• Are Dietary Supplements Right For Me?

    on Aug 10th, 2018

If you conduct a quick internet search for the words “dietary supplements,” you’re rewarded with over 150 million hits in less than a second. As if that weren’t confusing enough, you’re left to wade through the near-infinite claims of younger skin, better heart health, and solutions for just about anything that ails you, including cancer.

Here at Lafferty Family Care, we want to help our patients in Bentonville, Arkansas, find the right dietary supplements that will deliver the most health benefits for their unique situations. To that end, Dr. Scott Lafferty has done much of the research for you and has selected a group of effective dietary supplements that help you “live young and stay young.”

If you want to find out whether you should be taking dietary supplements, here’s what you need to know.

Get tailor-made recommendations

Each person is different, with varying health concerns, dietary habits, and genetic dispositions, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all supplement that addresses each person’s unique needs. Still, Americans spend a whopping $30 billion annually on dietary supplements, and many do so without the guidance of a physician.

One of the first, and best, steps you can take when figuring out whether you may benefit from a dietary supplement is to sit down with Dr. Lafferty to review your medical history, your current health, and undergo blood testing to see what deficits you have in your body. By doing this, you can make sure that you’re getting the supplements you need, without wasting money on ones you don’t.

More importantly, you may do more harm than good if you’re taking supplements that may interfere with any medications you’re taking or may potentially worsen an existing medical condition. Under our guidance, we make sure you’re getting the right supplements for your health concerns.

Making up the difference

In today’s world of processed foods, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ensure that all of your nutrient bases are covered, which is where supplements come in. As the name implies, dietary supplements should be used to boost certain levels of vitamins, minerals, and other substances for better health. In recommending dietary supplements, we don’t mean for them to act as a substitute for healthy eating, but rather as a way to make up for any areas where you fall short.

On top of providing the proper nutrients, many supplements go a step further and improve your health in myriad ways, from reducing cholesterol to strengthening your bones.

Supplement your way to great health

As we mentioned, we’ve hand-selected a line of dietary supplements that are highly effective in delivering the nutrients you need. They’re called Designs for Health®, and there are a number of different options which we make available through our practice.

For example, if you’re concerned about heart health, we offer Niacin CRT™ and OmegAvail™ Hi-Po, which work to lower cholesterol and prevent plaque buildup in your bloodstream.

We also offer supplements like Vitamin D Supreme™, which contains both vitamins D and K for bone and arterial health, and also provides a boost to your immune system.

For women who are going through perimenopause and menopause, we have DIM-Evail™, which supports healthy estrogen metabolism.

Lastly, gastrointestinal issues are highly common and are made worse by many of the foods we eat and medications we take. To promote good gut health, we offer Probiophage DF™, which contains seven strains of probiotics to restore balance to your digestive tract.

Bear in mind that these are some of the most commonly-used supplements, and we can design a program that fits your unique situation and your health goals.

If you’d like to cut through the dietary supplement clutter to get what you need, please give us a call or use the online booking tool on this website to schedule a consultation.

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