Consumer Health Alerts

This free public service from Nutritional Frontiers helps keep you informed and up to date on living a healthful life. Collected from local and national health experts, these educational announcements cover topics ranging from basic guidelines to the latest breakthroughs and discoveries. Search through the topics below for past alerts, and check back often for the latest information.

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CHA Calcium
CHA Antibiotics
CHA Aspirin and Stroke
CHA BP
CHA CoQ10
CHA Drugs and Nutrient Depletion
CHA Food Allergies
CHA JAMA Multi
CHA Over The Counter Pain Meds
CHA Protein Comparison
CHA Pure and Potent
CHA Soy Intake
CHA Sweeteners
CHA Vitamin D Deficiency
CHA What's in a Multi
CHA Whey Ins and Outs
CHA Whey Page


 

Drugs and Nutrient Depletion

Do the Prescriptions You Take Deplete Your Nutritional Status?

Drug

Nutrient

Deficiency

Potential Health

Problems

ANTACIDS/ULCER MEDICATIONS

Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac, Prevacid, Prilosec, Magnesium & Alumium antacids

Vitamin B12

Folic Acid

Vitamin D

Calcium

Iron

Zinc

Anemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular risk

Birth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, heart disease, cancer riskOsteoporosis, muscle weakness, hearing loss

Osteoporosis, heart and blood pressure irregularities, tooth decayAnemia, weakness, fatigue, hair loss, brittle nailsWeak immunity, wound healing, sense/ taste, sexual dysfunction

ANTIBIOTICS

Gentomycin, neomycin, streptomycin,cephalosporins, penicillins

 

 

 

 

Tetracyclines

B Vitamins

Vitamin K

 

 

 

 

 

Calcium 

Magnesium

Iron

Vitamin B6

Zinc

Short term depletion affects are minimal, but failure to re-inoculate the GI tract with beneficial bacteria (probiotics) often results in dysbiosis which cause gas, bloating, decreases digestion & absorption of nutrients, and may also lead to a variety of other health problems.

 

 

 

 

 

Osteoporosis, heart & blood pressure irregularities, tooth decayCardiovascular problems asthma, osteoporosis, cramps, PMSSlow wound healing, fatigue, anemiaDepression, sleep, disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease riskWeak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunction

CHOLESTEROL DRUGS

Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, and others

Coenzyme Q10

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy 

ANTI-DEPRESSANTS

Adapin, Aventyl, Elavil, Pamelor,& others

 

 

Major Tranquilizers (Thorazinem, Mellaril, Prolixin, Serentil & others

Coenzyme Q10

Vitamin B2

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energyProblems with skin, eyes, mucous membranes and nerves

FEMALE HORMONES

Estrogen/Hormone ReplacementOral Contraceptives

Vitamin B6

Folic Acid

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Vitamin C

Magnesium

Selenium

Zinc

Depression, sleep disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease riskBirth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, cardiovascular diseaseDepression, irritability, memory loss, muscle weakness, edemaProblems with skin, eyes, mucous membranes and nervesCracked, scaly skin, swollen tongue, diarrheaDepression, sleep disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease riskAnemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular riskLowered immune system, easy bruising, poor wound healingCardiovascular problems, asthma, osteoporosis, cramps, PMSLower immunity, reduced antioxidant protectionWeak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunction

ANTICONVULSANTS

Phenobarbital & barbiturates

 

Dilatin, Tegretol, MysolineDepakane/Depacon

Vitamin D

Calcium

Folic Acid

Biotin

Carnitine

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B1

Vitamin K

Copper

Selenium

Zinc

Osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hearing loss

Osteoporosis, heart & blood pressure irregularities, tooth decayBirth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, cardiovascular disease

Hair loss, depression, cardiac irregularities, dermatis

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energyAnemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular risk

Depression, irritability, memory loss, muscle weakness, edemaBlood coagulation, skeletal problemsAnemia, fatigue, cardiovascular and connective tissue problemsLower immunity, reduced antioxidant protectionWeak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunction

ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

Corticosteriods: Prednisone, Medrol, Aristocort, Decodron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSAIDS (Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Anaprox, Dolobid, Feldenem Naprosyn and others

 

Aspirin & Salicylates

Calcium

Vitamin D

Magnesium

Zinc

Vitamin C

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Folic Acid

Selenium

Chromium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folic Acid 

 

 

Vitamin C

Calcium

Folic Acid

Iron

Vitamin B5

Osteoporosis, heart & blood pressure irregularities, tooth decay

Osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hearing loss 

Cardiovascular problems asthma, osteoporosis, cramps, PMSWeak immunity, wound healing, sense/ taste, sexual dysfunction

Lowered immunity, easy bruising, poor wound healing Depression, sleep, distrubances, increased cardiovascular disease risk

Anemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular risk

Birth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, cardiovascular disease

Lower immunity, reduced antioxidant protection

Elevated blood sugar, cholesterol & triglycerides, diabetes risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, cardiovascular disease

 

 

Lowered immune system, easy bruising, poor wound healing

Osteoporosis, heart & blood pressure irregularities, tooth decay

Birth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, cardiovascular diseaseAnemia, weakness, fatigue, hair loss, brittle nailsFatigue, listlessness, and possible problems with skin, lover, and nerves

DIURETICS

Loop Diuretics (Lasix, Burnex, Edecrin) Thiazid Diuretics (HCTZ, Enduron, Diuril, Lozol, Zaroxolyn, Hygroton and others)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potassium Sparing Diuretics

Calcium

Magnesium

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B6

Vitamin C

Zinc

Coenzyme Q10

Potassium

Sodium 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calcium

Folic Acid

Zinc

Osteoporosis, heart & blood pressure irregularities, tooth decay

Cardiovascular problems asthma, osteoporosis, cramps, PMS

Depression, irritability, memory loss, muscle weakness, edema

Depression, sleep disturbances, increased heart disease risk

Lowered immune system, easy bruising, poor wound healing

Weak immunity, wound healing, sense/ taste, sexual dysfunction

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy

Irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, fatigue, edema

Muscle weakness, dehydration, memory problems, loss of appetite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osteoporosis, heart & blood pressure irregularities, tooth decayBirth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, cardiovascular diseaseWeak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunction

CARDIOVASCULAR DRUGS

Antihypertensives (Catapres, Aldomet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACE Inhibitors (Capoten, Vasotec, Monopril & others)

 

Beta Blockers (Inderal, Corgard, Lopressor and others

Coenzyme Q10

Vitamin B6

Zinc

Vitamin B1

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

 

 

Coenzyme Q10

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy

Depression, sleep disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease risk

Weak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunctionDepression, sleep disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunction

 

 

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy

DIABETIC DRUGS

Metaformin

 

 

 

 

 

Sulfonylureas (Dymelor, Tolinase, Micronase/Glynase/DiaBeta)

Coenzyme Q10Vitamin B12Folic Acid

 

 

 

 

 

Coenzyme Q10

 

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energyAnemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular risk

Birth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, heart disease, cancer risk

 

 

 

 

 

Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy

ANTIVIRAL AGENTS

Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT & otherrelated drugs)

 

Foscarnet

Carnitine

Copper

Zinc

Vitamin B12

Calcium

Magnesium

Potassium

Increased blood lipids, abnormal liver function and glucose controlAnemia, fatigue, cardiovascular and connective tissue problemsWeak immunity, wound healing, sense of smell/taste, sexual dysfunctionAnemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular riskOsteoporosis, heart and blood pressure irregularities, tooth decayCardiovascular problems, asthma, osteoporosis, cramps, PMSIrregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, fatigue, edema




Vitamin D Deficiency

Many people are concerned about vitamin D these days. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that the body produces when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light (specifically UVB) from the sun. The skin, the liver, and the kidneys are all involved in vitamin D production. Vitamin D3, also called cholecalciferol, is made in the skin when a cholesterol based compound in our body called 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with ultraviolet light. Cholecalciferol, whether made in the skin from sun exposure or ingested as a supplement, is then turned into 25-hydroxycholecalciferol by the liver. This substance is then bound to a protein in the blood and carried to the kidneys, where it forms calcitriol (also called 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol). Calcitriol binds to vitamin D receptors in the body and mediates the physiological actions of vitamin D. If your doctor orders a blood test to check your vitamin D levels, you will likely see several of these names on the blood test results. The most important one to look at clinically is 25-hydroxy vitamin D, sometimes called “25(OH)D.”

The ideal reference range for vitamin D blood tests is debated in the medical community. The Vitamin D Council proposes an optimal reference range of 25(OH)D of 50-80 ng/mL (125-200 nmol/L). This is higher than the typical laboratory value of 30 ng/mL (70 nmol/L), which the Vitamin D Council considers to be outdated and not reflective of the latest research on vitamin D deficiency. If your blood test shows that you are deficient in vitamin D and you start to take a supplement, you should get your 25(OH)D levels retested every few months to assess the adequacy of your dosing regimen.

Vitamin D deficiency can be prevalent in certain populations, geographical locations, and is also noticed in several disease states. Since sun exposure is necessary for endogenous (‘within the body’) vitamin D production, sunscreen can reduce the ability of the body to synthesize vitamin D from sun exposure. This occurs only when the sunscreen is applied liberally and frequently, though. More and more people are avoiding sun exposure due to fears of skin cancer or depletion of the ozone layer. Also, many people work indoors during the day and in that way do not get as much sun exposure as necessary for vitamin D production. Combine these elements with living in a northern latitude where adequate sun exposure is limited to a few months of the year and you are left with many people who would likely benefit from vitamin D supplementation.

 






Many diseases are associated with low vitamin D status, including the following:

  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • High blood pressure
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Autism
  • IBS
  • Cancer of the colon, breast, ovaries, cervix, uterus, esophagus, bladder
  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Vitiligo
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diabetes
  • Syndrome X/Metabolic syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Pancreatitis
  • SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • Parkinson’s
  • And so on…

Two forms of vitamin D can be found in nutritional supplements: D2 and D3. Vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, mirrors the type of vitamin D naturally produced by the body. Vitamin D2, also called ergocalciferol, is synthesized when fungi (yeast or mushrooms) are exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun or artificial sources. Some studies show that D2 and D3 are bioequivalent, but other studies show that the body utilizes D3 preferentially.

Nutritional Frontiers Vitamin D Supplements

We offer 3 different products containing a range of vitamin D dosing and delivery method to meet your needs.

  1. D3 10,000 IU- This liquid supplement provides 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 per serving.
  2. D3 1000 IU- This product provides 1000 IU of vitamin D3 per tablet.
  3. D3 5000 IU- This product provides 5000 IU of vitamin D3 per capsule.


 

Aspirin and Stroke

Aspirin is routinely recommended by medical doctors to people who have a high risk of stroke or heart attack to purportedly decrease their risk for these catastrophic cardiovascular events. Stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is disturbed, causing temporary or permanent loss of some brain function.

Aspirin is routinely recommended by medical doctors to people who have a high risk of stroke or heart attack to purportedly decrease their risk for these catastrophic cardiovascular events. Stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is disturbed, causing temporary or permanent loss of some brain function.

Depending on which area of the brain is affected, the stroke survivor may have paralysis, speech problems, visual problems, numbness or other changes in sensation, altered smell, taste or hearing, problems with balance, and numerous other symptoms. A stroke is a medical emergency. It is the leading cause of disability in adults in the USA and Europe; it is the second leading cause of death worldwide.

Strokes can be categorized as either ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is characterized by lack of blood flow to the brain (ischemia) caused by blockage: thrombosis or embolism. Hemorrhagic stroke is the result of leakage of blood in the skull, sometimes associated with high blood pressure. Aspirin interferes with the ability of blood to clot and therefore reduces the risk of ischemic stroke. Blood normally clots at wound sites; clots form a ‘plug’ that stops bleeding. This becomes problematic when someone has atherosclerosis and the blood vessels are narrowed from the buildup of oxidized fatty deposits. If a blood clot forms in an already narrow vessel to the brain or heart, this impedes the flow of life-sustaining blood and can cause a stroke or heart attack. Since aspirin prevents clots from forming as easily, it can therefore lower the risk of ischemic events.

However, aspirin is not a panacea for eliminating stroke risk. Doctors should only be recommending daily aspirin use to patients at high risk of heart attack or ischemic stroke because daily aspirin can actually increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke in older people! According to a study published in the medical journal Lancet Neurology in 2007, researchers in the United Kingdom found that while the incidence of ischemic stroke has decreased over time with use of antithrombotic therapy like aspirin, the incidence of hemorrhagic stroke due to antithrombotic medications in people over age 75 has increased! This suggests that people over age 75 the risks of aspirin outweigh the benefits. In addition to the increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke in the elderly, regular aspirin use can be problematic in all ages due to the increased risk of bleeding, bruising, and stomach ulcers. Furthermore, a new analysis of randomized controlled trials by researchers in the UK concludes that aspirin prophylaxis in people without previous heart disease does not lead to reductions in cardiovascular death or cancer mortality. Furthermore, any benefits (like, reducing non-fatal heart attacks) are offset by adverse bleeding events.

Nutritional Frontiers RAD FREE is a unique synergistic blend of Activin , the most researched grape seed extract, bioflavonoids quercetin and resveratrol.

Nutritional Frontiers offers several formulas that help support normalized blood clotting ability.

Nattokin Plus contains the fibrinolytic enzymes nattokinase and serratiopeptidase as well as rutin, an antioxidant bioflavonoid that may support the structure of blood vessel walls.

Omega 3 fatty acid products also support healthy cardiovascular function, and there are numerous formulas and delivery systems to best meet your needs: Omega E.C., Omega 3D, Omega 3D Liquid, Krill Oil, & Omega Synergy.

Nutritional Frontiers’ Omega 3 fatty acid products also support healthy cardiovascular function, and there are numerous formulas and delivery systems to best meet your needs: Omega E.C., Omega 3D, Omega 3D Liquid, Krill Oil, & Omega Synergy.

Lovelock CE, Molyneux AJ, Rothwell PM; Oxford Vascular Study. Change in incidence and aetiology of intracerebral haemorrhage in Oxfordshire, UK, between 1981 and 2006: a population-based study. Lancet Neurol. 2007 Jun;6(6):487-93.

Seshasai SR, Wijesuriya S, Sivakumaran R. Effect of Aspirin on Vascular and Nonvascular Outcomes: Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Feb 13;172(3):209-16.


 

Purity and Potency

Nutritional Frontiers Purity and Potency: Guaranteed free of gluten, dairy, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and preservatives

Nutritional Frontiers- Quality Products

Nutritional Frontiers offers nutritional and herbal supple•ments that are guaranteed for purity and potency. Nutritional Frontiers prides itself on offering excellent products at reasonable prices to increase patient access to professional quality supplements.

Our supplements are also free from pesticides, herbicides, and solvents. In addition to being competitively priced to help patients achieve a high degree of compliance with their doctors’ treatment plans, all of our products are gluten-free and contain no artificial sweeteners or colors. Certain formulations contain oats and wheat grass. These ingredients are sourced in such a way as to confirm that they too are gluten-free and safe for those with an allergy or intolerance to gluten.

All of our formulas are also dairy-free, with the exception of The Best Whey protein powders which contain pure New Zealand Whey Protein Concentrate. This allows patients with gluten and dairy allergies to confidently use our products without fear of exposure to allergens.

 

 

The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Pain Medications

According to the July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine:

  • 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)•related gastrointestinal (GI) complications (Conservative calculations estimation)
  • At least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.

(The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.” 1)

And again a year later (June 1999) in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine there is a similar statement:

“It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths oc•cur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States. This figure is similar to the number of deaths from the ac•quired immunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than the num•ber of deaths from multiple myeloma, asthma, cervical cancer, or Hodgkin’s disease. If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tab•ulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a “silent epidemic,” with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the•counter NSAIDS.” 2

What these journal articles are stating is shocking. Over 100,000 people are hospitalized for GI bleeding and of those 16,500 die every year. And these values are considered “conservative”. Also the figures only include pre•scription NSAIDs used to treat only arthritis and only in the United States. If prescription and over the counter NSAID-related hospitalizations and death rates were counted for not only arthritis, but for all conditions, and through•out the world, the figures would no doubt be enormous. Taking those figures and applying them over the many years that this class of drug that has been available since the early 1970s and the numbers would be horrific. And yet, no study to date has attempted to quantify these figures. A graph from the same article shows this alarming statistic relative to other causes of deaths.

CONSUMER HealthALERT!

PG2 prostaglandins promote inflammation, platelet aggregation (blood clotting), sodium retention, constriction of blood vessels, pain, and fever. In many respects these are all normal, biological responses to insults like injuries and infections. For example, these functions are vital when a person suffers a wound so that he or she does not bleed to death. However, in excess this class of prostaglandins can be harmful, especially to someone with heart disease.

NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen are non-selective inhibitors of COX enzymes, meaning they inhibit all 3 of the prostaglandin series. This across-the-board reduction in COX activity results in several harmful side effects. Since prostaglandins also protect the lining of the stomach and intestines as well as promote blood clotting, predictably some of the side effects of NSAIDs include damage to the digestive tract, heartburn (reflux), irritation of the stomach lining, peptic ulcers, and excessive bleeding. Another adverse effect of these types of medications is kidney failure.

There is a class of prescription drugs called COX-2 inhibitors which includes Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex (celecoxib), and Mobic (meloxicam). The first two are no longer used in the USA due to dangerous side effects. COX-2 inhibi•tors target only one type of enzyme involved in prostaglandin synthesis, thereby resulting in a reduction of some of the side effects associated with NSAIDs. However, while COX-2 inhibitors do not cause the gastric irritation described above, they are associated with in•creased risk for serious cardiovascular problems like heart attack, stroke and, atrial fibrillation/flutter. Like the other NSAIDs, they also the risk of causing renal failure. Furthermore, even ibuprofen and diclofenac in high doses are associated with increased risk of these cardiovascular problems. Those people at greatest risk of an adverse cardio•vascular event from use of these drugs are those who are age 80 or older, those with prior heart attack, previously existing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid, arthritis, chronic renal disease, and/or COPD.

Natural Pain Relief & Natural Anti-inflammatory agents

Nutritional Frontiers offers several options for relieving inflammation and its effects such as X-Flame,
Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acid formulations, CybZyme, ProbZyme and BetaZyme, and HA Plus.

Select ingredients in X-Flame have been researched and proven to reduce pain and swelling, increase mo•bility, and decrease the need for over-the-counter pain medication. X-Flame contains Kre-Celazine®, DMG HCl, Turmeric, Boswellia serrata, Ginger, Quercetin, Rutin, Luteolin (from Perilla Leaf Extract), and Cay•enne.

Nutritional Frontiers has several Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acid products, including DHA Chews, Krill Oil, Omega 3D and Omega 3D Liquid, Omega E.C., Omega Synergy, and Frontier Flax.

When taken with meals, digestive enzymes provide support for the digestion and absorption of food. When taken between meals, however, digestive enzymes can help reduce inflammation. Nutritional Frontiers offers several digestive enzyme formulations: CybZyme, BetaZyme, and ProbZyme.

HA Plus and HA Plus Liquid are excellent supplements to assist in joint repair and increase joint comfort. HA stands for Hyaluronic acid, which is a substance found through the body especially in cartilage, synovial fluid, skin, and the eye. It supports connective tissue structures. HA Plus also contains Glucosamine sulfate and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) which are well known to support joint health and proper joint function.


 

What’s in your Multivitamin?

A Comparison of Nutritional Frontiers’ Frontier Multi with the top selling retail multi

Multivitamins are an important part of maintaining health. Due to diet variations, soil quality issues, and nutrient depletions caused by medications, disease, stress, and aging, many could benefit from taking a daily multivitamin. Not all multivitamins are the same, however!

There are 3 basic characteristics to look at when evaluating a multivitamin:

  • The forms of the nutrients
  • The dose of the nutrients
  • The other, “extra” ingredients in the multivitamin.

Nutrients are absorbed and utilized by the body in certain forms more easily than others. For example, chelating (attaching) a nutrient to a Kreb’s cycle intermedi•ate often aids absorption. The Kreb’s cycle is a natural part of the body’s metabo•lism, so the body more easily recognizes and breaks down that nutrient.

Calcium citrate, not dicalcium phosphate; magnesium aspartate not magnesium oxide; zinc amino acid chelate not zinc oxide. Frontier Multi contains the for•mer, superior ingredients whereas the top selling retail multi provides the latter, cheaper forms.

Frontier Multi is a complete Multi vita•min/mineral formula that also contains amino acids, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, & enzymes along with a “Whole Food” Powder Base. Veggie Caps make it suit•able for vegetarians and are easier to swallow than large tablets.

  • almost 6 times as much vitamin C & B2
  • more than 3 times as much vitamin E
  • more than twice as much niacin and Mg
  • 4 times as much biotin
  • 12 times as much B5 and B6
  • 33 times as much B12

Additives and Preservatives: Unnecessary

The top selling retail multi and other non-pro•fessional supplement lines contain additives & preservatives like corn starch, talc, crospovidone, hydrogenated oil, food colorings, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, & BHT. These fillers and additives provide NO health benefits!

Vitamins can also be provided in their active forms as opposed to precursor forms:

Nutritional Frontiers’ Frontier Multi provides higher amounts of the following:

Vitamin B12 as cyanocobalamin is not as beneficial as methylcobalamin. Frontier Multi uses methylcobalamin whereas top selling retail multivitamins provide the inferior form.
P-5-P (Pyridoxal 5 phosphate), an activated form of B6, is more utilizable than the precursor form pyridoxine hydrochloride, found in the top selling retail multi.
The top selling retail multi contains the cheaper DL form of vitamin E which is synthet•ic. The body is better able to utilize vitamin E as natural D-alpha tocopherol succinate.
Selenomethionine is preferred to sodium selenate
Cupric sulfate should be avoided! A better choice is amino acid chelates like the
Frontier Multi.

“More” doesn’t always mean “better,” but keep in mind that many of the daily RDA’s are set merely to prevent deficiency rather than to promote optimal health or provide therapeutic levels of nutrients!


 

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are food additives commonly added to packaged, processed foods to make them sweeter. They are particularly prevalent in low-fat or non-fat foods, as well as foods marketed towards people with diabetes. Also called sugar substitutes, artificial sweeteners were designed and synthesized to taste like sugar without having the calories or carbohydrate content of real sugar.

The most common artificial sweeteners in use today in the USA are sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), acesulfame potassium (Nutrinova), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), and neotame (NutraSweet).

Artificial sweeteners were originally chemicals being developed for another purpose when it was discovered that they were sweet. Now, they are prevalent in processed and packaged foods. There is an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) limit for each sweetener, established to help protect consumers from the possible health risks of excessive. While the issue of health risks from artificial sweetener remains hotly debated in the medical community, we feel that it is prudent to limit exposure and to emphasize whole, unprocessed foods and minimal sweets in the diet.

Health Effects of Ingesting Artificial Sweeteners

Saccharin - Several animal studies have shown an increase in bladder cancer from ingestion of saccharine. Human studies have not shown a clear cut increased risk of cancer. However, children and fetuses in particular are at risk for excessive exposure to saccharine beyond the ADI. This could potentially result in increased risk of the toxic effects of saccharin, including bladder distention, elevated urine osmolality and perhaps even bladder cancer.

Aspartame - Agencies in the USA and Europe have recognized aspartame as being safe, with an ADI of 40 mg/kg/day, except for people with a disease called phenylketonuria (also called PKU, this is an inherited disorder usually diagnosed in infancy). One of the main controversies surrounding aspartame is that many of the safety studies performed on this substance were funded by the aspartame industry. Obviously this presents a conflict of interest, as these studies unanimously asserted its safety for human consumption. Some aspartame side effects that are supported by other research include headaches and depression(especially in people with already established mood disorders).

Acesulfame K - Added to many foods, this sweetener has been in use since the 1980’s yet controversy surrounds it since acesulfame K contains a known carcinogen, methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride is associated with mental confusion, headaches, depression, nausea, cancer, liver problems, and kidney problems.

Neotame is similar to aspartame but does not contain phenylalanine, so it is safe for people with PKU. It may carry the same risks as aspartame, and
long term studies by independent researchers have not been conducted.

Health Effects of Ingesting Artificial Sweeteners Continued...

Sucralose - This chemical was discovered while researchers were trying to invent a new insecticide. While it is advertised as being made from sugar (insinuating that it is more “natural”), sucralose is not natural. It is made from sugar that is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide. It is the chloride component of sucralose that is suspected as having the most health risks. Long term studies of the health risks of sucralose are lacking. Some possible side effects may include di•gestive problems, skin irritations, mood swings, wheezing, cough, heart palpitations, and more. Another problem with Splenda is that it actually contains a significant amount of carbohydrates for diabetics. 1 cup of Splenda contains 32 grams of carbs- and ingesting 1 cup of Splenda is entirely plausiabl due to the presence of Splenda in so many different products. Furthermore, there is some evidence that suggests Splenda may reduce good bacteria in the gut and interfere with the absorption of some prescription medications.

Weight gain - Some animal studies and at least one human study have shown clearly that ingestion of artificial sweeteners (particular diet soda) is associated with weight gain and obesity. Some studies do not show weight gain, but neither was weight loss achieved. This is obviously counterproductive to the stated intention of introducing artificial sweeteners into the food supply, since most people using them are seeking low calorie substitutes! The reason behind the lack of weight loss may be that artificial sweeteners could increase sugar cravings.

What to Use
Natural sugar subsititutes are more desirable from a health standpoint, although the less sweetener added to the diet, the better, to help diminish our collective taste for sweets! In particular, people with metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X), diabetes, pre-diabetes, PCOS, obesity, and insulin resistance should minimize or eliminate sugar and sugar substitutes from their diets as much as possible- even natural sugar substitutes.

Natural sugar substitutes include stevia, sorbitol, xylitol, and mannitol. Agave nectar, honey, brown rice syrup, molasses, blackstrap molasses and barley malt syrup are also sweetening agents that are naturally derived rather than synthetic.



The Benefits of Multivitamin Use Substantiated

by Peer Reviewed Journal

Advocates of natural medicine have long known the importance of using nutritional sup•plementation to prevent and treat certain acute and chronic diseases. Consumers who are concerned with their health often take a multivitamin whether or not their healthcare practitioners have advised it. These people intuit that vitamins may provide their bodies with extra support during times of stress or illness, though they may wonder sometimes if it is really “doing any good.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association has corroborated what so many have purported all along, that multivitamin supplementation is beneficial even in the absence of outright extreme deficiency symptoms like scurvy (lack of Vitamin C) or pellagra (lack of Vitamin B3).

Suboptimal Levels vs. Deficiency

Frontier Multi by Nutritional Frontiers is a complete multivitamin and mineral product that also contains antioxidants, bioflavonoids, enzymes, and amino acids in “whole foods complex” base which contains kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, apple, cranberry, and more. Frontier Multi features thera•peutic levels of many nutri•ents along in their most bio-available forms, with no extra excipients.

 

Suboptimal levels of certain nutrients increase risk factors for diseases, even when the patient is not expressing overt deficiency symptoms. To illustrate, elevated blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine are indicative of cardio•vascular risk. Regular intake of Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and/or folate cause homocysteine levels to fall the levels within the normal range. This may have a profound impact on reducing risk of heart attack.

The article, printed in the June 19, 2002 issue of JAMA (Vol. 287, No. 3), as•serts that most Americans do not consume optimal amounts of all vitamins by diet alone. This may be due to dietary choices, such as not eating the recommended 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Other contributing factors to suboptimal nutritional status include methods of food preparation (i.e. excessive or prolonged heat), genetic susceptibilities, alcohol and tobacco use, and changes to soil health by deleterious farming practices.


 

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10, also called CoQ10, is a vital nutrient for the formation of ATP, the basic energy molecule. Found mainly in the mitochondria, CoQ10 plays a role in the electron transport chain and cellular aerobic respiration, generating ATP.
CoQ10 possesses antioxidant activity since it readily gives up electrons. It prevents lipids & proteins both from being oxidized and also regenerates vitamin E.

CoQ10 supports cardiovascular health. CoQ10 prevents oxidation of LDL. Oxidation of LDL may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis. CoQ10 has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, reduce complications after a heart attack, and improve angina, congestive heart failure, and
cardiomyopathy.

Other benefits of CoQ10 supplementation include benefits to periodontal health, carbohydrate metabolism, stamina, migraines, & early Parkinson’s disease. CoQ10 is a fat-soluble substance and is best absorbed when taken with food.

Nutritional Frontiers offers 4 different CoQ10 delivery systems

  • Power Q- chewable wafer with 100 mg CoQ10
  • Power Q 600- chewable wafer with: 300 mg CoQ10 & 300 mg DMG
  • Power Q-NOL(ubiquinol) liquid filled capsule with 100 mg CoQ10
  • Power Q- gel - 100 mg CoQ10 sofgel

Coenzyme Q10 & Statin Drugs (Lipitor, etc.)

The cholesterol lowering drugs called statins block CoQ10 production in the body. CoQ10 is made within the body via the same pathway as cho•lesterol. Statin drugs inhibit the enzyme HMG CoA reductase, the very enzyme used in the synthesis of both cholesterol and CoQ10.
Lipitor and other statins have been shown to be the cause of a 40% reduc•tion in the levels of CoQ10! There is much to be gained and little to risk in supplementing at least 100 mg CoQ10 in anyone who is taking a statin drug like Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Mevacor, Vytorin, etc. (These drugs are also called atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, simvastatin, lovastatin.)


 

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are common medications that are prescribed to treat various infections and are used today in many commonly eaten foods. These foods include meat and dairy products.
Antibiotics work by disrupting the biological processes of microorganisms(bugs). Antibiotics are over prescribed with varying degrees of success to treat diseases like sinus infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, infections with H. pylori, Strept throat, before dental procedures in some populations, for pregnant women infected with Group B Strept, and for many, many more conditions.

Many doctors and patients alike feel that antibiotics are over-prescribed, which results in reduced effectiveness because of increased resistance of
bacteria. While they can be very useful medications in certain specific circumstances, antibiotics can also be problematic, creating new symptoms while eradicating existing ones. Because antibiotics work by killing bacteria, they can be rather indiscriminate in their eradication, killing both beneficial as well as detrimental microorganisms.

 

How to keep your gut flora thriving!

  • Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. Discuss alternatives with your doctor.
  • When you must take antibiotics, always supplement with a probiotics formulation
  • Frontier Biotics- containing 5 billion CFU plus prebiotic FOS
  • Prob-Zyme- containing 2.3 billion CFU plus digestive enzymes
  • S.B.C.- containing Saccharomyces boulardii. Especially helpful to prevent the diarrhea of C. dificile caused by antibiotic use.
  • Super Biotics- containing 50 billion CFU Proprietary blend and 50 billion CFU Bifidobacterium lactis HN019

The Digestive Tract: Beneficial Bacteria

The human digestive tract is lined with trillions of beneficial bacte•ria, called “gut flora.” There are 10 times as many microorganisms in the intestines as there are cells in the human body! Somewhere between 300 and 1000 different species of bacteria live in the gut performing important metabolic activities. Human hosts and their gut flora have a symbiotic relationship, with both parties benefiting from the coexistence.
One well-known side effect of antibiotics is diarrhea. This diarrhea is caused by the antibiotics killing the good flora in the gut along with the disease-causing bacteria. When the good gut flora are eliminated by antibiotics, this reduces competition in the intestines causing an imbalance of microorganisms in the gut, allowing for bad bacteria and yeast to thrive! Probiotics are supplements containing good bac•teria to replenish the population of beneficial flora in the GI tract.


 

Blood Pressure Medication and Mineral Depletion

Pharmaceutical Treatment of Hypertension

Blood pressure medications, also called anti-hypertensive medications, are prescribed by some doctors to lower blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is elevated, a condition called “hypertension.” Antihypertensives work in several different ways.

  • Diuretics work to increase urination and flush excess water by acting on the kid•neys. Thiazide diuretics include chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide. Potassi•um-sparing diurectics include spironolactone (Aldactone), eplerenone (Inspra), and triamterine (Dyrenium).
  • ACE inhibitors prevent a hormone called Angiotensin II from performing its normal job which is to constrict blood vessels. This allows for more relaxed ves•sels and a decrease in blood pressure. Examples include captopril (Capoten), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) and ramipril (Altace).
  • ARB’s or angiotensin antagonist medications, also target Angiotensin II. Ex•amples include losartan (Cozaar), olmesartan (Benicar) and valsartan (Diovan).
  • Beta blockers cause the heart to work less hard, reduce heart rate, and reduce heart contractility, thereby reducing blood pressure. Examples include metopro•lol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), carvedilol (Coreg), atenolol (Tenormin), propanolol (Inderal), etc.
  • Calcium Channel Blockers relax blood vessels and reduce blood pressure by preventing calcium from entering some cells in the heart and vessels. Examples include amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor XR) and nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia).
  • Renin inhibitors interfere with production of rennin, which is a substance pro•duced by the kidneys that sets off a cascade of steps to increase blood pressure.

Nutrient Depletion

Blood pressure medications can cause depletion of important miner•als in the body. The different classes of antihypertensive medications cause different nutrient depletions depending on their mechanism of ac•tion. Loop diuretics like furosemide (Lasix) and other potassium-wasting diuretics like bumetanide (Bumex) may deplete calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins B1 B6, and C.ACE inhibitors may deplete zinc. Angiotensin II Recep•tor Antagonists may deplete calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and CoQ10. Thiazide diuretics may deplete some potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
Please note: potassium-sparing diuret•ics (amiloride, triamterine, spironolac•tone, eplerenone) can cause an excess of potassium, leading to toxicity.

Frontier Minerals by Nutritional Frontiers provides a balanced multi-mineral formula that contains 9 key minerals in easily assimilate forms