Nutritional Synergism — Just The Right Mix!

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qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

1. What is Nutritional Synergism (NS)?

NS is a term that describes the supportive and positive health boosting effects of combinations of nutrients with nutrients; nutrients with foods; foods with nutrients and/or medications. Synergistic combinations can enhance the effects of each of the combined compounds far beyond 1 plus 1. More like, 1 plus 1 = 10! NS can literally make the difference between using the “right stuff” and it failing or success! Here is what you need to know:

EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE SYNERGISM

For example, if vitamin D had an effect of “ 5” in the body and melatonin “5” together they would have the power of “20”! Certain antibiotics combined with probiotics such as bifi dobacterium, saccromyces boulardii and/or lactobacillus acidophilus and plant enzymes help reduce side-effects of antibiotics and help them penetrate more deeply into tissues so they work better. Here are more important examples of POSITIVE NS Vitamin A and D; melatonin and curcumin; EFA and fat soluble vitamins; vitamin C and selenium and vitamin E and selenium; B12 and folic acid; cysplatin and NAC, methotrexate 5FU and folic acid; oxidizing forms of chemotherapy and intravenous (not oral) vitamin C, etc. There are literally hundreds of examples of NS.

2.Is just combining several types of nutrients together always synergistically?

No. Very often patients that come to us have combined several powerful nutrients thinking that, because they are “natural” or “for the immune system”, that they help each other work better; not always true. See the example below of NEGATIVE synergism.

EXAMPLES OF NEGATIVE SYNERGISM

For a very ill person who must be careful to take the most perfect balance of nutrition possible, paying attention to nutritional synergism could make the difference between life and death. Zinc can act as an immune enhancer and so can n-acetyl cysteine (NAC), but when taken together zinc is bound-up (chelated) and therefore not effective. Iron with vitamin C causes the vitamin C to become oxidized and harmful. Copper and fi sh oils combined cause harmful oxidation (breakdown) to the oil – very dangerous to consume!

3. How can being mindful of NS make the difference for you?

First thing is knowing that NS exists – now you do! Second, get nutritional testing and a Blood Detective interpretation. Don’t know what this is? Visit: http://www.intmedny.com/blood-detective.php

4. How do you figure out how to best use the principles of NS?

Knowing where to start with nutritional food and lifestyle efforts is essential for long-term success. Visit with us for a comprehensive medical and nutritional interview to gain clarity around your health concerns and goals. If you know where you’re going you’re more likely to get there!

– Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

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Energy Drinks, Alcohol And Teens Shouldn’t Mix

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sodaFrom Your Health Journal…..”A interesting article from a local CBS affiliate written by Ryan Jaslow called Experts: Energy drinks, alcohol and teens shouldn’t mix. Over the years, we have read many stories about energy drinks, caffeine, and alcohol usage for children or teens. A recent article suggests that energy drinks can cause insomnia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, anxiety and obesity among other issues which can be exasperated by alcohol. There are many adults and teens who consume energy drinks wisely, with no problems, but the problem for many, is when it is combined with alcohol. Alcohol misuse by teens is nothing new, but trying to find a solution to this is the challenge. The study also stated that drinking just one caffeinated beverage mixed with alcohol can be the same as drinking a bottle of wine and several cups of coffee, according to the study. So, what can be done. The one thing is to educate teens about the dangers of mixing caffeine and alcohol. Please visit the CBS web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

The caffeinated contents of energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster can be dangerous for teens, especially when combined with alcohol, new research confirms.

A report, published on Feb. 1 on Pediatrics in Review, reiterated that energy drinks can cause insomnia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, anxiety and obesity among other issues which can be exasperated by alcohol.

Other side effects include concerning behaviors, which can include drunk driving and risky sexual behavior.

“I don’t think there is any sensationalism going on here. These drinks can be dangerous for teens,” review lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson, a U.S. Air Force major and an adolescent medicine specialist at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., told HealthDay. “They contain too much caffeine and other additives that we don’t know enough about. Healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep are better ways to get energy.”

Making things worse, study authors said, that energy drink makers constantly market to young people, leading them to think it’s okay to mix their drinks. These adolescents and young adults aren’t always aware that mixing alcohol and energy drinks can make them feel less drunk than they really are, they said.

Drinking just one caffeinated beverage mixed with alcohol can be the same as drinking a bottle of wine and several cups of coffee, according to the study. Sixteen-ounce energy drinks have about 160 mg of caffeine, compared to one average cup of coffee which only contains 100 mg. More than 100 mg a day of caffeine is unhealthy for teens, Blankson told HealthDay. Other additives like sugar, ginseng and guarana boost the caffeinated effects in the energy drinks.

To read the full article…..Click here