
- -Supplementing with CoQ10 may support healthy cardiac function of Statin users
Thus, it’s safe to assume that lower levels are presented in the over-50s or takers of statins. The question as to benefit of supplementation arises over the caveat ‘may‘, because the evidence base is inconclusive. The 2014 Cochrane Heart group meta-analysis (aggregation of results from clinical studies) is non-committal: “...results presented should be treated with caution and further high quality trials with longer-term follow-up are needed to determine the effects on cardiovascular events.” Yet a decade ago, meta-analysis by Baker Heart researchers concluded strong benefits for lowering blood pressure without side-effects! There has been inadequate funding for investigation of supplemental therapies, consequently your decision is made largely unaided by facts such as outcome tracking and longterm survival rates.
Contrast this difficulty with the ease of practitioners writing scrip for anti-depressants. Whether SSRI, or SNRI/TriCyclicAntidepressant, the intent is elevating levels of serotonin by means of inhibiting reuptake. That is the neurotransmitter being recalled into the neuron for recycling and reuse. Side-effects include suicidation, anxiety, confusion, weight gain, and worse symptoms are reported upon discontinuation. Wouldn’t this warrant a baseline test of serum serotonin before undertaking an addiction? Notwithstanding that this measure is an imperfect indication of levels in the brain, and that the bloods pathology centre takes ages to process such an unusual request, nothing hinders the business of promoting Effexor, Paxil, Prozac, Endep, Lexapro, Zoloft, Pristiq, Cymbalta, etc….
To improve your situation, changed thinking must start at the top. Using your own brain. Here’s a newly discovered supplement: oxygen. A few months ago the Journal of Nutritional Science’s editor wrote an article on O2 without ever mentioning ‘powerful antioxidants’ or ‘harmful free radicals’. No industry sponsor, no undeclared interest conflicts. Just a refreshing new take on age-old breathing, as it fuels cellular metabolism.
Author: Geoff If you’ve already read our articles on mind&body, then I’d commend ‘Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders?‘ for another fresh perspective.