At BodySymmetry MD, we recommend nutraceuticals to all of our patients. These are also known as non-prescription, pharmaceutical-grade supplements and we prefer these to overpriced, mid-grade vitamins sold by supplement retailers and pharmacies across the country.
Although nutraceuticals are not governed by the FDA, non-prescription goods may be analyzed by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, which assesses purity according to strict instructions. In fact, to become considered pharmaceutical-grade, supplements must include more than 99% of their active ingredient without compounds, binders or colors. These are the standards BodySymmetry MD uses to select nutraceuticals for our patients.
SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR NUTRACEUTICALS WE RECOMMEND FOR OUR PATIENTS INCLUDE:
- Appetite suppressants
- Carb ‘blockers’
- High-dose fat burners
- Post-workout/recovery amino acids
- Powdered pre-workout/energy drinks
- Pure whey protein shakes/meal replacements
- Sleep aids
- Supplements to aid in water loss (natural diuretics)
- Supplements to curb sweet cravings
- Vitamin energy boosters
Just like our weight loss and anti-aging programs, our nutraceutical recommendations vary based on each of our patients’ individual goals and health history.
A list of our nutraceuticals include:
Core Restore 7 Day Kit
DHEA 25 mg
EstroDIM For Women
Ortho Biotic 100
Prostatrol Forte For Men
Vitamin D 5,000 IU
Stress is defined as any disturbance that can trigger the body’s stress response such as: extreme cold or heat, psychological stress, sleep deprivation, work overload, physical trauma, toxic exposure, etc. Adapten-All contains a blend of key micronutrients and adaptogenic botanicals specifically formulated to strengthen the body’s stress response and support healthy energy levels. Adapten-All also provides a unique blend of “stress adapting botanicals” which help increase the body’s resistance to fatigue and maintain balanced cortisol and DHEA levels.
Stress is defined as any disturbance that can trigger the body’s stress response such as: extreme cold or heat, psychological stress, sleep deprivation, work overload, physical trauma, toxic exposure, etc. Adren-All contains a blend of key micronutrients, adaptogenic botanicals and adrenal concentrate specifically formulated to strengthen the body’s stress response and support healthy energy levels. This powerful formulation helps support the body’s resistance to fatigue and aids in maintaining balanced cortisol and DHEA levels.
Stress is defined as any disturbance that can trigger the body’s stress response such as: extreme cold or heat, psychological stress, sleep deprivation, work overload, physical trauma, toxic exposure, etc. The body’s stress response system is composed of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Prolonged stress triggers the HPA axis and consists of three stages: stage 1: alarm; stage 2: resistance; and stage 3: exhaustion.
The initial and short-lived phase, the alarm phase, is the body’s normal fight-or-flight response to danger which is characterized by elevated cortisol levels. The next phase, the resistance phase, allows the body to continue buffering extended stress exposure, long after the initial fight-or-flight response has dissipated. Hormones released by the adrenals, such as cortisol and DHEA, help support the ‘resistance’ reaction. However, extended periods of stress not only burden the system, creating an imbalance in cortisol and DHEA production, but can result in mental and physical fatigue, nervous tension, irritability and poor memory-all of which are characteristic of stage 3, exhaustion.
AdreneVive provides a unique blend of botanicals and nutrients that support the stress response, particularly promoting cortisol balance during the initial alarm phase. This includes a blend of adaptogenic botanicals and nutrients specifically formulated to counteract the effects of daily stress and support healthy energy levels. AdreneVive provides a unique blend of “stress adapting botanicals” which help increase the body’s resistance to fatigue while helping to maintain balanced cortisol and DHEA levels.
Optimizing cardiovascular health is a leading concern for many adults and maintaining balanced cholesterol levels are an important part of that process. Though cholesterol can be consumed through food, circulating cholesterol levels are primarily produced and controlled by the liver using the rate control enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase (HMGCR). Because of its pronounced role in cholesterol synthesis, inhibiting HMGCR has become a primary target of many traditional therapies. Numerous clinical trials have shown the specific BPF found in Bergamot BPF works at the level of the liver to help maintain and support healthy cholesterol levels and preserve coronary arteries by maintaining normal inflammatory balance.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin most widely known for its role in supporting immune health. It provides potent antioxidant protection, as it helps combat cellular damage from free radicals caused by oxidative stress, and protects your overall health. Vitamin C also boosts the function of immune cells and is a key nutrient in the synthesis of collagen. Buffered C Capsules are balanced with calcium, magnesium and potassium to gently deliver high-concentration vitamin C to reduce the potential of gastrointestinal upset.
Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that regulate mood, memory, sleep cycle and daily stress. Adequate neurotransmitter production depends on an adequate supply of amino acids, vitamins and minerals in the diet. Cerenity is a comprehensive formula designed to address daily stress by increasing the production of the calming neurotransmitters serotonin and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA). Cerenity also includes key ingredients that quickly increase the production of alpha brain waves resulting in a relaxed and effortless state of alertness.
Stress placed on coronary arteries as a result of normal cardiac function is an expected part of the aging process. According to several studies, this stress can lead to disruptions in arterial function, proliferation of vascular smooth muscle, decreases in circulating nitric oxide (NO) levels and eventually vasocontraction of key coronary arteries. CitraNOX provides a blend of targeted nutrients designed to help dampen this stress by maintaining normal inflammatory balance, balancing NO levels, maintaining smooth muscle integrity and optimizing vasodilation of key coronary arteries.
Core Restore is a strategic system designed to safely enhance and promote the primary pathways of detoxification in the liver. The Core Restore kit provides three active formulas, Core Support, Alpha Base and PhytoCore, which function synergistically to support Phase I and Phase II pathways of liver detoxification. This helps neutralize environmental pollutants, hormone disruptors, unhealthy estrogen metabolites, xenoestrogens (synthetic compounds that imitate estrogen) and other harmful toxins. This powerful trio of specialized formulas provides essential micronutrients, phytonutrients and a source of easily digested, low-allergen protein that purifies the liver and fuels optimal biotransformation.
The Core Restore kit is an easy-to-follow, 7 or 14-day program, complete with an in-depth Patient Handbook, designed to reduce the incoming burden of toxins and help restore optimal health.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone precursor, which helps maintain healthy hormone levels and supports the stress response system. DHEA functions as the counterpart to the stress hormone cortisol. Maintaining healthy DHEA levels is crucial for balancing the catabolic effects of cortisol. Each capsule provides 25 mg of DHEA derived from wild yam, allowing for incremental oral supplementation and flexibility with numerous hormone-balancing and stress-fighting protocols.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone precursor, which helps maintain healthy hormone levels and supports the stress response system. DHEA functions as the counterpart to the stress hormone cortisol. Maintaining healthy DHEA levels is crucial for balancing the catabolic effects of cortisol. Each capsule provides 5 mg of DHEA derived from wild yam, allowing for incremental oral supplementation and flexibility with numerous hormone-balancing and stress-fighting protocols.
Estrogen collectively refers to the female hormones estradiol, estrone and estriol. Hormones have important functions and are the chemical messengers that interact with cells all over the body, especially in those tissues that are more sensitive such as breast and prostate tissues. The most important message hormones deliver to cells is to grow, divide and multiply. For this reason, hormones are critically important in human development and tissue repair. Supporting proper estrogen synthesis, metabolism and detoxification is essential for proper hormonal balance.
By keeping hormones in balance and ensuring the body is able to process hormones properly, cruciferous vegetable metabolites work together to reduce hormone overload and maintain cellular health. Current data on metabolites Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and diindolylmethane (DIM) suggests that these vegetable metabolites have strong potential for supporting breast, cervical, uterine and prostate health. I3C is a naturally occurring compound derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. With this in mind, EstroDIM includes targeted doses of both I3C and DIM in one capsule per day to make daily balancing of hormones easy and convenient.
EstroDIM is a targeted supplement that combines the synergistic benefits of the cruciferous vegetable metabolites I3C and DIM to support proper estrogen metabolism. Formulating I3C and DIM together creates the ideal combination of beneficial metabolites that work together to support estrogen balance, breast and prostate health.
GlycemaCORE is a drink mix formula that supports blood sugar balance already within normal levels, strengthens cardiovascular health, supports healthy body weight and metabolism, promotes a feeling of fullness and reduces cravings. GlycemaCore is designed to assist in promoting healthy blood sugar levels by helping manage the spike in blood sugar and insulin levels after a meal, leading to less fatigue. GlycemaCORE provides fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, lipoic acid, chromium vanadyl sulfate, with no added sugar.
Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s immune response and is triggered to protect the body and maintain normal tissue repair. Acute inflammation is the body’s initial response to harmful stimuli in which plasma and immune cells are relocated from the blood into injured tissues. This movement is followed by a cascade of biochemical events which advance the normal inflammatory response. When inflammation is prolonged, it leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue. It is essential to maintain normal inflammatory balance to achieve optimal health.
InflammaCORE is an advanced nutritional formula built to address immune challenges, maintain normal inflammatory balance and strengthen gastrointestinal barrier function. InflammaCORE helps boost immune function by providing key nutrients for cell replication and increases antioxidant protection.
The body’s cells and organ systems depend on an adequate supply of energy to function optimally. The mitochondria, known as the powerhouse of the cell, contain nutrients and enzymes that are important for cellular energy metabolism, including those that convert food to usable energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP functions as the key source of energy for all cells. In order to increase mitochondrial output, there must be adequate fuel supply for combustion and abundant antioxidants to scavenge free radical by-products. Preserving our energy reserves and increasing energy output is a critical part of maintaining optimal health.
There are many things that can drain energy reserves. Lack of sleep, too much stress, poor nutrition and prescription medications can draw on our energy reserves, using them up faster than they can be replenished. Even the vital biologic systems we rely on to maintain health can create an energy deficit that needs to be restored.
MitoCORE is scientifically formulated, based on published research, to boost mitochondrial reserves and jump-start cellular energy production. MitoCORE includes the powerful antioxidant trio of alpha lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine and acetyl L-carnitine shown to increase energy production and at the same time, recharge the primary cellular antioxidant pools of vitamin E, C and glutathione. MitoCORE also includes key micronutrients and phytonutrients including green tea, broccoli seed extract and resveratrol to protect the mitochondria and continually renew the cycle of energy production.
Going beyond the threshold of traditional probiotic support, high-dose probiotics influence gut health and immunity in ways lower-dose probiotics cannot. Shown to activate over 1,700 genes involved in immune and inflammatory signaling, high-dose probiotics improve immune function, maintain a healthy gut-immune barrier, and maintain normal inflammatory balance. Each Ortho Biotic® 100 capsule provides six proven probiotic strains chosen for their ability to survive the harsh GI environment to deliver superior results.
Pregnenolone is a pro-hormone that is synthesized in the brain and adrenals, but also located in the liver, skin, brain, testicles, ovaries and retina. As a biochemical precursor to DHEA and progesterone, pregnenolone helps to keep a normal balance between these hormones in the body and as a result, helps to modulate the cortisol-driven stress response system, support nerve cell growth and modulate mood. Specifically, when a high-stress lifestyle pushes the stress response system into overdrive, the rise in cortisol can ultimately cause the depletion of pregnenolone and a reduced availability of DHEA and progesterone.
Pregnenolone plays a key role in hormonal balance as a key precursor to cortisol, DHEA and progesterone and helps to maintain balance in the body’s stress response system. In addition, pregnenolone has been shown to support a balanced mood and promote cognitive health by modulating the transmission of messages between neurons, influencing learning and memory processes. Since there is strong evidence that pregnenolone levels diminish with advancing age, restoring these levels may also help support overall brain function and sense of well-being. Each capsule of the Pregnenolone formula includes 10 mg of pregnenolone in a scored, quick-dissolve tablet, allowing for incremental dosing as needed.
Going beyond the threshold of traditional probiotic support, high-dose probiotics influence gut health and immunity in ways lower-dose probiotics cannot. Shown to activate over 1,700 genes involved in immune and inflammatory signaling, high-dose probiotics support a healthy, balanced immune response. Delivering 225 billion active probiotic cultures per packet, Probiotic 225 creates a rapid response to reset the immune system and maintain normal inflammatory balance. Each convenient, single serving packet provides six proven strains chosen for their ability to survive the harsh GI environment and deliver superior results.
Prostate enlargement can affect several factors of men’s health including urinary flow and overall prostate health. Testosterone, its potent metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrogen are hormones that affect the prostate gland. Testosterone is converted into estrogen via the enzyme aromatase. Aromatase levels increase as men age, resulting in a subsequent decline in testosterone levels and increased estrogen production. Testosterone is also converted to its more potent form, DHT, via the enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase. The combination of increased estrogen levels along with elevated DHT is thought to be a key factor in enlargement of the prostate gland. Natural aromatase inhibitors and botanicals that prevent increased DHT and estrogen levels are included in Prostatrol Forte to help support healthy urinary flow, hormone metabolism and overall prostate health.
Prostatrol Forte provides herbs and trace minerals that work in synergy to support healthy prostate function. Saw palmetto extract, nettles root extract and pygeum bark extract each support prostate health in unique ways and work together to support healthy urinary flow, urination frequency and maintain a balanced cycle of inflammation in the prostate.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral important to many functions of human health, including maintaining cellular metabolism and gene expression. Zinc is critical to a diverse group of physiological processes, such as immune function, insulin signaling, tissue repair, vision and neuro-transmission. It is second only to iron in worldwide incidence of deficiency, impacting 2 billion people in developing nations. Due to the wide range of functions regulated by zinc, having a deficiency or even a marginal deficiency, can have serious health implications.
Zinc is fundamental to the activity of over 100 enzymes and supports immune function, protein synthesis, tissue growth, DNA synthesis and cell division. During pregnancy, infancy and childhood, the body needs zinc for proper growth and development. Zinc also helps tissue repair and is important for adequate functioning of the senses of taste and smell. Daily intake of zinc is necessary to maintain adequate levels within the body because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.
Reacted Zinc provides 54 mg of highly-absorbed zinc, ideally formulated using the amino acid chelate form of zinc (zinc glycinate) for enhanced absorption, optimal utilization and gastrointestinal comfort. Supplementing the right form of zinc is key to maintaining healthy levels within the body and compliance to a supplement regimen. Zinc plays a crucial role in boosting immune function, maintaining healthy tissue growth and increasing the antioxidant reserves that protect the body from free radical damage.
Silymarin is a flavonoid compound derived from milk thistle that supports liver function and enhances detoxification pathways. It is also used to support the gallbladder, kidneys and spleen. Silymarin prevents the depletion of the intracellular antioxidant, glutathione, within liver cells, which enhances detoxification and protects cells from free radical activity.
Due to its variety of functions, the Silymarin Forte formula makes a potent addition to any liver support and detoxification program. Silymarin has a well-established safety profile and a long history of medicinal use. The Silymarin Forte formula includes 200 mg of milk thistle per capsule, standardized to 80% silymarin.
Thyrotain is a comprehensive formulation that provides a blend of nutrients and botanicals working in synergy to support thyroid health. Thyrotain includes L-tyrosine and iodine, which make up the backbone of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The addition of zinc, selenium, vitamin A and the botanical guggulipid, activate enzymes that enhance the conversion of T4 into the active thyroid hormone T3. Vitamin A and zinc also help improve cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormones. Turmeric (The Complete Turmeric Matrix), along with the antioxidants vitamin C and E and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), provide a powerful combination of antioxidants that boost thyroid health by reducing free radical stress.
Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin, a group of fat-soluble pro-hormones that are best known for the role they play in supporting bone health and aiding in the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the gastrointestinal tract; however, a growing body of research highlights its important role in supporting other body systems, including cardiovascular and blood sugar balance. This vitamin also plays a role in increasing musculoskeletal strength, neurological function and immune function enabled by its ability to target over 200 different genes throughout the body. At the same time, deficiency and insufficiency of this important nutrient has reached epidemic proportions around the world, making the achievement of optimal levels extremely important to overall health.
Known as the sunshine vitamin, one of the key roles of vitamin D is maintaining serum calcium and phosphorous balance. The body makes vitamin D by converting vitamin D2 to D3, or cholecalciferol, when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 is also the form which the body derives from dietary cholesterol. While vitamin D is available in both forms as supplements, studies have found vitamin D3 is the preferable form, as it has been found to maintain active vitamin D levels for a longer period of time.
The vitamin D formula is delivered as D3 (cholecalciferol) for optimal use by the body and is available in 1,000 and 5,000 IU capsules to meet a variety of individual needs.