Balancing the risks and benefits of dietary supplements

Supplements can provide numerous benefits, but they aren’t without their own risks. It’s important to discuss any supplements you’re taking with your doctor or healthcare provider. Many supplements and medications — both over-the-counter and prescription — can interact with each other, which may prevent either from working properly or could increase your risk of adverse effects.

Meet Honolulu Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Expert, Jeffrey Maehara, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Maehara is the Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Honolulu. He treats women and men with individual, customized wellness programs tailored to address each patient’s specific, personal needs. Dr. Maehara uses a combination of integrative therapies, including customized nutrition and fitness regimens, pharmaceutical-grade supplementation, stress reduction techniques and natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), to restore his patients’ energy, improve their mental clarity and help them live the best life possible.

Medical Mondays: What are pharmaceutical grade supplements?

It seems that many doctors have different opinions as to which supplements patients should be taking on a regular basis. However, I’ve seen several instances where physicians are recommending pharmaceutical grade supplements. What makes a supplement pharmaceutical grade and why is it better for me than regular vitamins and supplements?

Are your supplements pharmaceutical grade?

A pharmaceutical grade standing is given when the supplement is deemed at least 99 percent pure without additives or superfluous substances that may cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements. With this grade of supplements, not only are you assured that you are getting your money’s worth, but you’re also protecting yourself from dangerous binders, dyes and fillers that are often found in lower quality products.

How Many Supplements Are Too Many Supplements? (*Ahem Attention Suzanne Somers)

Suzanne Somers takes 60 supplements every day (as seen on Oprah’s bioidentical hormones show). We know that’s excess, but how many supplements should you take? How many supplements is too many supplements? National Nutrion Month gives us reason to pay attention and keep track of those vitamins and minerals. This recipe can help.