Supplement Recommendations For Protection Against Pollutants and Free Radicals

pollution protection

There are things you can do to minimize the harmful effects of pollution, according to research studies. The super antioxdant and master detoxifier called glutathione, along with certain nutrients can block the oxidation effects, inflammation toxicity effects from pollutants. IMI practitioners recommend these supplements to support your health and for daily protection:

Innate® Response C Complete Powder

This unique and gentle powdered formula provides rich, non-acidic Vitamin C (calcium and magnesium ascorbate) and other natural co-factors extracted from vitamin C superfoods (Acerola, Camu camu, Goji and Amla fruits). As well there are good doses of a phenolic rich food blend high in antioxidants and flavonoids (quercitin, hisperidin, rutin) synergistic with the vitamin C make this the perfect supplement to process the daily toxic load we intake here in polluted Hong Kong.

Vitamin C is often thought of as for immunity, which it does help. Additionally vitamin C and the related flavenoids assists our resistance to stress and support healthy blood vessels. It also increase the most important detoxification anti-oxidant in our body. The average daily intake of vitamin C barely makes it over 100mg—for both adults and children. However, our immunity is not fully activated until some 200mg are available daily.

C Complete Powder, having natural cofactors with the vitamin C, is more effective than other vitamin C products in the marketplace.

How much of this pleasant orange tasting powder to take daily? A quarter soop will provide approximately 500mg of vitamin C, plus all the flavenoids and anti-oxidant fruit ingredients. OA study once daily 500mg dosing of the simple L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C for just a couple of weeks on average raised glutathione levels by some 50% (See here for reference). The ideal detox dose is 500mg morning and night since vitamin C leaves the body quickly. Children show benefit from as little as 250mg daily.

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EnduraCell Plus

If you have to take just one daily detoxification supplement, make it EnduraCell Plus. IMI clients regularly report better endurance, and they manage high pollution days better. For those who are chemically sensitive, they tend to have easier breathing and relief of asthma symptoms when they are on the supplement.

EnduraCell Plus provides a natural source of very high potency sulforaphane—an important detoxification phyto nutrients extracted from broccoli sprouts. Broccoli and the cabbage family have been documented to offer protective properties against certain cancers. The sulphorophane extracts from broccoli sprouts have been extensively researched, and a good representation of studies can be found here. Sulforaphanes have been shown to stimulates a gene named Nrf2 which then influences over 2000 genes associated with protecting the cells and increases the cell’s production of glutathione and many other antioxidants and proteins. When Nrf2 is activated, a large number of protective and detoxification cellular enzymes are upregulated to protect our cells against oxidative stress, inflammation, and DNA-damage. It has been shown in studies to reverse damage to blood vessels and thus may lower cardiovascular risks. It has also been shown to destroy the H. pylori bacterium which can attack the stomach lining, at the same time controlling inflammation.

You are unlikely to get from your diet enough sulforaphanes to trigger the substantial protective effects found in studies, however. EnduraCell Plus provides these amounts in 3 capsules. It's worth mentioning that many such extracts are unstable, degrading quickly after being harvested. The Australian manufacturer of EnduraCell Plus is able to overcome this problem. EnduraCell Plus also has selenium added, allowing glutathione to act for longer by helping it to recycle, to search for more toxins to bind and reduce.

We recommend adding the synergistic Curcumin Extract to significantly potentiates sulforophane's protective activities. We recommend the following daily dosage: Healthy Adult of 50kg, 1 capsule of EnduraCell with 1 capsule of Curcumin Extract. Healthy Adult 75 kg, 2 capsules of EnduraCell with 1 capsule of Curcumin Extract. Healthy Adult over 100kg, 2 capsules of EnduraCell and 2 capsules of Curcumin Extract.

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QuickSilver Scientific Liposomal Glutathione

This pleasant lemon-mint tasting supplement delivers bioavailable glutathione in a liposomal format. It comes with a precision pump to accurately deliver 50 mg of reduced glutathione per 0.5 mL pump. May be dispersed in water or other liquid when desired.

Glutathione is a molecular master detoxifier as it binds to toxins in the body and carries them into the bile and the stool for removal. It protects each cell's delicate chemical machinery and helps energy metabolism run efficiently, and also recycles other antioxidants and protects you against free radical attacks. Your body produces Glutathione naturally but the everyday exposure to pollutants can quickly deplete all of our antioxidants, especially glutathione. About 50% of us are genetically predisposed to produce less than optimal glutathione levels. We recommend glutathione supplements for those who are more seriously affected by pollution.

Typical oral delivery of glutathione is greatly inhibited by breakdown in the stomach. This product delivers tiny particles of liposomal glutathione that bypasses the breakdown in the digestive system which otherwise prevents absorption. In cell cultures, liposomal glutathione has been demonstrated to be much more efficiency for intracellular delivery than non-liposomal glutathione.

At IMI we regularly recommend Liposomal Glutathione for several months for assistance in a detoxification program. Glutathione binds heavy metals and mould toxins as well as a host of other pollutants. Ideally it is used in combined with activated charcoal and MCT fiber products to assist the removal of the toxicity and heavy metals out of the bowel. However, we recommend EnduraCell Plus (see above) for long term ongoing stimulation of the glutathione production and protection.

Product available in IMI Dispensary, but not available online due to its strict temperature requirements.

Innate® Response Complete Multi Powder with CoQ10

This orange flavoured great tasting mix of FoodState® antioxidants such as Vitamin A (mixed carotewnoid forms), vitamin C, D, E, and Selenium, is complimented with a clinical studied does of Coenzyme Q10 for extra protection against free radicals and anti-aging benefits.

FoodState® antioxidant vitamins are more complex and effective than the synthetic pharmaceutically produced ones from the typical supplements in the market.

The advantage of a powder over tablets is better absorption, and the ability to stack the product with more minerals. The Complete Multi Powder 1 scoop daily dose in water will provide 300mg of both Calcium and Magnesium bound to easily absorbed chelates. Ordinarily that amount of these two minerals would take up to 6 capsules to swallow!

The B vitamins in the Complete Multi Powder are also in the active bio-available forms. This includes the vitamin B6 (as (P-5-P), the folate (derived from broccoli) and the B12 in the most active form of methylcobalamine. That bio-available natural form is a vitally important difference when it comes to B complex being biologically protective. The active form also doesnt taste so bad as regular synthetic man made B vitamins as found in the marketplace.

Practitioners at IMI reccomend this product as superior to others ordinary multivitamins for these reasons and the fact that the anti-oxidant vitamins are not synthetic man made industrial products, but are extracted complexes from real food. These are biologically more active in the complex natural forms.

IMI strives to provide you with more effective products, and this FoodState and chelated mineral Complete Multi Powder is a great example. You will also find the pleasant powder form really works well, overcoming the need for many pills!

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Vital Nutrients Ultra Pure Fish Oil 700

Fish Oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which offer a wide range of benefits such as supporting cartilage and soft connective tissues, cardiovascular health, brain function, memory and concentration, as well as managing​ typical inflammation.

Irritating particles from air pollution such as iron can cause inflammation in your body and particularly damage the blood vessels and the brain. Studies have shown that high levels of pollution do age the brain faster​. Omega 3 from fish oil offers an effective anti-inflammatory effect. A recent study in mice have shown that when given an adequate level of omega-3, they had 30 to 50% protection from inflammation damage under the effect of air pollution, making fish oil an antidote.

Fish oils are surprisingly fragile and are susceptible to rancidity. Poorly processed oils may also contain toxins. We recommend the Vital Nutrients Ultra Pure range because it is triple molecular distilled and then independently tested for rancidity, PCBs, heavy metals, bacteria, yeast and mold counts. The purifying process results in a pure, concentrated, double-strength fish oil supplement.

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For those who are more burdened by toxicity expecially heavy metals, please consult a naturopathic medicine practitioner for a proper detox. FOr more information, please call 2523 7121 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.