NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

A. VITAMINS

Vitamin A & Beta-carotene.

Anti-oxidants. Usually 5-10,000 i.u daily. Sometimes higher doses are recommended. During early pregnancy, doses of more than 10.000 i.u daily are not recommended (very low risk of teratogenicity for the foetus during the first 3 months).Vitamins and minerals from foods

 Vitamin B1 B2 B6 – Multivitamins

A high potency Vitamin B Complex is recommended with Vitamin B1 B2 & B6 present as 30-50 mg each. Vitamin B2 makes the urine strong yellow. Vitamin B6 may have a mild stimulating effect and is better avoided at night. A good high potency multivitamin/mineral preparation will contain these amounts as well as other essential nutrients – but the space in a capsule is limited. Conditions they can help: PMS, pregnancy, chronic fatigue, Mg absorption, skin & hair, psychological health.

Vitamin B12 & Folic acid

Apart from the prevention of pernicious anaemia, these vitamins are essential in the welfare of the nervous system in patients with MS, chronic fatigue, prevention of spina bifida pre-conceptually and in reducing levels of homocysteine (and risk of coronary artery disease). Usual doses: B12 50-200mcg daily; Folic acid 4-10 mg daily.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

Powerful anti-oxidant. Usual dose 0.5-2 gr daily. Patients with cancer or cardio-vascular disease may have to take much larger doses than this. In doses above 4-5 gr daily it might cause some gastric acidity. High doses may reduce the effect of the Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation (EPD).

Vitamin D

Important nutrient, whose conversion to vitamin D3, by exposure of the body to sunlight, is critical in enabling dietary calcium to be absorbed and keeping the bones healthy. In many countries with below average yearly sunlight, as the UK, this is a well recognised problem, especially affecting the elderly & those confined at home. The test is available in NHS hospital laboratories.

Vitamin E

Powerful antioxidant. Its value in reducing the risk of cancer and cardio-vascular disease has been well documented. Usual dose: 200-400 i.u twice daily.Vitamins and minerals from foods

Co-enzyme Q10

Important vitamin in every cell. A powerful antioxidant. Mainly used in the prevention of cancer, nutritional treatment of hypertension & heart failure. Dose: 30-1000 mg daily.

B. MINERALS

Unlike vitamins the body does not manufacture these trace elements, which have to be obtained from food.

Calcium

A vital nutrient for every cell. Ordinary “omnivorous” diets are high in calcium

but its effective absorption depends on the regular conversion of vitamin D to D3, with the assistance of sunlight. People on dairy-free diets, post-menopausal women and the elderly, with higher risk of osteoporosis may have extra needs. Its good balance with magnesium & potassium is essential. Common dose: 500-1,000mg daily. A bone densitometry for those over 50 years can determine the risk of osteoporosis and helps to make appropriate nutritional adjustments.

Chromium

Essential for a optimal insulin/carbohydrate balance. It can accelerate weight loss and stabilise brittle diabetes by reducing fluctuating levels of insulin. Usual dose: 50-1,000mcg.

Iron

A common deficiency, resulting from blood loss (menstruation) or poor dietary intake (vegan diets). Iron deficiencies are more common in pregnancy and babies. Common dose: 200-600 mg daily of an appropriate iron-compound.

Magnesium

A very common deficiency in the western world, often remaining undiagnosed, common in chronic fatigue, aching spine & muscles, cramps, nervous problems and some neurological conditions. Many people with allergies, irritable bowel, eczema & asthma have low intra-cellular Mg. Most hospital laboratories test only the serum Mg, which is often normal. Dose: 150-300mg daily. Note: Supplements are available in the form of compounds, which can be misleading check that the “elemental”, the neat Mg, available in a preparation is the correct one.Vitamins and minerals supplements

Potassium

Important co-factor in the absorption of Mg and the optimal function of the cell. Patients on diuretics frequently suffer with low potassium. Good source of potassium is Lo-salt and bananas.

Zinc

Important co-factor in the absorption of other nutrients (Mg), the welfare of hair, skin and nails and a robust immune system. Repeated doses of Zn, taken during the first 24-48 hours of a cold, will abort it in 4 out of 5 people. Unlike the rest of nutrients, its absorption is best if taken on its own, away from food. Dose: 15-50 mg daily.

Selenium

Important antioxidant, complementing other nutrients with similar properties, the prevention of cancer & heart disease. Dose: 100-200 mcg daily.

Other minerals – Manganese – Molybdenum – Copper

Information on these minerals will be offered if these are considered necessary for you.

 

C. ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

Omega 3 – (Fish Oils, Flaxseed Oil & Linseed Oil)

Have a major role in the prevention & treatment of coronary heart disease, heart failure, reduction of cholesterol and arthritis. Caution, if on anti-coagulants. Linseed oil is preferable in fish-intolerant patients. Dose: 1-6 grams daily.

Omega 6 – (GLA, Evening Primrose Oil)

These fatty acids influence the integrity of the membrane of the nerve- and brain-cell in MS and hyperactivity, the lubrication of the skin in atopic eczema and several female problems including PMS, toxaemia of pregnancy and menopause. Caution, if suffering with some types of epilepsy. Dose 1-6 gr daily.

D. AMINO-ACIDS

Several amino-acids have been found to have therapeutic properties, whilst some others have been associated with some detrimental effects, if taken in large quantities.

E. MISCELLANEOUS

Glutathione S peroxidase: a powerful substance, which is part of the body’s own detoxification system.

Probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus, salivarius, ramnosus, thermophilus etc.

Beneficial bacteria, which are known to reduce the risk of fungal overgrowth in the intestine, decrease the phenomenon of increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and indirectly influence symptoms associated with food intolerance. Dose for adults: 4-10 billion daily.

 F. ADDITIONAL NOTES

 1. Nutritional supplements may take some weeks to show a positive effect. They often assist the absorption of other nutrients.

2. Most nutrients are best absorbed with/after meals with the exemption of zinc, which should be taken, if possible, on its own, on an empty stomach

3. Tests of one’s levels of minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids is always preferable; Please ask for details

4. Some nutrients can be recommended, at the specialist’s discretion

5. It is not advisable to discontinue nutritional supplements or there may be a relapse of some of your symptoms – this usually takes more than just a few days

6. Nutritional supplements are sometimes offered for their therapeutic/user-friendly properties, not just to correct a deficiency

7. Various nutrients can be obtained from health food shops & manufacturers. At our clinics, they are sold at discounted prices – we pass to our patients the manufacturers’ discount.

8. Most good manufacturers offer supplements free of yeast, wheat, maize, sugar or gelatine.

9. Those patients with food allergies should be careful to avoid the alternatives.

10. People with severe chemical sensitivities (MCS) often find that they react to oral supplements. In this case, we recommend, the use of high potency, purified multi-nutrient intravenous infusions or “pushes”

11. Absorption of nutrients from food is likely to improve, when conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract abate, following good dietary management or desensitisation.

 

G. PRECAUTIONS

  •   Vitamin A should not be taken in doses above 7,500 i.u daily, in case of possible pregnancy or conception
  • Vitamin B in high doses may cause stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhoea. Vitamin B6 over 200mg daily may cause some numbness of the extremities and should be reduced to doses less than 30mg during pregnancy
  • Vitamin C should not be taken during pregnancy, in doses greater than 1,000 mg, as it can cause rare problems with the newborn
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Fish oil & Linseed oil can interact with Warfarin and should be kept to low doses if one is on anti-coagulants; Evening primrose should be avoided in the presence of major epilepsy (Grand Mal)

Allergy Desensitisation (EPD) may be affected by certain supplements (mainly high doses of vitamin C & essential fatty acids). If you are treated with these injections, please read carefully your information sheet to ensure that your treatment is not affected.

H. INTRAVENOUS INFUSIONS (DRIPS) AND “PUSHES” (BY INJECTION)

 Intravenous use of nutritional supplements is recommended:

 a) When a person cannot tolerate oral supplements, such as vitamins and minerals (as is the case with those suffering with severe chemical sensitivity and electro-hypersensitivity)

b) when high potency nutrients can help a specific health problem such as chronic pain, severe fatigue and other neuro-muscular syndromes

c) for age related weakness – severe fatigue and/or cognitive impairment affecting the elderly

d) For nutritional support, alongside courses of chemotherapy and when chemotherapy is no longer an option (high doses of vitamin C infusions)

We have been using “high potency purified intravenous nutrients since the mid 1990’s with very positive results.

The administration of these infusions (drips) at home is now possible, using a nationwide network of professionally qualified nurses, who can administer such drips safely.