Empowering Women in Chiropractic - Top 12 Supplements for Optimizing Musculoskeletal HealthOct 29, 2023
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Hi everybody, Dr. Julie McLaughlin here from Vital Health Protocol, and today I am here with Empowering Women from ChiroSecure. We are gonna be talking about the top 12 supplements for optimizing musculoskeletal health. So let's get started.
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So make sure that you give some love to ChiroSecure. So you know that we talk about lab work and blood work and things a lot, but guess what? You can do functional medicine without blood work and. A lot of docs, they're like, I don't wanna mess with labs. So what can I do as far as functional medicine and supplements with my patients?
They're gonna help chiropractically, so I'm gonna make it super, super simple. We're gonna talk about the 12 supplements that you can use in your chiropractic practice without doing any blood work. So the first one is glucosamine and chondroitin. And I know you've heard about all these supplements, so I'm gonna give you some of these doses and I want you to think about it as your patients start to come in.
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This one is great for joint pain, arthritis osteoarthritis. You don't wanna give it to your patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but it's great for osteoarthritis. And let's face it, we're all heading that way. So this is a great supplement. The dosing on the glucosamine and chondroitin, the is typically 1500 milligrams for the glucosamine and 1200, maybe 800 to 1200 on the chondroitin.
And a lot of the supplements, depending who you get them from, can combine it into one pill. So those will be combined together. That is. Number two, omega three fatty acids, fish oils. We know fish oils are great. I personally like them better than any multivitamin out there. They are great anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce joint pain and inflammation.
The typical dosing's gonna be between a thousand to 2000 milligrams. You're Ds on this between EPA and D. You're get a really good pharmaceutical grade supplement from a good company and use that. You will be surprised at the inflammation reduction you get in your patients. Number three. Calcium, and we know calcium's essential for bone health.
And as chiropractors, we wanna support bone strength and bone density, right? But we wanna do no more than 500 milligrams of calcium per day, and that includes what they're getting from their food. Calcium is a great nutrient for our bones, but if you take too much, it can cause hardening of the arteries and heart disease are our number one killer.
So we wanna be careful with calcium when we utilize it. Number four, vitamin D. Now, this is a huge one and I'm just covering what these supplements are in the dosing in this video, but in my next one, we're gonna take a little deeper dive into this Vitamin D. In particular, it's crucial for calcium absorption and overall bone health, and it has many anti-inflammatory effects as well as boosting our immune system.
Now, the dosing on the vitamin D is anywhere between a. 5,000 IUs, and it's gonna depend the larger the person, the darker the person's skin is, the higher their need is for vitamin D. They don't absorb it quite as well. The smaller the person, the lighter the skin is, and those are just a rule of thumb, so you can try to dose accordingly.
This is one of the supplements that I do recommend that you do monitor with blood tests because you don't wanna take too much because it can affect kidneys. So magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and it's great for nerve function. We know that our mu, our patients come in, they're all spasmed up with all these cramps and spasms and tight muscles and hypertenicity.
So we wanna make sure that we help them relax besides our chiropractic adjustments. Magnesium's a great ad. So you wanna look at 300 to 400 milligrams. And another video that we'll do, we'll talk about the different types of magnesium, but for now, look at 300, 400. If you do magnesium oxide, you're not gonna get the bowel effect like you do with magnesium citrate.
So that's a great one. Now, turmeric and curcumin, number six, these are great natural anti-inflammatories. Is the active ingredient in the turmeric. So you wanna take 500 to 1500 milligrams or co cumin extract one to three times a day. So this is a great one for pain. So think of people that are taking aspirin and they're taking Tylenol, they're taking ibuprofen.
Turmeric is a great one to replace that. Number seven, boswellia. I really like Boswellia. It has great anti-inflammatory properties and you definitely take it orally. It's great for osteoarthritis, but there's a lot of the topicals that we use that have boswellia as well because of that great anti-inflammatory property.
So you can use it topically or orally. If you use it orally, again, take it as if they were taking an aspirin, 300 to 600 milligrams, one to three times a day. Number eight, collagen. Collagen, we always think, oh, it's gonna make our skin look better. It's gonna, make me look younger. But the reality is collagen also supports joint and connective tissue health, and it can potentially reduce that joint pain by keeping those joints nice and lubricated.
So a common dose for this is between 2.5 grams and 10 grams. Collagen typically comes in a powder and you mix it with some water. So that is a great one. Proteolytic enzymes. Number nine. These enzymes such as bro Moline and Pepane help reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing. So the dosing on this is gonna be 500 to 2000 milligrams taken two to three times a day.
And again, you can find a combination supplement from a lot of these different companies where it has a few of these proteolytic enzymes together. How about number 10? SM, right? MSM is a sulfur compound and it's gonna help reduce pain and inflammation and conditions like osteoarthritis, and it's gonna range from a thousand to 3000 milligrams taken daily.
Now sometimes, remember number one was glucosamine and chotin. They will add the MSN into that. So if you can find a combination supplement. That is really a great way to go because the patient's taking less pills. Number 11 B complex vitamins. We know B vitamins are super important for our nervous system and muscle health, so depending what the B complex is, if you're using something high in B six or B 12 or just a overall complex, I would recommend following the dosage on each bottle.
'cause they really vary greatly. And finally number 12, vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and connective tissue health. So the dosing on this is 500 to 2000 milligrams or more a day. I always say Go to bowel tolerance. We know if you take too much vitamin C, you could be run into the bathroom a little bit extra.
So be careful with that and you might even wanna start at a lower dose and gradually increase. So that's it for our top 12 supplements that you can use with your musculoskeletal practice starting today in your chiropractic practice. What I would recommend is that you get an online store, and when you make those recommendations for your patients, send them right over.
There's tons of them out there. You can go directly with the manufacturers like Metagenics or Zymogen or Orthomolecular, or you can do something like Fullscript where they have all in one. The patients love to shop online nowadays, and it's a great way for you not to carry inventory and be able to get people the things that they need to help them feel better.
If you wanna go further, you can always talk about blood work with me and I'll be happy to help you with that. So that's it for today and let's thank ChiroSecure for having this awesome show. And be sure to tune in next time for Empowering Women Byebye.
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