Nutraceuticals

If you’re not feeling your best, it’s important to explore whether your body has the building blocks and fuel it needs.

Your body is more than a stomach. It’s more than an endocrine system. It’s more than a network of veins and nerves. Your body is a complex choreography of interconnected organs, molecules, and chemicals working together. When one component declines or breaks down – as happens with age – it affects all the others. A doctor-directed, nutraceutical program can work in conjunction with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, diet, and exercise to enhance and support your optimal health.

What are nutraceuticals?

Even with a good diet or over-the-counter supplements, you could still be deficient in critical ingredients your body needs to function at its best. Hormones, liver, and blood sugar all depend on the right amounts and availability of specific vitamins and minerals to work properly. Nutraceuticals are prescription supplements (think “pharmaceutical nutrition”). These super supplements are prescribed to quickly restore your body’s diminishing stores of vitamins and minerals and support the optimal function of your body’s many systems and functions.

Who should try nutraceuticals?

Using nutraceuticals is a great way to be proactive about your health and support your other lifestyle-enhancing treatments and choices. If you’re in your 30s or 40s, you can benefit from an evaluation of your body’s existing stores of nutrients and take corrective action before deficiencies cause long-term damage or chronic disease. If you’re in your 50s, 60s, and beyond, you might find nutraceuticals to be particularly helpful with improving your eyesight, digestion, joint pain, and other medical conditions.

How do I find out what kind of nutraceuticals I need?

We’ll do a nutritional evaluation for deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, cofactors, amino acids, fatty acids, pancreatic enzymes and gut bacteria. We may also do a toxin screening and then tailor treatment to specific needs. We use Genova Diagnostics and their testing services.

How are nutraceuticals different from vitamin supplements?

Vitamin supplements are made with food-grade ingredients that may or may not be transparent in how they were sourced, grown, or processed. By contrast, nutraceuticals are made with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients guaranteed to be tested for safety, purity, and quality. Nutraceuticals are more bioavailable —more easily absorbed and utilized by your body— than supplements. Nutraceuticals are also more concentrated. Because of their potency, they are only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Can I combine nutraceuticals with other treatments at Northwest Lifestyle Health?

Yes! Nutraceuticals are a great partner to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies. Remember, your body is a complex system; the more support you provide to multiple parts of the system, the better —and faster— your results will be.

Call our Vancouver, Washington office today to schedule your free consultation to see if nutraceuticals are a good fit for your lifestyle and wellness goals. 360-953-2773