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Supplementing before the NYC Marathon from The Morrison Center

While a healthy balanced diet often provides a source of vitamins and minerals, taking dietary supplements on top of your healthy diet will be beneficial in ensuring your body gets the nutrients it needs each day.

It’s especially important with training and performing, so I consult with the best, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison,integrative and functional medicine Dr., and Stephanie Mandel, Integrative Nutritionist of  The Morison Center. They also specialize in sports performance and seek out the best and most recent of holistic supplement’s out there.


Here is a protocol designed by The Morison Center  for a special event leading up to an event like the NYC Marathon:

For Optimized Sleep and Muscle Function:

Mag Glycinate – a highly-absorbable form of magnesium to support muscle function and relaxation as well as healthy nervous system function; it also supports deeper, more relaxed sleep. We recommend 2 capsules before bed.

Cortisol Manager – a common issue when training for a marathon is elevated levels of cortisol (one of our main stress hormones), which has a catabolic action on the body – meaning it breaks down tissue – the opposite of what we want when we’re training. Cortisol Manager has herbs and amino acids to blunt the unwanted effects of cortisol to help keep the body in an anabolic – or building – state. It also supports restful sleep. 1-2 tablets around dinner time.

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Niacel – supports energy levels with nicotinamide riboside, the most direct precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a key component of our energy production process. 1 capsule twice daily.

Benagene – provides antioxidant support that promotes mitochondrial energy production. 1 capsule daily.

100% MR – a blend of B vitamins, branched chain amino acids and l-glutamine for efficient muscle fueling and recovery. 2 scoops in 8 ounces of water before and immediately after training.

Curaphen – contains a concentrated form of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory component in turmeric – a healthier alternative to NSAIDs: 1-2 capsules post-workout.

Buffered Vitamin C – a major antioxidant to help address the increase in oxidation and inflammation that naturally occurs with intense exercise. 2 capsules post-workout.

For those with a sensitive stomach:
T-Relief Spasm – helps soothe the digestive tract, particularly for those prone to cramping or gastrointestinal distress. May also help relieve muscle spasms and cramping. 1 tablet three times daily leading up to and following an event.

EXOS Electrolyte Powder – amazing for post-workout rehydration plus vitamins and minerals to help with recovery. 1 scoop in 8 oz of water.


Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 5.30.07 PMStephanie Mandel obtained her Nutrition Consulting certification with honors from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, California. She is passionate about the power of a balanced whole-foods diet, stress management, and the pursuit of personal growth as the foundations for optimal health. She partners with her clients to optimize energy, vitality and physical well being with a balanced, natural approach. Stephanie is trained in clinical homeopathy through CEDH (Center for Education and Development of Homeopathy) directed by Dr. Ron Boyer. Since returning to her New York in October 2014, she has been practicing integrative nutrition under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Morrison.


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