Frequently Asked Questions about Supplements

Is it okay to take magnesium and zinc together?

Question from a customer: Can I take magnesium and zinc together on empty stomach or should i take them at different times for maximum absorption?

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What are the benefits of Estro Shield with DIM?

Estro Shield with DIM is so important for everyone, especially athletes. First, we must come to grips with the fact that we live in an industrialized but toxic nation. Thousands of environmental pollutants disrupt our natural biochemistry and many of these chemicals can be classified into one broad, general group and called Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals. As this classification implies, chemical toxins disrupt our endocrine or hormone-producing systems. It is most important to note that so many toxins just happen to have a chemical structure similar to estrogen. As a nation, both men and women are suffering from these excess estrogens and estrogen-like pollutants called xenoestrogens. Slowly, over the last thirty years, male sperm count has been cut in half and the effect free testosterone in a man has also been reduced by 50% or more. In fact, total testosterone production in U.S. men has decreased by 20% by age 25 and so many men have pitiful testosterone by age 40. For women, we have an epidemic of PMS and anxiety. Plus, over the last 100 years, the average age women begin their menstrual cycle has decreased from eighteen to twelve or thirteen today. In summary, we are all being bombarded by estrogen and estrogen-like toxins so we have to put our bodies in a state where we clear out these endocrine disruptor chemicals faster than we take them in. This is why I use Estro Shield with DIM.

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Are transdermal or magnesium oils an effective means of supplementing?

Transdermal magnesium or “magnesium oil” is a great idea. Transdermal absorption of certain nutrients is clinically proven to yield results. Unfortunately, magnesium does not absorb well through skin unless you literally bathe in a high concentration of it and do so extensively. It is an ion and ions don’t cross skin barriers easily. View full article →

What is the difference between whey and vegan proteins?

Whey protein is one of the least expensive proteins on a per gram basis. It is made from cows’ milk after the protein casein has been removed. It is rich in the amino acid leucine which yields significant anabolic benefit. Vegan proteins are plant-based. The most common types of vegan protein come from peas, hemp seed, chia seed, brown rice, and cranberries. Several different vegan proteins can be mixed together to provide a broad spectrum of amino acids. Vegan proteins offer a key advantage over whey protein as they are low in allergenicity. Most people do not notice mild intolerance to whey which can manifest as excess mucous production, mild wheezing, skin rash, stomach bloating, or post nasal drip. While whey does not contain casein and lactose, there are other components of milk that can lead generating an allergic response. This makes low allergen vegan sources the better choice.

 by Robert Seik, PharmD

Does switching to Vegan protein cause digestion issues initially?

Switching to vegan protein sources should not lead to digestive problems. However, some people notice a cleansing effect from certain vegan proteins. View full article →