Chiropractic Supplements: The 5 Every Practice Should Stock

By Karin Krisher

chiropractic supplementsToday, I’ve got chiropractic care on the brain. Why? My coworkers insist seeing a chiropractor was the best thing they ever did—and we’ve been chatting about it all day.

Because we at DaVinci are huge advocates of chiropractic care and supplements, we often find places where the two connect. In fact, we’ve designed formulas specific to chiropractic care for your patients. DaVinci presents: Our top 5 supplements for the chiropractor’s shelves….and patients. If we’ve left any out, tell us on our Facebook page!


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Why Herbal Products Are Worth A Conversation

By Karin Krisher

Herbals, or botanicals, fall into the FDA’s “dietary supplements” category. Hundreds of natural herbs have been popular for medicinal-like use in Eastern cultures for centuries. But today, their integration into common supplement formulas can be a concern for your patients. Why?

Herbal products are the beginnings to many modern day medicines. They do have contraindications. And that gives them some concerning characteristics. Despite the fact that DaVinci makes use of some herbs in a few of our supplement formulas, we always ensure safety through truth in labeling. We’re acutely aware that herbs aren’t for everyone, and we make sure our customers are aware of this fact, too.

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Vitamin D: User’s Guide

By Karin Krisher

Vitamin D is probably the most talked about and controversial of the letter vitamins. And it isn’t even a vitamin in the traditional dietary sense. You know about cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2), and how mammals can synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. But your patients may not be as familiar with the aptly coined sunshine vitamin. Here, they’ll find a user’s guide.

 What Are Some Health Supportive Qualities Of Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is widely associated with calcium. Supplemental vitamin D supports calcium and phosphorous absorption, crucial for the body’s development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. * It also may support immune system function through support of healthy cell growth.* Vitamin D is responsible for supporting healthy calcium metabolism in the body, which is necessary for normal functioning of the nervous system.* Further, vitamin D may support cardiovascular health and cellular differentiation.*

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Organic Brown Rice Protein: Something To Write Home About

By Karin Krisher

As your resident blogger, I don’t usually do the product recap thing. I try to keep it educational—the point of this blog is to start conversations and help your patients—not to tell you what to do, buy, or think. But this time around, I can’t help myself. This product is one you and your patients should definitely have on the radar.

I might be a resident blogger, but I’m also a resident fitness buff, and our new product is right up my alley. DaVinci’s Organic Brown Rice Protein is on sale today, ready to be mixed and loved.

What makes it so special?

In short? Everything. Brown rice is so commonly known as a starch that it might be hard to wrap your head around the idea of it as a complete protein with a complete amino acid profile. But that’s what DaVinci has created, through a low temperature, hexane free extraction process, wherein the carbohydrates are fermented away and the protein is here to stay.

To that end, each serving provides 22 grams of high quality, vegetarian protein to support muscle metabolism and cellular structure.* In addition, each scoop also includes 5 grams of fiber to support digestion and proper toxin elimination, thereby supporting proper absorption of the many nutrients in this formula.* (All with only 140 calories!)

There are two other features of DaVinci’s Organic Brown Rice Protein that might also spark your patients’ curiosity: It contains non dairy probiotics and offers a complete amino acid profile to support all areas of wellness.*

The non dairy probiotics are important because protein requires efficient breakdown in order to play its role in supporting health.* Probiotics support normal microflora growth and nutrient absorption and breakdown, to help your patients get the most of every nutrient available.*

Wait—There’s More!

The benefits of including a complete amino acid profile are endless. Rice protein is known for its high content of cysteine and methionine. When the body metabolizes cysteine, it produces glutathione, the master antioxidant in the body. Methionine can be converted to both SAMe and glutathione, helping to support detoxification, proper elimination of toxins, mood, joint health and more.*

Organic Brown Rice Protein also contains several other essential amino acids, including valine to support muscle growth, normal glucose levels and the transport of excess nitrogen from the liver to other body tissues as needed. *

Further, an advanced amino acid profile may support weight management and the provision of energy directly to muscle tissues.*

Is there anything this protein doesn’t have? Sure! It’s missing all the artificial flavors and added sugars of other products on the market. Give it a try today and let us know what you (and your patients) think in a comment!

Talk to Your Patients About Probiotics

Karin Krisher

Talking to your patients about probiotics might be just the kick start they need on their path to everyday health. Going with your gut means more than just following your heart. With the ever-emerging understanding of digestive health as it relates to food consumption, we’ve been able to embrace the idea that the gut can have a huge effect on total health—including a significant one on neurological wellness.

Probiotics are a hot news topic, and we couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon for this discussion. Here, we tell you about the talking points you and your patients should cover.

  1. Explain why probiotics exist in the first place.

The gut is the most biologically active area in the body—more plentiful microorganisms that are more active than other microorganisms reside here. Further, bacteria in the body outnumber cells 10 to one. Zoom outward with your patients—ask them to view the gut as it’s own living system, an organism that needs specified care. Probiotics, either in food cultures or in supplement form, can provide that support.*

     2. Talk about antibiotics.

The New York Times summarized a large scale study and report on probiotic use in comparison to antibiotic use. The researchers and reporters concluded  that probiotics support microbial balance, even that which is otherwise affected by antibiotics. Intuitively, that makes sense: pro plus anti equals balance. But your patients might need some of the facts to back up the potential benefits.

      3. Talk about natural sources.

Now, new information tells us what isn’t not be so obvious: even red wine may act as a probiotic delivery system. Fermented foods (like yogurt) have long been touted for their probiotic content, but wine’s relatively novel, and while the Times is quick to caution us that no doctor would recommend alcohol solely for its potential digestion supportive properties, we’ll leave that up to you. At least you can let your patients know that this is an option. Which brings us to our next talking point.

      4. Talk about the options.

While we’re yogurt fans, many people are not—and that’s OK. For those who are interested in supplementing their diets with probiotics, there are a million options. Our favorites, of course, come from the DaVinci line. Mega Probiotic ND, Mega Probiotic ND with Digestive Enzymes Chewable and NonDairy Probiotic 50+ all offer something slightly different from one another.

Choosing one is tough, we admit, but your patients should have all of the information about each before they pick. Our chewable probiotic includes digestive enzymes for support of nutrient absorption and utilization.* It also tastes delicious, which is always beneficial to compliance. Our Mega Probiotic ND is a nondairy formula with 5 billion CFU per capsule, alongside fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic. Finally, DaVinci’s new probiotic, NonDairy 50+, features over 50 billion CFU of beneficial bacteria per serving, FOS, and multiple bacteria strains, making it the most concentrated and diverse option.

       5. Talk about the connection.

Which connection? The connection. Let your patients know that whatever is going on in their minds is so affected by microbial balance that the thread is often referred to as “the gut/brain connection.” So instead of asking them to plunge headfirst into the mysteries of their current mental states, ask them to think about what they ate last night.

As Scrooge so famously professed to the ghost of his dead business partner, “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”

And he was probably right.