Weight Loss nutritional supplements for patients with chronic pain

Nutritional Supplements

Nutrition

Successful weight loss is best complimented by a customized nutrition plan based on your individual needs. Ensuring a daily dose of heart-healthy vitamins, getting your metabolism in balance and ensuring you have all the nutrients necessary will help build the energy you need to transform your body and mind during your weight loss journey.

Policosanol (or polycosanol) is a natural extract of plant waxes (a mixture of alcohols isolated from Cuban sugarcane wax) It is used as a supplement to lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and increase HDL cholesterol (“good” or “healthy” cholesterol), and to help reduce atherosclerosis.  It also decreases the stickiness of particles in the blood known as platelets, which might help reduce blood clots, and may have a significant blood thinning effect when combined with garlic extract.

 

Alpha-lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid regenerates other antioxidants.  Antioxidants neutralize “free radicals,” which are waste products that can damage cells in the body.  Most antioxidants work only in water (such as vitamin C) or fatty tissues (such as vitamin E), but alpha-lipoic acid is both fat- and water-soluble, working throughout the body, by regenerating other antioxidants and make them active again.

Alpha-lipoic acid has been used for years to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and diabetes-related condition called autonomic neuropathy such as cardiac autonomic neuropathy.  There is also evidence to support improved insulin sensitivity.

 

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is one of 8 B vitamins, which help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), and also help the body use fats and protein.  Fatigue is one of the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve cells, and it helps in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material. Vitamin B12 also works closely with vitamin B9, also called folate or folic acid, to help make red blood cells and to help iron work better in the body. Folate and B12 work together to produce S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a compound involved in immune function and mood.

Vitamins B12, B6, and B9 work together to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine are associated with heart disease.

 

Green Tea

Green tea extract is an herbal derivative from green tea leaves, which contain potent antioxidants called catechins, which are 20 times stronger than the antioxidants contained in Vitamin C and Vitamin E.  In addition there are caffeine like substances, which increase metabolic rate, amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, and trace elements (including chromium, manganese, selenium and zinc).   Additionally, Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or EGCG), which is an important compound found in green tea reduces lipid absorption.  It should be noted that caffeine, independent of its effect on metabolism, is also a cathartic agent and serves to reduce transit time and nutrient absorption in the colon.

 

Garlic Extract

Garlic is rich in antioxidants, which help destroy free radicals — particles that can damage cell membranes and DNA, and may contribute to the aging process.  Garlic may reduce heart disease, by slowing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and lowering blood pressure, between 7% and 8%. Garlic also seems to be an anticoagulant, meaning it acts as a blood-thinner, which may also help prevent heart attacks and strokes, and works in conjunction with polycosanol.