Dr. Michele Imossi - Chiropractic Physician
VITAMIN RECOMMENDATIONS:
Dr. Michele Imossi's Vitamins

I have found a way to bring the products I offer in my office directly to you - wherever you are.  I have searched the internet for the exact products I use and recommend to my patients, at the best prices, so that you can order directly from the suppliers!  These products are tried and true.  After over 20 years of live research in my practice - I know what works. These are all high-quality, natural products at cost-effective prices.  Most of what I recommend can be found on two websites: Puritan's Pride and TheNaturalStore.com.  So you can enjoy the same miracles my patients enjoy in your own corner of the world!  

Yours in Health,

Dr. Michele        

Puritan Pride Glucosamine Sulfate 1,000mg capsules

I highly recommend Puritain Pride's glucosamine.  I used to dispense more expensive combination joint formulas, with minimal results.  After much research, I found out that glucosamine sulfate is a tiny molecule that is easily absorbed.  Chondroitin is many times larger and poorly absorbed. Plus, your body can actually make chondroitin from glucosamine. I have seen better, quicker results with generic glucosamine at a high does than I ever did with the more expensive products. Remember, you can't patent a natural substance such as: vitamin C, cod liver oil or glucosamine, but if you make your own special formula of a little glucosamine and a little of something else, you can give it a fancy new name, and package it in a fancy bottle, and quadruple the price.

 The key to gettting results is to be consistent!  For my patients with mild to moderate arthritis: I recommend 2,000 mg of glucosamine a day.   For severe arthritis and arthritis in many different body sites, I recommend 3,000 mg.  Once people are feeling great, I tell them that they can try cutting back on the dosage, but they need to stay on the glucosamine. It is the Fountain of Youth for the joints. It helps repair all the old injuries and keep up with all the new ones. Everyday we keep pounding on our joints. We can't keep making withdrawals from our banks of health - we need to make some deposits. And for most people over 30, that should include glucosamine!

Caution: Glucosamine is made from shell fish - those with allergies need to take Vegetarian Glucosamine (Glucosamine HCl).        

Puritan Pride Vegetarian Glucosamine - Glucsamine HCl
Perfect for strict vegetarians and those with shellfish allergies.  (Results may take longer to notice with this glucosamine HCl formula as compare to glucosamine sulfate.)   

Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate: From Organic Black Cherries:

Tart Organic Cherry Juice Concentrate - 16 oz.
Finally...Something that is incredibly good for you, yet also tastes incredibly good!  This popular product can work miracles on joint pain, and it is good for the rest of the body as well.  Cherry juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Since it reduces inflammation, it reduces pain! It is an old fashion remedy for Gout - the most inflammatory type of arthritis.  If it can work for Gout, it can work on your common, everyday arthritis. Plus, it is good for your overall health. Just like other darkly colored fruit and vegetables, cherry juice is loaded with anti-oxidants - the stuff that slows down the aging process and helps rejuvenate the body. Everyone loves the flavor of cherries!  This product is a concentrated syrup, made from organic, tart, black cherries. Drink a few spoons a day right out of the bottle or use it as a natural sweetner.  Add it to seltzer and you have a healthy, natural soda for kids of all ages.  Add it to hot water for a tea or cold water for juice.  Pour it on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt, or in smoothies as a flavorful syrup.  Add it to whole grain hot or cold cereals for a delicious burst of flavor.     

Caution Diabetics: Since it is a fruit juice, it does contain sugar.  Read the label and consult with your own doctor before trying. If you do take this product, use it sparingly and always take with food.

Tart Black Cherry Capsules - 1,000mg
A no sugar, cherry juice option.  Some people find the pill form of cherry juice more convenient to take, but it isn't nearly as fun and delicious! But it will last longer, it is more convenient for travel and it is potent.  Same benefits of cherry juice in an easy to swallow capsule.   
Spectrum liquid cod liver oil - lemon flavored

Cod Liver Oil is the original, gold-standard in Omega-3 supplementation.  Even ask your mother or grandmother! Many of my patients remember lining up for a spoon of this stuff everyday in school! Believe me - our children would be much happy, healthier, smarter, and better behaved if this were still the case!  Omega-3 is the “Fountain of Youth” vitamin.  It is the beautiful skin, hair and nails vitamin, and that is only the beginning! (My daughter even read it in Teen Vogue so it must be true!) Omega 3 fatty acids have proven helpful support for a wide variety of illnesses to include: Cardiovascular Disease, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney disorders, Depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Obesity and Insulin Resistance (Diabetes).  Ideally, we should be getting these essential fats through our diets, but in America, our consumption of Omega-3 (Poly-unsaturated fats) has decreased, while our consumption of saturated fats and vegetable oils has increased.   Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory, while the other fats actually promote inflammation, pain and disease.  The best way to add Omega-3’s to the diet is through fish oil supplementation. I always tell my patients, "If you are going to take only one supplement - this is the one to take!" If you take your Omega-3s in the Cod Liver Oil form, you also get the added benefit of vitamin A and vitamin D!  These are especially good for the skin and the immune system!   I give a tablespoon to my kids every morning. It is a great way to jump start the brain cells - Studies show that Omega-3s improve mood, behavior and academics!      

Nordic Naturals liquid fish oil - lemon flavored

This is a very mild, lemon-flavored, concentrated fish oil. Ounce per ounce, you get a higher dose of Omega-3s in this fish oil than the cod liver oil, but it doesn't contain the other nutrients naturally found in cod liver oil, like vitamin A.  A mere teaspoon of this oil gives you 1,725 mg of total Omega-3s.  That's a great amount!  It would take 3-6 of the average fish oil pills to give you the same amount.  I recommend that my patients try the liquid first, and if they can't handle it or aren't good about remembering to take it, move to "plan B" - the pill form of Omega-3.  Nordic Naturals is one of the purest brands of fish oil.  It is a widely recommended by health care professionals. This is a great supplement for the whole family.     

Nordic Naturals fish oil capsule - lemon flavored
This lemon-flavored Nordic Naturals Omega-3 fish oil gel-capsule is the "best of the best" as far as fish oil pills go.  No aftertaste and no stomach repeat like many other products give.  Plus the brand is well known and as one of the purest in the industry.  I tell my patients, of all supplements you take, you need to be the most careful with the fish oil.  Make sure you get a good-quality, professional brand. One that has been ultra-purified and third party inspected. If we ate the amount of fish we need to get the proper amount of Omega-3 fats, we would have to worry about the toxins in the fish. Well when supplementing, you are taking in a highly concentrated form of fish. Plus, the oil, or fat, is where the toxins are actually stored in the fish, so it definitely needs to be cleansed before you consume it.  The better brands spend the money to molecularly distill the oil and have it 3rd party tested. You aren't going to get that at your local discount store.  You need to read the labels to find out how much Omega-3 is actually in a fish oil pill. Most 1,000mg fish oil pills only contain about 300mg of Omega-3 oil. You need to add the amount of EPA, DHA and other Omega-3s to get the total Omega-3 amount.  This pill contains 640 mg in each pill, so it is one of the highest concentrations available in a pill form, and it is well absorbed, so you should notice the benefits from it much quicker than with other brands. The recommended dose is 2 a day... Although that does still falls short of the Omega-3s found in just one little tablespoon of the liquid fish oil (1,725 mg).  So if you can handle the liquid, you get more for your money, plus you'll get results quicker, but if think you'll comply better to the pills, than you are better off with the pills. Consistency is the important thing!  Omega-3s are a crucial nutrient that is severly lacking from the average American diet - we need to get a steady supply of Omega-3 to maximize the function of our bodies and minds. This is the number one fish oil pill I recommend to my patients, age 12 and up.              

Children's Chewable Omega-3s:

Nordic Naturals tiny fish oil capsule for kids - strawberry flavored

These great-tasting, tiny, strawberry gel caps are perfect for the littlest of kids. Especially if they are picker eaters!  Again, always try the liquid form first, because you much more Omega-3s in the liquid, but this is the next best thing.  These gel caps can be chewed or swallowed whole. They are about half the size of a pea - so they are pretty impossible to choke on.  Kids usually love them - in fact you'll have to keep them out of reach because they'll think they're candy. I've have had kids call them "strawberry gum or gummies" because they are that good. And, oh course they are naturally flavored. The Nordic Natural brand is very trusted, purified brand so you can feel confident giving it to your child.  These pills have a higher concentration of DHA which is the Omega 3 that is especially good for the brain.  Kids absolutely need Omega-3 fats in their diet to grow, think and behave their best!   

Nature's Way Magnesium Complex - 250 mg capsules
Magnesium is Mother Nature's muscle relaxer. It is the most used mineral in our bodies. Therefore, it is a very common deficiency, but you don't hear much about it because it so inexpensive.  Other countries have their pharmacies loaded with magnesium products. I often call it "the cheapest little miracle cure." Signs of deficiency are: Muscle Pain, Nerve Pain, Migraines, Spasms, Restless Legs, Cramps, “Charley Horses”, High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Depression, Fatique, Asthma, Heart Disease, OB/GYN problems, Osteoporosis, Hypogycemia, and Diabetes. Take 250 – 500mg before bed, and sleep like a baby!  Magnesium also acts as a natural detoxifier. It is crucial for the removal of toxins from our bodies. (Just be careful: At high doses, it acts as a natural laxative!) I have tried many brands of magensium in my practice and this is the brand and formulation that works best.  It is a capsule so it is easy for the body to absorb than a solid tablet.  Also, to work best as a muscle relaxer, magnesium need to be taken alone - not with Calcium. When taken with calcium, the calcium is absorbed better, but for the muslce relaxation effects, you may want to take a magnesium by itself, close to bedtime.  If you get the laxative effect - cut back on the dosage. (Puritan Pride has a 100mg magnesium capsule that I have my patient's switch to if this 250mg product is too strong. Scroll down to view it.)   
Peter Gillham's Natural Calm - powdered magnesium drink - raspberry lemon flavor
Perfect for people who can't swallow pills - or who don't want to swallow any more pills!  Because it is a liquid it is absorbed even faster that the capsule form.  Regular magnesium doesn't dissolve in water - so you can't just open a capsule and mix with water.  You pay more than double the price, but this 16 oz. bottle goes far and the rasberry-lemon flavor is delicious!  They make a children's version of this, but it is the same price for a bottle that is half the size, just a different flavor.
New Chapter Zyflamend - natural anti-inflammatory gel cap

This is what I prescribe for my worse cases of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, sports injuries, car accidents, arthritis and joint swelling  and disc problems.  It perfect for patients who want to avoid the side effects of pain killer medications. It is all-natural - Made only from spices!  Like is so often the case with natural medicine, besides helping with pain, it is actually good for the rest of you! Medical studies are now showing that most disease stems from inflammation in our bodies.  If we can lower the inflammation in our bodies, we reduce our chances of all disease.