Dr. Wilder’s Favorite Things
Patients, staff and friends often ask me how I approach my own health. Well, I practice what I preach by tackling my health proactively. In addition to diet and exercise, the use of supplements lends a hand.
Let’s face it, our modern day schedules do often expose us to poor nutritional choices, toxins, etc. which can often deprive us of vital nutrients and compromise your systems. This can impact your energy and stress levels, your immune system, digestive health and more.
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite supplements to consider as part of either a proactive regime or as tools in your rejuvenation arsenal.
-Dr. Susan Wilder
If you take only one supplement, consider the Metagenics Phytomulti - a superb multivitamin with an excellent antioxidant ORAC value. A good balance of quality nutrients helps us buffer the assaults of environmental toxicity, stress, and suboptimal diets. Phytomulti also contains concentrated phytonutrients (including resveratrol, EGCG, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin) which support immune defenses against cancer and our DNA-repairing telomeres (anti-aging at the genetic level).
Fatigue is the top diagnosis in family medicine. B-vitamins are heart and soul of our energy pathways and metabolism. If deficient in these nutrients, many important body processes are impaired. Those with high stress or taking acid blockers are at particular risk of deficiency and oral B-complex supplements are poorly absorbed. Taking B-vitamins under the tongue (sublingually) is like getting a little IV B-complex every morning. I wouldn’t start my day without it.
Vitamin D is critically important nutrient for immune health, bones and muscles, brain and cognitive function, heart health, and even possibly prevention of some cancers. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that impacts over 2000 genes and body processes. Rarely do we see an ideal vitamin D serum level in our patients. Use of sunblock and stomach acid blockers also reduce vitamin D absorption. Vitamin D is difficult to get from foods so most of us require added supplements.
Pharmax Fish Oil
I guarantee every Functional Medicine practitioner takes fish oil (omega 3 fats) personally because of its numerous health benefits. It is my #1 go to supplement for controlling triglycerides and inflammation – the root cause of many chronic diseases. Those with osteoarthritis, heart disease risk, high risk for dementia, attention deficit, depression, or autoimmune disorders ought to consider fish oil. Fish oil is associated with reduced all-cause mortality 16-23% and reduced cardiovascular mortality 24-32%. I know of few pharmaceuticals with comparable numbers.
Kavinace and Kavinace Ultra PM
Helping patients overcome mood disorders is one of the most gratifying aspects of our whole health approach. For those with anxiety, irritability, or insomnia, Kavinace is my all-time favorite supplement for support of GABA, our brain’s “smooth jazz” neurochemical. Kavinace contains Phenibut, a building block for GABA allowing very gentle GABA support without the sedation, addiction and mortality risks of many of our far more potent anxiety and sleep medications. For your safety, any medicines of supplements for mood disorder should be used only under the guidance of a physician.
Kavinace Ultra PM
UltraInflamX360 Plus Tropical Mango Flavor
Inflammation is the root of most chronic disease processes including cardiovascular disease, dementia, arthritis, macular degeneration, and autoimmune disorders (such as Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative colitis). UltraInflamX is a robust medical food with nutrients (including rutin, curcuminoids, quercetin, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric) that support detoxification, healthy gut lining, reduction of free radicals and other inflammatory mediators. I strongly recommend anyone with inflammatory issues or high markers of inflammation (CRP, sed rate), consider trying UltraInflamX along with a stress-management, periodontal care, and anti-inflammatory diet.
Metagenics Wellness Essentials Healthy Balance
Abnormal blood sugar and insulin resistance are EPIDEMIC affecting 68 million Americans and even 25% of our teens! We rarely see ideal fasting blood sugar (60-80) anymore and insulin accelerates aging. Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (cluster of high blood sugar, central obesity, high blood pressure, low HDL good cholesterol, high triglycerides) literally steal life and limb but are completely reversible if we tackle the root causes (obesity, sedentary habits, sleep apnea, stress, lousy diets, and nutrient deficiencies). Metagenics Wellness Essentials Healthy Balance is a once-daily supplement packet containing a full spectrum of nutrients to support healthy insulin function and blood sugar: Phytomulti (my favorite multivitamin), 2 high potency fish oil, plus MetaLipoate and MetaGlycemX (combination of nutrients specifically supportive of insulin function and healthy lipids.)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US and largely preventable. 99% of us have at least one cardiovascular risk factor and 60% have coronary artery disease by age 40! Biotics VasculoSirt is a comprehensive nutrient supplement that supports a healthy cardiovascular system and healthy cholesterol profiles. Anyone who already has established cardiovascular disease (any atherosclerotic plaque anywhere) or at high risk of same should consider this supplement or the Metagenics Wellnes Essentials Healthy Balance (if blood sugar also abnormal) or Ultrameal Plus 360 medical food if you’d rather do a daily shake than take a bunch of capsules.
Environmental toxins from plastics, hair and cosmetic products, pesticides, additives and preservatives are now ubiquitous and may be accelerating many of our chronic disease processes including cancer risk, cardiovascular disease, hormone disruptions, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and inflammation. Avoidance is always the best strategy but literally impossible as these toxins are so widespread. Therefore detoxification strategies are periodically helpful to boost our bodies clearance of messy build-up. A comprehensive array of nutrients is needed to support all phases of detoxification in the liver, GI tract, skin, and kidneys.