Supplements and Medication for Your Unique Healthcare Needs
Dr. Gonzalez, the medical staff, and all the employees at Urban Health work every day to facilitate healthier lives for everyone in the communities we serve. For over twenty years, Urban Health has designed its primary care practice to fit better the complicated lives of today’s “on-the-go” individual while preserving traditional elements for those individuals who can now afford a more leisurely pace of life.
We balance medicine, wellness, and technology to help patients attain the healthiest life possible
With the awareness of potential side effects from synthetic, prescription medications, dietary supplements have seen a vast increase. Correct supplementation can help cover nutritional gaps in your diet and address specific imbalances within the body.
As many manufacturers sell a supplement labeled with the same ingredients, trusted brands are offering pharmaceutical grade supplements, which are used by healthcare professionals. These high-quality brands offer pure ingredients, free of fillers, additives, contaminants, and are guaranteed to contain the ingredients listed on the labels, and are considered to be pharmaceutical grade supplements.
The FDA regulates supplements as food products. They are not as well scrutinized for their efficacy before they go onto the store shelves. There are no required clinical trials as there are with prescription medication, which allows manufacturers to add fillers and unwanted materials.
Dangers of generic brand supplements.
Common supplements found at the grocery store contain unlisted fillers, contaminants, different compounds than are listed, and over 60% of store-brand supplements have incorrect labeling. Studies have proved that the use of untrusted supplements can be ineffective and potentially dangerous.
Low Intake of Vitamins and Minerals is Associated With Disease Risks
Providing patients with these supplements can impact disease control. You can get many vitamins from the food you eat, but many people don’t eat the necessary foods or the correct amount, so they become deficient in some areas of their diet.
Dietary deficiencies are more common than you might believe, a reason why vitamins and supplements are some of the most common products used by consumers.
Statistics show the most frequent group of people in need of vitamins and supplements are non-Hispanic African American women. This group often presents with low levels of vitamin D. Women aged 20 to 39, the childbearing age group, have lower iodine levels than any other age group. Mexican- American and non-Hispanic African American women are two times more likely to have low levels of iron than non-Hispanic Caucasian women.
Nutritional Supplements and The Immune System.
The immune system is essential for survival and has critical functions that protect the human body. It guards against damage, disease, and infection, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses in the environment.
It recognizes and destroys abnormal cells. Certain factors influence the immune system, including medical conditions, chronic stress, and lack of sleep, as well as agents like steroids, immunosuppressants used to treat autoimmune disorders, immune-mediated disease, and conditions in transplant patients.
The immune system can be affected by the aging process. There is a link between immunity and nutrition in elderly patients who tend to eat less, have less variety in their diets, and experience loss of appetite, which is often caused by some medications and their medical conditions.
Undernourishment and nutritional deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E can affect the immune system response. Immune-boosting supplements may contain one or more of the vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, as well as trace elements of zinc and selenium.
Some may contain Echinacea, ginger, and other herbal ingredients for immune enhancement. Other products for immune support include prebiotics and probiotics. Some may contain colostrum, rich in antibodies and immunoglobulins A and E, that can provide immune-modulating benefits.
A healthy diet is the best way to maintain a strong immune system, but nutritional supplements are a great way to ensure that dietary needs are met. Before your primary care provider recommends any supplements, they will screen for possible contraindications and drug-nutrient interactions.
Patients should always be encouraged to use the products as directed. Patients will be cautioned about taking mega doses of vitamins, to read all the labels, and understand what is written on them.
Sleep Supplements may Help You Get A Good Night of Sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone in our body that helps us rest at night. It is well known that melatonin supplements can help treat sleep disorders, such as delayed sleep phase, and allow some relief from insomnia and jet lag. There are also many vitamins and amino acids that can be a factor in getting a good night’s sleep.
One amino acid called L-Tryptophan comes from plant and animal sources. This amino acid is considered essential because your body doesn’t produce it.
When you consume this amino acid, your body absorbs it and turns it into a serotonin hormone. This hormone plays a crucial role in brain function and mood, so this can be extremely helpful to your sleep patterns.
Valerian root is another common sleep supplement that can help with sleep disorders. This herbal supplement has proven to be helpful to many when it comes to quality sleep. Ensuring that your product is coming from a safe and reliable pharmaceutical brand is particularly important.
Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements are Important for your wellbeing
Dietary and nutritional supplementation is an effective means to assist with a balance between traditional medicine and health supplements. All pure pharmaceutical grade supplements are produced free from dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, nuts, and other common allergens.
Production equipment isn’t shared with food processing machines, nor produced in the same facility with other Allergan’s.
Pharmaceutical grade supplements are not in the local health food store, vitamin shop, or grocery store. Most health care professionals, such as your primary care physician, commonly prescribe these to their patients.
Contact Us For More Information About Vitamins and Supplements
At Urban Health, we have an inventory of pharmaceutical-grade supplements that our doctors will consult you on at your visit. These supplements are needed to help you achieve and maintain a healthy balance.
The ultra-pure formulas help ensure that patients are not being exposed to unwanted toxins, fillers, and other unwanted ingredients.
Be sure to discuss the value of adding these supplements to your health regimen on your next visit to Urban Health. You can have a better chance to improve your health, and having better health is likely to improve your life in many ways, such as increased energy levels, better physical mobility, balance, general mood, and self-confidence. Call and schedule a visit at (352) 394-5535.