What Makes a “Quality” Supplement?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

In our Weekly Webinar (Aug 10) for Certified Mental Wellness Coaches (CMWCs), we talked about how to determine whether (or not) the ingredients in your supplements are high quality. Some of the topics we covered included probiotic strains, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), and a variety of phytonutrients.

Watch the video here – and see the chat dialogue below…

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11:57:52 From Dr. Shawn Talbott To Everyone:
We will start at the top of the hour – about 2-3min!
12:02:13 From Leo To Everyone:
Good Morning all!
12:09:18 From AJ Wheeler To Everyone:
Q? which amare product would you pair Menta Focus with for a great brain health stack? Thank You
12:10:15 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
I’ve read that the refining process removes contaminants and toxins from a finished omega product but also removes the natural polyphenols that keep the Omega3’s from oxidizing. What are your thoughts about polyphenols and their importance in Omega-3’s or what does Amare use to ensure the product is not oxidizing.

Many omega supplements  containing fish oil have a little effect in the body as they are not able to absorb.  How do we know that this fish oil is actually absorbing.

12:12:38 From Karen Lanka Hedman To Everyone:
Love my sardines! Every once and awhile.
12:15:26 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Will blending the fish oils decrease the effectiveness? Or will those ingredients still be third party lab vetted?
12:15:37 From Leo To Everyone:
Is that the same problem with Sunset?
12:16:27 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
?????
12:17:12 From Judy To Everyone:
for cognitive/memory, what do you think about these: 1. Netherlands studies for Aronia (“brainberry” tm)? 2. mycelium specific based extracts like lion’s mane/ reishi vs whole mushroom?
12:21:28 From Karen Lanka Hedman To Everyone:
SO helpful!
12:26:54 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Can you go back up? My question about blending the oils.
12:27:20 From AJ Wheeler To Everyone:
A Lot of flamingo here in Baltimore- I would not recommend eating
12:27:44 From Keiki-Dawn To Everyone:
Elderly have constipation issues, which products can we give them?
12:28:29 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
What would you recommend for lupus?
12:29:43 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
Does MentaSync help heal the gut more than MentaBiotics?
12:35:17 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
So you would you only take sunset or Omagas?
12:37:31 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
It’s for my mom and she has brain things. Lol
12:41:22 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
now using oura ring
12:41:33 From Robin Lopez To Everyone:
i do with my watch
12:43:07 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
What is the name of the band you’re wearing?
12:44:19 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Is there anyone that shouldn’t take MentaHeart?
12:44:51 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
So we cd conclude that Mentaheart and Omegas are the secret sauce for heart health.
12:45:32 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Can people on blood thinners take OmMega? I’m thinking about the comment you made about nosebleeds if you took too much.
12:46:41 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
What do you recommend for lupus flair ups?
12:46:44 From Frances To Everyone:
This is such great info. So interesting. Thank you!
12:49:59 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
How about Relief for helping with that?
12:51:17 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
Is relief good also for inflammation
12:51:19 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Can someone pop into the chat the LG Stack – my phone rang – TIA
12:52:43 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
gave my 11 yo grandson 1 relief in yogurt this weekend – he got hit by pitch in baseball in elbow and it ached/hurt – w/in 45 min he said it stopped being achy
12:52:45 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
I heard you once talk about Fit and Burn where you said if you don’t move, the fat being released isn’t going anywhere. IE: you won’t lose weight.
12:52:48 From Liz To Everyone:
how do we approach lowering inflammation if a person is also healing from an event like surgery? my mom is having shoulder surgery (today!) for a broken bone- and in this case, we want an inflammatory response to speed healing?
12:53:35 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
LG – is the root of america’s prob
12:54:28 From Dannielle Sprigg To Everyone:
Leaking gut in children? Are we getting the same formula in Kids fundamentals.
12:54:33 From Laura Beeck To Everyone:
Mentafocus or mentasync?
12:54:51 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
Sync
12:55:10 From Laura Beeck To Everyone:
Does mentabiotics not help with leaky gut?
12:55:52 From Liz To Everyone:
LOVE my superfood and seedfiber!!!
12:58:07 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
How do you use Superfood & SeedFiber? Smoothies?
12:58:55 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Dr. Peter Attia
12:59:01 From Kathleen Lanka To Everyone:
Fasting
12:59:03 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
I use in smoothies – seed fiber I use in protein balls w/gbx protein – superfood is good by itself as well
12:59:05 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Focuses on longevity podcast
12:59:07 From Jazzie Will To Everyone:
I read a book about it
12:59:09 From ROBIN STUEBER To Everyone:
Heard about atophagy from you Dr. Sean
12:59:10 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
Exercising/fasting
12:59:14 From Laura Beeck To Everyone:
Dr Stephan Cabral fasting
12:59:22 From ROBIN STUEBER To Everyone:
Fasting
13:00:03 From Liz To Everyone:
superfood i mix with my happy juice (I don’t use Energy+ in my happy juice bc i get caffeine in other places), so I mix Mentabiotics, Superfoods, and Edge together.
13:00:13 From Liz To Everyone:
seed fiber I mix into a smoothie or into overnight oats!
13:00:19 From Leo To Everyone:
Any plans on merging SuperFood with Sunrise
13:00:44 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
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13:00:50 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
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13:02:16 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
Awesome!!
13:02:24 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
Yay!!
13:03:17 From ROBIN STUEBER To Everyone:
I add SeedFiber to stews and chili in addition to smoothies. ?
13:03:27 From Liz To Everyone:
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13:03:42 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
You’ve said you take a few things everyday. Do you mind sharing your personal supplement regime?
13:04:14 From Keiki-Dawn To Everyone:
Since listening to Dr Shawn, we have implemented seed fiber and superfood.
13:04:43 From Bailey Waite To Everyone:
I hide it in pasta sauce and my kids don’t even know ?
13:04:51 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
So heat doesn’t change the value of the product then??
13:04:59 From Grace Evans To Everyone:
Recipe please????
13:05:00 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
I wish we had a morning Complete Shake in powder form that would give everyone overall nutrition …… and cookies!
13:05:08 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Dr. Shawn’s version of edibles!
13:05:11 From Bailey Waite To Everyone:
I also add it into Nutella when I’m making my youngest, who is anemic, her toast in the morning
13:05:22 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
I heard you once talk about Fit and Burn where you said if you don’t move, the fat being released isn’t going anywhere. IE: you won’t lose weight.
13:07:26 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
Big carrots
13:07:29 From AJ Wheeler To Everyone:
bleached big carrots
13:07:38 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
Publix store
13:11:13 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Starting over goals
13:11:14 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
Back on routine
13:11:14 From Liz To Everyone:
we were all off our routines!
13:11:15 From Laura Beeck To Everyone:
Fit in clothes
13:11:15 From Bailey Waite To Everyone:
summer is BUSU
13:11:18 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
conventions coming up
13:11:18 From Nelea Lane To Everyone:
School is just new beginning
13:11:29 From Frances To Everyone:
They have time
13:11:31 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Let’s get our act together
13:11:32 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
Party’s over
13:11:35 From Adina Pilkington To Everyone:
You have more time to focus on yourself
13:11:36 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
We started school already
13:11:38 From Liz To Everyone:
Yes!!! Summer relaxation, and we all relaxed our standards
13:11:48 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
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13:12:32 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
I lost 50lbs with the fit and Burn program
13:12:44 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
I’m a GBX Fit & Burn acolyte! I lost 25 lbs last semester
13:12:50 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
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13:12:53 From Liz To Everyone:
uuuuughhh
13:12:56 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
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13:12:57 From Liz To Everyone:
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13:13:01 From Susan To Everyone:
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13:13:02 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
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13:13:05 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
So scary these drugs – tummy paralysis
13:13:07 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
Removed a ? reaction from “I’m a GBX Fit & Burn…”
13:13:10 From Frances To Everyone:
Yup
13:13:14 From Susan To Everyone:
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13:13:25 From Jazzie Will To Everyone:
LOVE LOVE LOVE GBXFIT!!
13:14:22 From Susan To Everyone:
So someone who is weight loss resistant should do the leaky gut protocol first and then the fit and burn program?
13:14:40 From Liz To Everyone:
can you say that again? What will naturally increase GLP1
13:16:38 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
After taking Fit & Burn for about 2 weeks, I had high blood sugar (for 12 years) that came down to the normal range for the first time. Is that why?
13:17:05 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
Can you talk about the optimal use of/timing of Fit & Burn? Anything more suggestions than Fit on an empty stomach and with exercise and Burn with food, and beyond what you just mentioned?
13:17:23 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Replying to “After taking Fit & B…”

Meaning Fasting Blood Glucose normal for the first time in 12 years.

13:17:38 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
was that sync, burn and menta?
13:17:41 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
So if you use Fit you have to move ie: walk, exercise or you won’t release the fat?
13:18:07 From Liz To Everyone:
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13:18:26 From Susan To Everyone:
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13:18:28 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
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13:18:30 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
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13:18:48 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
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13:20:36 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
Fit, Mental heart and a game of Picklebal! Kill it!
13:20:37 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
What is the reason some can take supplements w/out food and be fine (husband) and Me, makes me so incredibly nauseous – ( I am able to take fit, mood and relief on empty)
13:20:55 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
How soon from taking it? Immediately, in a hour??
13:21:14 From Susan To Everyone:
Can you talk about the best way to reduce bad paracites? Seeing lots of cleanses online…
13:21:28 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
That too!
13:21:37 From Laura Beeck To Everyone:
So does it matter what time of day you “move” if taking fit in the morning?
13:22:01 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Him too
13:22:33 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
vitagbx
13:22:33 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Can you share what you take throughout the day?
13:23:17 From Bailey Waite To Everyone:
vitaGBX doesn’t bother me if I take it on an empty stomach but focus does make me nauseous !
13:23:55 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
I’m sensitive and it does not bother me either
13:23:58 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
I give probiotic to my dog and the vet is shocked that my doodle has no allergies
13:24:01 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
What time frame CD you take burn after you eat to still have benefits if you forget to take w/food
13:24:41 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
If someone is asking for vitamin supplements would you suggest VitaGBX, Superfoods and/or Sunrise? Combo?
13:25:21 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
did you see that it’s starting to come out now that the PPI’s are causing dementia
13:26:30 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
I’m not able to take the Mentabiotic or kids fundamentals, will start itching on my palms. I’ve been taking the probiotics. Am I missing any strains that I need for Candida that I’m not able to get from the Mentabiotics.
13:26:48 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Your protocol of this helped my husband stay off the PPI’s for barretts and he has zero symptoms – no gerd or reflux
13:28:22 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
Are we going to merge Digestive and Restore?
13:29:40 From ROBIN STUEBER To Everyone:
I have to leave…looking forward to the recording. Mahalo Dr. Shawn!????
13:29:57 From Grace Evans To Everyone:
So someone with digestive problems could take digestive by itself?
13:30:28 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Oh, it works – I took my husband off it! (wink wink) LOL
13:30:35 From Liz To Everyone:
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13:31:03 From Renea Bartlett Pope To Everyone:
Menopause is a disease??
13:31:08 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
My husband loves Ignite for HIM
13:32:30 From Jazzie Will To Everyone:
My husband swears by Ignite for men!
13:33:09 From Nelea Lane To Everyone:
Do women ever take Ignite for Him?
13:33:17 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Replying to “Do women ever take I…”

yes for sure

13:33:57 From Leo To Everyone:
Can we maintain common sense and remove Big Pharma’s capture of the government
13:34:00 From TF Saori Barlow To Everyone:
Replying to “Do women ever take I…”

I do! I do crossfit 4 times a week and I just started using it. I think it really helps with endurance and recovery.

13:34:01 From Liz To Everyone:
what about women with PCOS who have higher Free T? could they try Ignite for Him to normalize it?
13:34:29 From Linda Oviatt To Everyone:
Any plans for a Meal Replacement shake that is full of protein, collage, nutrients etc?……..and the cookie for a snack would be nice!
13:35:38 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
DHEA – is this addressed w/ignite
13:36:26 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
Can you take more than 2/day or will that not increase the boost
13:36:43 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
please tell me this is recorded =)
13:37:21 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
That would be so cool – Pet Wellness
13:37:22 From Liz To Everyone:
going back to inflammation – re: omegas and Relief from earlier – how do we approach lowering inflammation if a person is also healing from an event like surgery? my mom is having shoulder surgery (today!) for a broken bone- and in this case, we want an inflammatory response to speed healing?
13:37:22 From Nelea Lane To Everyone:
our new product ok for dogs?
13:38:05 From Nicky McGinnis To Everyone:
I’m not able to take the Mentabiotic or kids fundamentals, will start itching on my palms. I’ve been taking the probiotics. Am I missing any strains that I need for Candida that I’m not able to get from the Mentabiotics.
13:38:14 From Robin Lopez To Everyone:
i give my dog relief
13:38:29 From Nelea Lane To Everyone:
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13:38:40 From Liz To Everyone:
Linda that would be awesome!
13:39:00 From Julianne Muhlestein To Everyone:
If someone is asking for vitamin supplements would you suggest VitaGBX, Superfoods and/or Sunrise? Combo?
13:39:05 From Leo To Everyone:
Fit20 and Origin
13:39:17 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
Id love a peanut butter protein AND a grass fed chocolate protein
13:39:25 From Jill Snowden To Everyone:
Fit 20 chocolate
13:40:04 From TF Saori Barlow To Everyone:
Can you tell us about which product helps with lower the cortisol level? I understand Mood+ & Menta Biotics do. Anything else help with that?
13:40:16 From Georgia McDonald To Everyone:
Can you not have both options?
13:40:24 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Replying to “Can you not have bot…”

MentaHeart

13:40:37 From Pam Brill, CMWC To Everyone:
Replying to “Can you tell us abou…”

MentaHeart

13:42:54 From Gail’s IPhone To Everyone:
When will new magnesium come to amare
13:43:37 From Liz To Everyone:
THANK YOU!

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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