Are All Supplements Created Equal?

Are All Supplements Created Equal?

Are All Supplements Created Equal?

by Dr. Scott Schreiber

When it comes to vitamins and supplements, there is so much misinformation out there; no one knows who to listen to.  The best advice I have for the average person looking to improve health is to consult a nutritionist knowledgeable in supplements before taking anything!   I have evaluated many patients taking supplements that are either of extremely poor quality or not even an absorbable form of the nutrient!  I cannot stress enough, do not try to diagnose yourself and take whatever you want.  There are many nutrient-drug or nutrient-nutrient interactions that can really get you sick.

There are many different brands, delivery systems, even forms of vitamins, which can either be highly absorbed or not at all.  I always recommend a trusted professional brand when it comes to supplements.  Many of these sold in retail stores or mail order companies are "garbage".  They use cheap sources, fillers and do not pay attention to quality.  Not only is this deceptive, it can be detrimental to your health. Also, you get what you pay for as well.  If a vitamin is cheap or on sale, most likely is has a very near expiration date.  Make sure that supplement manufactures are third-party certified.  You will see "GMP complaint" labeling.  In addition, professional lines, those which only distribute their products to licensed healthcare providers are of the highest quality.  Do not fall for the health food store, "mine is better scam"  because they are not at all.  Everything from the raw materials, to production, storage and then distribution need to be evaluated.  Most nutritionally-minded healthcare providers do just this, taking the guesswork out of it.

When it comes to trendy vitamins, they are just that...trends!  They will come and go; stick with a company that has stood the test of time!  In addition, trendy supplements that promise "great skin, great hair, etc."  never live up to the hype.  If these products actually did what they said they do, don't you think everyone would have them!

Sourcing is so important.  I recommend seeking out companies that use organic sources due to less contamination with pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals.  A high quality company will test their raw materials to make sure that the right level of ingredients are actually what is on the bottle.  High quality companies will individually test their raw materials and make the results available for you to check out!

Qualities of a effective vitamin include high quality, standardized raw materials; adherence to good manufacturing processes (GMP's), is organic; GMO free,  employs third-party testing; uses the most absorbable form of the supplement; and will reformulate their products with new quality research.

Where you buy them from is just important.  Please, buy them for your healthcare professional.  They buy them directly from the company or from an authorized distributor.   If you buy them online, you may be getting outdated or expired products.  These products can lose their potency and will not ,meet the label claim.  In other cases counterfeit products are sold.   They might have the label and bottle, but the products contained inside are not at all what is on the bottle.  Others may be damaged, have broken seals.  Other offenders use a bait and switch stating that they are out of a certain product when in fact they never had it to begin with.  They then attempt to lure you into buying other inferior quality products that they have “in stock”.  

So ARE all supplements created equal?  No way!

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f you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me on social media, or contact me through my website, www.drscottschreiber.com.

 

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

How to Eat Your Inflammation Away!

How to Eat Your Inflammation Away!

How to Eat Your Inflammation Away!

Poor dietary and lifestyle choices over a period of time can lead to a build-up of systemic inflammation.  This type of inflammation is not as easily seen with the naked eye.  It will not appear as swelling or redness, but nonetheless your body will began to break down. 

Inflammation is the body’s best defense for healing, however when it becomes long-standing and chronic, disease sets in.  It has been speculated to be the underlying cause of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, strokes, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, disease, and even cancers.

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet will slow or reverse progression of many diseases.  It will even slow the aging process and protect against disease.

Why Does this Happen?

All food and lifestyle choice have either a net pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects your body.  If you eat more pro-inflammatory foods and engage in a pro-inflammatory lifestyle, systemic inflammation will rise.  This type of inflammation becomes chronic causing irritation and damage to the tissues, eventually causing disease.

Can I Test for This?

Yes, there are general inflammation markers that can be tested in the blood.  These include Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein.  These are general markers for systemic inflammation and are elevated in many diseases.  These are not specific for any disease, but give the Doctor a clue and to the level of global inflammation.  Just a note, inflammation can also be present without elevated ESR or C-reactive protein.

How Can I make my Diet Anti-inflammatory?

Eating anti-inflammatory is more of a lifestyle than a specific diet.  By consuming food that has a net anti-inflammatory effect, disease risk is reduced.  Many people also state that they have more energy and lose weight while eating anti-inflammatory.  Anti-inflammatory foods provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, to go along with a healthy lifestyle.  You also apply anti-inflammatory principals to your current recipes to reduce the amount of inflammation and still enjoy food that you like to make.

Dr Schreiber’s Recipe for Eating Anti-inflammatory

Consume at least 25 grams of fiber per day.   Most Americans do not eat enough fiber.  Fiber is essential for healthy gastrointestinal tract.  Fiber also helps control blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.  High fiber dies are also beneficial for those that are looking to achieve a healthy weight.

Eat 9 serving of fruit and vegetables per day.  Almost all fruit and vegetables are anti-inflammatory; the more the better.  Within fruit and vegetables, anti-inflammatory compounds reside.  Many have been shown to work better than prescription drugs.  In addition to the protection against inflammation, they supply vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which protect against disease. 

Eat 4 servings of Alliums per week.  These include members of the onion and garlic family, which include onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, scallions, and chives.  They contain a ton of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and are best eaten raw.

Consume omega three fatty acids.  Omegas 3’s are anti-inflammatory and are part of the cell membrane.  They also compose a substantial part of brain and nervous tissue.  These are available in supplement form.  Sources include chia seeds, flax seed, flax seed oil, and some marine plants.  Salmon and fatty fish are also sources, but the quality and contamination are becoming an issue.

Eat healthy snacks.  These include fruit and vegetables.  Avoid packaged and processed food, as these are pro-inflammatory.

Avoid processed and refined sugars.  Processing of foods leads to inflammation.  Many contain chemicals that promote inflammation, but are also harmful to your nervous and endocrine systems. Be sure to check out my article regarding how sugar is labeled.

Avoid trans-fats.  Trans fats are the worst type of fats.  They promote inflammation and have been linked to other chronic diseases.  Avoid these like the plague!

Add spice to your food.  Certain spices have anti-inflammatory properties and some have been proven to decrease inflammation better than prescription drugs.  Turmeric is one example.  Not only is it a very effective anti-inflammatory spice, it has also been shown to help fight cancer and other chronic diseases!  Other anti-inflammatory spices include ginger, cinnamon, basil, cardamom, chamomile, celery seed, cilantro, cloves, fennel seeds, parsley, nutmeg, and rosemary.

Avoid red meats, poultry, and processed meats.  If you are concerned that you are not getting enough protein, make sure that you consume plant sources, such as beans, lentils, or quinoa.

Avoid most oils.  Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil can be used sparingly.  High quality canola oil is also acceptable, in moderate amounts.  Avoid vegetable and corn oil as these are highly processed and crate inflammation.

Avoid margarine and shortening.  These contain trans- fats and are highly inflammatory.

Avoid foods made of white flour.  This includes pastas, breads, and baked goods. 

Inflammation is a natural process and our body’s method of healing.  Without it we would not be able to repair and regenerate, however we can have too much of a good thing.  If this occurs, our health will deteriorate.

 

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

 

So What Was That Picture?

So What Was That Picture?

So what was that picture I posted last week?  The answer Turmeric!

Turmeric is an amazing spice.  It has so many medicinal uses as well as being the main ingredient in curry.  There are over 6000 peer reviewed studies on turmeric.  Turmeric has been proven to be more effective than many medications, including anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, chemotherapy, anticoagulants, pain killers, diabetes drugs, arthritis medication, inflammatory bowel disease, cholesterol drugs, and steroids.   If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=curcumin.

The active ingredients in turmeric are called curcuminoids with curcumin being the most active and most researched.     Most studies involving turmeric use over one gram of curcumin to achieve a therapeutic benefit.  Since curcumin is around three percent of the entire turmeric rhizome, you would need to ingest a ton of turmeric to get therapeutic dose.  Eating turmeric with black pepper has shown to help absorption of turmeric by over two thousand percent.   Concentrated curcumin supplements are also available to help achieve therapeutic benefit.

If you want to learn more about the amazing benefits of turmeric, feel free to contact me!

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

How to Start Changing Your Health Right Now!

How to Start Changing Your Health Right Now!

How to Start Changing Your Health Right Now!

 

I frequently get this question and with so much misinformation out there, I felt the need to weigh in.  Here are a few tips to get started improving your health immediately!

Drink more water

Our body is over 70% water, so suffice it to say, it is pretty important!  Drink more of it and drink it often.  The old adage of 10 glasses a day holds true, just make sure that it is filtered.  If you exercise or live in a dry climate, the need for water and risk of dehydration goes up.

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Get Plenty of Sleep

Make sure you get eight hours of high quality sleep per night.  Over sleeping is just as bad as depriving sleep.  Ideally, sleeping between the hours of 10:00AM-2:00PM give you the biggest boost to your health as growth hormone is released.

Get Some Sun

We are so sunlight deprived!  Ask yourself “How much direct sunlight do I get?”  Most people will say zero.  Not only will zero sunlight cause a deficiency of vitamin D, but the fresh air being in nature reduces stress, a leading cause of poor health.

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Start Moving

There are so many benefits to exercise, too many to name.  Those that exercise are rewarded with better health than those that are sedentary.  Studies show that those that exercise live five years longer than those that do not! Exercise comes in many forms; something that you enjoy!

Eat Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are sources of many nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals.  Their benefits to your health include cancer prevention, aiding digestion, increasing energy, lowering blood pressure, etc.  To start, shoot for a minimum of five servings per day, working up to nine.  The more the merrier!

Changing our health begins with small steps.  Initially, many can be done easily and without expense.  Feel free to contact me if you have and questions! Good Luck and best of health to you!

 

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

 

Ever Had a Persimmon?

Ever Had a Persimmon?

Ever Had a Persimmon?

Persimmon is Latin for “Food for the Gods”.  They are Low in fat and a great source of fiber.  Fiber promotes fullness, and reduces sugar cravings.  High fiber intake has also been associated with decreased cholesterol and risk for heart and digestive disorders.

They contain an abundance of health promoting phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, catechins and gallocatechins as well as betulinic acid.  All of the aforementioned are anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic.  Butulinic acid has been studied as an anti-tumor compound.

Persimmons contain a ton of antioxidants.  Some of the more common are vitamin A, Vitamin K, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin.   Antioxidants are anti-aging and are cancer preventative.  Zea-xanthin in particularly beneficial in preventing macular degeneration and cataracts, as it is absorbed in the retina and macula of the eye.

Vitamin C is found in abundance in persimmons.  Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and antioxidant properties.

Persimmons contain high levels of B-complex vitamins, such as folate and B6.  These are important for many reactions in the body and are depleted in times of stress.  Low levels have been associated with fatigue and decreased energy.

Persimmons are also great sources of manganese, copper and phosphorous.  These minerals are essential for many body functions. 

Another phytochemical contained in persimmons is fisetin It has been shown to reduce breast tumor cells without harming surrounding tissue.  In addition, fisetin has been named as a significant contributor in the treatment of prostate and colon cancer.

 

 

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over 12 years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist as well as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

 

 

 

 

How to Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

How to Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

Did you know that they average American gains five pounds over the holiday season?  Here are my top ten simple methods to fight the battle of the bulge and have a healthy Thanksgiving!

 

 

1)  Exercise-many communities have Thanksgiving runs in the morning before the big meal.  Running in the morning will boost your metabolism throughout the day.  It will also make you less hungry and more motivated to eat well.

2) Portion control-one plate, and no more. Most of the plate should consist of vegetables and some fruit.  Make sure you include a protein as well.

3) Stick with vegetables!  Have a salad with oil and vinegar on the side.

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4) Stick to white meat.  The white has less fat and generally healthier than the dark.  Breast over legs for the same reason.  Red meats and pork products should be eaten sparingly, if at all.

5) Stay away from processed foods, such as cranberry sauce out of a can, sausage, bacon, or others.  These products are extremely unhealthy.  They disrupt metabolism and have been linked to cancer.

6)  Drink water as the beverage of choice. Water contains zero calories and is needed for almost every metabolic reaction in the body.  If you are looking for some flavor, try adding lemon. 

7)  If you must have dessert, limit yourself to one small piece.

8)  Stay away from the rolls and butter.  They will destroy a healthy diet.

9) Avoid adding condiments and additional salt, sugar, and butter.  Most thanksgiving dishes have plenty of the aforementioned, no need to add any more.

10) Go for a walk after the meal.  This will burn additional calories and get you moving.

 

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition. He is also a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist. 

 

 

 

Gum Drop Grapes...Really?

Gum Drop Grapes...Really?

Gum Drop Grapes…Really?

The Grapery® has done it again!  Their latest sweet inspired grape variety, gum drop grapes have hit stores in my area.  I tasted them for the first time and wow… a taste explosion!  They do live up to their gum drop name , bringing back fond childhood memories.

The grapes are smaller in size than traditional black grapes.  They are seedless and sustainably grown, meaning that they do not contain additives or GMO’s . They have a fruity finish with a gumdrop overtone. Like I said…brings back fond memories.  This is the first year they are being produced, so try some gum drops!  It’s like eating nature’s candy without the health risks!

Grapes contain a wide variety of nutrients, including numerous phytochemicals.  They have been widely studied.  All of the phytochemicals have medicinal properties.  Grapes are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, contain many known antioxidants, help prevent cardiovascular disease,  control blood sugar, have anti-aging properties!  So dig in!  I know you will love them!



Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board
certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.
 

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