Activated B Vitamins in HepataClear

Recently I introduced my new supplement Hepataclear, a liver detoxification powder with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to help support optimal liver function. Something that separates Hepataclear from other protein powders is the presence of activated B vitamins . Over the last few days patients keep asking me what does it mean to have activated b vitamins? So I thought I would take some time to explain.

Normally in cheaper/lower quality vitamins you have forms of B vitamins that need to be converted to their active/biological/usable forms. The main three that I focus on are vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and Folate. In supplements these can come in many forms and the three that I try to avoid are pyridoxine hcl (vitamin B6), cyanocobalamin (vitamin b12), and folic acid (folate). Please take some time to go look in your cabinet at your supplements to see what you are taking.

These lower quality forms are often used because they are cheaper and have a longer shelf life. As far as scientist are concerned they are equal because under ideal conditions they are converted by specialized enzymes in your body to their active forms;  Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate (activated vitamin B6), methylcobalamin/hydroxycobalamin/adenosylcobalamin (activated vitamin B12), and methyltetrahydrofolate (activated folate). Unfortunately we are finding out that a large portion of the population does not convert these cheaper vitamins as well as we thought and even worse they can cause health issues. 

To avoid unconverted vitamins I just avoid the cheap ones all together and focus on providing my patients with quality B vitamins. This way your body is actually getting what it can readily use without having to go through multiple step conversions. Protein powders just about always have folic acid and cyanocobalamin so I am glad to be able to provide patients with a healthy alternative. If you have a protein powder with these un-natural forms of B vitamins and want better option then consider Hepataclear.

Dr. Morgan’s Cold Prevention Protocol

Cold, Flu, Mushrooms, Beta Glucans

Cold, Flu, Mushrooms, Beta Glucans

Patients often want to know what I do to stay healthy during Michigan’s cold and flu season. Well honestly it’s not much. I always stick with the basics of washing my hands, limiting my exposure to sick people, and making sure my vitamin D levels are optimal. Although these methods go a long way I still have a couple more that I use. Both of these supplements help get rid of viral infections. The first one is for when I am sick while the other I take for cold and flu prevention. First up when I am sick I take monolauric acid in the form of Lauricidin. I’ve been using Lauricidin since medical school to combat viruses. Because it interferes with viruses ability to replicate it needs to be dosed frequently throughout the day.

Otherwise, to prevent colds from occurring in the first place my favorite approach is to stimulate my immune system. Traditionally different plants have been used to do this but there’s a better option…. mushrooms. The cell walls of mushrooms contain beta glucans. There are 3 forms primarily used for medicinal purposes. They are 1,3 beta glucan, 1,4 beta glucan, and 1,6 beta glucan. All three can stimulate your immune system to help it fight viruses (including HPV, HSV-1, HSV-2, and etc.) and cancer. Which one works best depends on your individual biochemistry so I take a supplement with all 3 in high levels. The formula is called Immune Builder by Mushroom Science. This simple approach has been very effective to help keep me working at full capacity.

Click on either picture above for information on where to purchase these supplements.

Which probiotic is best for me?

best probiotic to improve digestive health

My patients know that I’m not very big on probiotics. Not because I don’t think they work but because you can’t trump a poor diet by taking a probiotic. That’s because you have literally tens of trillions of gut bacteria and your probiotic consists of tens of billions. Plus your diet determines what those tens of trillions of bacteria have to eat so as long as you’re eating the wrong foods then your but bacteria will continue to give you problems. Also you have way more biodiversity in your gut than can be offered in a capsule. Meaning that some probiotics have 20 or even 30 strains of bacteria which is great but it’s not nearly the number of strains you need. Depending on your antibiotic use in the past and the diversity of your diet you might only have a couple hundred strains of bacteria. Having 8 or 900 strains is healthier. With that said weekly I am asked what’s the best probiotic for me?

Breast Health From a Naturopathic Perspective

BREAST HEALTH FROM A NATUROPATHIC PERSPECTIVE

Free Seminar on Saturday, October 22nd,

3:00 pm at the Frandor Better Health Market

 

How familiar are you with your breasts? How do you know when it’s time to see the doctor? Do you know how to perform a breast self-exam and if so, are you actually performing them? Dr. Nicolas Morgan will share with you ways to make sure you detect changes in breast tissue as soon as possible and some of the little known chronic conditions that can be associated with an ill-fitting bra.

To reserve your spot go to The Better Health Store Events.