Vitamin Junkeys

Supplements 101 Ep 20


Supplements 101

Vitamin Junkeys Episode #20 (running time 5:33)

Date: October 7, 2008

Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of the Podshow Music Network

Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.) 

This episode examines:

What are supplements?

Why do our bodies need supplements?

How do you know what supplements to take?

How do you pick a good supplement?


What's Dr. JJ taking today: Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10)    

Coenzyme Q10 is anti aging, good for your heart and is an anti-oxidant that has anti-cancer properties.

What are supplements?   

Supplements, also called nutraceuticals, are natural based products that have a therapeutic action.  Some examples are:  Glucosamine  sulphate

which many people take to help with joint issues, 

Amino acid supplements are specific proteins and each of them have their own therapeutic actions

Coenzyme Q10

Essential Fatty Acids

This is a group of products that are not considered a vitamin, mineral or herb.

Why do our bodies need supplements?

Some supplements have a therapeutic action.  For instance, the supplement Glucosamine  sulphate is very good for people with Osteoarthritis, where people who have strains or common injuries. In conjunction with exercise, it can help alleviate joint pain.

Other supplements help prevent disease.  Coenzyme Q10's anti-oxidant properties help prevent cancer and Fish oils are good at preventing heart disease.

How do you know what supplements to take?

You should see a naturopathic doctor before taking supplements, to know which supplements would address any health concerns you may have.  The best supplements to take will vary from person to person. For instance if a patient were to see Dr. JJ with eczema and dry skin issues, fish oils would be a skin supplement he would recommend.  

Fish oils and CoQ10 are two of the top ten supplements that are commonly recommended for preventing health issues.  Other supplements are recommended to address very specific issues ranging from male infertility to mild depression.

How do you pick a good supplement?

It is a little overwhelming when you go to the health food store and see a wall of options to consider.  It is best to see a naturopath (ND) who will help guide you on what is best for you to take for your personal health, plus an ND can recommend a good brand.  Sometimes some of Dr. JJ's patients will bring in a shopping bag full of products they have bought, and they are taking things that they don't really need to be taking.  Seeing a naturopath can help you focus on what's right for you!

To find a naturopathic doctor in your community, click on the Find a Practitioner link!


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