Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated: 10/20/22

Marek Health has partnered with Fullscript™ to offer our clients convenient access to vetted supplements.

Based on your healthcare team’s recommendations, Fullscript™ will ship top-quality supplements directly to your door, just as we already do with all treatments. It’s the perfect match for our high-quality, concierge care.

Micronutrients, often referred to as vitamins and minerals, are vital to optimal physiology, disease prevention, and overall well-being.

Unfortunately, our soils and food supply have been robbed by modern invasive agricultural methods. Don’t allow micronutrient deficiency to be the rate-limiting enzymatic step in reaching your full genetic potential. Support your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally.

Our Top 5 Recommended Supplements for Micronutrient Support

1. COLLAGEN PEPTIDES

30% of our protein mass is made up of collagen. Our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons all rely on it- it helps us move around and stretch, and look good while doing it. With age, and with more stress on our bodies, collagen production decreases. We can help our bodies regenerate what has been lost or broken down by adding ingestible collagen to our diets.

1 serving (2 scoops) includes:

  • 20g of Collagen Peptides
  • 80mg Hyaluronic Acid
  • 100% of your Daily Value of Vitamin C

We recommend mixing it in hot or cold liquids, such as coffee and smoothies.

Benefits:

  • Hair and nail growth
  • Skin health
  • Joint support
  • Muscle growth

May aid in treating:

  • Joint pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol

Factors that decrease collagen:

  • Vitamin-C deficiency
  • Smoking
  • Stress/lack of sleep
  • High blood sugar/diabetes
  • UV radiation

2. GRASS-FED BEEF LIVER

Liver is King! Beef liver is a micronutrient-dense powerhouse. A valuable source of bioavailable Vitamin A, B12, Iron, Folate, and Choline. It is also a valuable source of trace minerals, including copper, zinc, and chromium.

Benefits:

  • Overall wellness and energy boost
  • Sustain or improve overall energy levels
  • Rich in CoQ10
  • High in Antioxidants
  • Increases cellular turnover
  • Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails
  • Improves collagen and protein metabolism

May aid in treating:

  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Neurological issues
  • Reduces Risk of Anemia

3. PHOSPHATIDYL CHOLINE

Choline is an essential nutrient and required precursor to acetylcholine. Choline requirements are not well defined due to genetic variance among populations. However, a choline deficiency can quickly lead to NAFLD because choline is required to transport cholesterol out of the liver. Phosphatidylcholine is a major component of the membranes of the liver cells (hepatocytes).

Benefits:

  • Protects the liver cells from toxins
  • Supports faster rebuilding of liver tissue
  • Accelerates restoration of overall wellbeing
  • Helps metabolize fats and aids digestion
  • Decreases dietary cholesterol absorption
  • Enhances cognitive function

May aid in treating:

  • Brain fog
  • High/low cholesterol
  • Liver disease/NAFLD/NASH
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • POTS

Studies show that other forms of choline may disrupt the gut microbiome and increase levels of TMAO, which is linked to heart disease. Hence we recommend this phosphatidylcholine form.

Note: In addition to this supplemental choline, we recommend getting at least 550mg of choline per day from your diet. You can track choline intake via Cronometer, a free micronutrient tracking app. To achieve 550mg of dietary choline, you need to eat ~4 large eggs per day.

4. VITAMIN E (Mixed Tocopherols/Tocotrienols)

This Vitamin E supplement from Life Extension contains the full spectrum of vitamin E compounds to provide strong antioxidant benefits. As a family of antioxidant compounds, vitamin E is one of the most researched and most important nutrients to consume daily. In fact, studies show this combination is most beneficial when it comes to oxidative stress and on inflammatory factors.

This is a well-balanced Vitamin E supplement. Studies show that supplementation with single isoforms of Vitamin E (like found in other Vitamin E supplements) may potentially increase the risk of certain cancers. Hence we recommend this mixed tocopherol/tocotrienol product from Life Extension.

Benefits:

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Suppresses lipid peroxidation
  • Maintains cell membrane integrity
  • Reduces cellular aging
  • Acts as a free radical scavenger
  • Maintains healthy platelet aggregation
  • Promotes a healthy nervous system 
  • Maintains healthy cognitive function
  • Enhances immune function

May aid in treating:

  • Oxidative stress
  • Liver Disease/NAFLD/NASH
  • Inflammation
  • Eye disorders

Some studies show up to 80% of the population are Vitamin E deficient.

5. Zinc Lozenge

Zinc is an essential mineral that plays important roles in hormone production, immune function, metabolism, neurotransmitter balance, and wound healing.  Zinc is necessary for preventing copper excess, copper excess can lead to estrogenic symptoms such as acne and depression. Unfortunately, taking zinc orally on an empty stomach can lead to nausea and zinc absorption is impaired by food. Hence to improve bioavailability we recommend zinc is taken sublingually via a lozenge.

Benefits:

  • Powerful support for immune health
  • Promotes healthy protein synthesis
  • Necessary for the biochemical activity of over 300 essential enzymes
  • Improved mood and well-being

May aid in treating:

  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Vision loss in the elderly

It is estimated that around 2 billion people worldwide are deficient in zinc due to inadequate dietary intake.

Bonus:  Zinc prevents the rhinovirus (common cold) from multiplying. As soon as you begin to experience symptoms of the common cold, we recommend taking an additional zinc lozenge. Zinc supplementation within the first 24 hours has been shown to cause a significant reduction in common cold symptoms and decrease the duration of symptoms.

This is not a replacement for a good diet. This is a safety net to ensure you get sufficient micronutrients to support healthy and optimal physiology. We at Marek Health are interested in you helping you achieve better living through science.

This blog post/article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied upon. If you are considering a treatment, always consult your primary care physician to discuss the risks and benefits.

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