Naturally many of your clients' issues may need specific nutraceuticals, especially at first. In some cases The Four Core Supplements is the longer term strategy for health maintenance, while at first the specific issues are treated.
However, during his 25 years of clinical experience, INL Director and Naturopath Graeme Bradshaw has observed that most people need The Four Core Supplements for achieving long term optimal wellness – especially if under any stress. These Four Core Supplements are:
Who can benefit from a whole food multivitamin supplement?
Everyone — we all function best only when fundamental nutrients are provided at optimal daily levels. Many people suffer from sub-optimal nutrition levels, even in the Western world. According to data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 93% of adults do not meet the Estimated Average Requirements (EAR) for vitamin E, while 56% do not meet the EAR for magnesium, 44% for vitamin A, 31% for vitamin C, 14% for vitamin B6, 12% for zinc, and more than half for calcium (Moshfegh, 2005). It is myth that the average "well balanced diet" meets the basic Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) or similar EAR needs.
In addition, optimal levels of vitamins and minerals prevent many chronic diseases induced by long term sub-optimal nutrient levels.
We recommend Multivitamins that are made from 100% whole-foods. Why?
Because our Innate Response range is derived from 100% Whole Foods, the supplements include all the key active forms of vitamins with the essential cofactors that exist in raw foods. Also as the nutrients all still bound in the food matrix absorption is improved.
These food forms are superior to the synthetic, chemically-isolated, pharmaceutically produced, de-natured supplements in the market in these important ways:
✔ Improved absorption over synthetic human-made vitamins and minerals
✔ Food–forms have lower elimination from the body - as seen in slower urine excretion rates
✔ They are more biologically active, as many vitamins are in the active co-enzyme form
Omega-3 oils cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet for optimal health. Thus they are considered Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Omega-3s are essential to allow the body to moderate inflammation, a factor in most diseases. Sub-optimal levels of EFA are very common and up to 85% of people are deficient. Because omega-3 deficiency is so common, inflammation is also very common, thus, as scores of studies show, most people would benefit from a selection of Omega-3 supplements.
Many integrative practitioners believe that good health starts in the gut. Certainly digestive complaints are all too common. Probiotics, the beneficial intestinal bacteria, are necessary for good digestion and elimination. They are also very supportive of immune health, as they block unwanted pathogens that otherwise easily invade and colonize the gut. Another feature is their production of some vitamins and many enzymes to aid good assimilation of nutrients. Several allergies and intolerances can be minimized. With a probiotic, we find so many common digestive and immune problems are resolved that we consider it a "core supplement". See our Probiotic section.
With these we target issues such as hormonal fluctuations, poor immunity, painful joints, intestinal repair, detoxification, fatigue, stress and sleep issues, and so on.
The majority of these nutraceuticals are plant derived; herbal medicines that are essentially "superfoods". Certain superfoods are excellent sources of antioxidants and other protective phytonutrients. Others products function through a more particular biochemistry pathway that safely enhances human cellular function. In our Targeted Relief section, you will find we have a selection of concentrated, standardized herbs, amino acids, and some specific vitamins, minerals, along with superfoods that are well-researched to target common health issues.