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Supplements


Lipotropic Capsules ($15 for 1-month supply)*

One of the unique combinations offered at Venture Medical Weight Loss is the lipotropic B12 plus injections. It contains the well known methylated Vit B12 along with the  supportive amino acids and compounds that might help it work even better. Methionine, Inositol, and Choline (MIC) are some of the most important amino acids that work as the building Blocks in our body. Lipotropic capsules may prove an important boost to promote fat loss in some patients already using calorie restriction and portion control for weight loss. In addition, our injectible B12 plus also combines B-complex vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin that assist in metabolic reactions of the body and amino acids such as valine and creatine which are vital in muscle and fat regulation.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of lipotropics as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality lipotropic capsules available for our clients.

 

Women’s Hormone Balance ($15 for 1-month supply)*

Hormones — such as estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin — are extremely important chemical messengers that affect many aspects of your overall health. Hormones are secreted by various glands and organs including your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas. The entire endocrine system works together to control the level of hormones circulating throughout your body, and if one or more is even even slightly imbalanced it can cause widespread, major health problems.

Conventional treatments for hormonal imbalances usually include synthetic hormone replacement therapies, birth control pills, insulin injections, thyroid medications and more. Unfortunately, for the majority of people suffering from hormonal disorders, relying on these types of synthetic treatments often does three things:

  1. It makes people dependent on taking prescription drugs for the rest of their lives in order to keep symptoms under control
  2. It simply masks the patient’s symptoms, but doesn’t solve them, which means that the patient can continue to develop abnormalities in other areas of the body while the disorder progresses
  3. It causes a higher risk for serious side effects such as stroke, osteoporosis, anxiety, reproductive problems, cancer and more

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of hormone imbalances include:

  • Infertility and irregular periods
  • Weight gain or weight loss (that’s unexplained and not due to intentional changes in your diet)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Low libido
  • Changes in appetite
  • Digestive issues
  • Hair loss and hair thinning

Symptoms of hormonal imbalances can range drastically depending on what type of disorder or illness they cause. For example, high estrogen can contribute to problems including endometriosis and reproductive issues, while symptoms of diabetes often include weight gain, changes in appetite, nerve damage, and problems with eyesight.

Some specific problems associated with some of the most common hormonal imbalances include:

  • Estrogen dominance: changes in sleep patterns, changes in weight and appetite, higher perceived stress, slowed metabolism
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): infertility, weight gain, higher risk for diabetes, acne, abnormal hair growth
  • Low estrogen: low sex drive, reproductive problems, menstrual irregularity, changes in mood
  • Hypothyroidism: slowed metabolism, weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, digestive issues, irregular periods
  • Low testosterone: erectile dysfunction, muscle loss, weight gain, fatigue, mood-related problems
  • Hyperthyroidism & Grave’s Disease: anxiety, thinning hair, weight loss, IBS, trouble sleeping, irregular heartbeats
  • Diabetes: weight gain, nerve damage (neuropathy), higher risk for vision loss, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry mouth, skin problems
  • Adrenal fatigue: fatigue, muscle aches and pains, anxiety and depression, trouble sleeping, brain fog, reproductive problems

Risk Factors & Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances are multi-factorial disorders, meaning they are caused by a combination of factors such as your diet, medical history, genetics, stress levels and exposure to toxins from your environment. Some of the major contributors to hormonal imbalances include:

  • Food allergies and gut issues: An expanding field of new research shows that your gut health plays a significant role in hormone regulation. If you have leaky gut syndrome or a lack of beneficial probiotic bacteria lining your intestinal wall, you’re more susceptible to hormonal problems including diabetes and obesity. That’s because inflammation usually stems from your gut and then impacts nearly every aspect of your health
  • Being overweight or obese
  • High levels of inflammation caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Toxicity (exposure to pesticides, toxins, viruses, cigarettes, excessive alcohol and harmful chemicals)
  • High amount of stress, and a lack of enough sleep and rest

Precautions When Treating Hormonal Imbalances

In some cases, synthetic hormonal treatments (such as insulin or thyroid medication) will be necessary to treat a hormonal imbalance. However the majority of people can feel a lot better by making the lifestyle changes in their diet.

For people with diagnosed hormonal disorders− including type 1 or type 2 diabetes, Adrenal Insufficiency, Addison’s Disease, Graves’s Disease and Cushing’s Syndrome for example− it’s always important to speak with your doctor before discontinuing medication use. The natural treatments above can still help you overcome your illness and greatly reduce symptoms, but these recommendations shouldn’t take the place of medical supervision. Because hormone imbalances vary so widely in terms of severity of symptoms, always keep track of how you’re feeling, do your research and evaluate how you respond to different treatments.

Final Thoughts on Hormonal Imbalances:

  • Hormonal imbalances affect many millions of people worldwide, in the forms of common disorders like diabetes, thyroid disorders, menstrual irregularities, infertility, low testosterone and estrogen dominance
  • Symptoms include feeling anxious, tired, irritable, gaining or losing weight, not sleeping well and noticing changes in your sex drive, focus and appetite
  • Causes for hormonal imbalances include poor gut health, inflammation, high amounts of stress, genetic susceptibility, and toxicity
  • Natural treatments include eating an anti-inflammatory diet, consuming enough omega-3s, getting good sleep, exercising and controlling stress

When lifestyle changes alone cannot fix the hormonal imbalances, or are hard to achieve, patients can get into vicious cycles of poor diet and lifestyle choices–imbalances–symptoms discussed above–weight gain and general feeling of not being well–poor lifestyle choices and so on.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of our Women’s Hormones complexes as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality products available for our clients.

 

Chromium ($7.50 for 1-month supply)*

Chromium is believed to enhance the effectiveness of insulin, a hormone vital for the processing of glucose. Supplemental chromium may reduce blood glucose levels. Other studies have showed that chromium picolinate in humans improved the HDL/LDL ratio (the ratio of “good cholesterol” to “bad cholesterol”) and that it increased muscle mass while decreasing the percentage of body fat.

Athletes doing weight training taking chromium picolinate at Bemidji State University had a 21 percent greater drop in body fat and a 42 percent greater increase in muscle mass than athletes on the same program not taking the supplement. White the Food and Drug Administration has not substantiated these outcomes, use of Chromium in diet appears to have improved outcomes for some individuals.

Chromium Polynicotinate Supplement Benefits

Chromium Polynicotinate seems to plays a role in the metabolism of glucose, and is necessary for energy production. Since this mineral assists in the production of insulin, it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and can be beneficial both for people with hypoglycemia and diabetes. It is also critical to the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and proteins.

Chromium Polynicotinate is more effective than any other type of chromium, as it binds the elemental chromium to niacin (vitamin B-3). This provides a biologically active form of chromium, which is more absorbable in the body.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of chromium as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality chromium polynicotinate available for our clients.

 

Starch Blockade Kidney Bean Extract ($15 for 1-month supply)*

Supplements containing extracts made from white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) may benefit some patients for weight loss because they are thought to act as “starch blockers” by inhibiting the starch-digesting enzyme amylase which otherwise turns the starch you eat into absorbable sugar.

A review of six clinical trials of white kidney bean extract with no other weight loss ingredient in daily doses of between 445 mg and 1,500 mg per day found a statistically significant reduction in body fat (averaging about 4 pounds) when compared to placebo, although there was insufficient evidence to demonstrate weight loss (Onakpoya, Br J Nutr 2011). Three of the studies used the branded extract Phase 2 (Pharmachem Labs). Most were short in duration (about one to two months) and included lifestyle interventions such changes in diet or exercise.

In the U.S., Phase 2 makes the following claims (which the FDA has not objected to):

May assist in weight control when used in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise program,”

May reduce the enzymatic digestion of dietary starches.”

Canada allows the following claims for Phase 2 Carb Controller:

At 6 capsules (3000 mg) per day: Assists in weight management when used with a program of reduced intake of dietary calories and increased physical activity.

At 4-6 capsules (2000-3000 mg) per day: Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism following a carbohydrate rich meal.

Safety and Side-Effects:

White kidney bean extracts have been shown to be safe in short-term studies – the most common side effects being mild gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas and bloating, which tends to occur early on. Phase 2 is FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). However, people who are diabetic, or who have kidney or liver disease should consult their physician before using. It should not be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of Starch Blockade KBE tablets as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality products available for our clients.

 

Superfoods and Daily Vitamins ($10 for 1-month supply)*

One of the powerful unique combinations offered at Venture Medical Weight Loss is the Superfoods and daily vitamins, just in the right proportions. This little tablet packs over 50 compounds, containing many well-known superfoods, essential minerals, vitamins, energy complexes, especially made to promote health. Many studies have shown that while subtle sub-clinical symptoms of deficiencies in the vitamin do not readily show manifestations in routine life, their use as dietary supplements may make a huge difference in weight loss and feeling of well-being in your daily struggle of feeling tired and not being able to lose weight.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of our Superfoods and Vitamin complex as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality products available for our clients.

 

Probiotics ($15 for 1-month supply)*

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Probiotics are naturally found in your body. You can also find them in some foods and supplements.

It’s only been since about the mid-1990s that people have wanted to know more about probiotics and their health benefits. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. And because of their newfound fame, you can find them in everything from yogurt to chocolate.

Researchers are trying to figure out exactly how probiotics work. Here are some of the ways they may keep you healthy:

  • When you lose “good” bacteria in your body (like after you take antibiotics, for example), probiotics can help replace them.
  • They can help balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your body working like it should.

Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics. They all have different benefits, but most come from two groups. Ask your doctor about which might best help you.

Lactobacillus. This may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help with diarrhea and may help with people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.

Bifidobacterium. You can also find it in some dairy products. It may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some other conditions.

Probiotics help move food through your gut. Researchers are still trying to figure out which are best for certain health problems. Some common conditions they treat are:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
  • Antibiotic-related diarrhea

There is also some research to show they help with problems in other parts of your body. For example, some people say they have helped with:

  • Skin conditions, like eczema
  • Urinary and vaginal health
  • Preventing allergies and colds
  • Oral health

The FDA regulates probiotics like foods, not like medications. In general, probiotic foods and supplements are thought to be safe for most people, though some people with immune system problems or other serious health conditions shouldn’t take them. In some cases, mild side effects might include upset stomach, diarrhea, gas, and bloating for the first couple of days after you start them. They may also trigger allergic reactions. Stop taking them and talk to your doctor if you have problems.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of our Probiotics as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality products available for our clients.

 

Omega-3 Fish Oils ($7.50 for 1-month supply)*

Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are important for a number of functions in the body. There has been a substantial amount of research on supplements of omega-3s, particularly those found in seafood and fish oil, and heart disease. The findings of individual studies have been inconsistent. In 2012, two combined analyses of the results of these studies did not find convincing evidence these omega-3s protect against heart disease.

Omega 3 fatty acids are commonly seen in fats and oils (canola, soybean, Flax seed, wheat germ), Nuts (almonds best) and seeds, Fish and shellfish, fish oils, Vegetable oils corn and sunflower seed oils. We need about 2000 to 3000 mg of fish oil daily.

The three principal omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The main sources of ALA in the U.S. diet are vegetable oils, particularly canola and soybean oils; flaxseed oil is richer in ALA than soybean and canola oils but is not commonly consumed. ALA can be converted, usually in small amounts, into EPA and DHA in the body. EPA and DHA are found in seafood, including fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, and trout) and shellfish (e.g., crab, mussels, and oysters).

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for a number of bodily functions, including muscle activity, blood clotting, digestion, fertility, and cell division and growth. DHA is important for brain development and function. ALA is an “essential” fatty acid, meaning that people must obtain it from food or supplements because the human body cannot manufacture it.

  • Omega-3 supplements may extend bleeding time (the time it takes for a cut to stop bleeding). People who take drugs that affect bleeding time, such as anticoagulants (“blood thinners”) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), should discuss the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements with a health care provider.
  • Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil, are not the same as fish oil. Fish liver oils contain vitamins A and D as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these vitamins can be toxic in large doses. The amounts of vitamins in fish liver oil supplements vary from one product to another.

Scientific evidence on complementary health approaches includes results from laboratory research as well as clinical trials (studies in people). It provides information on whether an approach is helpful and safe. Scientific journals publish study results, as well as review articles that evaluate the evidence as it accumulates; fact sheets from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)—like this one—base information about research findings primarily on the most rigorous review articles, known as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Multiple conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, obesity have been shown to be directly related to lack of Omega-3s in the American Diet.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of Omega-3 as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality products available for our clients.

 

Turmeric Capsules

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.

Studies: Several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.

A 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement called Meriva (standardized to 75 percent curcumin combined with phosphatidylcholine) provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee OA.

In a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product called BCM-95 reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Recently, Cleveland Clinic has published many recommendations for use of turmeric capsules for prevention of Arthritis as well as Ulcerative Colitis. Prevention or reduction of the incidence of Prostate Cancer is also one of the hottest topics of research related to Turmeric use in our diet.

The medical staff at Venture Weight Loss will gladly discuss any questions you may have regarding the use of Turmeric, either raw or as capsules as a dietary supplement with you. We have made high quality products available for our clients.

Statements on this page are not validated by the US FDA. Individual results may vary.
*Patients currently enrolled in Venture's weight loss program get 25% OFF on all the above dietary supplements.
*Discounted pricing for our weight loss patients

 

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