I’ll be honest; Once upon a time, I believed that the vitamin industry was not regulated by the FDA and these snake oil salesmen could put whatever they wanted into their product. That is completely false today. Not only is the narrative of the Wild West vitamin salesperson false, there is a reporting system for adverse effects of vitamins (Safety Reporting Portal), just the same as there is for vaccines (VAERS). I hope no one has to use either reporting system. I do my best to give quality individual advice, which I find is supported by the medical interviewing experience which is necessary to understand your individual needs which I have gained from my experience in insurance and personal training.
For example, Ashwagandha is a very interesting evergreen plant from the Middle East and Africa, primarily used for stress reduction. It could lower blood pressure and help reduce neural inflammation. The supplement can also increase the amount of thyroid hormone produced, or DHEA, or testosterone. It is believed to be a potential aborifacent (despite being used historically to prevent miscarriages), which may be at very high doses. Either way, a pregnant person should not take a something that hasn't gone through enough study to prove one way or another. I feel the same for someone on anti-hypertensive medication, immunosuppressants, or diabetes medication. If any of those conditions were present, I would ask that the individual speaks to a doctor first, just to make sure that the supplement in combination with medication wouldn’t cause too much of a good thing, especially since CTFO has managed to make a protein supplement with Sensoril Ashwagandha, which is more potent than what is typically available on the market and backed now by twelve clinical studies.
I have also seen concerns about over supplementation simply from taking a multivitamin. “I’ll have cancerous free radicals flowing through my body from over supplementation,” scream some people with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other. When someone is engaging like that, their lack of knowledge and lack of willingness to honestly look at their own life is fairly clear. Free radicals are caused by oxidative stress to the body, whether by smoking, drinking alcohol, eating preservatives in processed meat and the easy to access and store high glycemic index carbohydrates (yum, fast food), or cooking on a high heat with oils with a low smoke point. Thankfully, our body has a system of getting rid of these dangerous unpaired electrons by pairing them with electrons from antioxidants.
Antioxidants come from a wide variety of sources - typically berries. Super7 - which I take - has a combination of acai, goji, cranberry, blueberry, mangosteen, amalaki, and pomegranate. I’m quite happy to have a wide variety as opposed to just having blueberries in my smoothie because not every anti-oxidant will pair will every free radical. A non-Ashwagandha supplemented whey protein powder I have actually supports the glutathione system, which is a naturally produced antioxidant which appears to help with recovery from some fatty liver diseases. Some studies have also found it to be of benefit for reducing tremors, fighting autoimmune problems, and reducing the symptoms of diabetes and respiratory illness.
In general, supplementation raises a few questions. Do I need it if I have a balanced diet that doesn’t produce the free radicals which encourage cancer, early aging, diabetes, or heart disease? This is a question about the bioavailability of the nutrients in the supplement in question, and about your diet as a whole. Just because someone is eating a lot of vegetables does not automatically mean that they are getting all the vitamins necessary. Vitamins like B12, K2, and A can be difficult to find, especially in the recommended doses as one grows more wizened. Any dietary changes, which should occur under the guidance of a doctor or registered dietician (which I am not).
Sometimes people think that bioavailability is always improved in the natural form. This is not always true. Spinach is a great source of iron and calcium, but it produces oxalates, which bind with those minerals and make it difficult for your body to absorb them. This can be overcome with a supplementation of vitamin C. Vitamins A and D are fat soluble and as such require some fat in the diet to be properly utilized. Vitamin manufacturers take these difficulties into account when figuring out what percent of the recommended daily intake should be included in a supplement. CTFO has a patented 10xPure delivery system of molecular dissociation which improves the vitamins potency, reaction, and absorption, thereby improving your health.
If you see anything that makes you curious and wish to learn more, please do reach out. My goal in every day is to make the lives of the people I touch better. If I could do anything to improve your physical health, nutritional health, or financial health, my day was used well. All I can do is provide a free consultation and hope that people change their lives before it is changed for them at some time in the future via a catastrophe like heart disease (650,000 per annum), cancer (600,000 per annum), a simple accident (173,000 per annum), or chronic respiratory illness (150,000 per annum).