Chiropractic Chatham NJ Supplements

This page serves as a resource for our patients for products that Dr. Morris personally uses or has used and recommends for a variety of health and wellness purposes in Chatham and Pompton Lakes. While we do our best to keep these links current, if there are any issues with the links themselves or if there are concerns about the quality of the products listed please feel free to contact us directly.

This page is NOT meant to diagnose or treat any disease or condition. You should always talk to your qualified health care professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or supplement plan. While generally safe, some of these supplements may interact with certain medications or have a negative impact on certain conditions, so please always discuss any changes to your supplement regimen with your doctor before taking anything listed here.

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Daily Supplements

Daily Supplements are nutritional must-haves that are often times difficult to get in sufficient quantities in a healthy diet. These supplements are generally regarded as safe and important to take on a daily basis to improve or maintain your health and wellness. While I do recommend most people take most of these supplements, they are not meant to be a substitution for a healthful diet and lifestyle, or as a replacement for advice from a medical or healthcare professional.

Magnesium is important for the normal functioning of cells, nerves, muscles, bones, and the heart, making it one of the most crucial minerals for health. It is required for the function of over 300 enzymes, including every enzyme associated with ATP, one of the main sources of energy in cells and the enzymes required to synthesize DNA, RNA and proteins. Magnesium deficiency can result in possibly serious conditions including muscle cramps, heart arrhythmia, headaches, tremors, and acid reflux. Magnesium deficiency is also associated with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, migraines, diabetes, asthma, hypothyroidism and even PMS.

Use: chelate or citrate

Daily dosage: 200mg

Pantothenic Acid, also known as vitamin B5, is an extremely safe vitamin that may help with skin blemishes and acne. It is used for a variety of complaints, although there is not sufficient evidence to support most of these claims. B5 is usually taken in combination with other B vitamins.

Daily dosage: 500mg

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vitamin that is plentiful in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C deficiency can cause a condition known as scurvy which can impact the health of blood vessels and cause fatigue and pain. Vitamin C is also used to boost the immune system and has been used to shorten the duration and severity of the common cold.

Daily dosage: 500mg – 1000mg/1g

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. A deficiency can cause pain, hormone problems, muscle weakness, and in severe cases the disease rickets which causes bone weakening in children. While vitamin D is produced by your body after exposure to sun light, you can also get vitamin D from fortified foods such as milk as well as from supplements. People living in northern latitudes or those with dark skin pigmentation may find it difficult to get enough vitamin D.

Daily dosage: 4000IU, including sun and diet

Vitamin K is made up of a group of compounds, most notably vitamin K1, which is found in leafy green vegetables and K2, which is found primarily in cheese, meat, and eggs and is also synthesized by some bacteria. Vitamin K plays a critical role in blood clotting, preventing excessive bleeding. There is also some evidence that vitamin K plays a role in bone health.

Use: MK-7

Daily dosage: 100mcg

Iodine is an element that cannot be produced by the body. The best sources are seaweed, seafood, and iodized salt. It is extremely important for human health. Iodine is necessary for the function of your thyroid gland. A deficiency in iodine can lead to serious complications including problems with ovulation, leading to infertility as well as mental retardation in the developing fetus. An iodine deficiency can also lead to an autoimmune disease of the thyroid and may increase the risk of getting thyroid cancer.

Nori sheets have about 50 mcg each; 2-4 per day replace supplements

Daily dosage: 225mcg

Weekly Supplements

Weekly supplements are meant to fill in shortfalls in the diet for some nutrients but are NOT a replacement for a healthful, well-balanced diet.

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, is often found in combination with other B vitamins. It is important for immune function, digestion, and energy metabolism. Thiamin is also necessary for the body to utilize carbohydrates for energy. Severe deficiency of vitamin B1 can lead to serious conditions like beriberi.

Weekly dosage: 50mg-100mg

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is most commonly found in foods such as meat, milk, eggs, nuts, and green vegetables. Riboflavin is required for the proper development and function of the skin, lining of the digestive tract, and blood cells as well as other tissues in the body.

Weekly dosage: 100mg

Vitamin B6 is primarily used to improve cardiovascular health. It has several other uses, including immune system support.

Use: only if not taking a B-50 complex

Weekly dosage: 50mg-100mg

Biotin is a popular supplement to support healthy hair growth, in addition to improving the condition of nails and skin. Critically, the vitamin also plays an important role in nerve function and metabolic processes.

Weekly dosage: 5mg

Vitamin B12 is an important supplement supporting nervous system health. Deficiency can lead to fatigue, weakness or memory loss. Be sure to use “methyl” b-12, which is a metabolically active form. Sublingual (dissolving under the tongue) is the best form of administration.Use: Sublingual, methyl b-12 (methylcobalamin)

Weekly dosage: 500mcg-1mg

Zinc is an essential mineral for human health. It is often taken to boost immunity against the common cold.

Weekly dosage: 50mg

Boron is a mineral that supports healthy structural growth, including bones and muscles. It also improves thinking skills and coordination.

Use: 3mg dose can be taken up to 3 times per week

Weekly dosage: 3mg

Optional Supplements

The Optional Supplements section provides additional supplements that may be useful for certain conditions. These supplements are in no way a substitute for proper lifestyle decisions including exercise, a healthful diet, and good sleep hygiene.

Melatonin is a hormone, naturally produced in the body. Melatonin is released in response to a lack of blue light found in full spectrum or natural light. Melatonin signals to the body that it is time for sleep. People also use supplemental melatonin to establish a stronger circadian rhythm, recover from jet lag, or improve the quality of their sleep.

Dosage: 1mg up to an hour before bedtime

Time-release Melatonin. Some people find that after taking melatonin, they wake up in the middle of the night. A supplement with a combination of fast and slow release melatonin can improve the duration of sleep, helping people to sleep through the night.

Dosage: For larger doses, combine 5mg time-release with 1mg sublingual

Lithium is a chemical element naturally found in the water supply. Unfortunately a lot of naturally occurring minerals and elements are eliminated during the water purification process. Lithium is used to regulate mood. Caution: too much lithium can exacerbate hypothyroidism and increase potassium excretion.

Use: Use caution as too much Lithium can exacerbate hypothyroidism and increase potassium excretion

Dosage: 1mg per day, or 5 mg once or twice per week

N-acetylcysteine, or NAC, comes from the amino acid L-cysteine. NAC is a precursor to glutathione, the main antioxidant used in your body. In hospital settings, NAC is used to counteract acetaminophen poisoning. N-acetylcysteine is also used to treat COPD and chronic bronchinitis. It is a safe (when used as directed) supplement that may help with chronic infections and other types of physiological stress.

Weekly dosage: 500mg

Activated Charcoal can be helpful for people dealing with chronic infections or gastro-intestinal discomfort caused by bloating and gas.

L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea. It is responsible for the calm, focused feeling people often get after drinking green tea. L-theanine is used to treat anxiety or to help people focus.

Use: Can be taken with a small amount of coffee or tea

Daily dosage: 200mg

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is considered to belong to a class of plants known as adaptogens, named so because they purportedly help people deal with the effects of stress. Ashwagandha is taken for stress, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and problems with fatigue.

Daily dosage: 600mg

Other Recommendations

Dr. Bronner’s Soap. The original. I use this stuff daily. It’s organic, contains at least 70% fair-trade ingredients, with no synthetic ingredients and it works well. Not much else needs to be said.

A pill organizer makes it easy to remember to take your supplements, and to keep everything organized. It is also indispensable if you need to travel. Look for one that has compartments for AM and PM supplements each day.

Silicone travel containers are a great way to keep your products organized without having to worry about being TSA-compliant, or having plastics leach into your personal care products. I like this brand. They worked well, with no spills after several thousand miles of air time.

Cutting board Oil. Keeping your wood cutting boards and knife handles well-oiled will increase their performance help them to last longer. It will also keep the wood grain looking beautiful. Look for a brand that uses all-natural, plant-based ingredients such as this one, which is based on coconut oil. It smells nice too.