Articulate, passionate and humorous, Dr. Holly Lucille breaks down the myths and misconceptions about health and health related topics.

Supplements: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Uses

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Does replacing a meal with a supplement help your diet and overall health? Or might advertising claims be misleading you?
Air Date: 4/9/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Ray Doustdar, CEO Buiced INC
Ray Ray Doustdar is the CEO of BUICED Inc., and the creator of the all new BUICED Liquid Multivitamin, as well as the curator of Everyday Juicer, a website dedicated to helping people add fresh vegetable juicing to their daily lifestyle.

Through fresh vegetable juicing, Ray was able to bring down his cholesterol from 234 to 168 (down 28%) by incorporating juicing into his daily lifestyle.

During this time, he discovered that although the leafy greens are packed with phyto-nutrients, they lack many essential vitamins and minerals.

He tried taking vitamins in pill form after each juice, but they upset his stomach. Then Ray learned liquid vitamins are more readily available for easy absorption, so he decided to solve his own problem and created BUICED to "boost his juice."
Supplements: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Uses
It seems like there is always a new way to improve your life with a pill or supplement.

One might say there's a "supplement for everything" these days: vitamins, mood enhancers, bodybuilding, food, dietary and even herbal.

In fact, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements (and that's just one kind of supplement).

Where do you begin to understand the options available and if are you using supplements in a healthy or unhealthy way?

One of the misconceptions made with supplements is the habit of using protein powder as a replacement for real food. Even though there are benefits with using protein powder, this doesn't mean you should be tripling your scoops and skipping crucial meals.

Another misconception is the use of vitamins. Do you know what these vitamins really do?

For example there are two sources of vitamin B12: cyanocobalamin is a form that your body has to work extra hard to convert to methylcobalamin (the more absorbable form).

What else do you need to look out for?

Everyday Juicer, Ray Doustdar, shares why it's important to do your research before buying and trying supplements, the misconceptions surrounding supplements and the best ways to improve your overall health by taking supplements.