MSM (Organic Sulfur) Sulfur originates from the ocean and is supplied to our environment by the rain cycle. Greenhouse growing, irrigation, synthetic agricultural chemicals, under ripe harvesting and excessive processing of our foods have all contributed to a sulfur deficient population. Without sulfur a healthy cell cannot form. Sulfur is the fourth most abundant element in our body. It is essential for cell membrane permeability. A permeable cell membrane is essential for nutrient delivery and waste removal. Therefore, we find it so essential in any nutrition strategy. When adequate sulfur is supplied to the body’s cells, it can absorb nutrients and cleanse waste more efficiently. Sulfur is also an essential structural mineral, important for the healthy production and flexibility of skin, hair, nails, bones, and connective tissue. It is very common to experience a reduction in inflammation or pain when taking adequate MSM. The key with MSM is dosage and format. MSM works best in powdered form when combined with Vitamin C rich botanicals and the trace mineral molybdenum. Molybdenum and Vitamin C enhance the body’s ability to metabolize and utilize MSM optimally. We have seen old problematic injuries start to re-heal, calcium deposits dissolve, and chronic pain dissipate quickly with larger dosages of 1-2 Tablespoons per day.
Iodine Can you think of someone you know of who has to take thyroid medication or has a known thyroid issue such as hypothyroidism? It is all too common and quite disturbing why there is not more done for prevention. Your thyroid is like an engine that runs on iodine. It needs to stay topped off or it will sputter and eventually stop running. Iodine deficiency has been linked to so many health problems we would have to write a separate article just to detail it. Researchers have found that your thyroid can hold up to 50 mg of iodine! New research is recommending up to 12.5 mg per day which is over 80 times the RDA. In addition, we are being exposed to the toxic halogens which deplete iodine (the nutrient halogen) from the body such as bromide, chlorine, and fluoride. Iodine is very important for intelligence, brain development, immune function, hormone balance, energy and metabolism. Look for an iodine supplement that contains free form iodine and iodide with an ideal dosage of 1000-2000 mcg per serving.
Magnesium Most of us have got the message about the prevalent deficiency of this important mineral. Magnesium is used for over 350 cellular processes. A deficiency of this mineral can manifest into many health challenges. Magnesium is unique in that it is necessary for energy production at a cellular level, but also proper sleep and relaxation. Magnesium is used by the body to absorb vitamin D, relax muscles, balance commonly high calcium levels, ensure neurological health, hormone production, and heart function. We strongly recommend avoiding all supplements with calcium even if they contain magnesium unless they are organically sourced from plants. High magnesium containing foods are raw cacao, pumpkin seeds, garbanzo beans, wheat germ, and dark leafy greens. However, most people are in such a deficient state they should consider trans-dermal magnesium therapy to raise their levels quickly. Magnesium Oil or Gel is now available and can have profound effects due to its high absorption through the skin where it directly absorbs into the blood and lymph.
Omega 3 The dry weight of our brain is 70% fat. The majority of these fats are Omega 3 in the form of DHA and EPA. DHA is more abundant in the brain and eyes where EPA is more concentrated in the heart and joints. DHA and EPA are the forms that the body uses and should be focused on when looking for dietary sources. There are many plant sources of Omega 3, such as flax seed, but they are in the form of ALA which needs to be converted by the body. The conversion of ALA has been shown to be highly variable and inefficient amongst studied individuals. Food sources of EPA and DHA include cold water fish, grass fed and finished beef, and pastured egg yolks. Due to the high omega 6 fat intake like canola, sunflower, and soybean oil in our modern diet, our bodies need larger doses of omega 3 to assist in the ideal ratio. This is best accomplished by adding a DHA/EPA supplement to your diet. A sustainable source made from algae is now available. Algae is the origin of DHA and EPA found in fish as it is drawn up the food chain. With the concerns of overfishing and pollution of our oceans it is a great option. Look for an Algae oil with antioxidants like astaxanthin for better stability and inflammation support in the body.
Vitamin D3 and K2 Most people know the importance of this vitamins D by now, but did you know that it is actually a hormone? Vitamin D plays an essential role in balancing estrogen due to its androgen supporting qualities. Studies are showing it supports healthy testosterone levels which is essential to counteract the abundance of toxic estrogen mimicking compounds signaling mutated cell growth in humans. These androgen qualities of Vitamin D are responsible for not only making our bones stronger, but our muscles too. There are over 1000 other bodily functions dependent on Vitamin D too long a list to go into but know that it is vital down to the health of our DNA. Dosage is very important to understand. Vitamin D testing has revealed that even high sun exposure people are deficient. Look for a Vitamin D3 supplement in liquid form and consider a dosage between 5,000IU and 20,000IU depending on current level and health condition. A Vitamin D test from your doctor will reveal a number in ng/ml and they generally don't emphasize supplementing if your level is above a 30. The ideal level is between 50-70 with more research pointing to even higher numbers than that. Vitamin K is a group of fat-soluble Vitamins. Vitamin K1 is abundant in a variety of foods, mainly green vegetables like kale and spinach. Vitamin K1 is used only in the body for proper blood clotting. Vitamin K2 is much more important and often lacking in American populations. Vitamin K2 is essential for the proper utilization of calcium which can severely impact the integrity of bone and teeth. Vitamin K2 is also used by the body to keep calcium where it should
not be, such as soft tissues like our kidneys or blood vessels. Studies are also showing a correlation between many types of cancer and Vitamin K and D deficiency. Vitamin K2 is also essential for healthy blood sugar by supporting insulin sensitivity and production. When you take Vitamin D, you are signaling an increased demand for K2. D3 and K2 both go to work to modulate calcium in our body. I recommend the most researched and effective form known as MK- 7 which is naturally derived from fermented chickpeas.