Functional medicine

7 Important Vitamins and Minerals You Need Everyday

A healthy nutritious diet involves six (6) classes of nutrients—carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Vitamins and minerals maybe considered as micronutrients (because our body only needs them in smaller amounts) but they help carry out the physiological processes our bodies need like metabolism.

If you might wonder, vitamins are chemical organic compounds found in all types of fruits and vegetables. They help in releasing energy from the food, maintaining healthy skin, hair, and eyes. All vitamins are equally essential to keep the body healthy and active.

On the other hand, minerals are chemical inorganic elements found in liquids, soil, and sometimes plants. They are important for the body’s bone formation, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, and acid-alkaline balance. Similar to vitamins, they help the body perform its normal processes and activities immediately.

Mattos Medical Group, a trusted provider of stem cell therapy in Armenia Avenue Tampa Florida, recognizes the problem that most adults in the U.S. do not typically get enough vitamins and minerals they need every day. Hence, here are the seven (7) important vitamins and minerals you should have in your diet every day.

1. Vitamin A (Retinoids)
Source: Orange foods—carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, all of which get their hue from the carotene pigment; green leafy vegetables, squash, bell pepper, eggs, beef, peaches, Chinese cabbage.

Benefits: Overall growth and development, healthy eyes, teeth, and skin

2. B Vitamins
Source: Whole unprocessed foods—potatoes, lentils, beans, molasses, bananas, chili peppers, yeast; eggs, fish, dairy, beef, pork, beets, dark leafy greens, milk

B1 helps make body make healthy new cells.
B2 works as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals
B3 boosts good cholesterol
B5 produces sex and stress-related hormones
B6 regulates mood and sleep patterns and reduce inflammation
B7 promotes healthy hair, skin, nails
B9 prevents memory loss and reduces risks of depression
B12 produces red blood cells with B9, creates oxygen with iron

3. Vitamin C
Source: Oranges, guava, kiwi, red and green peppers, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruits

Benefits: Strengthens blood vessels, provides elasticity in the skin, acts as an anti-oxidant and iron absorption, contributes to the health of teeth and gums, required for production of collagen, necessary for proper functioning of the immune system

4. Vitamin D
Source: Few minutes out in the sun, eggs, fish, and mushrooms

Benefits: Makes teeth and bones strong and healthy, regulates metabolism of calcium and phosphorus

5. Calcium
Source: Yogurt, cheese, milk, tofu, and black molasses

Benefits: Strengthens teeth and bones; essential for muscle contraction and heartbeat

6. Iron
Source: Oysters, organ meats—liver; beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds, beans, cereal, soybeans

Benefits: Builds muscles, maintains blood healthy; essential for transportation of oxygen through the blood

7. Zinc 
Source: Seafoods—oysters; cashews, spinach, dark chocolate

Benefits: Helps in carbohydrate metabolism, protein and genetic material synthesis; helps in the proper functioning of the immune systems; involved in the normal function of the prostate

There are still vitamins and minerals that your body needs! If you think you cannot acquire all of these minerals in your daily meals, get IV Nutrition Therapy at Mattos Medical Group, a reliable source of  therapy in Armenia Avenue Tampa Florida! Call us today for more information and assistance!

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Microneedling Therapy

Microneedling therapy, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a recent addition to the treatment armamentarium for managing post-acne scars. The treatment is performed as an office procedure after application of a local anesthetic cream, by means of an instrument known as a dermaroller. A dermaroller is a simple, hand-held instrument consisting of a handle with a cylinder studded all around with fine, stainless steel needles 0.5 to 2 mm in length. This needle-studded cylinder is rolled on the skin in multiple directions to achieve a therapeutic benefit and hence the name ‘dermaroller’. These needles cause small pinpoint injuries on the treated skin, which apparently heal within two to three days with no post-treatment sequelae. Treatment with dermaroller is performed at four to eight week intervals and multiple sittings are needed to achieve the desired effect on the skin. Microneedling or dermaroller treatment is becoming popular all over the world, not only in the management of post-acne scars but also as an anti-aging therapy. There are certain advantages with dermaroller or microneedling therapy over laser resurfacing; former does not lead to any epidermal injury as is seen with lasers, there is minimal downtime associated with the procedure unlike ablative laser resurfacing and the treatment is far cheaper as compared to lasers. The treatment can be performed in an office setting and does not need any extensive special training or expensive instruments.

Here at Mattos Medical Group we firmly believe that microneedling therapy is a simple and effective treatment option for the management of atrophic facial scars.

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Aesthetic medicine

Aesthetic medicine is an inclusive term for specialties that focus on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions including scars, skin laxity, wrinkles, moles, liver spots, excess fat, cellulite, unwanted hair, skin discoloration, and spider veins.

Traditionally, aesthetic medicine includes dermatology, reconstructive surgery, and plastic surgery.[1] Aesthetic medicine includes both surgical procedures (liposuction, facelifts, breast implants, Radio frequency ablation) and non-surgical procedures (radio frequency skin tightening, non-surgical liposuction, chemical peel), and practitioners may utilize a combination of both.[2] Although aesthetic medicine procedures are typically elective, they can significantly improve the quality of life, psychological well-being and social function.

Here at Mattos Medical Group we firmly believe that Anti-aging medicine is:

  • Scientific
  • Evidence-based
  • Well-documented

Numerous studies have clearly proven that proper exercise and balance diet greatly impacts the physical condition of an individual, making these modest diet interventions an effective way to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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Integrative Medicine

Treatments that are specially designed for medical conditions such as chronic pain, depression, osteoarthritis, diabetes, prostate disorders, lung disorders, memory loss, allergies, and other similar health issues.

Mattos Medical Group, is committed in providing our patients with safe and effective solutions to address various health concerns. With our integrative medicine, we combine alternative and conventional medicine to create the most appropriate and efficient treatment for our valued clients.

Our patient-centered approach enables us to give clients what they need. Our professional team infuses two types of medicine principles that are proven safe and effective to address the health issues of every patient.

If you are interested in our services, feel free to call us at 813-871-2950 for your preliminary consultation.

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Prolotherapy & Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. Although an emerging technology and technique in sports medicine, it has been used since the mid-1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery.

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Who has used PRP therapy

RP treatment recently gained widespread recognition in the sports world when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Super Bowl XLIII. Other high profile athletes include Tiger Woods who received four treatments following knee surgery and pitchers Takashi Saito and Bartolo Colon — both recent examples of PRP success in Major League Baseball.

How is PRP administered?

PRP therapy, which takes approximately twenty minutes to complete, begins with collection of 30 milliliters of the patient’s blood. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. Doctors then inject the concentrated platelets into the site of the injury often using ultrasound guidance for accuracy. Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to repair injured tissues. The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production, enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression. These growth factors also stimulate blood flow and cause cartilage to become more firm and resilient. PRP activates tenocytes to proliferate quickly and produce collagen to repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.

If you are interested in our services, feel free to call us at 813-871-2950 for your preliminary consultation.


Tui Na and Cupping

Kenneth Mattos, A.P. showing how Tui Na & Cupping are done at his practice.
Tui Na(which literally means “push grab”) is a form of Traditional Chinese Massage used to treat injuries, joints and muscle problems and internal disorders.
Cupping (flash, fixed or moving cupping) Local congestion is relieved by applying a partial vacuum that is created in a cup either by heat or suction. Superb at drawing up the underlying tissues, cupping is commonly used to relieve pain, draw toxins out of the body and remove blockages.
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Tui Na is practiced by healers and martial artists for thousands of years, tui na massage increases energy flow and blood circulation throughout the entire body, removing blockages and stagnations caused by injuries, exercise and/or aging. Patients have been known to prevent illness, recover quickly from fatigue and aches, and find relief from stress and physical tension through tui na massage.

Tui-Na is also unlike either massage or chiropractic in technique and theory. On a theoretical level, Tui-Na uses traditional Chinese medical theory as a basis for treatment. Concepts of chi (ch’i, qi, or ki) energy, blood, yin & yang, and essence play pivotal roles. On a technical level, Tui-Na is far broader and encompassing than either massage or chiropractic medicine. Massage, by and large, does not treat diseases, but rather relaxes muscle tension and increases local circulation to relieve discomfort. However, most massage systems lack the kind of comprehensive scope that Tui-Na is known for. Most massage is also unable to effectively treat disturbances in bone alignment. Chiropractic, on the other hand, while it may reliably reduce misalignments in bony structures, generally does not spend adequate time treating the muscles surrounding the bony structures before and after re-alignment. As a result, many patients of chiropractic complain of a rebound effect following treatments. Tui-Na, however, treats the muscular tension surrounding bony structures in such a way as to minimize the rebound effect immediately following treatments.

Some of the external disorders that
Tui-Na can treat include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Frozen shoulder syndrome
  • Sprains & strains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Myofascial pain disorders
  • Low Back Pain (lumbago & back spasms)
  • Muscle spasms & Adhesions
  • Herniated disk syndromes
  • Tennis elbow / Golfer’s elbow
  • TMJ (Temporo-mandibular Joint disturbances)
  • Neck pain & stiffness
  • Headaches (tension headaches or migraine headaches)
  • Sports injuries (including martial arts)
  • Whiplash (car accident injuries)
  • Other soft tissue injuries

Some of the internal diseases that
Tui-Na can treat include:

  • Circulatory system disorders:
    • Angina Pectoris (chest pains)
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Irrhythmias
    • Poor circulation (cold hands & feet)
  • Respiratory system disorders:
    • Asthma
    • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Digestive (Gastrointestinal) system disorders:
    • Gastric / Duodenal Ulcers
    • Gastroptosis
    • Cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation)
  • Reproductive & OB/GYN system disorders:
    • Infertility
    • Sexual Dysfunction
    • Menstrual pain, menstrual irregularities
    • Postpartum dissociation of the pubic symphysis
  • Pediatric disorders:
    • Scoliosis
    • Nocturia (bed wetting) / Constipation
    • Underdevelopment



Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy

What is Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy?

Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy is a more recent advance in the scope of Chinese Medicine, combining the traditional acupoint theory and anatomy with injectable solutions. Herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, saline solution and vitamin supplements are all legal injectable solutions in Florida. The injections are all given using standard hypodermic procedures and are administered either subcutaneously or intramuscularly, but NEVER intravenously.

Point injection is indicated for a variety of reasons:

• Speed the therapeutic process

• Digestive sensitivity to herbs or supplements

• Increases effectiveness of acupuncture treatments

• Safe alternative to NSAID or narcotic pain relievers

• Bypasses the “first pass” effects on the liver

Herbal therapeutic injections exist for many conditions:

• Chronic pain

• Arthritis

• Viral infections, acute, chronic and local (I.E. hepatitis, herpes, common respiratory virus)

• Cardiac dysfunction

• Respiratory dysfunction

• Venous and circulatory conditions

• Decreased immunity

• Degenerative disease

• Gynecological problems

Point injection are not always immediately indicated but can be useful to break the cycle of stubborn or recurrent conditions, speed the healing process and increase therapeutic options for patients. Similar to internal herbal medicine, the herbs are administered based on pattern differentiation and depend on the physical manifestations of an illness. Injections can be combined with standard acupuncture treatments or administered solo.

The number of point injection series needed for treatment is based on the severity, duration and nature of the present illness. An injection series usually involves small quantities of a solution administered at multiple acupoints on the body. Sometimes relief is felt in just one series. One injection series usually requires small quantities of one solution at multiple (acu)points on the body.

We encourage you to stop by Mattos Medical Group or call us, and learn how we can provide individualized Optimal Health services to help you live a long healthy life – right now.

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Tampa Auto Injury

Mattos Medical Group has been providing treatment for auto injury since 1998.
If you have been injured in an auto accident the choice you make for treatment is extremely important. It will affect you in getting healed from your injuries and your settlement with the insurance company. Call and get a proper evaluation by a doctor who specializes in treating pain and injuries from auto and motorcycle accidents. We accept PIP insurance.

Everyone claims to be an expert but few are. We have been expertly treating auto injuries since 1999 Our patients come to us by word of mouth from satisfied patients and from referrals from primary care doctors.

Most doctors that treat auto injuries get their patients from advertising or paying to be a member of an 800 call someone number. In other words, they get their patients because they pay for them and we get ours because we get them well. Which expert do you want to trust your injuries too?

If your injuries are not properly treated they can become permanent. You also need proper diagnosis and documentation from a doctor that knows what he is doing to receive the best settlement.

Some of the symptoms associated with an auto accident include:
Neck Pain
Severe Headaches
Muscle Stiffness or Spasm
Low Back, Leg or Sciatica Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pain in Shoulders, Ribs, & Neck
Knee and/or Ankle Pain
Elbow and/or Wrist Pain
Numbness and Tingling
Difficulty Sleeping
Memory Loss
Difficulty Concentrating
Stress/emotional complaints

AUTO INJURIES CAN BECOME PERMANENT. If you have been in an accident see our doctors that specialize in this type of injuries. Research has shown that injuries may not be felt for hours, days, weeks or even months in rare cases.


IV Nutritional Therapy

Myers’ Cocktail is a form of intravenous nutrient therapy that involves injecting a “cocktail” of nutrients, containing magnesium, calcium, B12, B6, B complex, and vitamin C, directly into the bloodstream to improve energy capacity and cell function. When energy levels are high and cells can function at their best, patients are more likely to recover from acute and chronic conditions such as fatigue, depression, asthma and more.

The Myers’ Cocktail was originally developed by Dr. John Myers, a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of several different nutrients to treat a wide range of conditions. More recently, the Myers’ Cocktail has been popularized by Dr. Alan Gaby, President of the American Holistic Medical Association.

The idea behind the Myers’ Cocktail is that many common conditions are caused by bloating, maldigestion and other abnormalities within the digestive process that prevent patients from fully absorbing the nutrients in their food. By injecting these nutrients directly into the bloodstream, they are delivered to your cells without interference from the digestive system. This form of treatment is especially ideal for patients with digestive problems, including bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Similarly, many conditions cause the body to use up nutrients at a much faster rate for healing, which can be aided by injecting extra nutrients into the body.

At MMG, our Myers’ Cocktail contains magnesium, calcium, B12, B6, Bs, B complex and vitamin C. This combination is designed to help patients receive the proper amount of nutrients that they may need in order to treat their individual condition. Our doctors find that this combination of nutrients is usually more effective than taking just one nutritional supplement like many other doctors recommend, such as vitamin C to treat the common cold.

Myers’ cocktail is administered with an iv. when nutrients are given intravenoulsy, your digestive system is bypassed and a much higher level of nutrition is directly delivered to your cells throught the bloodstream. Myers’ Cocktail has been found to be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range fo clinical conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • migranes
  • allergies
  • chronic pain
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • cardiovascular disease
  • acute muscle spasms
  • boosts the immune system

In addition to treating these and other conditions, the Myers’ Cocktail is also effective in providing a natural energy boost and relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic depression. This energy boost can last for several days or weeks and can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. Myers’ Cocktail can help strengthen the immune system as well, allowing patients who constantly get sick to effectively fight off viral illnesses.

As part of an overall Wellness Program, Nutritional IV Therapy can help you feel better faster. It is a solution tailored directly to your individual and specific nutrition needs.

We encourage you to stop by Mattos Medical Group or call us and learn how we can provide individualized Optimal Health services to help you live a long healthy life – right now.

Call today: (813) 871.2950


AIT: Acupuncture Injection Therapy

We perform subcutaneous injections of FDA approved homeopathic remedies for stubborn conditions, especially pain, not responding well to acupuncture, herbal medicine, and exercise. Clinically we have found excellent results with homeopathic injections of Traumeel and Zeel for joint pain, neck pain, arthritis, and lower back pain.

Injectible solutions come in single-use sterile vials and are completely safe with subcutaneous injection. Adverse effects are limited to local bruising and discomfort following the injections.

Recent research indicates Traumeel injections are as effective for pain as conventional treatments including narcotic painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. Animal studies indicate traumeel injections seem to act by significantly speeding up the healing process instead of blocking the development of edema (swelling) from the beginning (for an injury). Moreover, its effect cannot be considered as the ‘sum’ of its active components and probably a synergistic interaction occurs to determine the final effect.

For stubborn arthritis, injection of Zeel can provide great, lasting relief of pain and inflammation. For problems related to lymph drainage, lymphomyosot can be an effective treatment strategy as well.

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