Understanding Functional Medicine Supplements

Drugs vs. Supplements

According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended, Section 201(g)(1), the term drug is defined as an ‘article intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.’ Technically, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, herbs, or homeopathic remedies are not classified as drugs. However, these substances can have significant effects on physiology and must be used rationally.

Using Supplements

At Richmond Integrative & Functional Medicine we provide nutritional counseling and make individualized recommendations regarding use of these supplements in order to upgrade the quality of foods in a patient’s diet and to supply nutrition to support the physiological and biomechanical processes of the human body. Although these products may also be suggested with a specific therapeutic purpose in mind, their use is chiefly designed to support given aspects of metabolic function.

Drug Interactions

Use of nutritional supplements may be safely recommended for patients already using pharmaceutical medications (drugs), but some potentially harmful interactions may occur. For this reason, it is important to keep all of your healthcare providers fully informed about all medications and nutritional supplements, herbs, or hormones you may be taking. It is also important to consult with a health care provider who is trained and knowledgeable in the use, interactions and reactions that may occur as a results of using supplements.

Our Recommendations

As a service to you, we make recommendations based on our research of supplements and health conditions. We have vetted specific vendors and know which ones provide a good quality, clean, reliable product.

We determine quality by considering:

  1. The quality of science behind the product
  2. The quality of the ingredients themselves
  3. The quality of the manufacturing process
  4. The synergism among product components

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New To Supplements?

Get Started With Wellness Essentials

I’m often asked, “If you had to pick only 3 supplements to recommend to me, what would they be?”

Here’s my answer: You need a quality multi-vitamin, a good source of Vitamin D, and you need to boost your Omega 3 fatty acids. If you can invest further in your health, I also recommend a strong source of probiotics and a detox formula.

If you’re new to supplements and looking for a safe, reliable way to boost your overall health, here are the must-haves to get started: