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Progressive Laboratories® – Featured Brand

Progressive LabsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Since 1972 Progressive Laboratories® has developed innovative science-based nutraceuticals to effectively optimize health and address targeted wellness concerns. These unique and efficacious top-of-the-line products are formulated with exact ingredient sources and forms applied in clinical research, providing vital nutritional support. Quality-verified raw ingredients are sourced worldwide and are delivered with detailed Certificates of Analysis from the suppliers. Additional identification and verification ensures purity and proper potency.

Products are manufactured according to strict cGMP manufacturing processes in an FDA registered facility. Numerous certifications, analytical testing and multiple verifications ensure that every professional grade nutraceutical exceeds the highest standards and expectations of nutritionally oriented healthcare practitioners. Synergistic combinations and superior quality translate to clinically measurable improvements and health outcomes.

To see the full line of products from Progressive Laboratories®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Daily ResilienceDaily Resilience®: This unique complex blends biologically active forms of vitamins, minerals and superfoods for a full spectrum of phytonutrients. These synergistic ingredients improve absorption and utilization in support of cellular health and overall healthy function. Contains milk and soy.

Antioxidant...Antioxidant Resilience™: This complex utilizes clinically studied ingredients, including glutathione, SOD and a proprietary blend of high ORAC value superfoods and botanicals, in support of antioxidant protection, detoxification, immune fortification, overall healthy function and healthy aging.

Thyroid ResilienceThyroid Resilience®:This scientifically designed formula provides balanced nutrients specifically selected to support healthy thyroid function, as well as protect the thyroid and other organ systems from oxidative stress and environmental toxicity. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, adaptogens and botanicals.

Womens ResilienceWomen’s Resilience®: This botanical formulation is specifically intended to support women’s vitality and longevity. Ingredients include medicinal mushrooms and standardized cranberry and turmeric extracts, as well as Femina Plus™ for menopausal symptom relief.

 

Some Interesting Facts on Supplement Use

Some Interesting Facts on Supplement UseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Data shows that three-quarters of American adults regularly take dietary supplements as part of their health and wellness regimen, largely due to a shift toward a more personalized and holistic approach to health maintenance. The majority of supplement users report overall confidence in the safety, efficacy and quality of their supplements, as well as a high degree of trust in the supplement industry. As the industry continues to grow and innovate, Professional Supplement Center strives to provide the highest quality supplement brands that support healthier living.

While a healthy diet is of the utmost concern, a recent annual survey of 200 U.S. based registered dietitian nutritionists (RNDs) found that sixty-six percent of participants recommended both diet and supplements for optimal nutrition. Seventy percent also stated they themselves take supplements four or more times per week. Personally used supplements included multivitamins, minerals, vitamins C, D3, B12 and B-complex, fish oil, calcium, magnesium, biotin, zinc, pre and probiotics, glutathione, colloidal silver, elderberry and protein powders.

More than twenty five percent of the surveyed RNDs recommended supplementing the diet for reasons that included inadequate nutrition, caloric needs, wound care, gastrointestinal or renal problems, healthy aging and overall positive impact on health. The supplements most often recommended were multivitamins, vitamin D3, calcium, probiotics, fiber and protein powders. Increasingly, dietitians are also recommending more specialized supplements like prebiotics, CoQ10, turmeric and collagen.

Per a 2018 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, the top reasons for supplement use among those surveyed included:

  • Improve or maintain overall health and wellness
  • Support energy production
  • Meet individual nutritional requirements
  • Support immune, bone, heart, joint, eye and gastrointestinal health and function
  • Avoid cancer and age-related chronic disease
  • Maintain physical and mental health
  • Promote healthy aging
  • Benefit hair, skin and nails

Some interesting facts about supplement users:

  • 78% of those taking supplements are aged 55 and older, 77% are 35-54 years old and 69% are in the 18-34 age group
  • Supplement users are more likely to report very good or excellent health
  • Supplement use is viewed as a very favorable health and lifestyle choice
  • 75% exercise regularly
  • 87% try to eat a balanced diet
  • 74% prioritize sleep
  • 69% maintain a healthy weight
  • 80% visit their doctor for health checkups
  • 75% avoid tobacco products

Some practical advice for supplement use:

Dosing: Similar to medications, consumers should follow healthcare practitioner advice or adhere to the dosage recommendations listed on the label. Supplements address deficiencies or provide nutrients in addition to those supplied in the daily diet. Fat soluble vitamins including A, D and E, are stored in the liver and adipose tissue and should not be taken in excess. Iron is an essential mineral necessary for oxygen transport, as well as brain, immune and muscle function. Unless found to be iron deficient, adult men and menopausal women do not normally need to supplement with additional iron.

Take as directed: Unless otherwise advised by a healthcare practitioner supplements should be taken according to label directions. Directions are intended to provide information, such as when a supplement should be taken for best absorption. For instance, some supplements should be taken with food, others on an empty stomach. To aid absorption, fat soluble vitamins should be taken with food that contains dietary fat.

Follow a healthy diet. There are meal replacement and protein powders meant to enhance dietary intake. Many supplements are not intended to substitute for food but are meant to provide essential nutrients and fill in nutritional gaps, as well as address deficiencies, dietary restrictions or specific health concerns.

Proper storage: The FDA does not require that supplements have expiration dates listed on packaging. Manufacturers opt to include expiration dates to ensure maximum potency and verify that efficacy is maintained through the expiration date when correctly stored. Some supplements do require refrigeration. All shelf stable vitamins should be stored in a cool dark cabinet, away from heat and high humidity.

Read labels: Active ingredients are the substances that produce intended effects. Herbal products contain plant compounds. Nutritional supplements contain vitamins, minerals or essential nutrients. Supplements containing whole plant ingredients are often standardized to contain specific amounts of active compounds in each serving.

Quality manufacturers avoid products that may cause allergic reactions or that some people may want to avoid in their diet. These could include soy, gluten, wheat, sugar, dairy, nuts, shellfish, hydrogenated oils, animal products, GMO’s and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of overall health and wellness:

Pro Multi Daily...Pro Multi Daily without Copper & Iron by Professional Supplement Center®: This hypoallergenic formulation provides activated vitamins and chelated minerals in support of optimal utilization, foundational wellness and phase I detoxification. Free of wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, GMO’s and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives.

Vitamin D ComplexVitamin D Complex by Designs for Health®: Each serving of this balanced complex provides 2,000 IU of bioavailable vitamin D3, along with efficacious amounts of synergistic fat soluble vitamins A, E, K1 and K2 in support of overall healthy function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

MinProMinPro by Professional Supplement Center®: This balanced multi-mineral supplement provides highly absorbable, fully reacted Albion® patented mineral amino acid chelates, malates and mineral complexes in support of mineral repletion, sports nutrition and daily mineral intake.  Free of wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, GMO’s and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics®: This active B complex provides a full complement of bioavailable B vitamins necessary for multiple biochemical processes and vital bodily functions. Free of sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, animal products and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Vegetarian formulation.

Prebiotic Superfoods...Prebiotic Superfoods Drink Mix Green Apple by Enzymedica®: This prebiotic supplement provides 50 blended fruit, vegetable and botanical powders to nourish and support the growth  and health of beneficial microflora in the gastrointestinal system. Organic fermented barley grass aids digestion, while acacia gum fiber supports optimal elimination. Free of gluten, dairy, casein, soy, eggs and artificial colors and flavors. Non-GMO formulation.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medications or have a health condition, always check in with your doctor before taking supplements. Some supplements can interact with prescription medications, raising or lowering their intended effects.

References:
2nd Annual Survey of Registered Dietitian Reveals Two-thirds of Dietitians Recommend Food and Supplements to their Clients and the Majority Take Supplements Daily.  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2nd-annual-survey-of-registered-dietitian-reveals-two-thirds-of-dietitians-recommend-food-and-supplements-to-their-clients-and-the-majority-take-supplements-daily-300945310.html
Tips for Taking Dietary Supplements. https://www.knowyourotcs.org/tips-for-taking-dietary-supplements/
New Data Reaffirm Trust and Confidence in Industry, Reveal Modern Trends and Habits of American Consumers. https://www.crnusa.org/CRNConsumerSurvey
Is It Safe to Take Expired Vitamins? https://www.verywellfit.com/is-it-safe-to-take-expired-vitamins-4165676

 

Healthy Heartburn Solutions

Healthy Heartburn SolutionsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that ranitidine, an ingredient found in certain over the counter (OTC) and prescription medications commonly used to relieve and prevent heartburn, contained unacceptable levels of NDMA, a probable human carcinogen. While the FDA has not called for individuals to cease using these medications while they continue their investigation, this announcement led to a manufacturers voluntary recall, as well as corporate decisions to voluntarily remove the brand name Zantac and other generic versions from store shelves. Neither the FDA nor product manufacturers have received reports of adverse events and the products may not pose any immediate health risks. However, as current evidence suggests that NDMA may be present in ranitidine, Canada and France have taken the precautionary step of recalling all ranitidine products.

Ranitidine belongs to a class of prescription and OTC drugs known as H2, or histamine 2 blockers, which reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. While it is strictly recommended for short-term use, many consumers regularly use these products as a long-term solution for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as to treat or prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers. Although classified as a probable carcinogen, NDMA may only cause cancer after exposure to high doses over a long period of time. NDMA is one of the same impurities that was found to be present in certain heart medications that resulted in the recall of many products last year.

Fortunately, there are other healthier solutions for impaired digestive function, a common age-related condition. Although the requirement for vitamins, minerals and nutrients remains constant though all stages of life, our ability to digest food and absorb vital nutrients declines with advancing age. Surprisingly, one of the most common age-related causes of inadequate digestion is a reduction of the amount of hydrochloric acid (HCI) the stomach produces. Secretion of hydrochloric acid and pepsin is a prerequisite for healthy digestion. HCI enables the body to digest and absorb proteins, carbohydrates and fats; activates enzyme and hormone production; and aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, increasing their bioavailability by positively affecting their release from food. Pepsin is one the  main digestive enzymes produced by the body.

Additionally, HCI helps to maintain a sterile stomach environment, protecting against orally ingested pathogens and acting as a barrier to prevent harmful bacterial overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract. Normally, the stomach contains enough free HCI to maintain constant balanced stomach acidity. Low stomach acid or the absence of stomach acid are common conditions that can result in symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating, stomach upset, burning and excessive amounts of gas. Impaired acid secretion is also associated with certain chronic health conditions, including allergies, asthma and gallstones, as well as diabetes, lupus and chronic autoimmune disorders.

Heartburn is caused by regurgitation of bile into the lower esophagus, resulting in a burning sensation. Surprisingly, this is often a symptom of low gastric acid. The traditional approach to treating heartburn is to suppress gastric acid, in many cases worsening the problem where more acid is actually needed. Symptoms of heartburn and indigestion can often be relieved by taking supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin. In fact, for over a century, hydrochloric acid was the prescribed treatment for an absence of or low stomach acid. Supplemental  HCI is viewed as a safe and effective way to restore normal gastric levels, especially when normal aging or chronic conditions indicate that nutrients are not being properly utilized.

  • Betaine hydrochloride has been used for over a century to safely restore normal gastric acidity and support healthy gut function. In the stomach, betaine hydrochloride separates into betaine and hydrochloric acid, where it increases stomach acid. Betaine is a molecule that regulates water balance in cells. It is seen as cardioprotective, due to its ability to methylate homocysteine.
  • Pepsin has a long history of use and can be safely administered to assist digestion, typically in conjunction with HCI.
  • Gentian, a bitter herb, has been utilized as a traditional digestive aid for centuries. It is currently used in the treatment of digestive symptoms, such as loss of appetite, bloating and gas.
  • Digestive enzyme supplements support the optimal digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, as well the efficient absorption of energy creating nutrients. Enzyme deficiencies resulting from aging, diet or lifestyle can lead to a variety of digestive discomforts, including occasional gas, bloating, indigestion and irregularity.

Professional Supplement Center offers high quality formulations for digestive support:

Betaine HCL/PepsinBetaine HCL with Pepsin by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation offers 520 mg of pure, potent betaine HCI and 21 mg of pure pepsin in support a healthy digestive tract and optimal gastric lumen acidity for a healthy microbial balance. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Betaine HCl with...Betaine HCI with Pepsin and Gentian Root Extract by Vital Nutrients®: This beneficial nutrient combination helps maintain a healthy stomach pH balance and supports proper digestion and nutrient absorption. The formula includes 1040 mg of betaine, 42 mg of pure, lactose free pepsin and 100 mg of gentian root powder. Free of wheat, rye and barley gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, sugar, coatings and bindings.

Betaine...Betaine Hydrochloride with Pepsin by Metabolic Maintenance®: Taken with meals, this formula increases stomach acidity to aid nutrient digestion and may also reduce food sensitivities.  Ingredients include 648 mg of betaine hydrochloride and 200 mg of pepsin. Gluten and excipient free formulation.

Digestive Enzymes...Digestive Enzymes & Herbs by Pioneer®: This herbal and enzyme formula aids and supports normal digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Contains digestive enzymes and organic ginger, fennel, peppermint, gentian, artichoke and cayenne. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Popular heartburn drug ranitidine recalled: What you need to know and do. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/popular-heartburn-drug-ranitidine-recalled-what-you-need-to-know-and-do-2019092817911
Gastric Balance: Heartburn Not Always Caused by Excess Acid. https://nutritionreview.org/2018/11/gastric-balance-heartburn-caused-excess-acid/
The Health Benefits of Gentian. https://www.verywellhealth.com/gentian-benefits-4588623
Questions and Answers: NDMA impurities in ranitidine (commonly known as Zantac). https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/questions-and-answers-ndma-impurities-ranitidine-commonly-known-zantac