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Growth Problems


About
The pituitary is a small gland in the brain which secretes substances necessary for basic life processes, such as growth.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A child's growth pattern is more important than a child's size.
  • Achondroplasia there is not a treatment to promote growth.
  • If growth hormone is not sufficient growth hormone therapy may be prescribed.
  • If you have a tumor on the pituitary gland it can either be treated or surgically removed.


Advice
  • Eat a lot of healthy protein to promote growth.
  • Get a lot of arginine in your diet by eating coconut, carob, dairy products, wheat germ, wheat, oats, peanuts, gelatin, soybeans, and walnuts. Arginine assists ornithine which allows for the production of the growth hormone in your body.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Alfalfa
Importance: High
Comments: Provides vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that aid in healthy pituitary gland function.
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Cod liver oil
Importance: High
Comments: Provides needed vitamins such as A and D. Promotes healthy bones and tissues. Stimulates growth.
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Essential fatty acids (primrose oil)
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healthy growth.
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Kelp
Importance: High
Comments: Provides iodine. Lack of iodine can contribute to this disorder.
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L-lysine
Importance: High
Comments: Aids in bone development. Promotes healthy growth. Caution: Only use for 6 months at a time.
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Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Lack of zinc can contribute to impaired growth. Zinc gluconate lozenges and OptiZinc are recommended forms.
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Calcium and Magnesium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healthy bone growth.
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Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Lack of free-form amino acids can contribute to growth disorders.
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Raw pituitary glandular
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Good for children. Encourages growth.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Alfalfa is very high in vitamins and minerals and nourishes the entire system. Promotes pituitary gland function balancing the pituitary gland. Also high in Chlorophyll and nutrients that promote pituitary gland function. This herb comes in tablet or capsule and can be eaten fresh in foods rich in alfalfa, such as alfalfa sprouts.
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