How is a patient’s supplement protocol determined?
Every patient is unique and the extent of supplementation should depend on the patient’s needs and diagnosis. A thorough history and evaluation will help determine the best next clinical step when initiating a nutritional supplementation protocol for a patient. An analysis of the medications a patient is currently taking is also an important factor to review to ensure that there are no side effects to combining nutritional supplementation with necessary and prescribed medications.
As a therapeutic tool, which supplements are the most important to consider for a patient?
Even though each patient is evaluated individually, there are key foundational supplements that are appropriate for most individuals. Research has demonstrated that the supplements listed below function to promote healthy biochemistry by supporting ATP synthesis, reducing oxidative stress, and reducing the production of inflammatory mediators. These include the following:
• Omega-3 fish oil
• Vitamin D
• Anti-inflammatory herbs/spices/botanicals
• Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
• Alpha-lipoic acid
• Powder vegetables/fruit
What is the role of diet and nutrition when using nutritional supplements?
As healthcare providers, it would be counterproductive to fail to recognize the role of diet when evaluating a patient’s need for supplementation as it relates to their treatment and diagnosis.
Nutritional products are designed and formulated to function as supplements to a diet that should be healthy. Even though this is the case, most patients do not consume adequate key nutrients and therefore may benefit from nutritional supplementation.
At Miami Sports Chiropractic & Yoga Center we utilize Anabolic Laboratories Nutritional Supplements. Our reasons for working with this particular company are the result of their long standing commitment to research, quality assurance and FDA registrations. They are a United States federally regulated and inspected pharmaceutical manufacturer whose nutritional products, quality control, manufacturing and quality assurance requirements are the most stringent in the industry. The Anabolic Laboratories’ supplements that are provided to patients are “pharmaceutical made,” which means that an exhaustive manufacturing process has been employed to guarantee purity and potency.