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I think we would be amazed if we saw the sales figures for energy drinks as school kicks in. I am not buying energy drinks so I do not even think about it. I was talking to Patient J and he told me it is the number one thing they sell in their store as the school work load increases.

The high school or college student has a lot of memorization to do and the more tired they are the efficiency of retention is going to drop. Stimulating your body to be awake via caffeine does not improve the efficiency of a fatigued brain. If your students are like mine the proof is in the pudding. How do you improve brain function for faster learning and at the same time safely improve energy when sleep is limited? We can do this with all natural multivitamins.

I want to mention a few items in a multivitamin and how to determine natural from synthetic.

B 6 in nature has 8 different forms. To make it requires a fermentation process. The forms that we will see on a label are called Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate and Pyridoxine Hydrochloride. The Pyridoxine is the active form of B 6 the body uses. The Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate form leaves the phosphate in the intestine lining aiding energy production.

B 6 helps make brain signal transmitters: Seratonin, Dopamine, and GABA. These are mood enhancers and are going to help with information transfer. Memory.

B 6 aides in the production of Hemoglobin, the protein that carries iron. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the cells. To get the oxygen to the cell the exchange requires B 6. This is your energy.

B 12 in the safe natural form is called Hydroxy – cobalamin. Cobalamin is B 12 and it will give you energy by stimulating cell activity. When B 12 was first identified it was difficult to stabilize in the laboratory. The researchers bound it to cyanide and it is still used today as Cyanocobalamin. Methyl cobalamin is another form of B 12 and is not the best form either. Methyl groups entering the blood stream will convert mercury, that has gotten into our body, from an inert form that would normally be removed by natural L Ascorbate vitamin C, into toxic methyl mercury.

The Hydroxy form of B 12 loses the hydroxyl group as it enters the blood stream and the body will attach the Methyl group as it needs the B 12 targeting specific needs. We want nature not synthetics.

Magnesium is important for energy production in the cell. The Adrenal Glands use a lot of it under stress. Staying up late and the stress of school takes a toll on the Adrenals. Magnesium drops.

We want magnesium in the organic natural forms for better absorption. Magnesium citrate, glycinate, ascorbate, fumerate, and malate will absorb. Magnesium glycerinate is one of the best for absorption.

Poor absorption forms of magnesium are chloride, sulfate, carbonate, and oxide.

Vitamin C stimulates energy production for the whole body as well as helps fight off viruses. In nature vitamin C is the L Ascorbate form. The L stands for left handed image. A molecular position. Synthetic vitamin C is ascorbic acid and it is in the D and L form. The D form (right handed molecular structure) is not absorbed.

A few other things that are very important to overall health are Selenium. We want this in the absorbable Seleno – methionine form. Other forms of selenium are at a 30 to 1 absorption rate. If you took 30 mcg of synthetic selenium you will be lucky to absorb 1 mcg.

Vitamin E. We want the mixed tocopherols. The synthetic D Alpha Tocopherol dilutes the Gamma franction. The Gamma is important for the heart.

I am a broken record at home. Did you take your Life Guard? Did you take your Life Guard? School is making them smarter. They come back after me and say, “Dad, did you take your Life Guard?”

Use the Life Guard Multivitamin. It’s made with 100% natural nutrients. We want the urine to be sunshine yellow. It means you are getting enough B 2 Riboflavin.

Have a great weekend.

Dr. McGuckin


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