Vitamins and supplements that will help you along

Now that you are on your way to maintaining an ideal weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it is important to consider what else you can do to benefit your new lifestyle. Although you may have incorporated protein rich foods and colorful vegetables, supplements can help you bridge the gap. Studies show that taking certain vitamins on a daily basis can help you get the nutrients your diet may not be providing and also lower the risk of certain diseases.

There are many supplements available to you but weeding through them and deciding which ones may complement your diet can be an overwhelming and confusing task. Discussing what is right for you with your provider at The Laser Institute of Pinehurst can add some welcome health benefits. As with any change pertaining to your health, it is important to consult a physician before beginning a vitamin regimen as some supplements could interact with medications you may be taking. Our doctor will be able to help you decide what vitamins or supplements are best for you based on your overall health.

CoQ10 – CoQ10 is an important naturally occurring nutrient that protects the mitochondria in our cells from free radical damage. It is significantly reduced by many medications. Supplementation will help with energy and weight loss.

Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamon Bark will help with regulating your sugar levels, insulin levels and will help improve your lipid profile. Make sure you are purchasing only organically grown Cinnamon Bark.

Matcha – Matcha, or Green Tea, as it is more commonly known, contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural antioxidant. Studies show that Green Tea supplements can help maintain cardiovascular and metabolic health. It will also help with weight loss.

Omega-3 – Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential for cell function, blood clotting and artery health to name a few. There are three main fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because our bodies cannot create these fatty acids from scratch, we must rely on food and supplements to be sure that we are getting the recommended dosage of Omega-3s. Studies show that, for most, two servings of Omega-3s a week can help lower the risk of heart disease and improve the “good” cholesterol levels (HDL) while lowering the “bad” cholesterol (LDL).

Protein – Protein supplements can promote muscle health by helping muscles recover after an intense workout and also promote bone health. If you are not getting all the protein necessary through your diet, whey and casein protein powders are a great source. Most commonly mixed into water to create a protein shake, these powders can contain some lactose so you should consult your doctor before taking them if you are lactose intolerant.

Calcium – Calcium, which is abundant in foods such as green beans, broccoli and even figs, is important for bone and heart health. Taking Calcium supplements can help combat deterioration of bone density and lower your risk or developing Osteoporosis.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D, which can be absorbed through the skin via sunlight and metabolized by the liver, is important for cardiovascular health and lung function. Studies show that Vitamin D can support immune system health and help in regulation. Vitamin D assists in glucose control and is essential for normal insulin levels.

Probiotics – Probiotics can affect digestive health by promoting “friendly bacteria” in the digestive system and can assist in the absorption of nutrients. Probiotics have been found to improve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and promote bowel regularity.

B Vitamins – B vitamins are beneficial for the body’s nerve and blood cell health and also prevent certain types of anemia. B vitamins are essential for glucose regulation, carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism.

Understanding how to maintain healthy weight loss and achieve ideal nutrition can be a challenge. At The Laser Institute of Pinehurst, we offer a customized weight loss program that includes personal medical counseling from our providers. We will monitor your progress and make the necessary adjustments that will allow you to best achieve your short and long term goals. Learn more about the weight loss programs we offer at or call our office at 910-920-9411 today to schedule your complimentary consultation!