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Clinical Micronutrient Therapy

Posted on : March 09, 2021 by Hardy Nutritionals® No Comments

Hardy Nutritionals’ Daily Essential Nutrients, the world’s most research-backed supplement for mood and mental health, contains all the vitamins and minerals scientists have deemed to be essential for human function in a highly bioavailable and balanced format.

This powerful supplement is endorsed by psychologists; approved by parents for behavior, mood, and focus; and backed by multiple independent studies including double-blind trials for the symptoms associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

Boasting a therapeutic level of vitamins and minerals, Daily Essential Nutrients ensures the body is getting the micronutrients that it requires to perform optimally, unlike typical multivitamins.  The formula is micro-ground for maximum absorption, balanced for maximum effectiveness, and complete.

It is often difficult for people to “break-out” of mood dysregulation without some form of intervention, and this clinical level supplement is clinically proven to help those who prefer to use a natural treatment.undefined

Improving Mood, Focus, & Cognition

Dr. David Traster is a Clinical Neurologist based in Illinois. He is a “globally recognized expert in the field of neurological rehabilitation,” most well known for his work with patients who are suffering from head injuries and chronic pain. 

Since offering Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients to his patients, he’s noticed a positive upswing not only in their moods but also their cognitive function. 

“Our patients who take Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients really see benefits in their mood, their anxiety, their depression, any sleep difficulties, any executive function or cognitive deficits, any memory deficits, any fatigue,” explained Dr. Traster. “And these are the things we really see the most benefits with our patients.”

Psychiatry and Micronutrients

Over 40 independent university studies have shown that broad-spectrum micronutrients can be effectively used to treat the symptoms associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD. In contrast to chemical symptom management, micronutrients aim to address core underlying metabolic inefficiencies by adding the cofactors that are central to every metabolic process.undefined

The recently published American Psychiatric Association textbook  Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice highlights broad-spectrum micronutrients as a “physiologically sensible approach” to treating mood, behavior, and focus associated with and mental health disorders.

Citing multiple third-party funded university studies, including those done on Daily Essential Nutrients, the authors wrote, "...broad-spectrum micronutrients and psychiatric medications appear comparable in both antidepressant and anti-manic effects, but the micronutrients had far fewer and less severe side effects and much lower relapse rates.  Compared with conventional psychotropics, patients stabilized on broad-spectrum micronutrients have fewer residual symptoms and mood fluctuations, fewer necessary dose changes, less need for monthly medication checks, rare hospitalizations, and lower treatment costs" (Kaplan et al. 2017; Rodway et al. 2012).

Dr. Arwen Podesta, an integrative psychiatrist based in New Orleans, Louisiana, works with patients suffering from addiction and acute mental health symptoms. She shares, "I have many patients who use Daily Essential Nutrients...I have a handful that have been on them long-term who were able to get off of their ADD medications and off of their bipolar medications and still have really good attention and focus and still have no mood swings that are too far up or too far down. So they stay within normal range when they are on this for bipolar, and it's really successful."

Another psychiatrist, Dr. Aruna Tummala, uses a broad scope of intervention including Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients, psychotherapy, and careful use of psychiatric medicines with her patients. Dr. Tummala first heard of Daily Essential Nutrients (DEN) from Dr. Scott Shannon, who has found success using these micronutrients with patients who have ADHD and psychosis.  Dr. Tummala shares that most of her patients notice differences in their mental health symptoms within three to four weeks of consistently taking Daily Essential Nutrients.  She has found it to be useful for patients with autism, schizophrenia, depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder.  She notices improvements in apathy and motivation in patients taking DEN.  She has had a couple of patients who started taking DEN and discontinued after a time, only to have their symptoms reappear, affirming its impact and efficacy.

Dr. Scott Shannon, author and former president of the American Holistic Medical Association as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, shares his experience using Daily Essential Nutrients with patients: "I've been working with David Hardy's products for 16 years and I have a number of patients that I've started out on those products 10-15 years ago, who are still on them, still doing well, and the best part for them, and ultimately really for me, is that they don't need my help anymore once they get on these products."

Dr. Mel Litman, a renowned orthomolecular specialist, uses Daily Essential Nutrients with a wide range of patients including those with mood, hormonal, and mental health disorders.  He says, "In general, the feedback from patients who are starting on it is much more common with the psychiatrist patients, because there are very clear symptoms…they’re feeling less depressed, they’re feeling less anxiety, their memory function is improving.  For the autistic kids, we see their language is improving...Some of the others have to do with energy. They feel that their energy and vitality is better when they’re on the micronutrients, and they feel that it will go down when they stop [taking] them.”

Dr. Charles Popper, a psychiatrist, and psychopharmacologist at Harvard Medical School discusses why choosing a clinical formulation like Daily Essential Nutrients is superior to relying on store-bought multivitamin therapies.  He says, “Many of the vitamins and minerals that people obtain from drugstores are relatively low-quality vitamins and minerals. They contain many ingredients, but they don't necessarily absorb into the body. Their biological availability is often very poor. So it is, in fact, true that people are taking vitamins and minerals without getting substantial effects out of them. Especially in psychiatry, when we are using these as medical treatments, we look for very much higher quality vitamins and minerals that are demonstrated to have much higher absorption rates than the routine commercial formulations.”

Not All Multivitamin Mineral Supplements Are Created Equal


The levels of vitamins and minerals found in Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients are not easily replicated.  In fact, the specific ingredients at the levels supported by the published research would cost over $400 to DIY at the supplement store.

At a TEDx event, Dr. Julia Rucklidge, a clinical psychologist who has researched Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients for years, had this to say about clinical supplements compared to store-bought multivitamin products: "When I say micronutrients, I am actually referring to a dose higher than what you'd get out of a vitamin pill purchased at the would be unlikely that if you went and got an over-the-counter supplement, [that] you would see these positive benefits, both because the dose is lower and the breadth of nutrients is lower."

So...Why Not Just Eat Better?

While a healthy diet is an important part of living well, even the best diets have been shown to lack essential nutrients.  Further, science has shown that individuals at risk for mental health disorders have higher nutrient needs than those not at risk.  This creates a need for supplementation (Dr. Bruce Ames, 2000).

For example, a person would have to consume several pounds of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits every day in order to achieve the clinical levels of vitamins and minerals found in Hardy's clinical level formula, Daily Essential Nutrients.  Even then, quite a few essential elements would be missing. Compared to relying only on fruits and veggies even Hardy's less expensive, regular-strength micronutrient formula, Optimal Balance, packs a punch.

For those who have higher nutrient needs, the broad-spectrum clinical micronutrients found in Daily Essential Nutrients are a viable, first-line-of-defense option when it comes to mood and mental health.  Available in capsules or powder, Daily Essential Nutrients is non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.

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Hardy Nutritionals® multivitamin-mineral products are powered by our proprietary NutraTek™ mineral delivery technology, which combines each mineral with specialized organic molecules—just like nature—to optimize absorption and distribution to body cells. Our flagship supplement, Daily Essential Nutrients, is widely considered to be the most research-backed micronutrient treatment.
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