Brain Armor® – Featured Brand

BrainArmorSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now offers Brain Armor®, a line of supplements formulated with nourishing vital nutrients that target holistic brain health. Brain Armor’s mission is to improve cognitive health, wellbeing and performance at every stage of life and on every field of play. Brain Armor® collaborates with NorthShore Neurological Institute, a division of NorthShore University HealthSystem, setting a new standard for brain health research and the development of science-based products that are exclusively focused on supporting optimal brain health and function.

Their scientific advisory board includes Julian E. Bailes, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NorthShore and Bryce Wylde, a highly knowledgeable and respected natural healthcare practitioner. Dr. Bailes is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery with an expertise in the diagnosis and surgical management of neurological diseases. Bryce Wylde specializes in homeopathy, clinical nutrition, supplementation and botanical medicine with a focus on functional therapeutic interventions for health promotion, disease prevention and longevity.

Brain Armor® products contain no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or any other artificial ingredients. The DHA and EPA omega-3’s in Brain Armor® are sourced from plant-based algae. All products are soy free, vegan and Non-GMO.

To see more products from Brain Armor®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Adult SoftgelsAdult Softgels: This proprietary formula delivers an ideal ratio of healthy fats and vital nutrients in support of adult brain structural health and wellbeing. This clean, vegan formula provides a clinically proven blend of EPA and DHA derived from marine algae plus vitamins D and E for cognitive, visual and cardiovascular health support. Keto friendly. Gluten, soy and sugar free, vegan formulation.

Adult 50 plus Liquid...Adult 50+ Liquid Concentrate: Designed to support cognitive health and wellness, 50+ Super Omega+ Liquid Concentrate is formulated with ultra-pure, algae sourced omega-3’s in a 2:1 ratio of DHA to EPA, plus vitamins D3 and E and medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) derived from coconut oil. Natural lemon/mango flavor. Gluten, sugar, mercury, heavy metal and toxin free, vegan formulation.

Youth Liquid...Youth Liquid Concentrate: Formulated for adolescents and children aged 4 and older, this ultra-pure omega-3 liquid concentrate provides an ideal ratio of DHA to EPA, as well as vitamins D3 and E and MCT’s from coconut oil in support of cognitive, vision, muscle and cardiovascular health. Natural lime/mango flavor. Gluten and sugar free, vegan formulation.

What’s Your Pain Management Strategy?

PainStrategyJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Often perceived as an age-related condition, chronic pain is linked to restricted mobility, lost productivity, anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life. It’s true that as people age, they are more likely to experience chronic pain, but pain is neither inevitable nor limited to the aging population. In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. Chronic pain, defined as pain on most days or every day of the past six months, afflicts approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, or 50 million American adults. Another eight percent, or more than 19 million adults, experience high-impact or severe chronic pain that frequently limits work or life activities over the same time period.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic pain has negative consequences on individuals, their families and society as a whole. While pain is a component of many chronic health conditions, chronic pain itself is now viewed as a health concern rather than a symptom of other ailments. Chronic pain has a distinct pathology, causing changes throughout the nervous system that may worsen over time. Pain can result from a combination of biological, psychological and social factors that require comprehensive approaches to treatment and management. While chronic pain is common in older adults, numerous studies have failed to find a direct relationship between pain and aging.

While many older adults attempt to ignore pain and try to “tough it out” in order to avoid prescription pain medications, ongoing pain can have powerful negative effects, particularly insomnia, distress, disability and depression. As such, good pain management is critically important, as stoicism regarding pain does not diminish its consequences over time nor help one to better tolerate it. Research does show that people often look to heathy living strategies for pain relief, as well as nonmedical approaches for pain management. Dependent upon one’s condition and the location and severity of the pain, there are some therapies that may benefit some people.

Complementary approaches for pain management

  • Physical therapy can be an effective first step in addressing common sources of pain, including the back, knees, and shoulders. A therapist works with you to create individualized exercises, stretches and body alignment positions that help relax tight muscles, decrease back and joint pain and improve range of motion.
  • Therapeutic massage can help ease pain by relieving muscle tension, stress and anxiety. Massage is particularly helpful for back and neck pain or during injury recovery.
  • Yoga or tai chi incorporate gentle movement with breath control and meditation to relax, stretch and strengthen the muscles. These techniques have been shown to help manage pain caused by a variety of conditions, such as headaches, arthritis or lingering injuries.
  • Keep moving. Gentle on the body aerobic activities like swimming, walking or cycling can help to break the cycle of pain and improve mobility in conditions including fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, mindfulness and breathing exercises, help to restore a sense of control and wellbeing by helping to normalize the stress response. Chronic stress, along with elevated stress hormones, can contribute to or worsen muscle tension and pain.
  • Science backed supplements with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that have shown to be beneficial in painful arthritic conditions include SAM-e, boswellia, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids, ginger, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, MSM and hyaluronic acid.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of optimal health and wellbeing:

Advanced Pain...Advanced Pain Formula by Diamond Formulations: ON SALE This formula provides specific ingredients that support healthy joint function, encourage a normal stress and inflammatory response, support muscular relaxation to aid restful sleep and help relieve symptoms associated with minor aches and pains. Free of wheat, yeast, soy, gluten, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, animal products and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO  formulation.

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®:          ON SALE This proprietary complex provides a blend of magnesium in chelated forms in support of healthy muscle and nerve function, cardiovascular health and energy production. Free of wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

MSM powderMSM Powder by Pure Encapsulations®: Each serving of MSM Powder provides 3 g of patented MSM, a naturally occurring sulfur compound that promotes healthy joints and assists in maintaining connective tissue health. Gluten free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic formulation.

Curcumin Pro-95Curcumin Pro-95 by Professional Supplement Center®:                   ON SALE Curcumin Pro-95 features BCM-95®, a 100% pure standardized turmeric extract and essential oils of turmeric rhizome. This natural composition optimizes bioavailability and reflects true turmeric identity to deliver optimal health benefits that include antioxidant cell-protective activity, relief of minor aches and pains, and support for cellular, joint, organ and brain health.

Those who are taking medication or have a medical condition should consult their healthcare provider before taking supplements containing turmeric.

References:
Chronic Pain is a Chronic Condition, Not Just a Symptom. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3396080/
Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults — United States, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2.htm
Aging: Are these 4 myths complicating care? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4356472/
8 non-invasive pain relief techniques that really work. https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/8-non-invasive-pain-relief-techniques-that-really-work

 

Prenatal Nutrients

PrenatalNutrientsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

Every mother-to-be’s diet should include a variety of nutritious whole foods that nourish both the mother and the developing fetus. To ensure adequate nutrition critical for maternal health and fetal growth and development, the American Pregnancy Association encourages fine-tuning overall nutritional status prior to conception. Ideally, a healthy eating plan established pre-pregnancy should be adhered to during gestation and lactation post pregnancy. A healthful way of life, that includes balanced nutrition, gaining a proper amount of weight, enjoying regular physical activity, avoiding alcohol and tobacco and taking a recommended vitamin and mineral supplement translates to a healthy pregnancy outcome. Unless there are complications, exercise during pregnancy improves stamina, naturally relieves stress and anxiety, and releases endorphins that provide a general sense of wellbeing.

Ideally those who are considering becoming pregnant should start taking prenatal vitamins up to three months before conception.

Maternal nutrient and caloric intake requirements increase during pregnancy. Per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a pregnant woman requires up to 300 additional calories daily, as well as higher amounts of calcium, folate, vitamin B12, iron and protein. Prenatal vitamins can complement a healthy diet during pregnancy and can help ensure there are no essential nutrient gaps in the daily diet. Similar to a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement, prenatal vitamins include a vitamin and mineral profile with an emphasis on folate and iron, and often include DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid essential for fetal brain and eye development.

A word about folic acid and folate

Folic acid is a synthetic form of vitamin B9, which must be converted into bioavailable 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) by the liver, a process that is slow and inefficient in 40 – 60 percent of the population. Folate is the naturally occurring form of vitamin B9 found in foods such as leafy greens, beans and citrus fruits. Before entering the bloodstream, folate is converted by the digestive system into the biologically active form, 5-MTHF. A particularly important nutrient for mother and fetus, folate is needed to produce healthy red blood cells, critical during periods of rapid growth, such as during pregnancy and fetal development.

A prenatal supplement that contains folate in its active bioavailable form helps to ensure that adequate amounts of folate are provided. Adequate intake of folate before and during pregnancy can help prevent major congenital abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Current dietary guidelines recommend that pregnant women get at least 600 micrograms of folate daily from all sources. As it’s difficult to get the recommended amount of this vital nutrient from dietary sources, women’s healthcare providers recommend that all pregnant women and all women who may become pregnant take a daily vitamin supplement that contains bioavailable vitamin B9, as folate is particularly critical during the first few weeks after conception.

Iron, calcium, vitamin D and omega-3’s

  • Iron: During pregnancy, a woman requires about twice the normal daily iron intake. Sufficient iron is needed make hemoglobin that transports oxygen to both mother and fetus, as well as to prevent iron deficiency anemia and fatigue in the mother. The daily recommended dose of iron during pregnancy is 27 mg, which is found in most prenatal vitamin supplements. Iron from dietary sources, such as red meat, poultry and beans, is more easily absorbed when eaten with vitamin C-rich foods.
  • Calcium: Sufficient calcium intake of 1,000 mg daily is needed for bone, teeth, heart, muscle and nerve development. If calcium intake is inadequate, the body will take calcium from the mother’s bones, which can cause osteoporosis later in life. Pasteurized milk, cheese and yogurt, as well as beans, almonds, fortified foods and supplements provide good sources of calcium.
  • Vitamin D: Along with the general population, statistics show a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among pregnant women. A critical nutrient for a healthy pregnancy, the fetus is entirely dependent on maternal stores. Vitamin D is necessary to promote calcium absorption and enable bone mineralization and growth, as well as support the immune health of the mother and fetus. Research shows that sufficient vitamin D may reduce the risk of certain pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), women should consume at least 4,000 IU of bioavailable vitamin D3 prior to conception and throughout pregnancy and lactation.
  • DHA: Found naturally in cold water fish, DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid important for fetal brain and eye development. As not all prenatal vitamins contain DHA, the March of Dimes recommends getting 200 mg of DHA daily from either fortified foods, fatty fish or supplements. As many are concerned about heavy metal concentration in fish, choosing clean omega-3 supplements takes away that worry.

Eating a variety of healthy foods is essential for a healthy pregnancy and directly affects an infant’s birth weight and health status. A balanced diet pre-pregnancy starts with adding more healthy foods and slowly eliminating unhealthy foods. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables for their fiber, nutritional and antioxidant benefits. Include healthy 100 percent whole grains such as brown rice, buckwheat, oats and quinoa. Protein sources include meat, dairy and tofu, as well as nuts, seeds, legumes and beans. Olive oil, nuts and avocado provide healthy fats that help the body absorb the vitamins essential for a healthy pregnancy.

Foods that should be avoided during pregnancy include raw sprouts, unpasteurized foods, raw fish and shellfish, undercooked meats and poultry, and certain fish known to contain high amounts of mercury. As with all healthy diets, avoid processed foods, fast foods, salty foods and sugary foods and drinks. Be sure to speak to a healthcare professional for detailed information on healthy food choices and supplementation when planning a pregnancy.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality prenatal vitamin supplements:

PreNatal NutrientsPreNatal Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula for pregnant and lactating women, as well as women of childbearing age, provides essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in bioavailable forms. PreNatal Nutrients supports hormone, neurotransmitter, DNA, protein and energy production, as well as optimal neural and cellular health and development. Gluten free, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

Prenatal DHAPrenatal DHA by Wiley’s Finest™ Wild Alaskan Fish Oil: This concentrated sustainable fish oil provides 120 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids per serving for nutritional support before, during and post pregnancy. Mercury free, NSF third party certified for quality and purity. Non-GMO formulation.

Daily Multi Powder...Daily Multi Powder for Baby & Me™ by MegaFood®: Formulated from real food, carefully selected herbs, wholesome nutritional yeast and other nutrients, this easy to take powdered formula delivers guaranteed potency vitamins, minerals and health promoting compounds. No additional ingredients. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO, NSF Certified, kosher, vegetarian formulation.

PreNatal Multi...PreNatal Multi-Nutrients by Vital Nutrients: This well-tolerated, high potency supplement is specifically formulated to provide nutritional support for all body systems during pregnancy. Ingredients include bioavailable folate, B12 and D3. Free of coatings, binders, gluten (wheat, rye barley), milk/dairy (casein, whey), soy protein, egg protein and sugar.

Prenatal DHA 500 mgPrenatal DHA 500 mg by Nordic Naturals®: This pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled omega-3 fish oil provides EPA, DHA and bioavailable vitamin D3 in support of fetal  neurological, visual and immune development. Third party tested to be free of heavy metals and environmental toxins. Free of gluten, milk derivatives and artificial colors and flavors. Non-GMO formulation.

Prenatal PackPrenatal Pack by Douglas Laboratories®: This pack provides a comprehensive blend of bioavailable vitamins and minerals plus EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids in support of maternal health and wellness during pregnancy and lactation. Free of yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives.

References:
Should I change my lifestyle when I am planning a pregnancy? https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy/pre-pregnancy-health/should-i-change-my-lifestyle-when-i-am-planning-pregnancy
Eating Right During Pregnancy. https://www.eatright.org/health/pregnancy/what-to-eat-when-expecting/eating-right-during-pregnancy
Nutrition During Pregnancy. https://www.acog.org/patients/faqs/nutrition-during-pregnancy
Multivitamin Supplementation During Pregnancy: Emphasis on Folic Acid and L-Methylfolate. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250974/
Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal, and Postpartum Periods. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK235913/
The Implications of Vitamin D Status During Pregnancy on Mother and her Developing Child. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6127214/
Vitamin D: Screening and Supplementation During Pregnancy. https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Vitamin-D-Screening-and-Supplementation-During-Pregnancy?IsMobileSet=false
Vitamins and Other Nutrients During Pregnancy. https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/vitamins-and-other-nutrients-during-pregnancy.aspx