Posted by Carlee Quirk on 18th May 2020

A common question we are asked here at Modern Natural is what the difference in buying supplements from Modern Natural compared to supermarkets, chemists, online etc. is.  

Simply put, those retail supplements that can be sold over the counter or straight off the shelf, often include a small amount of the active ingredients and in the lowest price form. The cheap forms of ingredients are mostly not absorbed nor metabolised efficiently within the body. Over the counter supplements also include excipients, fillers and preservatives that the body cannot process and may be potentially dangerous, mostly having no health benefit.

Practitioner only supplements, as the name suggests, can only be supplied by qualified and registered practitioners. The regulated and specifically formulated ingredients have been rigorously tested and prepared from the evidence of scientific clinical studies - therefore both effective and safe. The forms of active ingredients including co-factors are quality and actually able to be absorbed optimally and metabolised by the body, therefore providing a therapeutic effect.

It is important to understand that like pharmaceutical medication - both nutrients and herbs can affect biological pathways in the body. So to simply start taking a supplement unsupervised while also taking any form of medication (either over the counter or prescribed) can truly be detrimental to your health. Nutrients and herbs within supplements can interact with medication by either inhibiting and/or increasing the absorption of medication, therefore changing its effect and outcome within the body. An example of this would be a fish oil supplement, namely Krill Oil which the key nutrient is the omega-3 fatty acids. An effect of taking Krill Oil over time can actually lower blood pressure. Therefore if you are taking blood pressure medication for high blood pressure and start taking Krill Oil at the same time (because its easier to remember to take everything at once in the day) the effectiveness of the blood pressure may be impacted. Definitely not ideal. Therefore to protect your health it is always important to inform you GP of supplements you are taking. And consulting a qualified practitioner to review and ensure a supplement is suitable for you and your health.

With this week's focus on nurturing and nourishing our nervous systems, which we can do everyday by how we choose to treat our body. Firstly, choosing to engage in physical movement, exercise, mindfulness i.e. meditation, being in nature, gardening. Secondly, we can of course do this by focusing on the foods we choose to eat. Wonderfully nourishing nervous system rich foods include -

  • B vitamin - leafy greens, asparagus, avocado, meat
  • Magnesium - dark leafy greens, avocado, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, wholegrains
  • Omega-3 fatty acids - salmon, flaxseeds including flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts
  • Probiotic Rich Foods - natural yoghurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented foods
  • Zinc - pepitas, raw almonds, broccoli, spinach, legumes

However, in times of stress when our body's brains are constantly releasing hormones that trigger the 'fight or flight' response - it takes a lot of energy from the body and can quickly deplete the greatest levels of nutrients in our body provided by the most nourishing foods.

A 'practitioner only' specifically formulated nervous system supplement may be a wonderful addition and support to you and your health right now. If you do feel like your body requires this therapeutic support arrange a free Acute Consultation via telephone or telehealth with our resident Nutritionist Carlee.

Note - Free Acute Consultations available every Wednesday, Thursday + Friday. If you are interested in booking an Acute Consult call Sheree at Modern Natural on 0434 109 554 to arrange or book online using link below.

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Note - this is not medical advice nor a treatment suggestion for COVID19 or any other medical condition.