Where Nutrition and Medicine Connect
Connecting Nutrition to Medicine
Chronic disease can change the dietary needs of the body at the cellular level. Common drug therapies do not address the distinct nutritional requirements of chronic conditions, only managing the symptoms of a disease. Medical foods help fill the gaps that drug therapies do not address, by providing the cells of the body with the fuel needed to meet the increased nutritional demands of chronic disease.
Medical foods have been recommended by physicians and dietitians throughout the United States for over a decade to help patients safely manage chronic conditions like pain, inflammation, obesity, hypertension, sleep and cognitive disorders.
- Manufactured in the United States in a cGMP Facility
- Formulated with Ingredients that are Generally Recognized as Safe
- Clinically Validated Products
- Uses a Patented Uptake/Absorption Technology
- Addresses Increased Cellular Demands of Chronic Disease
Medical Foods Target Indications
Chronic pain is defined as any persistent pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Chronic pain can be a result of an injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be other causes such as illness or viral infection. In some cases there may also be no clear cause of pain.
Chronic Pain is a disease of the nervous system, altering nutrient, amino acid and neurotransmitter metabolism. Over the past decade, scientific research has focused on the underlying physiologic changes created by chronic pain and has revealed that specific amino acid based medical foods can improve the body’s ability to reduce pain and inflammation from within.
Medical foods like Theramine, Trepadone and Percura have over a decade of clinical success reducing pain, inflammation and improving the daily function of patients with chronic pain. These drug-free products are specially designed to supply the nervous system with the fuel it needs to meet the increased demands of chronic pain, and have been shown in multiple clinical trials to be effective without dangerous side effects.
Chronic fatigue is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue which lasts for extended periods of time and limits your ability to do every day activities.
The following symptoms are associated with Chronic Fatigue:
- Post-exertion malaise lasting more than 24 hours
- Un-refreshing sleep
- Short-term memory or concentration problems
- Muscle pain/weakness
- Joint Pain without swelling or redness
- Headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
- Tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit
- Recurring soar throat
Chronic Fatigue is most common among women in their 40s and 50s, but can affect anyone. Chronic Fatigue can last for years and is associated with a variety of amino acid and nutrient deficiencies. Medical foods like Sentra AM and Theramine can help manage the distinct nutritional requirements of Chronic Fatigue providing the nervous system with the fuel it needs to reduce fatigue and restore normal daily function.
Sleep dysfunction can lead to persistent problems falling asleep or staying asleep at night. Many patients with chronic sleep disorders wake up feeling tired or feel very sleepy during the day. Chronic pain, PTSD, fatigue and obesity can contribute to sleep dysfunction.
The most common types of sleep disorders are:
- Insomnia - a hard time falling or staying asleep
- Sleep apnea - breathing interruptions during sleep
- Restless legs syndrome - a tingling or prickly sensation in the legs
Patients with sleep disorders are known to have increased nutritional requirements for specific amino acids and certain antioxidants. The medical foods Sentra PM and GABAdone are specially formulated to address the distinct nutritional requirements of patients with sleep disorders, and are clinically proven to help patients fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when blood moves through your arteries at a higher pressure than normal. Many different things can contribute to high blood pressure including obesity, stress, poor diet, smoking and genetic factors. If your blood pressure gets too high or remains high for a long time, it can cause serious health problems.
Most people who have high blood pressure do not have any symptoms. This is why it's sometimes called “the silent killer” and why it’s so important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Patients with hypertension are known to have increased nutritional requirements for certain amino acids and antioxidants. For example, patients with hypertension frequently exhibit reduced blood levels of the amino acid arginine. Hypertensa is a specially formulated medical food designed to address the distinct nutritional requirements of patients with hypertension and is proven to improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure.
Overweight and obesity are defined as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health". Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used index to classify overweight and obesity in adults. If your BMI is equal to or more than 25 you are considered overweight, and obese if your BMI is equal to or more than 30.
- Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases (1).
- Over 75 percent of hypertension cases are directly linked to obesity (2).
- Americans now consume 31% more calories today than they did 40 years ago (3).
Obesity is associated with a variety of amino acid, nutrient and micro-nutrient deficiencies. The medical food AppTrim is specially formulated to address the distinct nutritional requirements of obese patients. For over a decade AppTrim has helped obese patients reduce appetite, control cravings for food, increase early satiety, and reduce caloric intake without dangerous side effects.
1. Campaign to End Obesity: Dr. Lee Kaplan at Preventing and Treating Obesity in the Primary Care Setting 2013 Workshop 2. Trust for America's Health: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013: Fast Facts 3. Let's Move: Learn the Facts 4. The Vast Majority of Baby Boomers Are Overweight or Obese
Benefits of Medical Foods
- Chronic Disease
- Pain & Inflammation
- Sleep Disorders/ Fatigue
- Amino Acids and Neurotransmitters depleted by disease
- Dangerous and Addictive Drugs
- Ineffective Therapies
- Nervous System Function
- Pain Control
- Daily Function
"Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food."
Chronic illness, along with certain drugs commonly used to treat chronic conditions, can deplete vital amino acids and nutrients required by your body’s nervous system to maintain a healthy balance and daily function.
Medical foods help re-charge your body, by providing the fuel your nervous system needs to meet the increased nutritional demands of chronic illness. Medical foods help fill the void that drug therapies do not address.
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AppTrim® - The Dietary Management of Obesity
Theramine® - The Dietary Management of Pain Disorders and Inflammatory Conditions
- A Double-Blind Controlled Trial of a Single Dose Naproxen and an Amino Acid Medical Food Theramine for the Treatment of Low Back Pain
- Reduction in Pain and Inflammation Associated With Chronic Low Back Pain With the Use of the Medical Food Theramine
- Theramine (A Medical Food) Versus Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Agents in Elderly Patients: A Pharmacoeconomic Analysis