Although Dr. Simeons'' original program did not include dietary supplements, it must be kept in mind that during this time period of 1950s and 1960s in Europe, people''s diets were better than today''s diets currently consumed today in the United States. it has been shown that most people have poor diets with less nutrition. As a result, obesity is becoming an epidemic in the United States. Furthermore, during Dr. Simeon;s era, quality dietary supplements were not readily available. Today, quality dietary supplements are available if one takes pharmaceutical grade supplements. Food grade supplements that are sold at most grocery and vitamin supplement stores typically do not provide optimum supplementation.
Taking supplements during the hCG program is now recommended by many physicians. These vitamins help to assure people have adequate nutrition, optimized weight loss, and protection against disease during the hCG program. Furthermore, maintaining an optimum dietary supplementation regimen after the hCG program is recommended by most physicians and the department of health. The following dietary supplements have been chosen to enhance health and the effectveness of the hCG program.
Designs for health Twice Daily Multi-Vitamin - These pharmaceutical grade supplements were specifically selected to optimize the success of the hCG program. In additiona to being the highest quality of muti-vitamins, they contain 500 mcg of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 has been shown to increase the rate of weight loss. Additionally, the multii-vitamin has a comprehensive mix of other B vitamins that enhance energy levels. The product also includes a specialty mineral mix. These minerals play a key role for detoxifying heavy metals from your body as fat melts away. Additionally, the multi-vitamin contains a unique formulation of vitamin E. While most multi-vitamins contain mostly alpha tocopherals, this formulation contains higher leverls of Gamma and Delta E. It has been shown that the Gamma E provides greater antioxidant value for greater anti-inflammation, cancer protection and the reduction of DNA damage than Alpha tocopherals.
Nordic Naturals ProOmega-D Fish Oil -Although the hCG diet is designed to rid your body of fat, it still needs essential fats that it cannot produce on its own. It has now been discovered that high quality fish oils help to facilitate weight loss. The required fats your body needs are known as essential fatty acids or simply EFAs. EFAs must be consumed daily. EFAs are broken into Omega-3 and Omega-6 families. Proper cell function is dependent upon adequate intake of EFAs and the balance between Omega 3s and Omega 6s. Most Americans consume excess Omega-6s but insufficient Omega-3s. This imbalance can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression. Omega 3s are further categorized into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DPA are naturally found in many fish species and fish oils. Our bodies cannot produce adequate quantities. The purest forms are found in very cold water fish. EPA has been shown to be beneficial for inflammatory and autoimmune disorders including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disorders and asthma. It is also beneficial for cardiovascular health to assist in reducing triglycerides, increased circulation, managing high blood pressure, preventing heart attacks and diabetes. It is highly recommended by the American Hearth Association. Furthermore, because fish oil supports the body''s natural ability to fight inflammation, it is beneficial in reducing joint pain and swelling. DHA is very important for nerve and brain cell functions. It has been shown to improve brain cognition and memory, balancing mood and reducing depression. Furthermore DPA is very important during pregnancy and lactation.
Not all sources of EPA and DPA are equal. Flax seed oil requires the human conversion of flax oil to EPAs and DPAs - a process that many people have difficulty performing. Fish oils are also not equal. Not only is a quality fish source required, but the careful and consistent processing of the fish oil is absolutely necessary for a quality product. Fish oil capsules must be formulated so that the fish oil is not destroyed by your stomach acids. Furthermore, the fish oil manufacturing and distribution process must be very tightly controlled for quality and environmental factors to assure spoilage and contamination do not occur. Nordic Naturals ProOmega-D Fish Oils is unique in their ability to maintain the highest of these standards.
Vitamin D3 - Vitamin D is proving to be one of the most beneficial vitamins for disease prevention available. Because most people pay little attention to their vitamin D levels, it has been shown that the majority of Americans are vitamin D deficient. Furthermore, few people have their vitamin D levels tested. Knowing your vitamin D levels and maintaining them at adequate levels may be vital to good health and disease prevention. As you can see from the attached chart, studies indicate that if one were to maintain their vitamin D (serum 25(OH) levels at 66 as opposed to 20, the probability of contracting breast cancer is reduced by 67% and the probability of MS by 67%. Although one can increase Vitamin D levels through sun exposure, too much sun can also lead to skin cancer. Therefore, vitamin D from diet and supplementation are often necessary. Unfortunately, most people do not eat enough foods rich in vitamin D so supplementation is often necessary on a regular basis. It is also possible to get too much vitamin D. When your body reaches a saturation point, vitamin D levels with increase rapidly and this can become dangerous. Therefore, it is important to maintain vitamin D levels at optimum levels. As with all supplements, it is important that you only supplement with high quality pharmaceutical grade vitamin D supplements that are well absorbed, high quality, very pure, and well formulated. My Personal Health utilizes Designs for Health Supreme. This supplement is recommended for the hCG diet. It contains 5000 IU, which is a high dose of vitamin D. It is recommended that you test your vitamin D levels after the diet to achieve desired levels. Then adjust your intake to maintain the correct levels. Of course, we suggest that you work with your physician at all times.
When people have digestive issues including diarehhea, costipation or IBS, probiotics may prove valuable prior to, during and after the hCG program. Probiotics have been shown to improve digestion and absorption of nutrients in some situations, improve the tolerance of foods in others and improme medical situations such as inflammation in others. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that are vital for the breakdown of foods in the intestine and absorption into the bloodstream. To assist in these processes, the probiotic must be formulated so that its bacteria survive the manufacturing and distribution process and then, when ingested, survive the trip through your stomach acids to reach the intestines where they will be used. This requires tightly controlled manufacturing processes, environmentally controlled delivery, and storage processes. The products must continuously be refrigerated until they are used.