When needed, we can recommend a personalized regimen of medical foods and supplements for you. Why are these sometimes necessary or helpful? Because when the body's normal physiology has become imbalanced in some way, often the best way to nudge it back toward optimal performance is to fuel it with specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, proteins, fats, and so on. It is important to understand that your body is an amazingly complex biochemistry lab, where various chemical compounds are constantly being produced, activated, recycled, and broken down. This is the whole reason that we even need to eat- to obtain nutrients that are the raw materials for every biochemical reaction taking place in your body! For example, just check out what the National Institutes of Health has to say about Magnesium:
"Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione. Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm."
When our patients begin to take magnesium, they are surprised at how this one supplement can help their blood pressure, ease their muscle cramps, calm their anxiety, relieve their constipation, and even help their heart palpitations. Of course, this is just one example. Exactly which supplements may be needed can vary drastically from one person to the next, and can change depending on age, current health conditions, medications taken and so on. The great thing is, when they are used strategically and at safe and effective dosages, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and herbs have the potential to prevent and treat chronic diseases while causing minimal, if any side effects. The same cannot usually be said for pharmaceutical drugs, which typically have a frightening array of possible side effects, ranging from mild to life-threatening.
When choosing a supplement, the choice of brands, formulas, price ranges, and dosages can be confusing and overwhelming. How can you know that your time and money aren't being wasted? There is no government regulation of supplements as long as they aren’t making any claims to cure a disease. This means that many of the products on store shelves are stuffed with cheap fillers and barely enough of the active ingredient just to be able to put it on the label to catch the consumer’s eye. What’s worse, numerous studies have been done on over the counter supplements that show that the majority of them contain absolutely none of the active ingredients that they boast on the label! We see this time and time again when we test nutrient levels in patients taking supplements from the drug store or discount online retailer, and their levels are deficient! You are not saving money if you are buying supplements that do not contain an effective amount and bioavailable form of the active nutrients. Even worse is that many times after a patient has tried a low-quality product and received no noticeable benefit, they become discouraged, conclude that natural products do not work, and give up altogether.
We offer medical foods and supplements of the highest quality from nutraceutical companies that stand behind their products with solid research. They are exacting in their quality and efficacy standards. They start with ingredients that have been shown in clinical research studies to be safe and to effectively treat a variety of medical conditions. They formulate their products to be bio-available and well-tolerated. They also regularly submit their products to independent third-party testing to ensure that each product is the proper strength and consistent from batch to batch. We carry brands such as Xymogen, Metagenics, NuMedica, Thorne, Standard Process, and more. Many of the product lines we carry are available only through a physician's office.
Another very important thing to consider is that when you purchase your supplements from your physician's office, not only are you getting a quality product, but you are allowing your doctor to work outside of the constraints of today’s time-crunched, fee-for-service insurance model. Sadly, insurance companies' reimbursement rates today cover only very brief visits, usually dictating that only one major problem is addressed and that you are in and out of the exam room within a very short time. In a typical insurance based practice we would have to see a patient every 7-8 minutes. Here at Jenks Health Team, we are proud to offer care that is holistic and patient-centered. You’ll notice that our physicians tend to spend a good deal of time with each patient, to fully hear their story, counsel and educate, and collaborate with them on a treatment plan that truly fits their needs. When you choose to obtain your supplements through our office, you help make that kind of care possible.
To learn more about products we offer or to place a phone order, feel free to call our office at (918) 299-9447.
We thank you for your trust and for choosing Jenks Health Team as your healthcare provider.