Nutritional Therapy

This type of therapy involves the use of nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids etc for the purpose of assisting your body.

There is a myriad of supplements in the market today and the inexperienced layperson would find it very confusing to confidently choose an appropriate supplement.

There is more to Nutritional Therapy though that extends far beyond the usage of generic brands/combinations and the marketing hype that sometimes accompanies some of these brands. Let’s have a look at a simple example:
A particular combination of nutrients for example advertises the fact that the tablets contain a total of 32 different ingredients/nutrients. This may be used as an advertising gimmick to sell the product on the hypothesis that it is greatly beneficial due to the sheer number of ingredients.

Prescription of a supplement is evaluated on a number of levels:

• The purity of its contents. Fish that is caught in deep ocean used for fish oil would be superior to mass produced farmed fish for example. It is also important to know that fish oil (including the encapsulated forms) can be measured for contents of heavy metals such as lead and mercury, dioxins and other pollutants.
• The potency(strength) of each ingredient.
• The existence of co-nutrients that make the supplement more absorbable to your body.
• The form of each ingredient – Magnesium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulphate, Magnesium Orotate, etc etc. Another example is vitamin C, which may contain Calcium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Bioflavonoids, Rutin, Hesperidin, all with different absorption rates and therapeutic effects.
• The actual combination and what it is targeted to achieve.
• The dosage – Different supplements require different dosages as well as different conditions call for variable dosages of these. In addition to this, one may be targeting to achieve a therapeutic effect in a short period of time, or achieve maintenance dosage for a more prolonged time.
• Individuality – every person is an individual and may require different dosages depending on their condition, the duration and severity of the condition, as well as their capacity to absorb, height, weight and constitution.
• We can see for this short and simplified process that no supplement, despite any claims being made, would be suitable for the whole of Australia, disregarding all the above criteria. The use and prescription of supplements should not be an over the counter discussion but a careful expert analysis of requirements of an individual, matched to the best available supplement available, or where required, the practitioner combining single supplements together for best results.
• In addition to the above, a practitioner would require to monitor and evaluate progress and make the necessary adjustments at appropriate intervals to ensure effectiveness at all times throughout any treatment. An over the counter “consultation” has its obvious disadvantages, suffice it to say that practitioners have no loyalty to any single brand of products.

How can nutrients help me?
People often ask this question, in their quest to better understand the benefits of vitamins and other nutrients and understand how they can benefit our health.

Here is a simplified example:

Tyrosine, an amino acid, is required by the body for manufacture of the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) dopamine and nonadrenaline. These control motivation, memory, mood and concentration. Tyrosine, prescribed correctly as we indicated before in this article, may assist in memory and mental performance during stressful conditions.

However, this is only one example of the benefits of this particular supplement. Other uses can be as follows:
Tyrosine may possess life extension possibilities (due to its ability to raise the Norepinephrine:Serotonin ratio which is speculated to increase human life span)

Tyrosine may normalize Blood Pressure in some people with low blood pressure.

Tyrosine (1,500 mg per day) may increase Energy levels in some Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients (by increasing the Brain’s production of Norepinephrine).

Tyrosine may facilitate weight loss in persons who are afflicted with Obesity (please note – only when obesity is due to hypothyroidism). The underlying mechanism for this effect is Tyrosine’s role in the production of thyroid hormones.
It may be useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (Alzheimer’s Disease patients frequently exhibit lowered levels of Dopamine and Norepinephrine; Tyrosine may help to restore normal levels of these Neurotransmitters)
Tyrosine may alleviate anxiety and its depletion may result in apathy.

At the appropriate dosage it may be useful in the treatment of some cases of Attention of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (due to its ability to improve Dopamine metabolism).

It may increase alertness, due to its as a precursor for the production of norepineprhrine.

These are examples of the benefits of this supplement as an example only and the list is certainly not exhaustive. This may assist you to better understand the specialisation required to successfully utilise nutritional substances.

If you want to avail yourself to this natural and effective therapy, in conjunction with other therapies we offer, just ring Centre of Health today and arrange for an appointment.