What is a Nutraceutical?

What is a Nutraceutical?

The term nutraceutical (part pharmaceutical and part nutritional substance) was originally coined by Stephen Defelice, MD and initially defined as a food or part of a food that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. It is important to note that the term has no regulatory definition. In my experience “nutraceutical” is used to distinguish a higher quality supplement from a lesser one. Safety and quality issues surrounding over the counter (OTC) supplements like herb adulteration, and cheap synthetic ingredients make OTC products potentially damaging. High-quality, professional lines that are offered through integrative healthcare practitioners are seemingly better utilized, more easily absorbed and can potentially provide treatment and or prevention of disease. So keep that in mind when you’re trying to figure out if you’re going to buy your next multi-vitamin from Sam’s Club or CVS. Just because it looks the same doesn’t mean it is the same. Take vitamin D for example, the most important information when looking at this product is the source. Where did it come from? The most popular source is soy. We know that most soy fields are currently grown with genetically altered (GMO) seed and are not organic. So if the source is this pesticide ridden GMO soy field so is the vitamin D supplement you just swallowed. Next up vitamin D from lanolin, sheep’s wool, don’t worry no sheep were harmed in this vitamin D production however lanolin based vitamin D may be dependent how the animal was raised, is less easily absorbed and in addition may trigger an allergic response in people who are allergic to wool. My favorite source for vitamin D is organic olive oil, specifically the product from Xymogen. It fits my requirements, organic, plant based, and fat based so that it absorbs easily. Xymogen is a company that exclusively sells to healthcare practitioners and manufactures exceptionally high quality products.

Xymogen utilizes four unique strategies that other companies, even good ones don’t have. The first is their ePedigree program. The ePedigree is an electronic record that traces the transition of ownership of a pharmaceutical product. It begins with the manufacturer and documents the transactional history of the product until it reaches the person or organization administering or dispensing it. They are the first company to apply ePedigree to nutraceuticals. This only enhances patient safety from counterfeiting of dietary supplements. Why would anyone want to sell counterfeit supplements? Money of course, in 2015 Americans spent 21 billion on vitamins and herbal supplements.

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Nutritional Consultations 50% off in January

Nutritional Consultations 50% off in January

Let’s get “You” back to “You”!

Looking to find your balance, nutrition is a great place to start. Christina Captain holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She is offering 50% off in-office nutritional consultations throughout January. She will help you discover how to eat right, cook right and even indulging with the occasional splurge without having to rely on ready-made meals shipped to your door.

If you are ready for a change, Christina is here to help you achieve your personal goals. Call 941-951-1119 to take advantage of this special discounted service, and book your appointment today.

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Nutritional Consultations with Christina

Nutritional Consultations with Christina

Christina Captain, AP, DOM has recently completed her MSHN (Master of Science in Human Nutrition), expanding her knowledge base in order to serve you better and help you live your most vibrant life!

Christina will be offering in-office nutritional counseling beginning this month. If you take advantage of these nutritional consults in February, you're entitled to 20% off your initial consultation. Call 941-951-1119 today to schedule your appointment!

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Healthy Nutrition Support Group

Healthy Nutrition Support Group

Do you have questions about what you should be eating and why? Do you struggle to maintain healthy eating?

Join Christina Captain, DOM, AP and others on May 21st at 6 PM for a free supportive group experience around healthy eating. We will explore issues around fad diets, gluten free, healthy weight loss and how to maintain a program that is effective.

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