In nutritional supplementation, “one size” does not “fit all.” We all have different bodies, different diets, different health conditions and different medications. A unique dynamic occurs between the tissues and nutrients in your body that result in your individual biochemical needs. Your supplements should be as unique as you. Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D. in Atlanta, GA offers a customized supplementation program based on an in-depth analysis of your current supplements and history as well as laboratory testing (link to nutritional testing — ION profile) with formulation of a program with the right ingredients in the right dosages – just for you.
Not only are your needs unique, they’re often changing. Most obviously, this is because you are changing. Perhaps you develop a new health condition, or your diet changes, or you start taking a new or different prescription medication, or maybe it’s merely that you’re getting older. Over time, your needs are certain to change. For this reason it is also important to re-evaluate your needs on a regular basis.
Prescription Medications Can Change Supplement Needs
In some cases, your prescription medications will cause you to need more of certain nutrients. This is because medications may deplete your body of some important nutrients. They do this by interfering with nutrient absorption or with their metabolism, storage, transport or use by cells. For example, estrogen replacement therapy can cause depletions of vitamin C, zinc, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-2, magnesium, and calcium. Also, the use of statin (cholesterol) drugs severely depletes CoQ10.
In other cases, your prescription medications will mandate taking lower levels of certain nutrients. One reason: too-high levels of some supplements can cause your medication not to function properly, which could be dangerous. Another reason: excessive levels of certain supplements may negatively interact with your medications, exacerbating their negative side effects.
Scientific knowledge is always evolving, leading us to view certain supplements differently. For example, synthetic beta-carotene was long considered perfectly safe, but research revealed that it was carcinogenic for smokers. And CoQ10 has become much more popular, as more has been learned about its cardiovascular benefits. It is necessary to constantly investigate scientific literature and change supplement protocols to keep up to date.
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All supplements can be purchased through our center. We strive to find companies that produce pharmaceutical-grade supplements that are made without wheat, egg, corn, salt, sugar, yeast, lactose, or hydrogenated oils. We search for companies that assure you are getting the highest quality ingredients available, formulated and manufactured to exacting standards that meet the most stringent designation of pharmaceutical standards.
A customized supplement program is the best way to ensure that you’re matching your supplement needs.
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like more information about customized supplements call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!