Weight and Metabolism Support from Erik O. Nelson, ND
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With a New Year, comes new resolutions. From spending more time with family, to having a more positive outlook on life, our patients often use this time of year to set new health goals as well. Weight loss is often an important, and challenging goal for both the patient and the provider! Weight loss can be difficult and frustrating, so…Where to start? What works? And is there a magic bullet?
First off – there is no magic bullet. Metabolism is a multifaceted and complex process involving numerous body systems and affected by age, gender, lifestyle and health conditions. Underlying issues that may be affecting metabolism and weight can be discovered through functional lab testing and comprehensive analysis of hormones, diet and exercise levels.
This protocol is designed for the metabolism piece of the puzzle. Along with positive changes in exercise and eating habits, some supplements may help support healthy metabolism and thus, your patient’s weight loss goals. Below are some research highlights for the ingredients found in this protocol:
600 mg of Alpha-lipoic acid up to three times per day with each meal was shown to have a significant impact on weight management compared to placebo.
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- Namazi, Nazli, Bagher Larijani, and Leila Azadbakht. Clinical Nutrition 37.2 (2018): 419-428.
Adiposano is a supplement which may help with metabolism and support joint health. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) may support insulin function by helping reduce excessive white adipose tissue, and may be particularly helpful when both weight and joint concerns are present.
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Green coffee bean Extract (GCBE) may be helpful in supporting weight loss along with a healthy diet and exercise.
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- Flanagan, John, et al. Phytotherapy research 28.6 (2014): 946-948.
Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. lactis B420 may support healthy weight and glucose metabolism. It may also help reduce visceral fat accumulation.
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Thai Ginseng (Kaempferia parviflora) and its constituent kaempferol may help with supporting weight management along with functioning as a strong antioxidant.
- Romero-Juárez, Pedro A., et al. Nutritional Neuroscience (2021): 1-15.
- Montero, Mayte, et al. PLoS One 9.11 (2014): e112825.
- Akase, Tomoko, et al. Journal of Natural Medicines 65.1 (2011): 73-80.
- Matsushita, Mami, et al. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology 61.1 (2015): 79-83.
Magnolia and Phellodendron extract may help in mediating the cortisol stress response and may be a helpful addition to if stress-related eating is something your patients struggle with:
- Kalman, Douglas S., et al. Nutrition Journal 7.1 (2008): 1-6.
- Talbott, Shawn M., Julie A. Talbott, and Mike Pugh. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 10.1 (2013): 1-6.
- Garrison, Robert, and Walter G. Chambliss. Alternative therapies in health and medicine 12.1 (2006): 50-55.
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Erik O. Nelson, ND earned his naturopathic medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the medical education team at Emerson Ecologics and currently practices naturopathic medicine in Wolfeboro, NH. He has published and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed research articles and case studies in topics spanning Fitness and Sports Medicine, Virology, Botanical Medicine, Dermatology, and Infectious Disease. Dr. Nelson was appointed by New Hampshire’s governor to the New Hampshire Naturopathic Board of Examiners, the state’s medical licensing board for Naturopathic doctors and also serves as chairperson of the New Hampshire Naturopathic Formulary Council. Dr Nelson believes that health is a team effort in not only treating, but also empowering patients to make the changes in their lives necessary for peak health and performance, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and overall well being.