Do I need single-ingredient supplements if I'm taking Total Balance?
July 2014, Xtend-Life Expert
We often get questions from customers using our Total Balance products about when they might need to add a single ingredient supplement? Total Balance is designed to offer the essentials that your body needs, feeding your cells to help slow the effects of aging, fortify your general health and boost your immune system. It’s a comprehensive, whole-body formula that’s packed with dozens of different nutrients, enzymes and minerals to promote and support energy and vitality. So do you really need anything else? Well, in some cases, you might.
We often get questions from customers using our Total Balance products about when they might need to add a single ingredient supplement? Total Balance is designed to offer the essentials that your body needs, feeding your cells to help slow the effects of aging, fortify your general health and boost your immune system.
It’s a comprehensive, whole-body formula that’s packed with dozens of different nutrients, enzymes and minerals to promote and support energy and vitality.
So do you really need anything else? Well, in some cases, you might.
Omega-3 fatty acids
An omega-3 fish oil supplement is a good way to ensure that the nutrients you take in actually do what they’re meant to, and most natural health experts say no supplement regimen is complete without an omega-3 supplement.
At its core, it helps support circulation, which in turn supports cardiovascular health.
Omega-3s are also essential for brain health, and may play a role in preventing depression.
Omega-3s may also help support the body’s response to inflammation (often linked to disease), support the loss of unhealthy body fat, stabilize blood sugar levels, erase signs of attention deficit disorder, improve the look of skin and ease the symptoms of arthritis.
While we have designed Total Balance to meet the needs of virtually everyone – we’ve designed it to work in tandem with our other Core Wellness Activators, including our omega-3 fish oil line and our Kiwi-Klenz.
Kiwi-Klenz is manufactured from the fruit, seeds and skin of the superfood, New Zealand kiwifruit, and helps boost and support digestion, which helps improve the body’s ability to absorb the nutrients it takes in.
It also offers prebiotics that help the good bacteria in the digestive system. This is especially important if you’ve taken antibiotics, since in killing any bad bacteria, they also tend to wipe the good guys out, potentially causing digestive problems.
Our fiber-rich Kiwi-Klenz also helps prevent toxic buildup in the colon, so you may feel more energized and see improved skin as toxins are released from the body.
This power-packed antioxidant (also known as CoQ10) is produced naturally by the body, and plays a role in how we convert food into energy.
Sometimes, our bodies don’t make enough of it, and supplementation may help.
However, did you know that there is more than one form of CoQ10? In fact, there’s is a form of CoQ10 called Ubiquinol that is significantly more potent than ordinary CoQ10 (often referred to as Ubiquinone). Ubiquinol is the ‘reduced’ (sometimes called non-oxidized) form of CoQ10 that helps support heart health and function as well as and boosting your energy levels.
Ordinary CoQ10 doesn’t produce much energy. Your body has to convert it to Ubiquinol to do this. As we get older, many of us cannot make that conversion and those who can require very large doses of Ubiquinone.
Those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are especially at risk of low levels of CoQ10 as statins reduce the body’s ability to produce the amount it needs for optimum health. These people, as well as those who aren’t on statins yet are over the age of 30, may also benefit from supplements such as our Omega 3 QH Ultra...a potent blend of omega 3 fish oil, lycopene, astaxanthin and Ubiquinol. You can read more about the Ubiquinol in our Omega 3 QH Ultra here.
While most of us get the iron we need from the foods we eat, some may need an iron supplement to boost their health. (Ref. 3)
Those with low levels of iron often develop anemia, which includes low energy levels from a low red blood cell count. When there aren’t enough red blood cells – which provide oxygen to every cell in our bodies – we are tired and have a weakened immune system.
Women are especially at risk of developing anemia, especially those who have heavy flows during their menstrual cycle or during pregnancy.
Those people on chemotherapy, which kills off not only cancer cells, but also healthy red blood cells, may also benefit from an iron supplement,
Folic acid (vitamin B9) is very important for both those women looking to get pregnant as well as those who have found out that they are in fact pregnant.
The reason is that folic acid plays a significant role in helping prevent neural tube defects (NTDs)—serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). (Ref 4.)
It’s estimated that neural tube defects affect about 3,000 pregnancies a year in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women who take the recommended daily dose of folic acid starting at least one month before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy reduce their baby's risk of neural tube defects by 50 to 70 percent.
Folic acid is actually very important to all of us, not just pregnant women and their babies. Folic acid is vital to help make normal red blood cells and for the production, repair, and functioning of DNA, our genetic map and a basic building block of cells.
These are just a few examples of the special circumstances when you might need to consider using single-ingredient supplements.
It is important to seek medical advice before using Iron or other supplements to address a specific health condition. If you are pregnant, it is important to take medical advice on the use of any supplements.