Ford Chiropractic suggests the following nutrition basics since we are often asked: “What are the basic nutrients you would suggest I need?” While each person will have their unique nutrient requirements, we suggest the following supplements:
Please keep in mind that there are specific individuals that should avoid certain nutrients or need to be cautious as to how much of these nutrients they receive in their diets. For example, if a patient is on a blood thinner, such as Coumadin or Warfarin, then it is not recommended that they be taking Fish Oil supplements. It is advised that each individual talk with their health care practitioner (chiropractor, physician or other healthcare provider) before beginning any supplementation program.
Multivitamin/Mineral – A multivitamin/mineral supplement will cover all the basic nutrients that an individual may not receive in their daily diets.
Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D has gained much attention recently with the numerous health benefits it offers. This nutrient is essential for calcium absorption in the blood which allows for normal bone mineralization and bone growth. It also aids against osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency causes muscle weakness and pain in all ages. Vitamin D enhances the immune system, reduces inflammation within the body, may lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Glucosamine/Chondroitin – These nutrients are used for the treatment of arthritis, glaucoma, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease and sometimes for weight loss and anemia (when used in combination with iron).
Glucosamine is a natural amino sugar found in the human body. Glucosamine may work for arthritis in the following ways:
- Decrease inflammation
- Stimulate chondrocytes (cells that make and maintain cartilage)
- Decrease the production of specific compounds that degrade cartilage
Chondroitin is a molecule found in the human body. Chondroitin may work for arthritis in the following ways:
- Inhibit a cartilage-damaging enzyme (leukocyte elastase)
- Decrease inflammation
- Increase the production of hyaluronic acid, a component of synovial fluid (the lubricating fluid in joints) and of cartilage.
Omega 6/3 Fish Oils – Omega 6 and 3 have many health benefits including support for the following conditions:
- Arthritis, Asthma, Attention Disorders
- Depressive Disorders, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders
- High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol
- Macular Degeneration, Osteoporosis
- Skin Disorders, Some Cancers
The best sources of these fatty acids are nuts and seeds including pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts and their oils, Chia seed oil, and green leafy vegetables including broccoli, kale and lettuce.
With proper intake of Omega 6 and 3, the body will make Omega 9 (a monounsaturated fatty acid). However, if you do not receive enough of Omega 6 and 3 in your diet, then you will need to consume Omega 9. The best sources of Omega 9 foods are almonds, avocados, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and olive oil.
Vitamin C – This is an important antioxidant that helps protect against cell damage caused by free radicals. It supports the body’s immune system, aids in wound healing and cancer prevention, and is effective in managing blood sugar levels.
Natural food sources of Vitamin C are found in oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, lemon, kiwi, tomatoes and potatoes are also a good source of Vitamin C.
The doctors at Ford Chiropractic are trained and certified by the State of Wisconsin in Nutritional Counseling and will be happy to assist you in designing your personal supplemental program.